Friday, December 28, 2012
Return of the Shield-maiden
Such a wonderfully designed, plated, and earthen-toned armor set. The Eastemnet Battle pieces all do well dyed off-greens, burgundies, dark browns, and any other muted colors. The bolder and brighter tones look okay, but are much more difficult to use. I had fun designing this outfit, and I tried a new designing process. Instead of finding scenery to match a custom outfit like I always do, I decided to find an outfit that pair with the scenery. In case I've lost you in my attempt to explain, I matched this to the landscape--to the Wold in particular. The zone is filled with greens, yellows, and browns (looks like the sun burned more than just the grass to me) which made this an easy and simple outfit. I'll have to keep experimenting with this method in the meantime...
I'd have to say that Turbine did very well with the Eastemnet crafter armor skins. I don't think I can choose favorites quite yet, but I was very impressed with the level 80 heavy armor. It's a wonderful thing that we didn't get the robes and furry pieces that the three westfold crafted armor types had. Don't get me wrong, I do like those pieces...it's just that they had little variety. I've yet to get one of the rep gated Eastemnet tailor robes! So much to be added to my list, but so little room...might have to start a third cosmetic storage toon at this rate.
Not bad considering this is my first time using the T8 crafted gear : )
Head: Tactical Circlet of the Horse-lords (Olive, T8 tailor recipe)
Shoulders: Padded Mantle of the Dunland Soothsayer (Sienna, Dunland quest reward)
Back: Silky Cloak of Salvation (Sienna, Dunland quest reward - Abominations quest chain capstone reward)
Chest: Combative Eastemnet Battle Armor (Olive, T8 metalsmith recipe)
Hands: Combative Eastemnet Battle Gauntlets (Sienna, T8 metalsmith recipe)
Feet: Combative Eastemnet Battle Boots (Sienna, T8 metalsmith recipe)
War-steed Cosmetics: The entire Heavy Set of the Entwash (Olive, LOTRO Store)