- Helmet or mask with full head cover. Visor of “T” or “Y” style that cannot be seen through from front.
- Must LOOK like a Mandalorian helmet from Early/Sith wars Era or designed similarly.
- Breathing hoses/tubes are a REQUIRED element in this era.
- Use of clone helmets or modern era Mando helmets are NOT acceptable.
- Vinyl or paint applications to a visor are prohibited.
- Modern Era armor is NOT acceptable for this era.
MUST be fitted and spaced correctly depending on armor/body type.
- Chest plate is required. Note that most chest armor of this era is one piece and made of leather or leather-like materials. Hard chest plates are also acceptable.
- Ab plate is required.
- Cod piece or loin cloth is required.
- Armor should have an organic feel to it. It should appear to be bone, leather and/or rough pounded metal.
- The use of teeth, spikes and/or bones in armor and adornments are highly recommended.
Rivets used to attach armor must be painted to match armor.
- Additional body armor, such as bicep, elbow, cod, tasset, thigh, knee plates, shin armor and shknees should not overlap and crowd into other armor plates if they are separate, standalone costume pieces. This section does not apply to plates meant to be segmented or those attached to one another like that seen on the heavy infantry mandalorians or their appropriate era counterparts.
- Some form of back covering is required. (Backpack, back armor, air tank, cape, cloak, etc.)
- Must cover at least 2/3 the overall width and length of the back.
- Jetpacks are NOT acceptable in this era.
- Some form of shoulder armor. Note that most shoulder armor of this era is large and covers the entire shoulder as to protect the shoulder joint.
- Some form of knee covering is required.
- A Shin/Knee combo plate (Shnees) is an acceptable variant for knees.
- Some form of armor or rigid covering on the lower arms (Gauntlets, hard bracers, and quality handwraps).
- Forearms must be fully covered by one of the following:
- Fabric wraps from the wrist to at least 3/4 up the forearm. Wraps must be of high quality. Acceptable styles of fabric wraps are those worn by, but not limited to Tusken Raiders, Kaleesh, and Quinlan Vos.
- Full or half/bracer style hard shell gauntlets.
- Heavy leather bracers which wrap at least 3/4 of the way around the forearm.
- Laces are HIGHLY discouraged as a method to secure these types of bracers. Preferred methods would be belting or buckles.
- Materials such as vinyl, pleather, and thin leather or suede will NOT be acceptable as a use for forearm covering. Pleathers or vinyl COULD be made into strips for wraps but are unacceptable as bracers.
Modern era gauntlets are NOT acceptable.
- NOT a required element in this era. Armor can be attached directly to the flight suit or strapped onto body.
- T-shirt vests are not acceptable as armor/flak vests.
If you choose to use a vest, ensure the vest is properly fitted/tailored for you. Baggy and over-sized vests are not acceptable.
- Some form of neck seal is required to meet the fully “sealed” flight suit requirement.
- Neck seals can be separate pieces or built into the flight suit.
- You must have a properly fitted/tailored flight suit.
- One or two piece flight suit designs are acceptable. If using two separate pieces, they must give the illusion of a one piece flight suit by using the same color and material for each piece. (We should not be able to tell the difference.)
- A fully “sealed” flight suit is required for this era. Meaning, no visible skin showing. Fingerless gloves and sleeveless or bare arms are NOT acceptable.
Leather or leather-like materials are highly recommended.
Capes, kamas, and loin cloths:
- Full or half capes can be substituted for back armor pieces as long as they add to the overall look of the applicant’s armor and cover the entire back area (From the base of the neck (or thereabouts) to at last mid lower back and full coverage across the width of the back.)
- 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.
Pouches should be kept to a minimum and not of the type used on modern era Mandalorians.
- Leather, leather-like, or cloth are the only materials acceptable for belts, straps, and pouches in this era. Nylon straps, belts, or pouches are NOT acceptable.
Visible plastic clips/belt closures are NOT acceptable.
- Full fingered gloves are required to meet the fully “sealed” flight suit requirement.
- Labels and brand names must be removed or covered.
- Gloves must be completely tucked into the gauntlet. Glove cuff must not be exposed either poking out the top of the gauntlet or bunched up at the wrist.
- Combat/Utility boots are considered the primary accepted boot for armor.
- Labels and brand names must be removed or covered.
Shoe-laces should be covered with armor or some sort of boot/ankle spat.
- High heels/stiletto female boots are not acceptable Mandalorian armor attire. Platform, wedge, and “chunky” heels are acceptable.
- Rain boots, specifically those made entirely of rubber, both sole and calf, are prohibited from use.
- At least one weapon of Early/Sith Wars style.
- Ancient melee weapons and ancient style blasters are preferred.
- Modern era weapons are NOT acceptable.
- Fully metal melee weapons are prohibited.
- If a melee weapon of mixed construction has metal cutting edges, spikes, blades, piercing tips, or similar features, the metal must be replaced with an acceptable material and modified for safety. Otherwise, the weapon is prohibited.
- Metal handles are allowed on melee weapons of mixed construction as long as they meet all the requirements for metal melee weapons.
- Metal blasters are allowed as long as they meet all the requirements for safety and weapons in general.
- The PersO and Approval Team reserve the right to prohibit any additional metal weaponry deemed unsafe on a case by case basis.
Mounted Weapon Systems
- Mounted weapons must appear to be mounted to a piece of armor in a practical and functional way. Weapon systems that appear to be ‘just glued on’ will not be accepted. For example, Boba and Jango’s rockets are mounted onto a raised firing platform.
- ‘Naked’ circuit boards glued on to items as greeblies are no longer acceptable. If circuit boards are used as greeblies, they must be modified so that they fit the 70s tech aesthetic of the films. Any use of exposed circuit boards as greeblies will be highly scrutinized.
- Greeblies made out of common items such as electronics components must be modified or used in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. These components are still very much available for greeblie use as always, but creativity with modification and/or placement is suggested. We highly encourage the use of uncommon or obscure items as greeblies.
Quality of Armor/Prop Material:
Any holes in armor that would give the observer reason to believe the plate was compromised to the soft goods must be backed with era appropriate material. For example, this could mean display lights, trauma plating, metal mesh or another solid material so as not to see the underlying soft parts or attachment methods underneath.
Acceptable Armor Material:
- Fiberglassed/resined paper board
- Urethane Rubber
- Worbla (not strong enough for armor plates in a single layer, but great for sculpted detail)
Acceptable armor attachment methods:
Unacceptable armor attachment methods:
- 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. Pre Viszla).
The photos you take are very important to the approval process. The photos must be well-lit and focused to show the detail of your armor and props. Please make sure your pictures are at least 1920×1080 resolution. You will need the following photos for application:
- Left Side
- Right Side
- Front facing without helmet
- Weapons close-up. One picture of both sides of each weapon must be submitted for review.
When taking the helmet off front facing photo any balaclava, skull cap or other head coverings must be completely removed so the applicant’s full head is visible in the photo.
Photos should be taken against a neutral (preferably white or contrasting to the armor scheme) background with lighting that exposes all of the details of your armor and soft parts.
All costume items seen in the initial photo submission must complete the application unless specifically coordinated with the Application team. Only on a case by case basis may an item be removed from a costume to improve an application.
The Don’t list
These items/concepts should NOT be used in your custom Mandalorian costume character:
- Absolutely no spring loaded weapons or devices will be allowed. All such devices, including foam dart launchers of any kind, must operate manually. Otherwise they must be rendered inoperable.
- No soft armor/Halloween costumes/Mando pajamas
- No tennis shoes/sneakers
- No stiletto/high heel boots.
- No visible zippers or closures on flight suit or armor/flak vest.
- No jeans, t-shirts, sweat suits, etc. used as flight suits or armor/flak vests.
- No Jedi-Mandos or Sith-Mandos. “Force-adept” or “Force-sensitive” Mandos are acceptable.
- No modern era helmets, gauntlets, chest or body armor.
- No visible nylon or elastic strapping.
- No visible shoe laces.
- No blood, gore, or human skulls.
- 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.
- EVA foam is not an acceptable armor building material for the MMCC. EVA foam MAY be considered for use on parts such as “soft cods” and “soft” knees. It will be a suitable material to back plating on knees and such for comfort. Any EVA that is visible, ie. soft cods and soft knees, will be HIGHLY scrutinized. It is HIGHLY recommended that if you choose this route, you heavily incorporate the App Team in the WIP and apply any suggestions to increase the probability of acceptance.
- ALL visible sports armor up to and including soccer shin guards and any combination sport or SWAT/Military/Occupational foot/shin/knee pads will not be accepted by any new applicants who wish to apply for Official Membership within the MMCC, unless used as plate carriers and are modified beyond the normal earthy appearance of the stock piece.
- No contemporary technology unless hidden or cleverly disguised. (Examples: Exposed IPods, Iphones, Cell phones, Calculators, PDAs, or Palm devices)
Requirements Last Revised: Spring 2015
The Mando Mercs Mandalore and/or Command Council reserves the right to change these standards as they see fit. With each change, an announcement will be made via the MMCC forums.
Members of the Approval team are volunteering their personal time to the Mando Mercs. As volunteer members they have the right to perform their role for the club free of threatening behaviour, harassment and bullying from applicants. IF ANY APPLICANT IS ABUSIVE TOWARDS THE APPROVAL TEAM IN ANY WAY, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NO LONGER BE TENDERED. Please only contact the Approval Team through Official channels.