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Republic Commando: Niner
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Model Jesse Grimes, Photo by Kayla Grimes


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Description: Republic Commando: Niner
Prefix: RC
Detachment: Clone Trooper Detachment
Context: Star Wars: Republic Commando Game and Novels

Republic Commandos were uniquely trained to work in groups as one. Niner, the sole survivor of his squad from the Battle of Geonosis, becomes the squad leader of Omega Squad.


The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

In the page below, items listed in blue are recommended features that will improve the quality of the costume. Items listed in red are intended to further enhance the finished costume.

For 501st membership only the requirements in black need to be met.

IMPORTANT: The "Animated" armor design, seen in The Clone Wars CG Series, differs from the "Realistic" armor design used to create characters from the theatrical films and graphic novels.
See this thread at clonetroopers.net for the differences between the sculpts.

This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.
  • Any uncertainties or questionable aspects of the submitted costume should be brought to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.

NinerHelmet.jpg Niner Helmet
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Armor Helmet matching armor color.
    • Helmet base color is flat black.
    • Helmet is weathered and has blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Blue Mirrored Visor. May also use black visor as long as blue illuminated glow reflects from visor lighting.
  • Spotlight holder on right ear circle of helmet with LED bulb.
  • Blue lighting for visor illumination installed along upper edge of visor and concealed behind helmet edge (Preferably EL Wire, LED and Acrylic Rod also acceptable).
  • Two front Aerators painted flat black with gray backing.
  • Chin communication greeblie detail piece painted flat black with gray backing
  • Black mouth frown.
  • Black band across back of helmet above the gray band.
  • Gray band across back of helmet below the black band.
  • Gray ventilation louvers that run vertically down the center of helmet back. Backing material may be cut out, but must be covered with black mesh screen.
  • Side vents under ear column are painted to match helmet with backing material painted black. Backing material may be cut out for ventilation, but should be covered with black mesh screen.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Detail groove lines are weathered with gray to bring out groove lines.
For level three certification (if applicable):
RCNeckseal.jpg RC Neckseal
For 501st approval:
  • Neck Seal is made of black vinyl or leather type material.
  • 4-5 horizontal neck ribs that may range in size from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Bib covers the entire area within the neckline of the chest/back armor, and includes trapezoidal detail shapes. Shapes can be done with or without 3-dimensional features.
  • Neck ribs connect to bib.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Bib cover shapes are 3-dimensional and include 6 front elongated trapezoids and 3 raised shoulder trapezoids.
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerChest.jpg Niner Chest
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Chest Armor has a “V” shape front with elevated chest area.
  • Chest is flat black.
  • Chest is weathered and has blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Chest and back plate should match together at the sides with no gap, just a seam line.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerBack.jpg Niner Back
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Back Armor is flat on back and lines up with Backpack. Back detail is ok, but must have exterior edge that lines up with Backpack.
  • Back is flat black.
  • Back is weathered and has blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Chest and back plate match together at the sides with no gap, just a seam line.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerBackpack.jpg Niner Backpack
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Backpack with 2 digit illuminated translucent ID number (09) with upper graphic detail and two handles mounted on bottom.
  • Backpack is flat black.
  • Backpack is weathered and has blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Backpack attaches to Back armor without visible hardware.
  • Backpack may be removable, but must have a finished look matching the Back armor.
  • Backpack construction shall have no visible seams
  • ID number frame and extruding circle detail are gray.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerShoulderBells copy.jpg Niner Shoulder Bells
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando shoulder bells are rounded on neck and bicep ends with raised center and imbedded buckle detail.
  • Shoulder bells are flat black.
  • Squad Leader shield cover over right shoulder bell with protruding handle along neck side, and four indented stripes that run from handle to outside edge.
    • Shield cover is flat black.
  • Bells and Shield are weathered and have blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Recessed rectangle areas and imbedded buckle detail are gray.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Groove lines are weathered with gray to bring out detail
For level three certification (if applicable):
DarmanBiceps.jpg Niner Biceps
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Biceps are flat black.
  • Indented emblem is flat black.
  • Biceps are weathered and have blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Biceps are seamless.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
DarmanElbows.jpg Niner Elbows
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Elbows are flat black.
  • Elbows are weathered and have blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Elbow are attached or hinged to Forearm.
  • Connecting strap attaches to Elbow sides and wraps over the arm. Strapless is ok.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
DarmanForearms.jpg Niner Forearms
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Forearms with raised resin detail on top and curving indented designs on sides. Side with double curved indents goes on outside of Forearm.
  • Forearms are flat black.
  • Forearms are weathered and have blaster and/or scratch marks.
  • Forearms are seamless.
  • Forearms have attached or hinged Elbows.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


RCGloves.jpg Gloves
For 501st approval:
  • Black gauntlet length gloves made of leather, nylon, or other low pile fabrics.
  • Gloves have imbedded armor padding along fingers and back of hand.
  • Gloves do not show any labels or logos once armor is attached.


DarmanHandPlates.jpg Niner Hand Plates
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Handplates have elevated “Y” or “T” shape on left handplate with edge indentation, and elevated horizontal bar on top of right handplate.
  • Handplates are flat black.
  • Handplates are weathered and have blaster and/or scratch marks.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Vibroblade attachment on left hand.
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerAbs.jpg Abdominal Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Clone Abdominal Armor is solid cod and ab piece with surface 3-D details and a permanent belt box waist on the sides.
  • Abdominal armor is flat black.
  • Armor is weathered. Blaster and/or scratches are ok.
  • Abdominal armor may overlap Posterior armor along sides, but should be as seamless as possible.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerButtplate.jpg Posterior Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Clone Posterior Armor is a solid butt and back piece with protruding rectangle and angled edge butt detail. Permanent belt box waist aligns with Abdominal armor.
  • Posterior armor is flat black.
  • Posterior is weathered. Blaster and/or scratches are ok.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
NinerThighs.jpg Niner Thighs
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Clone Thigh armor that is similar but with slight differences to regular clone armor with arching indent in back and raised ridge in front.
  • Thighs are flat black.
  • Thighs are weathered. Blaster and/or scratch marks are ok.
  • Thighs are seamless.
  • Right thigh may have a DC15s pistol holster that can be either permanent or removable.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
DarmanCalves.jpg Knees and Shins
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Clone Knees and Shins. Shins are rounded at the calf and have a flat front. Knees have a rounded shield pattern with two vertical indents running from top to lower half.
  • Knees and Shins are flat black.
  • Knees and Shins are weathered. Blaster and/or scratch marks are ok.
  • Shins are constructed with hidden closures or seamless if possible. Rear or inside leg seams are acceptable. Front seam may also be overlapped with indented edge to provide appearance of seamless edge.
  • Knees are attached or hinged to top of shin and designed to look as if floating in front of the knee. Angle of knee should follow alignment of front Shin surface.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
DarmanShoes.jpg Boots
For 501st approval:
  • Katarn-Class Commando Clone Boots are more rugged then regular clone boots with thicker multi-terrain multi-environment sole, and has front armor shield and strapping.
  • Boots are black vinyl or leather material that covers the ankle area with no visible undersuit.
  • Boots have flat soles and no visible laces. Some visible tread on side and arch is ok.
  • Front boot armor detail is similar to standard clone boot and runs up to boot buckle detail.
  • Front boot shield wrap covering connects at boot buckle and wraps over top of boot. Sides connect with protruding discs at each ankle.
  • There should be no markings or labels from the shoe makers.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Boot sole is black or dark gray.
  • Boot sole has game accurate multi-terrain matching sole.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Back heel box connects to front boot covering shield wrap at the circular disc.
Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present appear as described below.


Generic dc17.jpeg DC17m Interchangeable Weapon System
For 501st approval:

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the DC17m weapon system may be reconfigured into a standard blaster assault rifle, a compact sniper rifle, or an anti-armor grenade launcher, depending upon the needs of the user.

  • Base weapon has bulky design similar to the in-game characteristics.
    • Has trigger handle.
    • Elongated stock located under front compartment.
    • Back angled cover with louvered design
    • Ammo clip slot on left center compartment.
    • Shield flap on left above trigger handle.
    • Multiple sights on top edge.
  • Assault Rifle attachment with short barrel and rifle ammo clip.
  • DC17m is weathered.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Blue lighted 3 digit numeric display counter.
  • Blue LED light bars on ammo clip.
  • Blue LED power on light bar on top edge.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Blue LED barrel light activated with trigger.
  • Game accurate sound effects.
  • Display countdown when firing coincides with diminishing ammo clip light.


DC15 carbine.jpg DC-15S Blaster
For 501st approval:

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries the DC-15S is smaller in scale than the DC-15A blaster rifle. Although it has a shorter range than that of the "A" model, it is easier to handle with a higher rate of fire. It features a folding stock for braced firing.

  • Realistic Clone Style DC-15S Blaster.
  • Blaster may be scratch built out of plastic, wood, metal or cast in resin.
  • Blaster has realistic Episode II or Episode III details:
    • Wire frame sight.
    • Folding stock.
    • (12) radiator fins evenly spaced along the length of barrel.
    • Igniter detail knobs.
    • Charge magazine clip on right side.
  • Total length is approximately 26“ (66 cm).
  • Because of the scale, the Hasbro version is incorrect.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Charge magazine detail on clip is metal to gun metal grey in color.
  • Detail bolts and screws are metal to gun metal grey in color.
  • Igniter knobs have some copper coloring.
  • Blaster is weathered.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Functioning Blue LED is installed in barrel.

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