I just joined.
I just joined.
I finally registered... did the chat function go bye bye with the move to the new server?
Yes. The chat system we had was junk anyway. I've been researching some new options, and hopefully one of those will work.
Can I suggest a good old fashion IRC chat channel? I still use IRC for a number of the other forum communities I am involved with and for those not willing to DL/install mIRC or a similar proggy, you can install a java version right into the page. Let us know, I am interested in joining a realtime chat channel for this or the custom site.
I've thought about IRC, and we will definitely investigate it. I'll get our comms officer to work =D
Well, we finally received our reply back from LucasFilm...
They have approved our logo, so we are good to go. More work for us now as we have to put copyright info on all our media, merch, and pubs now.
such great news, novall
makes me proud to be one :)
yay stickied! :)
As of yesterday, LFL has approved the use of our club logo. A very big day for us at Mercs =)
I'd still like to encourage anyone with some artistic flair to come get in on our regional logo contest. It's a great way for you to possibly win some nice Mercs clothing and get your artwork immortalized as a Mandalorian Mercs Regional symbol.
awsome we are becoming more official every day LOL. I may just have to enter the contest.
We are working on a Wiki for anyone who wants to write about their custom Mandalorian character. You won't have to be a member of Mercs or the forums to do this, it will be open to anyone who has a custom character they would like to write a history, origin, or back story about.
Should be pretty neat =D
Wow, congratulations on the LFL approval.
Thanks TxFett =D
It's been a fun ride so far. It's taken alot of hard work from many different people from TDH and other corners of the costuming community to get this together. It's working, and it's exciting to be able to create something we can all benefit from. We had Ray Ramirez join up this week, which was very motivating for all of us =)
Long time no see, Talon. You remember Clan Ka'ra? Glad to see you guys are still going strong. =D
Hey! Yeah I remember you guys =D
We are growing very well, it's almost hard to keep up with it sometimes. You should drop by and visit up again sometime =)
Something I would like to announce is that we are now working on creating a Wiki for custom mandalorian characters. Think of it as a repository for your mando's background =D
This project will be open to the public to add their character, edit, etc. Even if you don't have armor but just wish to create a mandalorian character, you'll have your chance to.
We will keep you up to date on when this project goes live. If you also have any experience in this and wish to help out, give me a PM. Right now we should be ready to go in a couple weeks.
The MercsWiki is up and running. It's pretty basic right now, but as we learn more about the code that will change. I would like to invite EVERYONE with a custom mandalorian character to post your character's story! Not only will this serve to inspire others in their costuming and creativity...but it will also be a repository of information that anyone can draw upon for media, books, or anything else related to our passion. You will need to register on the Wiki in order to post, this way you may protect your work from being edited if you desire. You do not have to have a suit of armor to do this, it's entirely based on your imagination. You can upload images to go along with your wiki entry aswell.
I had to add that to the post via edit. You don't have to have armor to post this if you have a character that you've already planned out. This is entirely imagination =D If you have your costume made then it's just an added bonus!
We are still hoping to get some art entries for our eastern and western Canadian regions as well as our mid west USA region. Seems like everyone is on the east and west coasts =D
It's a change to in a free Mercs shirt...and lets face it, who doesn't want a shirt with a Mando skull on it! =D
on the mandolorian wiki can anyone make an entry?
Yes they can. You just need to create an account on the wiki, it's extremely easy and keeps guests from editing your info.
Yeah, some geographical locations were grouped differently due to population. As we grow, the current regions will split up into smaller regions. Have to start out with large areas before you can make them small.
Wow, this place has certainly progressed.
I might be interested ;)
Oh yes, we have grown quite a bit! I'm actually surprised at how well we have done. At first quite a few people were afraid we were trying to take away from the establishment, but that's never been the case. We work with the other organizations such as TDH to make the entire SW costuming community a fun place =D
I really appreciate the good words Mercke, and I look forward to seeing you at Mercs =D
I gotta know, how mad would all you guys be if I used a star trek inspired mando to join up? :lol It won't be half-@$$ed or anything like that. I'm planning on quality vynil, faux leather, molded pieces, ect.
Typically, Star Trek and Star Wars don't make a very good combination. There's alot of people out there would actually be really pissed off if they saw something like that.
I would advise against it. :)
It would really really depend on how good that looked. There's not alot of SW and ST that go together. I'm not one to turn anyone away if it looks real good though, and believeable as a Mandalorian outfit. As Mercke said though, those two don't mix well IMHO, and alot of that is because the technology in ST is much more new and crisp then SW.
We just had our 29th costume member to join today. Thanks Blackjet! We are right at 30's door, so those of you who have been contemplating it...hop on over and join up! We are doing some great things and have quite a bit of stuff in store for the rest of 2007 and into 2008!
We have members all over the US, UK, and Canada with regions starting in Iceland and hopefully Australia before the end of 2007. We are growing, and we want you to come join the Mercs familiy with us. Be proud of that custom armor you wear!
Yeah, at least stop on by for a visit. If you've got your own character made up as well, log in to the wiki and post it up!
I'm not meaning to start a discussion on this, but SW and ST are on equal footing teachnology wise. ST is just more streamlined and uses a different/slower FTL drive. *end of discussion please, I don't want to start a fight here*
Besides, I have a perfect plan brewing. :cheers
Equal footing? I don't think so. Star Wars has much bigger weapons.
Shall we get this thread back on track please?
And Toragh, I for one would like to see what you have planned for the crossover Mandalorian. The idea intrigues me.
We just received our 30th member lastnight. At this rate, we should have 50 before the end of the year...1/6 the size of the Jedi Assembly. We've been getting members since March, and have now had over 1 million hits to the Mercs site just in the month of July. I'd say we have alot of people interested =)
Here's a nice little article our CommO wrote up about this past weekends outing for the Falco clan up in New York. They put together a nice little ball park invasion with the help of the 501st and Fan Force.
Is the Merc page down; I haven't been able to log into it this morning?
working fine for me
As far as I know we haven't had any problems all day. Comms would have let me know if it were down =D
We've started a list for any customs who are attending DragonCon and want to participate with us in the parade. Looks like were gonna have around 13 customs right now, but we would love to have more! I put in for 25 ribbons, so we have plenty extra for those of you who want to join the Mando brigade at the parade.
You can PM me, post it in our forums here: http://mercs.firespray.net/forum/index.php?topic=542.0 or reply on this thread if your interested. Lets show DragonCon and the public some of that old fashioned Mandalorian glory!
Your site is really cool. I especially like those graphics in the intro. Nice work. Unfortunately I don't have a custom...but maybe someday.
Thanks for the kind words!
We're now up to 32 costumed members. I know that may not sound like alot, however you have to remember that the scope of the type of club we provide is small because we. 30 members was a milestone for us, now were working towards 50.
I also want to throw a big thanks out there to everyone who has been supporting us, and to TDH for allowing us this sticky.
Our tutorial library has received almost 1000 hits in the near 2 months we've been working on it. Because of places like TDH, Mercs, and HV&M we've been able to catalog and publish to the web tutorials such as painting techniques, making your own electronics, templates, from scratch how-to's, etc. We also give credit through link to the communities that provide the tutorials, which helps generate members and visibility for all our communities on the web.
If you have a tutorial you would like the library to host, please let us know!
Hey Novall, quick question here; I'm not a member yet because I haven't exactly finished my work...but I plan on hopefully joining.
So, is it alright if I post an article on the wiki on my character, if I am not a member of the group?
Shouldn't be a problem at all, go ahead and post it.
Any of you SoCal vode who have been looking for a clan, were putting one together as we speak over at Mercs for you guys. Morpheus1977, Eagleskull, and Untried_Hunter are helping us out with this...but any of you customs down there that want to get together for all-custom events and such please feel free to hop onboard. The mandos are gathering in SoCal:skull
Mercs will be sponsoring a group photo at DragonCon for all custom Mandalorians as well as any Bobas, Jangos, Jasters, and Jodos (wow thats alot of J's) who would like to be part of it. A couple of these photographs are slated to be sent to Karen Traviss, which she is expecting. I am going to try to have a sign-up sheet at the TDH table on Friday, as the pictures will be taken after the parade on Saturday.
So shine or dent up your armor...we got pictures to take!
Aw man, do I wish I could be in that photo.
We've revamped our membership form a bit. Added some new sign-up specializations that we didn't have in the original form. Some of you all had asked for certain specializations, and those that we received multiple requests for have been entered. Hope these service your needs a bit more.
We will have some DragonCon pics and possibly some film up tonight on the site.
Mandalorian Mercs invade DragonCon 2007:
I had the opportunity to meet a bunch of members of the Mandalorian Mercs at Dragon Con. I have to say that y'all are quite a great group of folks, and y'all have some quite impressive custom Mandos!:suprise:thumbup:cheering Here are a couple of pictures I got from Dragon Con. Feel free to post them on the Mando Mercs forum. If anybody wants them full-size, please let me know.
Here are some shots from the parade:
And a shot after the parade:
And the shot for Karen Traviss. Thanks a bunch for letting Gilmore and me be in the picture:fettrotj:jango
No thanks needed man! I wish more Bobas and Jango's had shown up! We really appreciate the kind words and the GREAT pics.
I got to meet Novall and several others of the MM and they are a great bunch! Very cool Mandos! I've been inspired to create another custom Mando, and may even dust off my 6 year old custom Mando for a pic! (somehow my pics of it from years ago got ate...)
Yes, it was quite an experience for me and the family...our first Con, and our first time trooping with the Mercs...my wife helped hold down one of the event tables next to the 501st/TDH's, while we boys made the rounds...I don't think I've had my picture taken so many times in my life! We couldn't go anywhere between the hotels without being stopped 5 or 6 times for photo-ops...but, the kids loved it! Hell, I loved it!:lol I forgot my camera at the motel room, so here's a cropped pic of me in my armor for those folks I met, but didn't get to introduce myself to (my apologies to Jimmy BufFETT for this pic of his that I butchered :))....
Case-in-point: I met Jimmy BufFETT and Gilmore, but didn't know it, 'cause I didn't catch the nametags (you guys are swell:thumbsup)...I did that kind of thing all weekend...and to all the other Mercs and Fett's out there I met but got no names, it was indeed a pleasure!:thumbsup
(PS...I learned what things on my kit need to be fixed...a helmet fan, and some suspension for my thigh armor are definately coming soon! I was pullin' those plates up all weekend! :lol)
Olah amigo's I just got back from Mexico on vacation and had a blast. I wish I could have gone to D Con though LOL perhaps I can talk the Wif into going in that general direction next year and we just happen to come accross D Con LOL.
We are gonna try to get some large rooms next year so that the cost will be lower on everyone. That way more of you all can make it out.
SoCal clan needs to come out next year and represent!
Put a small article up about our D*Con invasion. We are also working on a short movie documenting the conventions and events that Mercs has taken part in during the last 6 months since our organizational birth.
Nice group photo!:thumbsup
Well, we opened up our regional boards today as well as started voting for regional logo designs that have been submitted over the last two months. We will also have a promotional video that is being worked on as we speak, so stick your heads in the door now and then and see whats going on with the Mandalorian Mercs.
Nice belt buckle! I think I have the same one, I wanted to place it into my suit somehow but it didn't look right with me, so I ended up painting it to match my helmet and I just wear it everyday instead!
Yeah...I picked mine up at Disney/MGM Star Wars Weekend earlier this year, and since it was the same color as my armor, I figured "what the heck"...just a touch of tongue-in-cheek for my armor...:lol
Tomorrow, we open up the Supply Depot on our main site. For now we will be selling our official Mandalorian Mercs t-shirts as well as other merchandise as we get it in. Shirts are on sale for $15 with free shipping in North America, and $3.00 extra for overseas shipping. We should be able to hold to those prices for a good while =)
9am EST tomorrow, the supply depot will be open for business =D
Woo! Go shirts!
We have finally chosen our PR officer spot after months of getting the position prepared, and weeks of debating candidates. We have one more Cuy'Val Dar spot that will open later in the year, Clan Admin. Officer.
Mercs T-shirts have been made available to members and friends of the Mandalorian Mercs. So if you wanna have the Mercs skull on your shoulder, then please feel free to grab a shirt =D
We are also very happy to be able to provide the community with ZamMap's MandoMaker program. People giving their time to help the community in general is what makes costuming fun!
Mandalorian Mercs were out and about this past weekend. Our Falco clan in NY state, and Talon clan in NC participated in charity events that helped raise over $2600 for their associated charity groups. We've also done a number of site and forum improvements and updates to better serve the club and members. Feel free to hop by and give us a shout!
Got my Magnificent Marrow Sun helmet the other day, working on revising my Open Seasons 3 gear w/ new paint scheme for the armor, add my custom jet pack and will be good to go to join you!
Sweet! We'll be glad to have you with us ner'vod.
We have formed two new clans in the last month. The Buurenaar Verda (Storm Warrior) Clan which encompasses the state of Florida, and the Yustapir (River) Clan which encompasses the state of Missouri. If you have a set of custom Mandalorian armor , live in the states covered by these clans, and want to take part in events with them, then please come visit us at the Mandalorian Mercs site and join up!
Mandalorian Mercs hit 70 costumed members this week! This is a big milestone for us, only 30 away from having 100 costumed members. Look out Jedi Assembly, the Mandalorians are on the loose and closing in fast! =)
Our North Carolina and Florida clans both participated in the opening of two new conventions in the local areas, MonsterCon in Salisbury NC and Ancient City Con in St. Augustine FL.
Mandalorian Mercs invaded Montreal Canada and Columbus Ohio this past weekend for various conventions and events. Mercs may be invading a city near you, keep up with our latests news and events at Mandalorian Mercs HQ.
Geez...there's no excuse why you can't visit us now!:lol
Today at Syracuse Hero's Expo, Mandalorian Mercs presented Daniel Logan (Boba Fett EpII) with an honorary membership plaque. The members of the Falco clan said he was one of the coolest people they have had the pleasure spending time with.
looks like Daniel went wild with the long shot, :lol :lol :lol
Dude, they're all so kool.......:drool
Hey, I'm here from MM.
Hey Enyc =)
We have started the "Help a Verd'ika Xmas fund" this holiday to help out a couple needy children in Ohio. This will be a yearly Mercs organizational event that will help the few children we can who's bag from Santa may be a wee bit slim.
Our goal this year is $150, which isn't much at all. A couple happy faces at Christmas makes it so worth it.
If your interested in helping out, check out the post on the Mercs forum. We'll be keeping a fund raising thermometer on our main page to show progress.
Mandalorian Mercs is currently working on producing a LIVE bi-weekly podcast. We've decided on doing a 45 min podcast that will focus on Mercs events, Custom Mandalorian armor production tips and tricks, a live call-in Q&A on all things concerning Mandalorians and Mandalorian armor, and Star Wars media reviews. We will probably be showcasing some armor kits from Mercs as well as the TDH variant board from time to time also.
Anyhow, stay tuned...we will be rolling out our first live podcast in the next couple weeks.
Next monday at 6pm EST we will be launching the first of our bi-weekly podcasts. We are very excited to be able to provide this to mandalorian costumers, those interested, and general star wars fans =)
For those of you who will be tuning into the live broadcasting of Mando'ade (The Mandalorian Mercs podcast), we will be taking your calls throughout the hour long broadcast. We will also have a Q&A segment near the end of the show that you can call in and ask a question about Mandalorians, Star Wars, Costuming, Mercs or anything related to that. We'll also have a chatroom open on the BlogTalkRadio site where you can post questions or send comments to the podcast staff during the show.
Link to the show:
Call in #
We'll also have the entire show available for download.
Well, the podcast lastnight was a hit. We had 94 live listeners and quite a few today as well. LOL we learned alot from our first broadcast...like never answer an incoming call over skype or you kill the conference call keeping everyone in the broadcast.
Technical difficulties aside, it was a very fun evening as we had quite a few visitors. We will be back on the air December 17th for an hour and a half broadcast (We found out that an hour just isn't enough time).
You can also listen to lastnight's broadcast on the Mercs site at:
The "Help a Verd'ika Christmas Fund" was very successful on it's first year. We were able to raise $150 to provide a Star Wars Christmas for two children in Ohio. We decided that next year we will have a "Donation Helmet" At every Mercs convention/event table so we can help more disadvantaged children next year. This made everyone feel good =)
That's really cool, nice job! I bet the children in Ohio were really blown away with the generosity. :thumbsup
Our second broadcast of "Mando'ade" will be this Monday, Dec 17th at 7pm EST.
You can follow this link to the live broadcast:
Mando'ade, the official Mandalorian Mercs broadcast.
Our 3rd installment of the Mando'ade live podcast will be tonight at 7pm EST.
You can follow the link below to the broadcast:
Mando'ade, the official Mandalorian Mercs broadcast.
Deb told me about you guys and said you needed some artwork done. Here is a general template any one of you can use for anything you want. just thought I'd share up. You can edit it however you want. I just threw in some contrasting colors. If you want to use it for a regional logo go for it.
Thats a pretty sweet image.
The original Mandalorian Mercs logo was created about 2 years ago by a friend of mine in California. The design you have there harkens back to the original design with a ring around the skull, however it also included claw marks across the skull. I like your design very much! I'm sure we can use it.
hey man...i was just wondering what number of costumes memebrs we have at the momenti didnt realise we had 70+...i thought we acctuallt had 65+ members with costumes so shows what i know LOL
70 even at the moment. With about 20 people working on armor. Just opened up the Ohio clan yesterday, they are hashing out a name as we speak. =D
sweeet...last time i heard we were at 30 odd...then i heard nothing till i read this thread today....wow 70...nice round number lol...20 more working on armour...another nice number.....i cant wait till i have enough money to make it over the pond....the first us taur of duty im hoping will be DCon this year...if not then next year!