Saturday, November 17, 2018

Gondomon General

About a week ago, when my work, home, social, and gaming life finally achieved some balance (can't forget the end of the Harvest Festival too, which I'd been grinding like crazy), I took the plunge and purchased the U23 content, Where Dragons Dwell. I've actually enjoyed most of it. And I'm excited that the dwarves have gotten some much needed love for the first time since Mines of Moria. Yes, they've popped up from time to time--the Mirkwood Epics, Thror's Coomb in Enedwaith, and Erebor, most notably--but have had no fully fleshed, substantial, and dedicated content until LOTRO's last update.

And the best thing about it, outside of the new storylines? The impressive and beautiful new dwarven cosmetics, all obtained from questing, the Figments of Splendor vendors, and the instances. Gloredh from Wandering Around Arda graciously uploaded two entries, both of which can be found here and here.

This outfit primarily used the Captain's set from Moria. Ironically, this can only be obtained by a High Elf or Race of Man Captain due to racial restrictions. And to further the irony, of all the Moria class sets, the Hall-general one was the most Dwarvish in appearance. The shoulders, in my opinion, were a dead giveaway. Sticking with the Moria sets allowed me to ease my way into outfitting dwarves. It was a shame to see dwarven-style cosmetics vanish until the Grey Mountains.

I'd also forgotten that there was an emphasis on the chest and a de-emphasis on the legs. Having almost exclusively worked with elves and men, it was an awkward transition. Once I've adjusted to their body structure, I'll drop the safety net and start mixing up armor pieces between the class and crafted sets. The U23 cosmetics would be fair game too, now that I've collected a bunch!

Anyway, dwarves were shorter than I least in my screenshots. When I've uploaded photos to Material Middle-earth, I've always included a scenic header, a scenic footer, a full frontal, a full rear, a full side view, and a frontal close up. I didn't anticipate that every photo would essentially be a close up, making it difficult to differentiate between the others! And even with the close up, I can only fit so much dwarf into it. I've considered it a lesson learned and will most likely alter my screenshot format for future dwarf posts. This was actually my very first time featuring this race in the six and a half years Material Middle-earth has been active. And it's been an informative first time too, both in outfitting and formatting!

Head: Dwarf-make Circlet (Purple, LOTRO Store)**
Shoulders: Hall-general's Shoulders (Purple, Captain class vendor from the Twenty-first Hall)
Back: Brosh's Cloak (Purple, reward from Seat of the Great Goblin when 85 was the level cap)***
Chest: Hall-general's Breastplate (Purple, Captain class vendor from the Twenty-first Hall)
Legs: Hall-general's Leggings (Purple, Captain class vendor from the Twenty-first Hall)
Hands: Hall-general's Gauntlets (Purple, Captain class vendor from the Twenty-first Hall)
Feet: Hall-general's Boots (Purple, Captain class vendor from the Twenty-first Hall)

Main hand: Soaring Great Axe of the Depths (LOTRO Store exclusive, appears at random for limited times)

**The skin can be also bartered from the skirm camp cosmetics vendor under "Annúminas Cosmetic Clothing - Light" as the Ceremonial Circlet of the Seven Stars.
***Not many of these cloaks are found in LOTRO nowadays. As these were from the Riders of Rohan days, the only hope of finding these are on the Auction House. Few players are willing to part with them. The only other way of obtaining this skin was by winning the Cloak of Hwin from the Ost Dunhoth raid before it was made scalable with U10, which brought a revamp of the loot pools.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Simple Fashion - Hauberks, Part 2

The Simple Fashion series has returned this week with three classic hauberks. It's been years since I've seen these used in LOTRO. And it's been years since I've used these as well. Actually, I don't think I've ever used the Hauberk of Rhûn before. That particular cosmetic has collected dust since I purchased it back in 2012, not knowing what to do with it. I bought it with the intention of using it someday, but I'd never have expected it would take six years for that to happen!

Anyway, I've decided to keep this week's blog entry short and sweet. Enjoy the outfits below!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Of Stars and Signs

Don't worry. Unlike my last outfit post, which somewhat introduces this outfit, I'm not going to drop another massive wall of text. Last thing I need, or anyone else for that matter, is to become a broken record and recount the lengthy and painstaking origin of this outfit. (If you missed it, you can find that tale here.) Needless to say, I was excited to add half the pieces here to my collection once I finally got my hands on them! Next on my list is the Faramir's Faithful set, but that requires one hundred and twenty Morgul Crests to collect. In my two years of killing warbands, I only have nine or ten of them! (Maybe I can start convincing kinnies to do T2C Osgiliath or Pelennor?)

I'm starting to get off topic, so it's back to the outfit at hand!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hammer Skins Collection, Part 2

Here's the second part of the hammer collection.

As usual, if there's another way of obtaining a skin listed here, please let me know in the comments.

That being said, this project will ALWAYS be an ongoing one. I still have yet to add the Thrang weaponry. I still need to go back and update with the Khazad-dûm Vaults skins from the LOTRO Store. I've heard there is also a "Storied Past" collection that's appeared in the Store as well, but I've never seen it. Players from the community, both on Twitter and the LOTRO Forums have requested shields. I have to go back and add alternative skins names to various weapons already cataloged. There is still so much to do, but the groundwork has been laid, at least!

Thank you so much for your patience, support, and your contributions! If it weren't for the community effort, this project may have died a long time ago.

Crafted Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Third Age, level 60 - Crafted from the recipe of the same name

Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Third Age, level 53 - Bartered from the Legendary Item Traders in Bree, 21st Hall, Lothlorien, and The Great Delving

Reforged Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Second Age, level 60 - Crafted from the recipe of the same name

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hammer Skins Collection, Part 1

Ah, the final category. Also the one I deliberately saved for last. It's also the largest collection I have. To be honest, I've never particularly cared for using hammers unless they were an improvement between quests prior to Moria. Like with great hammers, there's no racial damage bonus. However, that never stopped me from collecting and stockpiling these on an alternate mule account. Back in the Mirkwood days, I spent my time crawling around Moria far more than Mirkwood itself. Back when the Twenty-first Hall was the major player hub. Back when everybody was farming Medallions of Moria from the instances. All of that exploring and farming netted me several unique hammers, which I'll be listing between this and the upcoming second half of my collection.

As usual, if there's another way to obtain a skin seen below, please let me know in the comments!

Ash Hammer - Crafted from the Ash Hammer recipe

Black Ash Hammer - Crafted from the Black Ash Hammer recipe

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