Saturday, July 26, 2014
Snowbound - Pennycandy of Gladden
It's been a while since I've dressed up a hobbit, especially this little darling. I don't know what it is about them, but no matter what I put on a female hobbit, I feel all warm and giggly and melty on the inside. It's like a cuteness overload! (D'awww!!!) And speaking of warm and fuzzy, I felt compelled to create a winter-friendly outfit for one. Versus using evendim blue, which I abuse to no end, I opted for the darker ered luin blue to make a bolder contrast between the lighter and darker colors, and to make the fur stand out. Have a character heading towards the Misty Mountains or Forochel? Look no further!
Despite the fact that summer is in full swing, sweltering heat and disgusting muggy days included, a little bit of winter apparel makes the weather seem cooler. Any more 90°F days (32°C), and I'll be praying for the snow! Gloredh of Wandering Around Arda used the same location and temperature-related reasons in a recent outfit, Ambassador to the Elves.
When the Spring Festival arrived this year, I took the opportunity to collect the rest of the festival dances on my starter level models. I figured that I could use them for some dynamic posing, after all there are a variety of steps and motions within each animation. Once I had all eight of the festival ones on Pennycandy, I tested them out. However, I didn't just limit myself to the festival dances. Much to my surprise, I discovered how different /dance, /dance1, /dance2, and /dance3 were for hobbits compared to the rest of the races! They're not as energetic as men, dwarves, and elves, but there's a bit more joy in each hobbity step or bounce.
Dressing hobbits still baffle me, much like dwarves do. Even though the new models introduced with U13 have helped somewhat, I still encounter a significant amount of clipping in the dressing room. Shoulders are the worst, as they'll disappear into the model's upper back seventy percent of the time, buried beneath whatever chestpiece is being worn. It's either a matter of practice until I can find more pleasing combinations of clothing or it's something that I may never master. After all, I only have a handful of hobbit outfits here and zero dwarves that I've dressed myself. Time will tell, but I'll continue to dress the smaller races as best I can!
Shoulders: Ceremonial Leijona Shoulder Guards (Ered luin blue, T5 Tailor, Lossoth reputation recipe)
Back: Bearskin Winter Cloak (Ered luin blue, LOTRO Store exclusive, available only during the Yule Festival)
Chest: Jacket of the Watchtower (Ered luin blue, Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Snow-dusted Traveling Gloves (Ered luin blue, Yule Festival token barter reward)
Feet: Ceremonial Ajokoira Shoes (Ered luin blue, T5 Tailor, Lossoth reputation recipe)