Admittedly probably not the right forum for this, but perhaps the best available.  This was a long time in the making, I've had the idea for a year or so but finally put something together.  Truth be told my time as a lower enlisted solider wasn't all glamour and smiles (Is it for anyone?), and by the time my first PCS and eventually ETS came around I refused to be part of the plaque fund and thus was never given one of my own.  As time goes on, the bad memories leak away while the good remain and you begin to seek memento's and heirlooms from the past.  The plaques they were giving out were quit honestly pretty basic and not too appealing, so I decided to take a more modern artistic approach when I built my own.  

The base is a 16x20 imagine that I took in the middle of the night on our COP, I had a company die infuse the photo onto metal.  For those not familiar, metal photo prints are really amazing and bring a whole new dimension to wall art.  The next two photos are again on metal, and mounted about a 1/2" off the base image to give the whole piece some depth.  

Next, I took my IR flag, ISAF, and unit patch that I wore every day ( I made sure to keep these) and mounted them on the base along with other patches and badges.  I had originally thought about gluing these on, but ended up using velcro.  I'm pleasantly surprised how the velcro turned out.  It raises each piece off the base adding to the depth, and will allow me to remove everything if I need to in the future.   My goal was to then cover the front with a plastic or glass face, but now that I have it on my wall as it sits, I actually like having it open.  The patches may get dusty as time goes on, but with them only being velcro'd on I can easily remove for cleaning.  

Hopefully this is neat enough to share!

P.S. If any of you have higher quality photo's and patches I could easily put more of these together if anyone is interested.  

 

 

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PCSing/ETSing?   Shit I remember when you first joined.

 

Cool Plaque.

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That's nice, and a nice change from the usual.

"It's when you fuck up that you will hear from your peers, not when you are doing your job. We expect people to do their jobs, and don't praise them like six year olds who successfully tied their shoes when they do. " - Fatty

 

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Nice.  We gave our last station commander a bottle of his favorite drink in a glass case with a small plaque.  A fellow squad leader used to carry a tomahawk in his ruck at all times, would present it to his Soldiers when they PCS/ETSd,  then pick up a new tomahawk.

"A pirate is not the sort of a man who generally cares to pay his bills...and after a time the work of endeavoring to collect debts from pirates was given up."

          -Frank R. Stockton

That looks great, and is so much more personal than a plaque. I hate plaques, always have. My sergeant is moving to another job. I'd like to present him something like you did. Thanks for posting that and giving me some ideas. 

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"One of the nice things about being around other soldiers is they will suffer your bullshit gladly, knowing sooner or later you will shut up and listen to theirs." - Jim Morris, War Story

 

"The military was strange like that. In the middle of the night you run into a major problem that requires you to put your faith in someone you never met before and probably would never see again. But that person knocks himself out to do his job and helps you get on with yours." - Harold W. Coyle, Team Yankee

Cost completely depends on size of the print.  You can get a 48x60 for close to a grand, or you can do an 8x11 for $40ish.  There are also different options on frames, gloss etc. that can change prices.  The image is basically pressed onto the metal using high pressure and high heat, my guess is diamond plate would not work.  

68WhiskeyNCoke posted:
cd228 posted:

PCSing/ETSing?   Shit I remember when you first joined.

 

Cool Plaque.

Time flies, eh? It doesn't feel like too long ago when I was on here asking all these silly questions prior to even going in.  

We were all there once.  Are you doing ROTC or GI Bill?  Your comment about your "lower enlisted time" made me wonder. 

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I'm either dead right, or horribly wrong. Either way the results should be entertaining.

 

"Shoot the MOTHERF$%^ER until he changes shape or catches fire"  the PAT ROGERS

68WhiskeyNCoke posted:

GI Bill, civilian PA.  I only did 4 years enlisted active duty.  

You want to laugh, my Battle Buddy from Basic is completing the same program of study.  You looking at coming back in after completing your degree?

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I'm either dead right, or horribly wrong. Either way the results should be entertaining.

 

"Shoot the MOTHERF$%^ER until he changes shape or catches fire"  the PAT ROGERS

Looks good dude! 

My PCS one was fairly basic, but the one for my ETS looks sick. I'm glad I had a heavy hand in designing it or I would have gotten ripped off. 

I'm glad to have stuff like this now that I'm out to hang on the walls and look at longingly every now and then. 

I paid into the plaque fund at every unit I was assigned to....the only plaque I got was from Advanced Airborne, and I was there for just over a year.

When I was in the 25th, we gave a guy a unique plaque...we took a broken off piece of scrap wood, nailed to unit crests to it, screwed a toilet paper dispenser w/ a full roll on it....and scrawled over that with a sharpie ..." Official 1/14Inf Letter of Commendation dispenser".

We also gave him the standard style plaque...guess which one he liked better?

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Gunner posted:

  A fellow squad leader used to carry a tomahawk in his ruck at all times, would present it to his Soldiers when they PCS/ETSd,  then pick up a new tomahawk.

That right there probably meant more to Joe Snuffy Tentpeg than any plaque ever would.

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