Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Hobbit-skald - Pennycandy of Gladden
This here is the final outfit request I'll be honoring. As you know, Saturday will be my final day updating this blog. I understand that there are other creations that some of you would have liked me to make, but I'm out of time. It's taking all of my willpower to stick to my guns and retire, as planned, this weekend. Thank you for strongly encouraging me to continue, but the longer I stay, the harder it will be to leave. Let's get back to the outfit, shall we?
I had a brief conversation with Lilyrose, the leader of Rangers of the West on the Gladden server. Some of you may recall that I've had the pleasure judging two server fashion events hosted by her wonderful kinship between 2013 and 2014. Anyway, she was wondering if I could make some sort of warrior-skald outfit. Usually she dons her Draigoch set and charges headfirst into battle on her hobbit mini. I'm hoping this gives her (and other similar halfling characters) another combat-ready option.
I very much remember the pre-Isengard days where the minstrel could wear medium armor. Although the stats weren't exactly geared towards casters, that particular armor class afforded greater protection right to level 65. This inspired me to work with medium and heavy armor in such a way that these characters could traverse the battlefield without feeling encumbered in any way. Medium chest and leggings to provide the much needed mobility and flexibility to freely play a chosen instrument. Heavy pauldrons and gauntlets to protect the arms that play that same instrument. This truly takes the minstrel and transforms it into a battle bard!
Because this is a little known alt of mine, I had several players stopping me while I was roaming about the Shire looking for a suitable photoshoot location. "How'd you get that armor?" "Did you just dump money into the game for all of that?" and questions of the like. This is what happens when you run a well-dressed level 10 alt through some of the busiest starter areas. Basically, I told them I've been cosmetic blogging for a few years, that this was an alt, and that the wardrobe feature makes this possible. I told them the wardrobe is amazing and that, if they were going to make LOTRO a long-term investment, it's a worthwhile purchase. That took me back several years, back to a time when I had this cosmetic system explained to me.
Sometimes, it feels like I'm new to this game all over again. I have so many fond memories :)
Head: Winged Circlet (Indigo, skirm camp cosmetics vendor)
Shoulders: Ceremonial High-protector's Shoulders (Indigo, skirm camp cosmetic vendor - Heavy Helegrod Armor)
Back: Cloak of the Autumn Wood (Indigo, LOTRO Store)
Chest: Elven Campaigner's Armor (Ered luin blue, T5 Tailor medium armor recipe)
Legs: Elven Campaigner's Leggings (Ered luin blue, T5 Tailor medium armor recipe)
Hands: Ceremonial High-protector's Gloves (Indigo, skirm camp cosmetic vendor - Heavy Helegrod Armor)
Feet: Ceremonial War-captain's Boots (Indigo, skirm camp cosmetic vendor - Heavy Helegrod Armor)