Saturday, July 14, 2018

Legion of Thrang - Master of Shadow and Flame

You may have guessed it, based upon the title, that this outfit was inspired by Thrang, one of the major bosses from the Rift of Nûrz Ghâshu. That particular fight was isolated from the level 50 raid, made scalable, and was introduced as a temporary stand-alone instance for the duration of the Summer Festival this year. From the rewards, either by lucky drop or by spending ten vault tokens, you could collect your own two-handed Thrang's Sword, which features a tip that glows red-hot as if it were pulled from a forge. Whenever you land a blow with it, it sparks wildly, casting embers into the air. Also, the sword leaves behind a small stream of embers so long as it's visibly equipped.

Although this outfit doesn't feature the two-handed sword, it does showcase the one-handed version and Thrang's Bow, which can be acquired from the Armory of Thrang box at any time. This box is found, rarely, in Gorgoroth Lootboxes or at the Keeper of Mysteries vendor in Mordor for 900 Ashes of Enchantment. Eleven other selectable weapons can also be found in that box.

Once again, I've gone a created a weapon-centric outfit. With the Thrang's equipment being two-toned, I figured that'd be a good place to start. Two matching cosmetics came to mind immediately, the Flame-touched Hauberk and the Flames of the Deep cloak from the skirmish camp. Although two of the oldest pieces in the game, which are hardly used anymore, the cloak is known for it's fiery glow and the hauberk for matching it, albeit glow-less. Dyeing them black emphasizes the flaming oranges and yellows, which made it easier to compliment the weapons. The boots, gauntlets, and shoulders from the Keeper of Mysteries were added for their spikes, for a more threatening and dangerous appearance.

The mask was an unusual choice for me. I've always preferred circlets or no head wear, as I like to see my character's face and hair unobscured. This time, I wanted add a little mystery to the aforementioned danger, not to mention the ability to easily blend into the shadows. There's also an alternative to the mask. The Reforged Rift-seeker's Circlet from the Summer Festival (bartered with one vault token) is a suitable replacement with it's black band and red jewel.

Harvestmath came early this year, that's for sure. At least on this blog anyway!

Head: Visage of the Goat (Black, LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Rivetted Camail of the Wyrm (Black, Keeper of Mysteries ash vendor in Mordor - Agility armor)
Back: Flames of the Deep (Black, cosmetic skirm camp vendor - under Cosmetic Items)
Chest: Flame-touched Hauberk (Black, cosmetic skirm camp vendor - under Cosmetic Items)
Hands: Quick Gages of the Wyrm (Black, Keeper of Mysteries ash vendor in Mordor - Agility armor)
Feet: Nimble Boots of the Wyrm (Black, Keeper of Mysteries ash vendor in Mordor - Agility armor)

Bow: Thrang's Bow (Selectable reward from the Armory of Thrang box found at the Keeper of Mysteries vendor)
Sword: Thrang's Short Sword (Selectable reward from the Armory of Thrang box found at the Keeper of Mysteries vendor)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Martial Weapons Master

Orange. When have I ever made an orange outfit? I've only done it once for a seasonal harvest outfit. Otherwise, it's been a color I've avoided. But why did I decide to use it again? I've been obsessed with the Winged Blade, is one of the few purely cosmetic greatswords found in LOTRO. I've had trouble incorporating into an already existing outfit. Nothing seemed to work. Instead, I used my High Elf Captain--as I've been doing lately--to make an outfit that revolved around the sword, using the colors and designs in the hilt, pommel, and guard as a base.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Great Axe Skins Collection

I'll admit that I've never gone out of my way to collect great axes (or greataxes, for an alternative spelling--but LOTRO uses the two word alternative). Almost all of my characters in LOTRO use setups revolving around sword and board, dual wielding, and the occasional halberd or great sword. As such, my collection is very limited and sits under a layer of dust in storage. With the aid of the plugin ItemTreasury, I scanned the database to see if I'd missed anything worthwhile...and I did. I discovered some very beautiful or unique skins that aren't accessible, which I've included at the very end. Similar to my post on great swords regarding one-handed swords, several great axes share appearances with one-handed axes, just on a larger scale.

A special note--Beornings have a slightly reduced pool of LIs than other classes. I don't know the reasons why, but it might be due to their late introduction to game. This applies especially to Second Age and First Age weaponry that drops on the landscape or in instances, even though they can cosmetically use them. However, the crafted and bartered LIs remain unaffected. This just means you'll need to do some extra farming for certain ones.

As usual, I'll share what I've collected here. If you see a skin here that's obtainable elsewhere, please let me know in the comments.

War-axe of Khand - Bartered from the Defenders of Minas Tirith Quatermaster

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Simple Fashion - Dresses Pt. 2

Finally, I've gotten back to my Simple Fashion theme! It's only taken three and a half years. I've hinted it a couple of times between this blog, Facebook, and Twitter since last year, but I wasn't sure if I'd ever actively make any headway. "Simple Fashion," for those seeing this tag/theme for the first time, means precisely that. Three or four, max, pieces were used in each of these outfits. Also, these particular entries have served a secondary purpose in the past--which I hope will continue to hold true--and that's to revitalize cosmetics often forgotten, underutilized, or overlooked.

To see the work I've previously completed under this theme, click on the Simple Fashion tag at the bottom of the post or simply (no pun intended) click here.

Head: Fancy Plumed Hat (Ashenslades green, LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Eorlingas (Default, Rise of Isengard Heroic or Legendary edition pre-order bonus)
Chest: Farmer's Fancy Dress (Shire peach, Farmers Faire token reward)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Axe Skins Collection, Pt. 2

Here's the second installment of my axe collection, with an emphasis on some of LOTRO's more exotic and unique skins.

Standard disclaimer--this is not a complete collection of LOTRO's axes. Rather, it's what I have stashed away. If you know other places these skins listed appear, please let me know in the comments.

 Deadly Axe of the Rider - Output of the Axe of the Rider recipe

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