Mandalorian Mercs Costume Guidelines
In response to the increasing membership and interest in the Mandalorian Mercs, it has become necessary to codify certain minimum costume requirements for admission into the Mercs. As such, the Cuy’val Dar Council has discussed and ratified the following guidelines.
The Mandalorian Mercs Council reserves the right to change these standards as they see fit. With each change, an announcement will be made via the forums.
|Required Components for MODERN ERA COSTUME:
Individuals must have ALL required components before official membership will be granted. These requirements refer to those of the MODERN ERA Mandalorians otherwise known as "Supercommandos". Using a standard Mando helmet and/or standard Mando body armor most likely classifies you for this category.
- Full T-shaped visor dark enough to obscure the wearer's face. (Leaving the stock Rubie's/Don Post helmet visor in is not acceptable.)
- Must LOOK like a mandalorian helmet from the MODERN ERA.
- No modified Hasbro CLONE HELMETS or modified clone helmets not already approved. Only approved so far is the "Mando Commando" helmet.
- Rubies 1 piece BOBA FETT helmets will no longer be accepted for use by the club. Existing Official Members with Rubies Boba Fett 1 piece helmets are exempt however, it is HIGHLY recommended that you upgrade as soon as possible. Exception for Verd'ikas, judged on a per applicant basis. The reason for this exclusion is the helmet's quality is poor and the price is high. There are many more cost effective, better quality options available.
- Chest armor:
- MUST be fitted and spaced correctly depending on armor/body type. Good rule of thumb, maximum spacing should equal no more than 1 inch between collar/chest/gut plates. No more than 1/2 inch between diamond and chest plates.
- Must be of adequate size in proportion to your chest area. Chest plates should not exceed 1 inch beyond edge of collar maximum.
- Sports armor used must be modified to the point where it is no longer recognizable as sports armor.
- Body armor:
- At least TWO armor components below the waist (codpiece, a set of thigh, a set of knee, a set of shin, and/or a set of foot armor). Pairs of armor like thighs, knees, shins, and boot are considered ONE piece as a set.
- Knee armor is required. Knee coverage may be hard or soft, but must be "in universe" and high-quality. Extended shins that cover knees also count as knee armor.
- Cod piece or loin cloth is required. Either may be counted as ONE piece of armor below the waist. Soft cod armor may also be used as well as hard cod armor and loin cloths. However soft cod armor must look "in universe" and be of high quality. Examples would include Darth Vader and Biker Scout style soft armor.
- Sports armor used must be highly modified to no longer look like sports armor.
- Plates should be sized correctly so that they are proportionate to your body size.
- Some form of armor or rigid covering on the lower arms (gauntlets, hard bracers, gloves, and quality handwraps).
- Sports armor used must be highly modified to no longer look like sports armor.
- Back covering:
- Some form of back covering (jet pack, backpack, back armor, cape, cloak, etc.)
- Shoulder armor
- At least one weapon of Star Wars-universe style (not Earthly-looking). Applicants must now provide 1 picture of their full weapon load-out when applying. Upload will be available on the application.
Acceptable armor material:
Sintra, Kydex, PVC, ABS, Styrene, Fiberglass, Metal, Fiberglassed/resined paper board
Acceptable armor attachment methods:
Velcro, Magnets, Snaps, Bolts, Rivets, Strapping (leather and nylon strapping may be exposed; elastic strapping must be concealed EXCEPT on knees, elbows, and "Boba Thongs" where they must be color matched to flight suit)
Unacceptable armor attachment methods:
Lightsabers: Lightsaber/darksaber hilts may be worn as trophies or tools. No full bladed lightsabers/darksabers may be carried unless your character is portraying an *in-canon* lightsaber/darksaber wielding mando (i.e., Bardan Jusik, Kad Skirata, Pre Viszla).
- Armor/flak vest:
- Armor/flak vest must be worn under armor plates.
- T-shirt vests are NOT acceptable as armor vests.
- MOLLE/TAC and paintball style vests may still be used without any modification. However, the armor must be of a canon or custom style that COMPLETELY covers the vest.
- Vests may be traditional Boba/Jango style or custom style. If you have a question about your vest, ask a council member.
- Ensure vest is properly fitted/tailored for you. Baggy and over-sized vests are not acceptable.
- Flight suit:
- You must have a properly fitted/tailored flight suit or comparable under-armor clothing.
- One or two piece flight suit designs are acceptable.
- Non-flight suit style under-armor clothing must be comparable to a flight suit (We should not be able to tell the difference).
- Back coverings:
- Back armor SHOULD be used as all canon references for Modern Era Mandalorians show back armor. However, if your Mandalorian wears a duster or other jacket or a cape that fully covers the back from shoulder to shoulder and neck to waist, the use of a backplate is not required. Backpacks and jetpacks are also acceptable in lieu of a back plate. However, the back covering must completely cover the back as to make it unknown that there is no backplate present.
- Soft back coverings can be substituted for back armor pieces as long as they add to the overall look of the applicant's armor.
- Full/half capes are acceptable as long as they cover the entire back area (No armor vest should be showing).
- Soft/hard backpacks/packs are acceptable alternatives.
- Kamas, and loin cloths:
- Kamas are acceptable.
- Loin cloths are an acceptable replacement for cod armor, or can be used in conjunction with cod armor and/or kama.
- Loin cloths should be worn UNDER the belt or waist sash.
- Ammo belt and pouches:
- You must have either an ammo/girth/holster belt or waist sash, or any combination of these four items.
- No cell phone pouches on ammo belts for adult submissions.
- Armor strapping:
- External strapping must be of an in universe material, examples include but are not limited to tactical web belting and leather. Elastic strapping is generally unacceptable for external use (refer to the following exceptions). The preferred method for the use of elastic strapping is to conceal it within the flightsuit.
- External elastic strapping may be used in the following manners:
- On the knee's, elbows and Mando "thongs" only and dyed or painted to match the flightsuit as best as possible
- If fully hidden from view by armor accessories such as kama's, ammo pouches, capes, holsters etc. It would be recommended to use a higher quality elastic rather than the inexpensive "sew in" type, in the event the coverage moves and it's exposed. It would also be best that it match the flightsuit in color or be colors that compliment the overall color palate of the costume.
- Combat/Utility boots are considered the primary accepted boot for armor.
- Labels and brand names should be removed or covered.
- Shoe-laces MUST be covered with armor or some sort of boot/ankle spat.
- High heels/stiletto female boots are not acceptable mandalorian armor attire. Platform boots are acceptable.
These items are not required, but are included as additional suggested costume components.
- Neck Seal (TK neck seals are acceptable also)
- Pauldron (TK or Clone)
- Use of mythosaur skull (Jaing or Mercs) in armor design
- Leg/Hip pouches
- Military ditty bag
- Holster rigs
- Over coat/trench coat
- Armor weathering
||The DON’T List:
These items/concepts should not be used in your custom Mandalorian costume character.
- No soft armor/Halloween costumes/Mando pajamas
- No tennis shoes/sneakers
- No visible zippers or closures on flight suit/under-armor unless considered part of the costume’s look
- No jeans, t-shirts, sweat suits, etc. used as under-armor
- No Jedi-Mandos or Sith-Mandos. “Force-adept” or “Force-sensitive” Mandos are acceptable.
- No stiletto boots. Platform boots are acceptable.
- No "modern" or "common" off the shelf camo patterns may be used. Camo patterns allowed must be uncommon, vintage, or in-universe and will be highly scrutinized during the application process. Officially barred "off the shelf" camo patterns: Woodland, Tiger Stripe, 3 Color Desert, MARPAT, Real Tree, Mossy Oak, ACU, Urban, 6 Color Desert, Swiss Alpineflague, and MultiCam.
- No contemporary technology unless hidden or cleverly disguised. (Examples: Exposed IPods, Iphones, Cell phones, Calculators, PDAs, or Palm devices)