Saturday, June 3, 2017

Uch-lûth Skirmisher



I've been wanting to take pictures of my Beorning's outfits for a very long time. Before I could do that, I made myself a promise first. That promise was to get her to Dunland. This outfit, even though it was assembled mid-2016, I had a particular place in mind to model it. That would be Barnavon in Carreglyn, however she was thirty levels too low at the time. I've put in a significant amount of work with my Beorning since my return and it's been wonderful experiencing landscape content and exploring locations I seldom have reason to visit.


So, why wait until Dunland? I've had a my reasons. First, the Surcoat of the Yield, with all of its fur, stitchings, and simple patterns, had a very tribal feel to it. It felt like something the Dunlendings would wear. Second, the racial appearance of the Beorning--musculature, facial structure, skin tone, and tattoos--felt like it was modeled after the Dunlendings as well. It's something that's been sitting in the back of my mind since I created this character. (I've wondered if anyone else had come to this conclusion too?) Third, perhaps the most superficial reason, the earthen color scheme of this outfit matched very well with the location.


And that would be this week's outfit!

In other news, it was brought to my attention that Mordor is going to bring improved, perhaps entirely new skill animations. And it was mentioned that character models are getting a revamp as well. A quick search has confirmed this. I've experienced both excitement and trepidation. I have some concerns after the previous revamp/tune-up (I want to say 2015-ish) that altered our avatars in terms of body structure and posture. I for one didn't care for the lankier look the elves received or how movement animations changed on other races. Time will tell...and I hope a fantastic job is done! Much love has been needed in the character creation department.


Head: Worn Hood (Crimson, Beorning intro)**
Shoulders: Campaigner's Shoulder Guards of Might (Crimson, Tailor T5 recipe)
Chest: Surcoat of the Yield (Crimson, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Hands: Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets (Crimson, Harndirion Novice's Quartermaster)
Feet: Glossy Leather Boots (Crimson, skirmish camp cosmetic vendor)

**For male characters, Radagast's Hood from the Beorning intro shares this skin.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shimmering Song



A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a T2 Tower of Orthanc raid as a healer. It was with an experienced group that knew most of the challenges inside and out. Wing by wing, we defeated each of the bosses and climbed our way to Saruman. For the first time since Rise of Isengard, I was able to complete this raid on T2. Also, for the first time, I saw a broken cloak clasp drop...and I was lucky to win the roll. Having been a serious raider back at level 75, I had a full collection of Draigoch cloaks tucked away. Not knowing if or when I'd see another cloak, I chose to upgrade my favorite Wyrmscale Blademaster's Cloak to the Shimmering Blademaster's cloak.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Of Anniversaries and the Ithilien Spring



Seldom do I get overly excited about my character's attire. I've been in cosmetic overdrive since I returned to LOTRO. In such overdrive that, in fact, I've had dreams about what my characters could wear. Moments I've been at my job mentally piecing various skins together and dyeing them. I guess that having worked with the cosmetics from LOTRO for so long that I don't even need to be logged in anymore to do this. Once I envisioned this, I wrote each of the pieces down, and sat down at my PC the first chance I had. I've been waiting for an opportunity to use those North Ithilien cosmetics!

When was the last time I devoted an entire entry to a dress? And when was the last time I jumped into a Spring theme? I wanted greens, whites, yellows, pinks, flowers...anything that captured the heart and soul of the warming, sunny weather and the flowers beginning to bloom.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Anórien Herald



It felt so surreal writing this outfit entry. My last set of them was posted in November. Before then, July. I'll admit that outfitting in LOTRO isn't what it used to be. Material Middle-earth has been around since 2012 and it's become progressively more difficult to find original combinations of attire and color. However, it's certainly not been an impossible task. I've spent some time pouring through other cosmetic blogs for LOTRO, looking at what others have used (or not used) that way I could create something unique. And this, at least to me, qualified as such. I've never seen anyone use a particular reward from the Volume 4 epic line, the Robe of Anórien Mercy. Thus, it became my central piece.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Featured Zone Screenshots - Ered Luin

Greetings readers of Material Middle-earth! I've finally returned to LOTRO and most things gaming. Last weekend, my PC's replacement hard drive arrived and I was able to successfully install it. There is no new outfit this week, as I'm trying to re-establish myself after a forced four month hiatus. It's my intention to have some new character attire featured in the near future!

Despite the lack of an outfit, plus my unusual and fruitful presence on Twitter recently, I had the idea of featuring screenshots from LOTRO, landscapes and places of interest in particular. Although this doesn't seem relevant to this blog, at least initially, taking pictures of locations are extremely important to my creative process. Even when I'm not designing an outfit, I take note of places to model whatever my characters wear in the future, looking for not just interesting vistas but also for places where strong sunlight can easily filter in. The stronger and greater amount of sunlight, the easier it is to see clothing details. Even icons, such as the White Tree of Gondor or the statue at Eorl's Hollow in the Wold or even the Argonath make their way into these pictures and become a great source of inspiration. It's often surprising where bits of lore are either nestled away or brazenly displayed. Long-time readers may have noticed some of this somewhere along the line. And for the new viewers I've been attracting lately, this may be of interest to them too.

This segment of my new "Featured Zone" theme is Ered Luin. Because Ered Luin is vast and contains multiple variations in climate and landscape, there will be a large number of pictures. Normally, I won't post as many. I hope you enjoy this!

Please click on an image to view a larger version.





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