Glossary

Terminology you’ll find on this site related to costuming, 501st Legion and Star Wars.

Prefixes

The trooper ID prefix tells you what type of costume that trooper has. Here’s the most common prefixes written about on this site. There are dozens of others not listed here.

BH-
Bounty Hunter
DZ-
Denizen
SL-
Sith Lord
TI-
TIE Pilot
TK-
Stormtrooper

Acronyms and abbreviations

BHG
The Bounty Hunter Guild, covering various bounty hunter costumes. (See: Detachment)
Con
Short for convention, an organized gathering of fans to celebrate their common interest. Events range from panel discussions, early screenings of upcoming material, meet-and-greet with famous personalities, cosplay contests and more.
CRL
Costume Reference Library, a document with a description of each part of a costume and the notes on Legion requirements for it. Membership approval is based on this. The CRL also notes optional levels of excellence, defined by the detachment for that costume type.
EIB
See: Expert Infantry.
FISD
First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment, covering various Stormtrooper costumes. (See: Detachment)
Merch
Merchandise — non-costume branded items and memorabilia, often limited to members only. Could be anything from t-shirts and pillow cases to jacket pins.
RPG
Role-playing game
SWC
Star Wars Celebration. (See: Celebration)
TDH
The Dented Helmet, an online costume community specializing in Boba Fett and other Bounty Hunters.

Words and frases

501st Legion
Worldwide costuming and charity organization, cosplaying as “the bad guys” in Star Wars.
Aurebesh
The Galactic standard alphabet in the Star Wars universe.
It has mostly the same letters as basic English, so you could argue that it is more of a font than an alphabet, but the script does have some letters that don’t exist in English.
Some of the other known in-universe scripts: Outer Rim Basic (often used to transcribe Hutteese), Futhark/Futhork (mostly seen on Naboo), High Galactic (looks exactly like our the real-world latin alphabet)
Bucket
Slang word for helmet.
Celebration
Star Wars Celebration, the official Star Wars convention. It is not held annually, and does not have a fixed location but moves around.
Centurion
Third and highest level of costuming excellence as defined in the Stormtrooper CRL. Optional, not required for membership. (See: CRL.)
Challenge coin
Metal medallion with insignia. (See: Merch.)
Cosplay
Costuming hobby. Cosplayers make and/or wear costumes and try to represent/role-play a specific character or type of character, often from films, games and books in the genres Fantasy and SciFi.
Detachment
Non-administrative sub-unit of the Legion. A community doing research on and specializing in a specific costume type, sharing knowledge and experience and helping new recruits with their build. Members can be affiliated with many detachments.
E-11
Stormtrooper rifle, “E-11 BlasTech Standard Imperial Sidearm”. Based on the british Sterling MK IV submachine gun.
Expert Infantry
Second level of costuming excellence as defined in the Stormtrooper CRL. Optional, not required for membership. (See: CRL.)
Fire team
Local, non-official sub-unit of a Detachment, for troopers with the same costume type in the same area. (See: Detachment)
Garrison
Local branch of the Legion with at least 25 members. Most of the activities in the Legion happens locally, organized by the garrison in that area.
Greeblie
Items decorating a costume or prop without having any function. A greeblie could be anything, such as switches, knobs, cables, tubes, springs from pens, model kits and so on. The greeblies are only there to make the item more visually interesting. The term is said to have been originated with George Lucas.
Infamous
Second level of costuming excellence as defined in the Boba Fett CRL. Optional, not required for membership. (See: CRL.)
Legion
See: 501st Legion. It could also mean Rebel Legion.
Makerspace
Community-operated workspace where people gather to share tools and knowledge in various crafts and hobbies. Costuming, beer brewing, art painting and programming are a few examples.
Nidaros Imperial Squad
Local group of troopers in Trondheim, Norway. Also known as Nidaros Imperials. They are part of Nordic Garrison.
Nordic Garrison
Local branch of the Legion in Norway, Sweden and Finland. (See: Garrison)
Outpost
Local branch of the Legion in areas with too few troopers to form a Garrison. An outpost needs at least one member and no Garrisons in the area. (See: Garrison)
Screen-accurate
Item or costume part built to look like an item from a film.
Screen-used
Item or costume part was acctually used in a film. Rare.
Squad
Local sub-branch of a Garrison. A squad needs at least 10 members, and operates in a smaller geographic territory. (See: Garrison)
Supporter
A non-costumed helper or a helper in a non-restrictive costume. Functions as the eyes and ears during a troop, and makes sure the troopers (and those around them) stays safe. Also refered to as handler, wrangler or crew.
Troop
An appearance at an event, organized through a Garrison, Outpost or through the Legion.
Trooper
A member of the Legion. The member could have any costume type, not necessarily a Stormtrooper.
Trooping
Participating in a troop.

Films

ANH
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
AOTC
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
CW
The Clone Wars (2008), film and TV series. Could also refer to TV series: Clone Wars (2003)
ESB
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
R1
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
ROTJ
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
ROS/TROS
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
ROTS
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Solo
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
TFA
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
TLJ
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
TPM
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)