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Enlisted Ranks: Army

There’s nothing I hate more than a story that didn’t even try to get its ranks right. Why is a major giving orders to a colonel? Why is a first sergeant working with a bunch of fuzzies? Why the hell did you just call the sergeant major ‘sir’? 

Military ranks are different across the branches, but if your story features the U.S. Army, here’s a breakdown of enlisted ranks and rank etiquette. (other branches coming soon!)

Basics
Ranks in the army follow a numerical pattern, so if you’re ever not quite sure what the name of the rank higher is, you can reference them by nomenclature.
E-series: E stands for enlisted. This refers to soldiers from private to sergeant major. 
O-series: O stands for officer. This refers to soldiers from second lieutenant to general. O-series post coming soon!
W-series: W stands for warrant officer. This refers to soldiers from warrant officer 1 to chief warrant officer 5. W-series post coming soon!

In ACUs, (army combat uniform) the rank is worn in the center of the chest via a velcro patch. In class-A uniforms, the rank is worn on the shoulder.

Each pay grade earns slightly more per month than the one before it. Officers make significantly more money per month than enlisted. Time in service also affects pay, meaning a sergeant who’s been in six years will make more than a staff sergeant who’s been in three years.

E-1: Private
Most people who enlist come in at E-1 unless they were in JROTC, have a college degree, or performed some other feat with their recruiters prior to enlisting i.e. volunteer work, good P.T. scores, etc. This is the lowest pay grade and has no rank. Soldiers who are E-1s do not wear a rank. 
also known as: PV1, fuzzy (because they wear no velcro rank, there’s a patch of bare fuzz in the middle of their uniform. You can buy a patch to cover it.)
Title: Private, PV1

E-2: Private
Yes, there are two ranks by the name of private. You reach E-2 automatically after six months of enlistment. If you enroll in the Delayed Entry Program or have an acceptable P.T. card with your recruiter, you can enlist as an E-2 instead of an E-1. At E-2, you more or less have no more power than an E-1. 
also known as : PV2
Title: Private, PV2


E-3: Private First Class
The final “private” class. You reach E-3 automatically after 12 months of enlistment, assuming you’ve been an E-2 for at least four months. If you were in JROTC for four years, you enter automatically at this rank. This rank still doesn’t have much power, but may be put in charge of other privates and may assist their team leader with tasks, and on occasion may be a team leader themselves.
also known as : PFC
Title: Private, PFC.

E-4: Specialist/Corporal
The last “junior enlisted” class. You reach specialist automatically after 24 months of enlistment, assuming you’ve been a PFC for at least six months. If you enlist with a completed four year college degree, you can start out as an E-4 instead of an E-1. Specialists tend to be team leaders and may be in charge of other specialists and privates. When no NCOs are present, the senior specialist is in charge. 

Corporal, while technically the same pay grade as specialist, is actually an essentially higher rank. It’s a special rank only bestowed on those who are in leadership positions and are awaiting the appropriate time in service/time in grade to be promoted to sergeant. Corporals are considered NCOs while specialists are considered junior enlisted.  Strictly speaking corporals and specialists are the same rank, but in most situations, corporals out rank specialists.
also known as: shamshields, (specialist only) SPC, CPL
Title: Specialist, Corporal

Intermission!

Man, all of that text is boring. Let’s break it up a bit with some rank etiquette, shall we?

• Lower enlisted (E-1 thru E-4) tend to call each other by their surname regardless of rank. Even an E-1 will probably be calling a specialist just by their name. The exception is Corporals, who are considered NCOs and are referred to by rank.

• E-5 and above are referred to as “NCOs,” or non-commissioned officers. 

• NCOs with similar ranks might call each other by their surnames and will call lower enlisted by their surnames. When discussing another NCO with a lower enlisted, they will use that NCO’s proper rank. So a sergeant speaking to a PFC will say “Sergeant Smith needs you,” not “Smith needs you.” Freshly promoted sergeants who still hang out with lower enlisted might not mind their friends calling them their surnames in private, but formally and professionally they’re expected to address their senior properly. 

• Lower enlisted ranks are often called “joes,” especially when an NCO is addressing another NCO about their squad or platoon. “Have your joes had chow yet?” = “Have the soldiers directly under your command eaten yet?” 

• It’s considered inappropriate for lower enlisted to hang out with NCOs and it’s discouraged, especially in the work place. 

Are you all rested up? Great! Let’s get back to the ranks. 




E-5: Sergeant

Finally: the NCO ranks! Unlike the previous ranks, you cannot automatically rank up to sergeant. You must attend special courses and be seen by a promotion board where you’ll be expected to recite the NCO creed and have knowledge appropriate for an non-commissioned officer. From this rank on, lower-ranked soldiers will refer to you as “sergeant” and you will likely be a squad leader or in another leadership position. 

• Lower enlisted do NOT refer to sergeants by their surname unless it is paired with their rank. “Sergeant Smith,” not just “Smith,” or your private will be doing a lot of push-ups. 

• No one calls them “Sarge.” Like… just don’t do it friends. 

• Some pronounce sergeant in such a way it sounds as though the g is dropped entirely. Ser-eant, or phonetically, “saarnt.” 

also known as: SGT

Title: Sergeant


E-6: Staff Sergeant

Sergeant Plus. You probably will have similar responsibilities to an E-5, meaning probably a squad leader unless you need to fill in for a platoon sergeant. Don’t misunderstand; in lower enlisted ranks, private and private first class aren’t that much of a difference. E-5 and E-6 are a definite difference though. It is acceptable to call an E-6 either “sergeant” or “sergeant (name)” instead of staff sergeant. 

also known as: SSG

Title: Sergeant


E-7: Sergeant First Class

At this point the ranks become known as “senior NCO.” E-7 and above cannot be demoted by normal means. It actually requires a court martial or congressional approval to demote an E-7. Like, it’s surprisingly hard to demote people after this point. I once knew an E-7 who got busted with a DUI and STILL didn’t lose his rank.

Anyway, it’s still appropriate to call an E-7 “sergeant” or “sergeant (name)” instead of sergeant first class. SFCs may be platoon sergeants or in some circumstances may hold a first sergeant position. While positioned as a first sergeant, they should be referred to as “first sergeant.” Unless you work at battalion level or higher, this is probably the highest NCO rank you’ll interact with regularly, and in some cases interacting with an E-7 can be as big a deal as interacting with an E-8. 

also known as: SFC

Title: Sergeant


E-8: First Sergeant/Master Sergeant

Another dual-rank. First sergeants are the NCO in charge of a company and are usually the highest ranking NCO soldiers will interact with regularly. They run the company alongside the company commander. All NCOs answer to them and most beginning of the day and end of the day formations will be initiated and ended with them. It is only appropriate to refer to a first sergeant as “first sergeant” or “first sergeant (name).” Do not just call them “sergeant.”

Master sergeants are E-8s who are not in a first sergeant position. Typically these people wind up working in offices in battalion or brigade. It’s only appropriate to refer to a master sergeant as “master sergeant” or “master sergeant (name).”

also known as: 1SG, FSG, (first sergeant only) MSG (master sergeant only)

Titles: First Sergeant, Master Sergeant.


E-9: Sergeant Major or Command Sergeant Major

We finally reach the end of the list: Sergeant Major, the highest ranking NCO. Sergeant Majors will be found at battalion level and higher. Command Sergeant Majors are those that hold a leadership position in a battalion, brigade, etc, like first sergeant vs master sergeant. It is appropriate to refer to E-9s as “sergeant major” or “sergeant major (name).” Typically, a command sergeant major will be referred to AS command sergeant major.

In the U.S., the plural form of sergeant major is “sergeants major.” Outside the U.S., “sergeant majors” can be correct. 

also known as: SGM, CSM

Title: Sergeant Major

Now, for the most important announcement:

Soldiers NEVER, and I mean NEVER, refer to an NCO as “sir” or “ma’am.” Forget what the movies tell you; if your first sergeant is chewing you out, you do not say “ma’am, yes ma’am!” You’ll earn yourself some push-ups and some cleaning duty and probably a counseling. Do you see how under every rank I’ve provided a “title” section? That’s how your soldiers address that rank. Period. The only people who get called “sir” and “ma’am” are civilians and officers. Cannot tell you how many movies I’ve rolled my eyes into my skull because some snot-nosed private is calling their squad leader “sir.” Please cease this immediately. Thank you.

That’s all for scriptsoldier’s rank breakdown of enlisted ranks! Stay tuned for our breakdown of officers, warrant officers, and how your rank affects your standing in your unit!

Hey! So I know some of you were asking for some advice on a Chrom cosplay so at last I am here to help. Sorry it’s a bit late, but let’s get started!

Here’s the front of the shirt! The shirt and pants are made up of some dark blue spandex-ish type fabric, and I got about 4.5 yards of it. The shirt is actually two layers, the under layer being the part with the sleeve and folded collar. I used just a basic long sleeve shirt pattern for that but instead of sewing on both sleeves, I only did the one and just hemmed off the one missing the sleeve. The collar was simple too, I just used YouTube for collar tutorials since I never made one like this but it’s very basic and is easier to make than you might think. Now, the top layer is a sort of poncho that I made out of the same fabric that I lined with bias tape as seen above and connected the buttons and other collar to.

Chrom is weird and has two collars, one being the folded one (that I sewed on the bottom shirt) and the other being a sort of Sailor Moon or Anime School Girl collar which I connected to the top layer, the poncho. The flatter, school girl collar was simple to make as well and just used more tutorials on YouTube, you can make these however you want or in what way you want, but that’s how I did it! So the funky-shaped poncho went over the shirt and that’s the base of the shirt!

The bias tape is actually made by me, I bought the fabric I wanted for it which was some silvery-gold satin and used a bias tape maker to get the even strips of fabric that are free of frays on the outside. Then I literally just hot glued them onto the shirt lol.

The buttons are made of craft foam and worbla and I just hot glued those on as well. Sometimes the simplest/laziest methods work the best! 

This is the back of the shirt where you can see that school girl collar much better. To get the designs, I used some thinner cardboard/cardstock and cut out the shapes, then I took the same fabric as the bias tape I made and covered the cardboard pieces with it. (The cardboard could be like the backs of notebooks or cereal box cardboard, that’s what I used) I tucked the edges of the fabric around the back of the cardboard and glued it down so the fabric didn’t fray, then I just hot glued the pieces on, nothing fancy at all!

Here are the pants, I already talked a bit about them in a previous post but here they are again! The base of it is just leggings I sewed, then the part on the thighs are strips of that blue fabric that I put bias tape on and glued together and wrapped around my legs. So they’re like an extra layer that I just hot glued on top of the leggings. I also stuffed them with a bit of stuffing to give them that pantaloons shape that Chrom has. (So yes, these are pillow pants basically) The little buttons are buttons that I covered in that same fabric and glued on as well.

Here’s the back of the pants where you can see how the fabric is wrapped around from the butt and all the way around the front and to the inseams. It was very awkward to make, but they’re comfy!

These are the belts that go around the chest area! I got about 2-2.5 yards of this I think… The base is just some white vinyl I picked up and folded over (and glued) so it had nicer edges. The buckles are made of craft foam and worbla and the buttons are googly eyes that I painted. There’s also a decorative button that I sewed onto it as well.

It looks like a jumbled mess now, but if you take a look at a reference of Chrom, this all makes much more sense where everything should be placed! You can also see Velcro on there where I attach it to the bottom part of the belt that goes around the waist, which you’ll see in a second.

Only one of the buckles I made actually functions like a buckle in case I need to use it getting on the costume or taking it off, but usually I don’t need to unbuckle it at all.

Here is the other belt I mentioned earlier that hangs lower on Chrom’s waist and sort of loops around his thighs. You can also see the Velcro here where I keep it attached to the chest belts. Nothing fancy here either, just a strip of fabric with lines on it. The lines are black fabric paint that I very carefully painted on because for some reason, I didn’t want to sew on the black lines since it was leather-y fabric. It took a lot of patience lol.

Moving along, these are the gloves and the little wrist band thing that goes on his sleeve arm! I literally bought some gray gloves off amazon, cut them down to size, then made little cuffs and sewed them on (that are lined with the same gray fabric as the wrist band). Then the wrist band is just a strip of fabric I hemmed and sewed in a loop that I just slide onto my wrist. It also has some tiny buckles on it that I believe I bought from Etsy, I just got a little package of like 12 of them since I used them more later on.

Here are the leg things! Leg sleeves? Leg bands? Leg warmers? I have no idea. Either way, you can see that the little buckles come into action again here and I just stuck them through little hemmed strips of fabric, then (you guessed it) hot glued the strips down to the base of the leg thing. The longer leg thing is just sewed in a tube and hemmed, once again nothing fancy there, then the top is a band that I sewed in a tube shape as well and sewed black lines on for details. As you can see, I also added on the cuffs just like the gloves made of that same gray fabric (that I got about 2 yards of). So I made two identical bands with cuffs, but one has that weird leg sleeve thing, otherwise they’re exactly the same and just slide onto the legs just below the knees!

Now getting to the cape, you can see the little brooch he has that I made out of clay and then painted with acrylics and sealed with mod podge. The brooch is hot glued to some weird rope stuff I found at a craft store, however, I braided the rope so it was thicker, sturdier, and got a similar effect to Chrom’s. The other end f the rope is hot glued to the inside of the cape on the edge there, where there is also another decorative button I just sewed on.

Here’s the pauldron/shoulder armor! I could have done better on this but whatever. It’s made out of craft foam and worbla and I just shaped it to the way I wanted and added on the details. The details are little strips of worbla that I heated up and rolled into noodles, then I just attached them  and shaped them to the surface of the pauldron. No glue there since worbla sticks to itself! If it looks uneven, you can always heat it back up and move the pieces around!

I also just glued the pauldron to the cape because I was lazy and when I was looking at references, I didn’t notice any straps or anything that Chrom has so that’s what I did!

And this is the cape! You can see the black patch in the top right corner there, that’s just more Velcro that connects to the back of the brooch, which of course also has Velcro on it. You’ll see that in another picture as well. The cape is made up of some nice cotton fabric and it’s two layers of the same stuff that are just sewed together. I made sure it was cotton because that’s the easiest to dye since the bottom gray-ish part is gray Rit Dye that I dipped it in to gat the worn/burnt/dirty effect. The edges are all trimmed in random directions to give it the cool effect.

After that. I decided to take it up a notch! I actually rubbed that bottom part of the cape in some dirt and grass as well to get some real dirt effects. (which you can’t see as well in the picture, but it’s the thought that counts) Then I had some help with a blow torch and singed the edges of the cape to get an even more battle-worn and burnt look to it! This was the most fun part of making the cosplay tbh.

Here’s the backside/inside of the cape! It’s made of that same cotton fabric, but I dyed it blue! (Fun fact I had this fabric and it was dyed blue already before I even thought about making this costume because I was going to use it for something else but never did lol) You can also see the sloppiness of the cape bunched up where the pauldron is because that’s where I glued it, but it looks fine from the outside which is where it counts! And you can also see the patch of Velcro on the back of the brooch that I mentioned before so I can keep the cape on and take it off with ease.

Next is the shoes! These were fun to make too! I just used a cheap pair of boots I bought from Saver’s for the base and decorated them with the same dark blue and gray fabric from before. I added on some cuffs just like the leg bands and gloves, and of course I covered the front and back with some gray fabric which took a long time to get that smooth effect. With the leather-y boots, I used super glue to glue down the fabric and I only used the super glue along the edges so it didn’t bleed through in random spots in the middle.

As you can see, they also have a band that I attached to the cuff part and I used Velcro so I can put them on and take them off easily. The Velcro especially helps keep them on my feet since I had to manipulate the original boots and cut them down to get them to the shape I wanted!

Almost done! These are the fake tattoos I made that I use for his Brand of the Exalt on his shoulder. I’m going to be honest, I went into Microsoft Paint (before I got a tablet and Paint Tool Sai) and took a picture of the brand and just colored it to that light red-ish color that I wanted. Like I said, sometimes the simplest methods work the best! Afterwards, I put the picture onto a Word document and got it to the size I wanted. Before I printed it on the special tattoo paper, I monkeyed around with the shade of red I wanted and the size and printed it on normal paper first to double check everything. Once It was settled, I fit as may little pictures as I could onto the Word document and printed it with the tattoo paper. There are instructions with the package, I just looked up “temporary tattoo paper” on amazon and it was the first one I’m pretty sure. This was an easy part of the cosplay too!

Last but not least, the wig! This is a Magnum wig from Arda wigs in the color dark blue, from what I can remember. It was very easy to style and I know I can always trust Arda to have some amazing cosplay wigs!

Besides the Falchion, that’s basically it! The Falchion is made of poster board with foam and worbla details, but since there are 100 million ways to make swords, I won’t go into depth unless you guys are interested.

Just let me know if you have any further questions and I’ll try my best to answer them! Thank you so much for all of your support and great questions, I’m always happy to help!

The Air Jordan 1 “BHM” will come with interchangeable velcro patches allowing you to create your own look. Will you cop tomorrow? Tap the link in our bio for detailed images and release information. #KicksOnFire

anonymous asked:

Just imagine the Katsuki fam sending Victor a velcro hair patch shaped like a ribbon or heart to keep his fringe out of his eyes. Yuuri finds it adorable so Victor wears it ALL the time at home. Bonus: it's an obnoxious pink (think Victor's car) that would be so cute jajsjsjsj

Omg, this hc is so cute!

The Fault in My Code: Ch. 11

You can read Chapter 11 on Ao3 Here

Chapter 11: One Eye Green, One Black

           There were seven on the SWAT team, and only one of them had mismatched eyes –one green and one black. Much like the military, the psychiatric evaluations were intense enough that Will was convinced of the man’s bearing and mental fortitude without having to actually speak with him. It wasn’t until midnight, when the other squad members went to their appropriate placements throughout the hotel and the buildings surrounding that he even bothered to speak to Will, let alone make a conversation of it.

           “Coffee?” he asked Will.

           “Thanks.”

           Another silence. This one was broken by the occasional sound of cups scuffing the particle board of the end table, the clearing of throats as Will perused Francis Dolarhyde’s patient file.

           “I’ve heard a lot about you,” the man said at last, the beginning of real words. Will immediately missed the silence.

           “I’ll bet.”

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Yu-Gi-Oh Diadhank Cosplay Prop ~Walkthrough~ with lots of pictures

Hi guys! As requested, I’ve made a walkthrough of how I made my Diadhank (aka, Season 5/Ancient Egyptian Duel Disk) prop for my Thief King Bakura cosplay. Feel free to reblog, share, and consult!

(Photo cred L->R: Anime USA Official Photog, @neofi-cosplay, @justlikeswitchblades with minor brightening by me)

I made this prop a few months ago, so I only have the progress photos I remembered to take, but hopefully I can fill in the gaps with explanation.

As always, I hope this tutorial helps give you a good idea of where to start, and that you make it your own project rather than copying mine move for move. You can learn a lot that way, and taking liberties is what makes your project unique. Anyway, let’s get started~

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You know what time of year it is - it’s time for a new season of HvZ awesomeness.

This has to be one of my favorites of all time - easily ranking in the top 5 of NERF loadouts I’ve ever seen. This setup is an excellent example of aesthetic form following practical function in a combat load-out.

Gear Overview:
- Apex Thunderblast Back Scabbard
- Apex Rocket Holders
- Apex Drop Leg Strongarm holster
- Apex Strongarm Spare Cylinder holders
- Apex Drum Pouch
- Apex Combat Belt
- Narrowbase NMAG’s
- Narrowbase Double NMAG’s
- Tactical Molle vest (Full body)
- Tactical Molle Drop leg pad (Large)
- Tactical Molle Drop leg pad (Small)
- Tactical Knee pads
- Tactical SWAT gloves
- Velcro “BIOHAZARD” patch
- Nerf bandoleer
- Gas mask with built in fan
- Combat helmet with cover
- Tactical goggles with cover
- Neck cloth/Shemagh
- 2 Arm bands


Remember to watch those corners and check your six - and stay human out there.

HOW NASA IS SOLVING THE SPACE FOOD PROBLEM

1) Packing lunches

Most of the meals are just-add-water, or come ready to eat in pouches. There are also packaged foods an ordinary person could buy from a store, like almonds or wrapped brownies. Hot and cold beverages come in bags with straws, similar to a Capri Sun. Food packets attach to the galley table with velcro patches so they don’t fly away.

2) Getting creative on Mars

NASA wants to load a vessel with food and send it to Mars before the astronauts set off. That means food scientists have to make meals that will stay good for five years.

3) The challenges

Some nutrients break down naturally over time; space radiation — cosmic rays and other forms of radiation that Earth’s atmosphere normally blocks — could be an added problem. Meals must take into account the special challenges to astronauts’ bodies in space, such as weightlessness, shrinking bones, and squashing eyeballs. 

4) Growing crops on the spaceship 

And even on the surface of another planet — could solve several of these problems at once. Astronauts wouldn’t need to lug as much food with them. They’d have fresh produce rich in vitamins. And they could mix up their menus with some of that texture they miss.

5) Keeping astronauts happy and healthy

NASA is studying how the senses of smell and taste change in microgravity and isolation, for example. In one study, researchers are supplying comfort foods and holiday treats to the space station, with astronauts filling out mood questionnaires before and after eating. The crew will also rate solo versus communal meals, as well as the experience of “cooking” the food themselves. 

“At the end of the day, we’re not worried about the muscle cells. We’re worried about the human.“

via Eater.

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Prototype Molle Cyflect  ‘Strip Light ’.

Since getting a bit more of this very unique hybrid  highly reflective glint and glow tape made by Cyalume from Joe over at lumisafe.co.uk  Ive started to think on a few new applications for its possible role as a maker for various teams and groups .

This idea fits to a standard 1 inch webbing or PALS grid on Molle vest or pack allowing for a low profile placement on gear but with maximum glint and glow ( please note the sharp corners of the tape will be rounded for a non snag fit ).

 The kydex hardware screw is easily removable to allow the 'Strip light ’ function to be used on standard name/ rank panels or on the morale patch loop Velcro  found on most packs these days and is of course backed with  Mil-spec hook tape .

 Further small GITD , IR, SOLAS or day glint tape dots can then be placed behind the eyelets to further aid signaling or night time recognition .

 Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

eziocauthon89  asked:

Random HC Thing: what fills up the glove boxes of each of the FAHC's personal cars?

Some of this may make its way into center consoles if they exist in the cars, but for the seven-man crew:

Geoff’s is mostly full of everyone else’s shit. Jack threw in a contact book with all the numbers of the crew members and their contacts (even though Geoff insisted he didn’t need it because his cell had all the information. Until his cell phone was lost in the ocean and he didn’t know anyone’s number). Ray keeps little snack packs there, and Jeremy makes sure that Geoff has at least a spare bowtie or something, just in case. 

Michael leaves the occasional grenade and sticky bomb, and Gavin throws just about anything in there if there’s room - his sunglasses, phone charger, candy, bullets, basically whatever is in his pockets that he doesn’t want. Ryan once left a cactus in the glove box as a present, which Geoff didn’t know about when he reached in for the flask he stowed at the bottom. It had been an unpleasant surprise, to say the least. A fake dismembered hand has also been found in there for some reason, but anyone who dared ask Geoff what that was about didn’t get much more than a chuckle.

Jack keeps things that people might need. A collection of charging cables for different phones and iPods and handheld game consoles. There’s also a couple headphones (different kinds of earbuds, because of varying preference within the crew), all of which are rolled up neatly so they don’t tangle. There’s a small first aid kit, a flashlight, and a flare (that is “only to be used for emergencies, not for setting people on fire”). There’s also a small but powerful pistol tucked away among everything else.

Jeremy doesn’t have a whole lot of useful items in his glove box. There’s a box of ammo and a gun, but then there’s a lot of receipts and trash that he threw in there to get off the floor. A few of Ray’s snacks found their way in there and a bottle of pain reliever. Though there’s always a toy monster truck (sometimes the exact truck changes) that’s sitting near the top of the mess. It occasionally finds its way onto a velcro patch on the dashboard.

Ray has a collection of CD’s and his iPod in his glove box, so he can subject everyone who rides with him to his music. There’s snack packs of crackers and cookies and candy. Of course, he also has a stockpile of games and a DS hidden away, though he has assured the crew (Jack and Geoff) that he doesn’t play them when he’s driving. Usually. Though they generally are good for when they have to sit around before a heist.

Michael’s glove box is an explosion waiting to happen. Grenades, sticky bombs, car bombs, ignition buttons, small pieces of det cord, fuses, duct tape. It’s just his extra storage space in case he needs an explosion quickly. There’s also a small felt bear knight that Gavin once put in the glove box, and Michael has griped and complained and threatened to throw it out cause it’s just taking up space, but it’s never moved.

Gavin’s is a disaster. Literally anything he thinks might be useful, anything that was once useful, or whatever he doesn’t want in his pockets goes in there. He has extra sunglasses (because he breaks his often enough, a back-up is needed every few weeks), loose bullets, food crumbs, tangled cords and wires and electrical components, flashdrives, a golden flare gun without ammo. The most useful thing he keeps there is a burner phone for emergencies only.

Ryan has an odd assortment of items. He has a knife and a gun and a box of ammo. There’s small containers of extra face paint and the brushes for it. Duct tape, a lighter, and some small explosives. Though alongside all of that is a bag of dog treats for the strays he sometimes stops for (not that anyone knows about that, right Gavin?). He has a little cactus that will sometimes be pulled up to his dashboard, and is only kept inside the glove box because someone once snatched a previous plant from his car.

The one thing none of them keeps in their glove box are insurance and registration. Not because they don’t have them - if the cars weren’t obtained and insured legally, Jeremy and Gavin were able to put together convincing enough papers that no one would really suspect them to be forgeries. But really, it makes identity theft way too easy if someone was stupid enough to steal one of the crew’s cars. The identity theft wouldn’t last long when it was discovered, but better to avoid the situation entirely.

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Kifaru E&E.

My Kif E&E recently passed its 4th year of service and its still going strong.

The only issue I’ve ever had with it has been a little degrading of the velcro patch panels which will be easy to replace and they get a lot of use testing out new versions of my personal markers .

Seen here with added Kifaru Skinny mini long pockets and a Kif organizer, pimped GITD Grimlocks, and Custom CB zip pulls from Andrew at valleydeepmountainhigh.

On the reverse side are aftermarket Max P shoulder pads that velcro over the original E&E straps with a Custom Kydex Molle holder for a cf Go tube  and a Recta strap compass.

On the sternum strap are a Brite strike APALS in one off my holders and a Cyflect Mk3 personal marker mounted onto a web dominator.

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Help me get to Anime Boston and/or Anime NEXT!

So I told myself I would make a formal post for this, and I am.
My hours at work seem to be getting cut a bit, and I’m trying to afford two conventions I have not been to in a very long time: Anime Boston and Anime Next. My reasoning is because I moved down to Georgia and these cons just aren’t easy for me to get to anymore. Anime Boston, despite not even living in New England, was always my home convention because many of my friends attended this. Friends I had made back at my first con: Portcon Maine 2007. They’ve all watched me fumble through high school and college and stuck by me through some really, really terrible times. And now I’ve graduated and all I want to do is be able to go to AB and see them again. If it’s not clear: Anime Boston is taking major precedence over Anime Next. If I can only afford one, Anime Boston is it.

Now here’s the deal. Since my hours at work are getting cut a bit, and I’m not making anything new (I say that now, but who knows) for Anime Boston, I’m taking Shingeki no Kyojin coat and cape commissions. I make my own patches and I use my own pattern on these coats, and I’m willing to take six commissions on these.

Sadly, I have no pictures of my cape, but they’re incredibly simple for me to make.

I’ve included images of all three military patches (Training not included due to not having a loose one lying around). The Scouting Legion patch is actually sewn on to my old SnK coat, hence why the image is blurry and not the same color as the other coats. All of my patches are appliqued, rather than embroidered and ordering one comes with the option of sewn on patches, or velcro ones that are removable.

The ones with sewn on patches are $40, while the one with removable patches are $60 (They come with all 16 patches if you want them all!). My capes have similar pricing. $30 for a cape with a sewn on patch, $50 for one with removable patches. 

I do have combo pricing if you wanted a coat AND a cape, and that will run $65 for a coat and cape with sewn on patches, or $100 for a coat and cape with removable ones.

I do not make straps. I can barely make my own as it is.

If you have any questions about these coats or other commissions I am available for, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

All coats are made of canvas or duck cloth, but I am open for for using whichever fabric you’re comfortable with. Patches are felted, but I can use other fabric if you request it (there will be an additional charge since felt is cheaper to use and work with for me). All removable patches are attached with industrial strength Velcro.