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27 November 2005 @ 04:26 pm
Cosplay reference...  
I know there are people who monitor this community that enjoy cosplaying FmA characters.

A lot of people seem confused as to what exactly those brightly colored bars on the FmA military personel are...and how to duplicate them for their own enjoyment in portraying their favorite characters.

So here's some insight from me:

These are both scans of "ribbon bars" and the ribbons attached to them. In the real military (these aren't authentic military bars and ribbons) the ribbons are permanently affixed in a lot of cases, and in others...like the examples here, they are removable.

The ribbons slide on and off the metal bar and are aligned by priority of their significance. The higher the honor, the closer "inboard" or to the center of the uniform shirt the ribbon is placed.

The brass "grommets" keep the bars on and affixed, (one has been removed so that the post is shown as an example).

I would imagine that the characters of the FmA world would have similar arrangements for their devices.

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Image hosted by Photobucket.com Front view
eurogabbyeurogabby on November 27th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Also mind the number
If you are a lower rank, most usually there are less bars *is military brat* So don't have a 2nd lietenant with a full set. Also reaserch what each ribbon means, for the die-hards out there. Fuery probably wouldn't have a ribbon for battle or field awards, so be mindful of that when dressing up the uniforms.
timchell on November 27th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Also mind the number
Good point. It takes A LOT more than two years to earn this many ribbons in the real military. XD

These are some of my own ROTC ribbons, unfortunately I don't have a smaller bar set anymore or I would've scanned that instead.
低燃費って何? CVTって何なの?: For the Stagelady_mercury on November 27th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
Do I sense these to be ROTC ribbon bars??? *_* NJROTC to be exact?????? *_*?? And do I see Distinguished Unit??? *_____*

(yes, fails, fails hard).

And I thought I was going to be the only loser to think of using my own NRJOTC ribbon bars xD

(My ribbon collection sucks, I only did but so much... like rifle team... all... three... years... lol).

I do know that its by seniority. So, the top left corner would be your highest ribbon and your lowest ribbon would be at the bottom right. They are also positioned 1 1/4 (or is it 1/4... its been so long) above the left breast pocket. Medals are center... and 1/4 below your ribbons, correct? I just aligned them against the stitching of my left breast pocket.

timchell on November 27th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Indeed! XD

(fails far worse, believe me! XD)

I don't cos, but if I did I would most definitely be tempted to use my NJROTC ribbon bars. =D

(mine is decent 'cause I got thrown onto EVERYTHING. The only thing I haven't been forced into yet is exhibition. -thank GOD!- XD)

Yep, and it is 1/4 centered over the left pocket. I do the same with my medals...*wonders if she should scan some cords and medals for references too*

It's nice to see another NJROTC brat! XD
低燃費って何? CVTって何なの?lady_mercury on November 27th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)

Our unit is still young and favortism and everything else was rampant so there wasn't much room for exceleration XD

It is too :D

and, after tearing up my room, I finally found my ribbons ~_~

Here's a smaller set:

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When you wear your ribbons, if you can't see, I have a piece of cardboard. It keeps the ribbons flat and stiff on your shirt instead of lose and hanging and nasty looking.

If you like I can take a picture of the ribbons placed on a shirt, if anyone likes to know what it would look like.
低燃費って何? CVTって何なの?: created by: in__conspicuouslady_mercury on November 27th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm missing my second bronze star on my rifle ribbon XD
timchell on November 27th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
*head/desks* for forgetting to mention backing. Thanks for uploading that example!

Is missing far too many stars, torches, and etc to count. I HATE THOSE SUCKERS!! xP Which is why my CO bitches at me...>>;
低燃費って何? CVTって何なの?: Hinata avatar thingy...lady_mercury on November 28th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
You're welcome ^^

Our unit didn't care about them, sadly ~_~ Our unit failed. Hard. That's why I left XD I mean, NS-1s were COs! Me, an NS-3 was knocked for CO by an NS-1!

timchell on November 28th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Eh, our unit's got it's own issues. Mostly that everyone wants to bitch and cat-fight, especially my officers. *knocks 'em all in the head*

*coughs* Eh, well I knocked about ten people out of running for XO. Started last year as E-4 and ended it as 0-2. Then our CO got shit-canned and they promoted me the next day to full Lt. *sighs* I didn't want it at all though, my highest aspiration was to graduate a Master Chief. I still want to do that, but well...duty right?

Sorry to hear your unit was so chaotic. Favoritism pisses me off.
低燃費って何? CVTって何なの?: Junior Senior 2lady_mercury on November 28th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I think every JROTC unit has their own issues XDD A major problem in ours was the pathetic use of Advanced Acceleration. In one year, an NS-1 in our unit was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

In. One. Year.

Just because he knew how to drill. ~_~ Hell, if I knew doing about faces 50 times perfectly would get me to CPO in less than a year, I should have stayed on Drill Team.
Red Themisterredthemister on November 28th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Heh. I used cardboard on EVERYTHING. I used it to keep my ribbons straight (I had a lot... made it all the way to LTCOL... was on the staff; you get promoted fast there... I went from Master Sergeant to Second Lieutenant in one promotion O.O;;), my nametag and honor unit w/ distinction star... everything.
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timchell on November 28th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Nice link, thank you!

You went to Salmen, wow...the web is a small place after all. I didn't go to school there, but I've been to the campus before.
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timchell on November 28th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard that. I'm sorry.

I've been hearing so much about places I know and have lived...I just sorta block it out of my mind now.