Hey everyone! I want to share with you the progress of my beskar'gam. My Star Wars alter ego , Ram Zerimar, makes a cameo in Bloodlines and for those of you curious about what the armor discribed in the story looks like, heres a peek at what Ill be walking around in at Celebration 4. Its still in the constuction stage, and various parts are at various stages. Here are the armor plates that make up the bulk of Ram's look.
The bare metal has a bronze luster. This is a characteristic of beskar "Real Mando Iron", and is caused by beskar's unique chemical makeup. Beskar ranges in luster depending on the foundry and where it was mined. Other lusters include dark gun metal grey and chrome.
The gold markings date back to the Sith war when the Mandalorians fought on the side of the Sith. My clan made their names known during that conflict for their unrivaled marksmanship skills, and the Sith style markings are a kind of family tribute to that part of their clan history, and not any declaration of loyalty to the Sith because Mandos are loyal to themselves (for the most part).
The Mando'a poem on the back plate was written by Ryan Kaufman and is painted on in Mando typeface. It is a Family motto of sorts that is passed from father to son ever since, and refers to this time in their history when the clan earned the respect of the other clans. Heres the translation.
Ram'ser Aliit'laar (Title)
Te net'ra tracinya
Lo akaan shekemi
Ad Buir ad buir
Bal val nuhoyi
Hukaati o'r ka'ra
From black fire
Family strength was forged
Into war goes son after his father
And they all sleep
Protected in the stars
At last the job is done
We have found heaven
The poem is from Ram'ika's family narrative. It's taught from father to the clan, on down the line. It was born sometime after the Ram'ser clan fought on the side of the Sith, four thousand some odd years ago, and contains a reference to that time. It describes the passing on from father to son of the warrior spirit, and then describes the final peace for all those who have gone before. A soldier with this painted on his armor knows where he comes from, what he's doing right now, and where he's going.
I think it adds some depth to the overall idea of the armor. I hope you enjoy my armor. I cant wait to be done with it. It wont be ready for Holloween so I have to think of something else this year. Ill no doubt have fun anyway.
Tell me what you think, and be brutaly honest like a true mando would. I take comments and crits well.