Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dauntless Champion

If you've been following my Twitter account in recent weeks, you may have seen the first image entered in one of the many screenshot contests held by LOTRO Family. For those on Twitter, it was a sneak peek of this combat-oriented outfit. Now I've been able to publish it here for everybody to see. I actually had this outfit tucked away for a while. Until Vol. 4, Book 8 and The Wastes had been released, I couldn't find a location that felt appropriate. By appropriate, I mean perfect. Any of the Pelennor instances could have done, but the Battle of the Morannon space was exactly what I needed.

Not only was I content with the location, I was also satisfied with my character's appearance. However, if I could have changed on piece, it wold have been the cloak. I would have substituted the Cloak of the Ibis with one of the Quartermaster of the Host's meta-deed cloaks. Unfortunately, being a solo player at heart, I tend to avoid group content. No Lang Rhuven, Skoironk, or Tower of the Teeth group dailies for me. I got as far as I could with Featured Instance daily boxes in terms of rep and deeds, but I fell short. Very short. Given those circumstances, my lack of craft resources, and the amount of time required to achieve that goal, I tossed in the proverbial towel and settled for what you see in these images. Although, now that my Warden is 115, I could go back and do those dailies...

My Warden has definitely been getting tons of love recently, both on this blog and in-game with outfits I haven't even screen captured yet. Generally, when new content arrives for LOTRO, my Warden is one of the first characters I play. It gives me a chance to gauge the difficulty of the landscape or instances. That's how I slowly made my way through LOTRO from Central Gondor to The Wastes after an almost two year hiatus and rebuilt my wardrobe to include the most current cosmetics.

Head: Helm of the Reclaimed City (Ashenslades green, After-battle Pelennor quest reward)
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Reclaimed City (Lórien gold, After-battle Pelennor quest reward)
Back: Cloak of the Ibis (Ashenslades green, LOTRO Store)**
Chest: Lacquered Plate of the Ambusher (Ashenslades green, Vol 4 Book 7 reward)
Hands: War Gauntlets of the Deep (Lórien gold, T9 Metalsmith recipe)
Feet: War Boots of the Deep (Lórien gold, T9 Metalsmith recipe)

Shield: Shield of the Golden Sky (Host of the West: Armor reputation barter item)
**If you have any of the Quartermaster of the Host's cloaks, they would be a great alternative to the store cloak!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sentinel of the Tomb Hills

My Beorning has certainly come to wear the most atypical of outfits since I made her. At first, I wasn't sure what her particular style would be. Whatever new combination of clothing I liked I had her wear. Long before I stuck to leathery wildnerness-themed gear, I tried hauberks, robes, heavy armor, and dresses. This particular ensemble was one of the earliest she'd worn...and one I hadn't replaced yet. Considering this used a combination of pieces scattered across Eriador, I wasn't exactly sure what image this would portray.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Sometimes, I feel like I'm always playing catch up in the LOTRO cosmetics blogosphere. Taking that extended break from game content from the release of U14 (Western Gondor) until U18 (The Battle of Pelennor Fields) due to feeling burned out, I missed out on the opportunity to tinker with the newest cosmetic skins as they were released. I missed out on the Osgilliath sets while that content was relevant (I rarely see the cluster run anymore), the Morgul-crest bartered Faramir sets, and, by the time I caught up story-wise, the Pelennor and Throne sets. I had logged in for that long stretch of time only to make outfits. It's only now, after a significant amount of effort, that I've gotten around to showcasing some of the spectacularly designed U19 gear from the North Ithilien/post-Pelennor quests.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ashen Wastes

As you may have noticed, I purchased the Ultimate Fan bundle for Mordor. I was doing very well resisting the call of the new and exclusive cosmetics, but as the release date grew closer, I caved and purchased it. So far, I have no regrets. Two sets of exclusive cosmetics--the Alliance and Ash Plains sets--and their respective steeds and war-steed sets, the High Elf, the Aria of the Valar (made a High Elf Captain you'll eventually meet), a housing item that takes the user deep into Mordor, and other things. The expansion content and packages haven't disappointed me yet...and neither have the landscape cosmetics! The new Mordor skins have breathed much needed life into the pool of clothing options.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


With the release of Mordor on Wednesday, Aug 2, I considered uploading some of the combat outfits I would be taking through the Morannon. However, a lack of time for taking and editing screenshots combined with heavy questing and exploration prevented me from doing that. As much as I wanted to show my newest creations, I decided to keep my scheduled outfits as they were. As a result, my Beorning has taken the spotlight with another tribal-themed outfit.

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