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Three different variations of Mandalorian armor, Crusader, Neo-Crusader, and Death Watch.
"A warrior is more than his armor."
―Mandalorian proverb

The warlike culture of the Mandalorians inspired them to develop many distinctive sets of armor during their long history. Such armor came to be known collectivelly as Mandalorian armor or Beskar'gam in the Mando'a tongue.

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History

Skirata: "We Mando boys like to show we've been in action. Anyway, this is top-grade beskar—full density, two percent ciridium, no fancy lamination or carbon-alloy."
Vollen: "Does all that mean it's heavy?"
Skirata: "Yeah. Very heavy. Heavy is best."
Vollen: "Explains why you're so short then."
Kal Skirata, explaining his armor to Nyreen Vollen.
Jango Fett in his Mandalorian armor.

The design of Mandalorian armor changed a great deal in the seven millennia after the Taung first settled the planet Mandalore.

The first, widely recognizable version was the Crusader Armor which was the signature armor worn by the Mandalorian Crusaders led by Mandalore the Indomitable during the Great Sith War. It had a jagged, organic form that varied from soldier to soldier. The design of Crusader Armor was centered around defending its wearer during melee combat, which was considered by the Mandalorians to be the most honorable form of battle.

During Mandalore the Ultimate's reign as Mandalore, the Neo-Crusader Armor was designed for use in the Mandalorian Wars. By the time of the Jedi Civil War, it had become quite uniform in design and came in various colors, including blue, red, and yellow, which represented different ranks in the hierarchy of the Mandalorian Clans.

A Neo-Crusader in blue armor.

Millennia later, the Mandalorian Supercommando armor was developed to replace the older designs which were now referred to as Mandalorian Shock Trooper Armor. It was no longer full body armor, but partial armor that left limbs almost completely undefended, and focused its strength on the vital areas such as the torso, head, and groin. The New Mandalorian armor was a collection of blast resistant plates, made from Mandalorian iron or duraplast, which were attached to a waterproof, armor mesh flight suit. A liner shirt with a micro energy field projector and two layers of ceramic plates greatly improve protection around the chest, back, and stomach. The careful layering of segmented armor plates ensured mobility, which could be further increased by wearing a jetpack. The Mandalorians began to see the value of extra weapons mounted on the suit, and so simple dart shooters, grappling wires, wrist-mounted rocket launchers and flamethrowers were added to the overall assault capabilities of a Mandalorian Supercommando.

The Death Watch in 22 BBY wearing New Mandalorian armor.

The helmet alone was the control center of most of the suit's abilities. A range finder attached to the duraplast armored helmet could track up to thirty targets, while a battle computer inside the helmet allowed the wearer to control the suit's weapons, sensors, and jet pack through verbal commands. The dark macrobinocular viewplate offered a variety of vision modes, including infrared. A pineal eye sensor on the helmet combined with an internal overlay display to provide tracking information within a 360-degree radius. Motion sensors, an encrypted internal comlink, and a broad-band antenna completed the helmet's devices, all of which could be linked to the wearer's weapons or their personal starship. The helmet could also act as an environmental filter system, with a two hour reserve tank providing breathable air to the Mandalorian warrior.

During the Galactic Civil War, the Death Watch Mandalorians colluded with the Black Sun to manufacture Crusader MK III armor in the Death Watch Bunker on Endor. This was a Mandalorian armor variant and they produced two different versions of it, one to sell to the Empire and one to sell to the Rebel Alliance.

Design

"The Mandalorians wear the finest armor blood can buy."
Count Dooku
Mirta Gev and Ghes Orade getting married in their armor.

Throughout Mandalorian history, three major features remained constant in Mandalorian armor design:

  1. The wearer was protected from the majority of all blaster fire. Armor made of actual Mandalorian iron, which could also deflect blaster bolts, made it lightsaber-resistant.
  2. The helmets almost always possessed a T-shaped visor and a sophisticated heads-up display (HUD).
  3. Mandalorian warriors decorated their armor to reflect personal accomplishments, clan affiliation, or simply personal preference. They often repainted their armor to reflect rank, clan, and possibly the current terrain. They were also known to paint their armor in the traditional colors that represented specific causes the individual might currently be undertaking. The colors, however, did not always have a specific meaning. Sometimes they were just colors that the particular Mandalorian liked. Some Mandalorians wore pieces of armor to honor relatives, both dead and alive. As of the Clone Wars, these colors were known to have significance:
    1. Gray=Mourning a Lost Love
    2. Red=Honoring a Father[1]
    3. Black=Justice
    4. Gold=Vengeance
    5. Green=Duty
    6. Blue=Reliability
    7. Orange=A Lust for Life

Mandalorian armor was traditionally made out of almost indestructible Mandalorian Iron (beskar), but this was rare and expensive, so many Mandalorians, such as Jango and Boba Fett, opted for less durable materials instead, such as durasteel or duraplast. The Galactic Empire mined much of the beskar off of the surface of Mandalore, so for a time it was nearly impossible to get any. However the Yuuzhan vong blasted craters deep into Mandalore that were later found to have opened up several new Beskar mines. The name for the armor in Mandalorian, beskar'gam, meant Iron skin, or Iron carapace(for Mando members without normal skin), because Mandalorian Iron was a crucial part of the armor design for millennia, until just before the Clone Wars. The secret of producing armor made from Mandalorian iron was kept within the Mandalorian clans for years. Some Mandalorians would also wear cloaks on the outside of their armor.

Boba Fett's armor.

The classic Mandalorian design could also be seen in the armor of clone troopers, and evolved from the basic clone trooper and commando Katarn armor specs to those of the armor of Imperial stormtroopers. The ARC clone troopers and a few commanders wore Kama, the long almost skirt-like extensions from their waist, which were parts of older Mandalorian armor design and often contained pockets for hidden weapons. Some Mandalorians such as Goran Beviin, Fi Skirata and Isabet Reau[2] were known to wear kamas.

There were a few special suits of mention from the Galactic Civil War. Some of the most famous were worn by the bounty hunters Boba Fett and Jodo Kast, although unlike traditional Mandalorian armor theirs were made from durasteel. Rumors also told of possibilities of crafting a set of Mandalorian armor in the dreaded Death Watch Bunker on Endor. Montross wore his armor while dueling Jango Fett on Kohlma, unfortunately the Bando Gora clawed him to death despite his armor.

During the Clone Wars, Jango Fett's death showed a design weakpoint in the armor that would later be fixed around 40 ABY with the addition of a neck-ring, or collar piece, to protect the neck from rapid beheadings.

In the Second Imperial Civil War Mandalorians such as Hondo Karr and Tes Vevec had unique armor designs.

Behind the scenes

Peacemaker in "Mandalorian" style armor, from DC Comics Kingdom Come story line.

The classic computer game Crusader, although totally unrelated to Star Wars, featured a main character that wore a red Mandalorian-like suit of armor. In the Megaman X series on the SNES, a villain named "Vile" ("Vava" in the Japanese version) bears a helmet similar to that of the Mandalorians. The playable character in the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC game "TimeShift" also wears armor which includes a t-shaped visored helmet, similar to that of Mandalorian helmets. All are perhaps inspired by Boba Fett's popularity.

In the DC Comics Elseworlds series "Kingdom Come", the artist Alex Ross inserted many "easter eggs" into the artwork of the comic. One of those was the Mandalorian-style armor that the hero called Peacemaker wears, in a glimpse you see of the character on a monitor screen, whose armor design was a nod to Boba Fett, right down to the character's stance and jetpack.

Appearances

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  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Prophet Motive
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 38: Faithful Execution
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Dueling Ambitions
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: The Reaping
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 46: Destroyer, Part 2
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Demon
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Jedi vs. Sith 1
  • Jedi Chef (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Boba Fett: Crossfire
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
  • Boba Fett: Hunted
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  • Republic Commando: Triple Zero
  • Republic Commando: True Colors
  • Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
  • Imperial Commando: 501st
  • The Paradise Snare (Mentioned only)
  • The Force Unleashed novel
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
  • Rebel Dawn
  • Outbid But Never Outgunned
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Special Edition)
  • The Story of the Faithful Wookiee (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • "No Disintegrations, Please" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 14
  • Bloodlines
  • Sacrifice
  • Revelation
  • Invincible
  • Abyss
  • Star Wars Legacy 41: Rogue's End

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Revelation
  2. Imperial Commando: 501st

See also


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Current In-Game Mandalorian Armor Info

Mandalorian Armor

This armor is constructed from Bounty Hunter armor, and its schematics may only be crafted within the Death Watch Bunker. It's Assault armor, and even though most armor certifications were removed with Publish 28, Mandalorian armor is unique in that it can still only be worn by Bounty Hunters and Commandos.

Several NPCs have been spotted wearing this armor, including mercenaries in the Death Watch Bunker and Boba Fett.

The Mandalorian Armor consists of :

  • Helmet.
  • Chest.
  • Leggings.
  • Biceps (right and left).
  • Bracers (right and left).
  • Gloves.
  • Boots.
  • Belt.


Additional equipment :

Professions Required for the actual crafting of a Jetpack/Mandalorian Armor Part

To craft a part of Mandalorian armor schematic you need :

When crafting the armor with a socket, the different traders need to stack the assembly bonus of their profession type.

For Armorsmith pieces, they will need Armor assembly to get a socket. For Droid Engineer parts, they will need Droid Assembly to get a socket. For Tailor parts, they will need Clothing Assembly to get a socket.

First Mando Suit in progress, used officially by SOE

History of Mandalorian Armor Crafting

At first the armor color was not customizable, but was determined randomly from several different precolored sets. The Mandalorian Armor was not known for high condition (~%40), and was primarily kept as a status symbol due to the expense and hardship of production.

First Complete Set of Mandalorian Armor from Corbantis
The first piece of Mandalorian ever was a Helmet crafted by The roughnecks on Test Center. The first chest plate was crafted by Ludossk on Eclipse . The first full set was completed on Corbantis.
Sakari in the first Mando Suit after colored Pink

Mandalorian Armor crafting Color Palettes

The design of Mandalorian armor changed a great deal in the seven millennia after the Taung first settled the planet Mandalore. The first, widely recognizable version was the Crusader Armor which was the signature armor worn by the Mandalorian Crusaders led by Mandalore the Indomitable during the Great Sith War. It had a jagged, organic form that varied from soldier to soldier. The design of Crusader

Armor was centered around defending its wearer during melee combat, which was considered by the Mandalorians to be the most honorable form of battle. During Mandalore the Ultimate's reign as Mandalore, the Neo-Crusader Armor was designed for use in the Mandalorian Wars. By the time of the Jedi Civil War, it had become quite uniform in design and came in various colors, including blue, red, and yellow, which represented different ranks in the hierarchy of the Mandalorian Clans.


A Neo-Crusader in blue armor. Millennia later, the Mandalorian Supercommando armor was developed to replace the older designs which were now referred to as Mandalorian Shock Trooper Armor. It was no longer full body armor, but partial armor that left limbs almost completely undefended, and focused its strength on the vital areas such as the torso, head, and groin. The New Mandalorian armor was a collection of blast resistant plates, made from Mandalorian iron or duraplast, which were attached to a waterproof, armor mesh flight suit. A liner shirt with a micro energy field projector and two layers of ceramic plates greatly improve protection around the chest, back, and stomach. The careful layering of segmented armor plates ensured mobility, which could be further increased by wearing a jetpack. The Mandalorians began to see the value of extra weapons mounted on the suit, and so simple dart shooters, grappling wires, wrist-mounted rocket launchers and flamethrowers were added to the overall assault capabilities of a Mandalorian Supercommando. The helmet alone was the control center of most of the suit's abilities. A range finder attached to the duraplast armored helmet could track up to thirty targets, while a battle computer inside the helmet allowed the wearer to control the suit's weapons, sensors, and jet pack through verbal commands. The dark macrobinocular viewplate offered a variety of vision modes, including infrared. A pineal eye sensor on the helmet combined with an internal overlay display to provide tracking information within a 360-degree radius. Motion sensors, an encrypted internal comlink, and a broad-band antenna completed the helmet's devices, all of which could be linked to the wearer's weapons or their personal starship. The helmet could also act as a environmental filter system, with a two hour reserve tank providing breathable air to the Mandalorian warrior. During the Galactic Civil War, the Death Watch Mandalorians colluded with the Black Sun to manufacture Crusader MK III armor in the Death Watch Bunker on Endor. This was a Mandalorian armor variant and they produced two different versions of it, one to sell to the Empire and one to sell to the Rebel Alliance. The armor was used most notably during the Battle of Restuss. During the reign of Darth Malak, Bastila Shan, Mission Vao, Zaalbar, T3-M4, Jolee Bindo, Revan, HK-47, Canderous Ordo, Carth Onasi, and Juhani encountered many Mandalorian warriors on their missions. They met them most commonly on Dantooine and Kashyyyk.

Guides to the DWB

  • The Complete Guide To Death Watch Bunker - By Ejai

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