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  1. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2007, 1:59 PM - Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #1

    Some of us with the interest of forming a costuming group have come together and started Mandalorian Mercs. We are basically a group of people who would like to see any people interested in costuming, trooping, and attending events come together and do that. We have links to TDH and HV&M as well as resources and vendors (and if your a vendor and would like me to put a link up on our site to you then please PM me.) as well as an interactive calender that users can submit cons and other events to.

    Give us a visit!

    http://mercs.firespray.net
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    Mar 18, 2007, 10:40 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #2

    You guys should really check this place out! It's looking to be quite awsome!

    I found it by googling, and It looks pretty sweet. I'm Mandoman overthre BTW. See you guys there!
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    Mar 21, 2007, 8:57 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #3

    We've had a ton of visitors over the last few days. I know many of you are interested in something like this, so come join up!
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    Mar 21, 2007, 9:06 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #4

    pretty cool site!
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    Mar 21, 2007, 9:51 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #5

    Thanks! I have a skeleton site up until version 2.0 is ready to roll out (should be by Friday or the weekend).

    Come sign up! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I expect to see everyone who posts in the Dented Variants forum to sign up!

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    Mar 26, 2007, 3:17 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #6

    We just put up our final version of the website. Still working on a membership form and member database/gallery, but everything else is up to day. Any interested in membership or if you just wanna ask some questions about Mandalorian Mercs, please feel free to PM me or email me at novall@mercs.firespray.net
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    Mar 29, 2007, 10:32 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #7

    Our online membership application is active as of today! Any custom mando's who want to hop onboard with us, please fill out the application.
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    Mar 29, 2007, 11:02 AM - Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #8

    We are finally ready to begin taking members via the online application. Mandalorian Mercs is a custom mandalorian only costume club. Our goal is to give customs an official home that they can be part of. We have a very detailed charter (We call it our Codex) that covers pretty much every aspect of what we are about. We promote regional clans much like the 501st uses regional garrisons, and we also use mandalorian ranks to reward members at the clan level.

    We also take a very limited number of Aruetsiie or non-mandalorian members who arn't affiliated with the empire, rebellion, or force users.

    You can find pretty much any answer to questions you may have about us on our website. Please drop by and give us a visit. You'll find a link to our site in my sig.

    We are definitely NOT trying to take anyone away from TDH. We are for custom mandalorians only, and you'll find a link to TDH on our front page as well as links to other great boards, resources, and sites that deal with Mandalorians.
  9. Mar 29, 2007, 11:30 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #9

    Quote The Asylum said: View Post
    ...but it looks like you're trying to set up a group just as elitist and nazi-like as the 501st.
    Geez man - open up and tell us how you REALLY feel about them.

    LOL

    I'm feel you man. I feel you.

    BTW - did I miss the link to this new org?
    I wouldn't mind seeing how my position is comparatively speaking on the subject. My verbocity in the aftermath I'm sure will know no bounds!
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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:37 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #10

    Cylrul, I PM'd you.
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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:51 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #11

    Good luck with the group NovallTalon.


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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:53 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #12

    Were going to be at AdventureCon and DragonCon this year also.
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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:56 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #13

    Quote MandalorFett said: View Post
    Good luck with the group NovallTalon.


    Thanks vod.
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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:57 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #14

    If anyone is trying to access the membership application and is having problems, make sure you turn your pop-up blocker off or set it to allow pop-ups from mercs.firespray.net
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    Mar 29, 2007, 5:58 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #15

    If anyone is trying to access the membership application and is having problems, make sure you turn your pop-up blocker off or set it to allow pop-ups from mercs.firespray.net
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    Mar 29, 2007, 6:33 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #16

    Quote slavefive said: View Post
    ...you have to remember that the 501st is about costumes in the existing SW realm not what we dream up or create on our own...sadly I wish mine would have made it except that I chose to make a custom and rules are rules...

    ...there are guidlines that should be followed to allow access to 501st status...as a group there are high profile gigs and the last thing you need is a marginal TK,a totally imperfect Boba, or a 5ft Vader...for most of the general public they are unable to tell the difference...however, there are those SW fans that can and that is one reason why guidelines and standards should be set...without that you have too many subpar costumes...that may hold true to your group as well...what do you do when you have the 'paper cardboard fett' apply???...

    ...that being said I am glad that you are creating something that hopefully helps to fill a void for those that otherwise are unable to create a canon costume (due to funds or inability to make something) or simply do not wish to have one...and hopefully your group can lend a helping hand to those that need direction to create a quality Custom Mando

    ...as ShockWave said its all about 'fun'...even with or without the guidelines we are all brought together due to our common interest in SW and the want to costume...that should be enough


    Thanks for your words of encouragement!
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    Mar 29, 2007, 8:07 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #17

    Application fixed, had scroll bars turned off. Go figure =D
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    Mar 29, 2007, 8:10 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #18

    Application page is fixed. Had scroll bars turned off on that window for some reason.
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    Mar 30, 2007, 12:29 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #19

    Some time ago (before I learned the lesson) I brought up the idea about creating a group such as this and it got a similar reaction. For the life of me I can't comprehend why that topic elicits such a strong reaction from folks...Any ideas why???

    Concerning your site-great effort, it looks like a good start. However, my only problem is that I don't have a completed costume and probably won't for some time. That means it'll be a long while before I'd be able to join. That's about my only issue. As far as the group being elitist or nazi-like, I don't see that at all. It just seems as if they want a group with some standards-personal opinion...Good luck in your groups future efforts.

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    Mar 30, 2007, 6:28 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #20

    I never meant any flaming to occur in this post, and I definitely appreciate the words of encouragement. I think many people at some point have had or know someone that has had a problem with this or that organization. It always leaves a bad taste in someone's mouth, and thats only human.

    The main goal with this or any other costuming organization is that it's all about the fun. If you can't have fun doing it then don't do it. Mandalorian Mercs is about having fun, sharing our accomplishments, teaching it to others, and fellowship through events. I don't think any of those 4 things are bad at all.
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    Mar 30, 2007, 6:44 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, a custom Mandalorian costuming group. #21

    We got a new member, now I'm getting excited about this.
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    Mar 30, 2007, 3:47 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #22

    Steering back to the OT. We will be at AdventureCon and DragonCon this year. Anyone who wants to meet us face to face can do so and ask whatever questions you want.

    I also answer PM's, emails, and we have a members forum anyone can join and ask questions. We are more then happy to work with anyone who gives us a chance.
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    Mar 30, 2007, 4:53 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #23

    Staying on topic...I think a lot of the problem that people have is this...

    501st costume requirements are based on the costumes looking EXACTLY or AS CLOSE TO the movie versions as possible. Which is understandable.

    For a custom group, who makes the decision as to what to base if you are IN or OUT on? I think people are just afraid that because you've gone as far as making an approval process for joining, that the decisions are being made solely off of personal bias.

    I don't know if that make sense or not... Now, I know that so far you haven't denied anyone admission. I think it's just the fear that someone may get denied.

    Most people create custom mandalorians for either self-expression or because they don't have the time/skills/money/etc to create a movie replica costume. I mean, the 501st can deny someone because their costume doesn't look like the movie...that makes sense. But who is a single person to decide whether or not a custom mandalorian is "good enough"?

    Would it hurt anything to allow "open admissions" on this group so that people don't feel that they are being judged on their work? I mean, if someone's costume doesn't seem up to par...let them join and then work with them to help making it better.

    Again, I'm not saying that this sort of thing is happening. So far I haven't heard of a single denial of admission. But things like this can and will come up in the future. How will these be addressed?
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    Mar 30, 2007, 7:07 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #24

    There will be no more discussion of the 501st in this thread. Keep it on topic and respectful or keep it off the forum.
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    Mar 30, 2007, 7:44 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs Custom Mandalorian Costume Club. #25

    Quote BigJon said: View Post
    Staying on topic...I think a lot of the problem that people have is this...

    501st costume requirements are based on the costumes looking EXACTLY or AS CLOSE TO the movie versions as possible. Which is understandable.

    For a custom group, who makes the decision as to what to base if you are IN or OUT on? I think people are just afraid that because you've gone as far as making an approval process for joining, that the decisions are being made solely off of personal bias.

    I don't know if that make sense or not... Now, I know that so far you haven't denied anyone admission. I think it's just the fear that someone may get denied.

    Most people create custom mandalorians for either self-expression or because they don't have the time/skills/money/etc to create a movie replica costume. I mean, the 501st can deny someone because their costume doesn't look like the movie...that makes sense. But who is a single person to decide whether or not a custom mandalorian is "good enough"?

    Would it hurt anything to allow "open admissions" on this group so that people don't feel that they are being judged on their work? I mean, if someone's costume doesn't seem up to par...let them join and then work with them to help making it better.

    Again, I'm not saying that this sort of thing is happening. So far I haven't heard of a single denial of admission. But things like this can and will come up in the future. How will these be addressed?
    Like I said earlier, if you have armor and you have a pic of it to send in...then your not gonna be denied period. The pics are used for your member/character profile that will be showcased on our website, but we at least want you to be able to prove that you do have armor or are pretty close to having a set finished. If someone wanted to join that had armor that needed help, then thats what we would do...help them =)

    Here is my interpretation on what we mean by "approved".

    Article V. Costume Requirements
    Last Updated - Friday, March 23rd, 2007
    The Mandalorian Mercs celebrates creating, owning, and wearing the costume armor of the Mandalorians as fetures in the Star Wars films, books, comics, and art. To capture the magic of these characters, our goal will always be the professional presentation and protrayal of these costumes. We recognize that the primary goal of this club is to be a home for custom mandalorian characters, and in doing so we recognize the need for creativity and individuality within the confines of decency. Mandalorian Mercs will allow approved costumes based on the following basic standards.
    1.) Light Mandalorian Armor: Consisting of a Mandalorian helmet, chest, stomach, back, armor vest, shoulders, gauntlets, cod piece and knees.
    2.) Medium Mandalorian Armor: Consisting of a Mandalorian helmet, chest, stomach, back, armor vest, sholders, gauntlets, cod piece, frontal thighs, knees, frontal shins, and boot arch pieces.
    3.) Heavy Mandalorian Armor: Consisting of a Mandalorian helmet, chest, stomach, back, armor vest, sholders, lower biceps, gauntlets, cod piece, wrap around thighs, lower thighs, knees, wrap around shins, boot arch pieces.

    Now, basically what this means is that if you have anything resembling one of these three very basic builds. None of this stuff has to be traditional, it doesn't ask for that. Anything that could or would pass for Mandalorian armor at some point is what we call "approved". We've even let some people in who don't have completed sets just yet. Were in the growing stage, and at this point were looking for people who are going to help build the organization.

    Weather or not I like the person's armor is beside the point of weather or not they deserve to be a member. I don't know if we can let someone in who is in full ST armor and claims it's there mandalorian armor. Is that fair? Does something need to be reworded that may sound less confusing?

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