Saturday, November 22, 2014

Studded Ranger - Aerthain of Gladden

Here's that particular outfit I mentioned last week, the one that somewhat resembles one of Hymne's previous outfits, The Passing of the Grey Company. It's a rare sight having an earthen-toned outfit featured on this blog, let alone a Ranger one. This would be my first Ranger-themed creation. I usually find them a little overdone, especially after seeing multiple blog posts over the years and an inordinate amount of hunters wearing the Ranger or Grey Company sets from the epic books. They were a dime a dozen and I'm not fond of looking like everybody else (just like with those undyeable pre-order cosmetic sets). However, the Medium Nadhin Jacket gave me the opportunity to make something that I felt would stand out of that particular crowd.

I seldom pass up inspiration and this Medium Nadhin Jacket was too good to ignore. Because I didn't own Western Gondor at the time of this outfit's creation, I couldn't barter for these. I would have loved to use more medium Nadhin pieces, the gloves in particular, but having to rely on the auction house or random drops kept me from collecting them. So I improvised and attempted to adhere to the style and theme of the jacket. I scrounged and scrounged for anything with studs in them. It took two days of finding alts that skipped certain quests in Dunland to get the boots. It took another by running Carn Dum and Urugarth repeatedly on high level characters until appropriate gloves dropped. Luckily the shoulders were already in my wardrobe.

Sometimes, I swear blood, tears, and sweat go into these outfits...

Once again, I've ever so desperately avoided the ranger green dye. I've used it once to compliment an undyeable trim on a dress, but I've never used it as the central color to an outfit. It's too earthy of a yellow for my tastes. Instead, I used gold. Normally, it's a bright color, but the the jacket had a slightly muted base that muddied the color and provided that special earthy tone this needed.

Shoulders: Combat Pauldrons of √Čomer (Umber, T8 Tailor recipe, guilded or bartered)
Chest: Medium Nadhin Jacket (Gold, Dol Amroth medium armor vendor or post-50 world drop)
Hands: Gleaming Gauntlets of Might (Walnut brown, pre-65 world drop)
Feet: Scout's Weathered Leather Boots (Walnut brown, Dunland quest reward)**

**Skin also available at Lalia's Market at time of posting.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sea-bound Swan - Aldebaraan of Gladden

I feel like I've been periodically synching up with other LOTRO fashion bloggers. About a week after finishing the draft for this in early August, Gloredh from Wandering Around Arda had posted something strikingly similar in concept. In case you're wondering why I didn't post this immediately, I have a carefully arranged schedule of posts that last for weeks and sometimes months. If I had, that schedule would have needed some serious rearranging. Therefore, I think it's much easier just to add each new outfit I make to the back of the queue. Next week's post will be something visually similar to one of Hymne's outfits. This was also another one done shortly before she posted hers. Hopefully, the one after that will actually feel original! (It's always awkward when you feel like you've copied someone else.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Swan Keeper - Lanael of Gladden

I've always had a fascination with such a lore-rich and beautiful landscape--this time with Dol Amroth. You see, Lothlórien was the last area to leave me feeling truly enamored. The towns in Rohan and Dunland never inspired me. Even though they were well designed, they were missing that special spark, that spark that moved me to create an outfit the moment I entered one. When I had my initial encounter with this city during beta, it was love at first sight. I stopped questing immediately to locate both the skirmish camp and bank. Testing the content was supposed to be paramount, but I was already neck-deep in my wardrobe before I remembered that tiny fact.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Order of the Swan - Emeridir of Gladden

It's been several months since Update 14 released and the wave of swan-themed outfits began. I too jumped on the bandwagon and made half a dozen, but I've had multiple creations scheduled between July and now. My automatic blog schedule has finally made its way into swan territory...hopefully this and upcoming ones still feel relevant! Besides, for the United States, Thanksgiving comes at the end of November. Instead of turkey-related outfits (Middle-earth has no turkeys, sadly), I'll have a month's worth of swan inspired ensembles.

This was an old outfit of mine. I remember stumbling across The Starry Mantle's Knight of Dol Amroth sometime in 2012 and feeling inspired to create my own interpretation of the Swan Knights. I don't exactly recall my reasons for choosing the pieces I did, except for two of them; blue and silver being the emblematic colors of Dol Amroth and wanting to portray armor typically worn by Men in an elvish style. Why an elvish style? It was rumored the Princes of Dol Amroth had elvish blood, though little of it, running through their veins. Since we've come this far both geographically and storywise, I thought I'd revive this ensemble in its originally conceived state.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Harvestmath Series - Soothsayer

I have to start this post by saying that in no way, shape, or form, has the art department at Turbine come close to the level of design and form-fitting gear that Rise of Isengard provided to the community. No bodies were distorted while wearing that expansion exclusive gear. No arms or legs clipped through clothing while moving. Shoulders did not float above the model. There were three distinct sets for each armor class obtained as quest rewards. Never has an expansion made a character's appearance so individualized within its own content. When I ran my alts through Dunland and Isengard, I made sure to collect whatever I hadn't on previous runs. Did you know that Massive Black was the company to create a majority of the RoI expansion concept art?

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