Saturday, March 29, 2014
Red Dawn - Satella of Gladden
Lalia's Market has been something I've often avoided. I've never been an advocate for a cash shop that featured items that can be earned, with patience, through leveling, crafting, and accruing instance currencies. However, there have been certain pieces I have purchased because, without being a subscriber, I've never been able to access them. The ceremonial versions of the Ettenmoors gear, specifically. Anything else, I've earned over the years with some hard work. The LOTRO Store is the other exception I make. The majority of cosmetic pieces found there are exclusive to the store. (This is this blogger's humble opinion and it not intended to insult anybody with outfits featured on the mannequins over the past year.)
Anyway, I finally decided to dip into my pool of mithril coins for this outfit. Sometime early last year, many store items were made obsolete and were converted into these coins. I had accrued so many revival tomes and tomes of dread removal from lootboxes that when the conversion happened, I found myself with a little over 300 coins.
Initially, there was never a concept for this ensmeble. If anything, it was to use pieces I've never used on my blog. Oddly enough, everything you see here hasn't been used previously. You see, I've been on a kick (perhaps obsessed) with the Erebor raid armor for a few weeks, trying to find cosmetic uses for obsolete statted gear. I don't know what it is about undyeable pieces, but they've been challenges I've met head on. Sometimes I've failed miserably and other times I've been successful. The Jacket of the Erebor Leader, the central piece to this outfit, was one of them. The chainmail's color was absolutely impossible to recreate outside of the raid set. Instead, I decided to focus upon the bold red and gold, and scrounged the depths of my cosmetic library for anything matching the same intensity of the tones. This was the end result.
You may find clipping issues in the chest area regarding the shoulders if you pursue this outfit. I've found the clipping is less pronounced on females. I don't know why, but the Erebor armor in most cases is not gender/race friendly. The pieces either clip or distort your character's figure.
Hunting down the location for this photoshoot wasn't easy. Whenever I've found a suitable one, it's always been for one of two reasons; either my outfit is easily discernable from the background or there is some sort of indescribable connection between the outfit and locale. It's made a considerable difference, to me at least, in the quality and energy of the pictures. When I first started this blog, the places I used were chosen all willy-nilly without considering the concept or purpose of an outfit...and I always found something off-putting about that. It's a truth I've recently discovered while reviewing the past two years of outfits.
Fellow bloggers, viewers, and forums posters, have you noticed this as well when publicly displaying your cosmetic creations?
Head: Ceremonial Circlet of Restoration (Default, Lalia's Market)*
Shoulders: Ceremonial Spear-hurler's Shoulders (Default, Lalia's Market)*
Back: Linen Cloak (Red, T2 tailor recipe)
Chest: Jacket of the Erebor Leader (Default, heavy armor skirm camp vendor, Erebor Captain's armor)
Hands: Gauntlets of Malmezel (Crimson, Redhorn Lodes quest reward)**
Feet: Boots of Durin's Guard (Red, Moria Guardian class armor vendor)***
*These pieces are obtainable at Lalia's Market at the time of posting this entry.
**I finished Moria long before the zone revamp. These gloves may or may not be available in the game any longer. If I recall correctly, this was from a quest out of the Orc-watch.
***Similar skins can be obtained from Guardian class vendors in Echad Andestel and Caras Galadhon with Medallions of Lothlorien.