Saturday, February 16, 2019

Iron Garrison Miner

It's been a long time since I've entertained role playing on this blog. I used to write stories--short blurbs may be more accurate--for my characters that matched the outfit and images contained within a given entry. It's been years, probably five or six, since I last did that. I almost wrote a brief story, but I decided to let the images themselves tell the tale of an often exhausted dwarven miner, hard at work, deep within the darkness of Moria.

Last year, shortly after the release of U23, LOTRO had added a new store cosmetic, the Dwarven Miner's Helm. Players were given the coupon code STARTMINING which, when redeemed before December 31st, would reward a free copy of that helmet. Naturally, I used the code immediately. I noticed that on ultra high settings, the candle inside the helmet produced a faint glow.

Quickly, it went to my shared storage and sat there as a reminder to use it. I tried pairing it with the Prospector's Garments, obtainable from any Outfitter in LOTRO's starter areas, but it didn't quite suit my purpose. As fitting as the design was, especially with the dirt stains, I didn't care for how it dyed. Only the outer tunic changes color. However,  the Dwarf-smith's Jacket, which had a dyeable undershirt and a fantastic leather work apron, better fit my vision.

The only regret about this outfit was not having the Dwarf-make Prospector's Pack. If only I'd had the foresight, I would have bartered for one during the Anniversary Festival. I could have waited another two months, but, in all honesty, any of those mining backpacks would do. I settled for the Elven Prospector's Pack instead, for it's simple, uncluttered, and uniform design.

Overall, I was really happy with the final product. It made Moria a little more immersive and entertaining. And it made for an unexpected and hilarious moment in the Barrow-downs saving a low level player that pulled one too many wights. Imagine being saved by a dwarf wildly swinging a massive pickaxe meant for mining minerals from rock formations, not the useless minerals from bone formations!

Head: Dwarven Miner's Helm (Sienna, LOTRO Store)
Back: Elven Prospector's Pack (Default, T3 Tailor recipe)
Chest: Dwarf-smith's Jacket (White, Dwarf-hold Rewards Quartermaster in Skarhald)
Hands: Heavy Plated Dunlending Gloves (Umber, Dunland quest reward)**
Feet: Dunbog Studded Watcher's Boots (Umber, Dunland quest reward)**

Main-hand: Heavy Battle Pick (Purchased from the weapons vendor in Esteldin)

**In case the quests that reward these are already completed, Devonna at LOTRO Stylist has compiled a list of alternative ways to obtain these skins.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sword Skins Collection, Part 3

It's been some time since I started Cosmetics Weapon Project section. Originally, this was meant to be a collection of the weapons I'd owned or had tucked away in storage. By the time I'd finished the main categories, this project evolved to contain crafted weapons (even though I'd never used them), rare quest weapons, and hidden, unused skins (some of which have been released through the LOTRO Store).

Swords had been one of the first categories uploaded, which meant it didn't get the same amount of time, effort, and thoroughness as the others. This post is meant to correct that oversight, further fleshing out swords. There are some skins feel like they should be here, especially among the LIs, but have already been featured in the first two installments.

As usual, if there's another way of obtaining one of the skins listed below, please let me know in the comments.

 Ancient Steel Sword - Crafted from the recipe of the same name

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Verdant Grace

Quite often I repurpose slotted or old outfits. A splash of a different color, the exchange of at least one piece...that's all it's taken to transform an old character appearances into something new, fresh, and exciting. I've always been surprised how a subtle change in color, either in tint, shade, or tone, has altered the concept and emotion of an outfit. For those that have regularly visited Material Middle-earth, this particular clothing combination should look familiar. It's mostly a recolor of Silvan Elegance, which was posted in February 2018, almost a year from today.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

LOTRO Store Weapon Skins Collection

I don't know exactly what sparked it. It was either me finding some unique and unused Legendary Items in LOTRO's coding last year or the forums thread wanting some new addition to the LOTRO Store (also from last year), but the developers saw fit to finally introduce these to the game. Almost all of these skins are exclusive to the Store, costing 395 LP apiece. If there's an in-game way of obtaining something here, I'll have made a note below.

Three different sets have been released, the "Soaring Depths," the "Khazad-dûm Vaults," and the "Storied Past" sets. I must point out that these skins have only appeared in the store for limited periods of time, and even then, only one set at a time. Watch the LOTRO Store (or Twitter or the client launcher), as I have, for their next appearance. I'd say once every month or two we've been graced by their presence.

I've collected only certain ones, as I don't have infinite funds to pour into LOTRO's coffers, and I haven't regretted those purchases either!

And, oh yes, I've moved these skins from the other CWP entries to here.

Soaring Axe of the Depths

Axe of the Khazad-dûm Vaults

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ward of the Mountains

As this was my second dwarf outfit, I thought I'd just dive in, not put too much thought into what pieces I would use, and follow my fashionable instincts. What resulted was a heavily armored dwarf  that was also armed to the teeth (lots of pointy weapons, too). The outfit itself does feel a bit cumbersome, but it works. The only thing I'm not particularly fond of is the hauberk-style heavy chest piece, the Reinforced Chestplate of the Adventurer. I'm not quite sure if it was that only the top half was plated or how flat and curveless it appears when donned by a stocky dwarf. Then again, I've been getting used to dwarven body structure these past couple months and the U23 skins have made it easier.

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