Saturday, August 23, 2014

Secret Melody - Nathrien of Gladden

This particular ensemble has been sitting in Outfit 7 since the Isengard instance cluster was released in 2011. I don't know why I never posted this and neither do I know why I let this use up valuable outfitting space for an extended period of time. Either way, I needed to rotate it out of my wardrobe and get this robe combination preserved on my blog. Makaia from Style of Middle-earth (stop by and say hello to her!) had gotten a sneak peak of this before it disappeared into the wardrobe. Sometimes, I wish there had been an eighth outfit option...or the thirty-nine RIFT has! I had grown reattached to this for the short time I was still using it.

Despite how seemingly outdated the Orthanc gear is, those pieces have had, and still do, amazing cosmetic potential. Unlike most robes found throughout LOTRO, the T1 and T2 robes have an amazing battle-ready feel. By going to the Ox-clan camp in northeastern Nan Curunir, you can barter for some amazing pieces with marks and medallions. Anyway, considering the battle-ready appearance, I thought it would be a good idea to accessorize the Robe of Resolve with similarly colored medium and heavy armor. Ost Dunhoth, the previous raid cluster at the time, was still fresh on my mind. I had completed the raid once or twice when the cap was 65, but I never used any of the gear I obtained cosmetically on my champ. That's how the shoulders came to be. The medium gauntlets were taken from the Draigoch sets for two reasons--they had mustard-gold accents and rose precisely elbow-high, covering the forearm the robe leaves exposed. I wish I could remember more of the specifics, but like I said, this outfit has been around since 2011!

If you're familiar with the gated-off ruins to the west of Galtrev, that was where I had taken these pictures. I have a friend who shamelessly seamwalks (essentially exploring outside the map's boundaries) that offered to summon me on his cappy. I was last here in March, slightly after updating my game to the high resolution client. Since then, according to my friend, the way up there has been blocked off by invisible walls. Long before that, you could get up here after being punted by spear-wielding half-orc NPCs...but that method was blocked too. I honestly wonder why such places were coded into the game, but never actually used. They do make great screenshot backgrounds, however!

A decent landscape screenshot, featuring the reddish Bonevales treeline to the northeast.

Shoulders: Lesser Blade of the West Shoulder Guards (Ered luin blue, Ost Dunhoth Champion armor, bartered at Harndirion)
Back: Ceremonial Wig-feld (Ered luin blue, LOTRO Store or lootbox reward)
Chest: Robe of Resolve (Indigo, T1 ToO armor, skin available from any light armor class vendor at Ox-clan Camp)
Hands: Gloves of the Tireless Sentinel (Indigo, Adventurer's Quartermaster in Galtrev)
Feet: Embroidered Shoes of the Dunland Healer (Indigo, Dunland quest reward)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Flower Girl - Pennycandy of Gladden

My hobbit mintrel is a character I have no intention of leveling. I had created her for one reason originally--Turning of the Tide's own Hobbits to Isengard event, which I held back in September 2013, long before Sapience held it for each server. To tell the truth, Forgotten Darkness of Gladden was the first community, that I know of, to run that event in early 2012. Community events or not, I decided to keep little level 8 Pennycandy and use her as an additional model. So far, she's provided me with a significant amount of practice in clothing hobbits casually. I highly doubt I'll have any battle-ready outfits for that race.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nomadic Easterling - Aerthain of Gladden

Ah, my next steel blue creation. Unlike my last attempt, Midnight Magic, the blueish properties of the dye are more noticeable. The more I've been experimenting with the color, the more I've come to the conclusion steel blue is best used on place, chain mail, or scale mail. Not to stereotype the dye, but eighty percent of the cloth and leather skins look too metallic. If you've got a muted or darker base on light armor, you'll have a bluer shade.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Simple Fashion - Tunic Ideas Pt. 2

Over the past few weeks I've discovered more tunics across several characters that haven't seen the light of day or received a good dusting off. These are many specialty tunics in the game, ones that either don't merit year-round wearing due to their seasonal nature or are overlooked because they come from a zone skipped during the race to level cap. Today, I'll shed some light on cosmetic gear falling into those categories.

If you missed the first "Simple Fashion - Tunic Ideas," you can follow the link provided.

Shoulders: Strong Eastemnet Skirmish Pauldrons (Rivendell Green, T8 tailor recipe)
Chest: Rohirrim Tunic and Trousers (Rivendell Green, Riders of Stangard token barter reward, kindred standing)
Hands: Gloves of the Eorlingas (Default, Rise of Isengard pre-order cosmetics)
Feet: Treiglur-lhopan (Walnut brown, Rise of Isengard instance cluster drop)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cosmetic Guide to Dol Amroth Class Armor

Multiple players have been asking on the forums and in world/glff chat where else they can obtain the Dol Amroth class armor skins that came with the release of U14. As a result, I picked up this project in the hopes of creating some sort of guide. Here, I'll list as best as possible the alternative methods to collecting these armor skins. Because this post is strictly for skins, I won't be including dye colors. I'll admit there are some pieces that I don't know. I never bothered to get one of each class to level 95 or subbed long enough to have the entire cosmetic library at my fingertips. However, I'll do my best. Just to warn you, you will see *multiple* pieces listed that share the same skins. 

If you see a piece that's incorrect or an alternative item with the same skin, please leave a comment below.

And by the way, only half of these sets are cosmetically original. I know my blogs and outfits well enough to know some of these have been lifted from other sites and slightly altered, whether it's by dye color or a single piece. If that is the case, I will provide links to the original creators and the specific outfits beneath each set to give credit where it is due.

Hunter ("Of the Liberator" set)

Head: Helm of the Shadow-walker (Barad Guldur level 65 medium armor from skirm camp)
Shoulders: Treasure Hunter's Shoulder Guards (T6 Tailor light armor recipe, or its level 54 or 58 crafted equivalent)
Chest: Battle Armour of the Mark (T8 Metalsmith recipe, guilded or RoR landscape barter)
Hands: Eastemnet Battle Gauntlets (T8 Metalsmith recipe, level 80)
Feet: Woodland Ranger’s Boots (Volume 3 Wildermore Interludes)

OUTFIT ADAPTED from The Starry Mantle by the designers.

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