Saturday, July 28, 2018

Twilight Huntsman

Having spent enough time working on Mordor dailies, I've been able to acquire some of the latest crafted armor recipes. By all rights, I should have had them sooner, but if you know me I'm a much of a housing nut as I am a cosmetic blogger. I've lavishly spent the majority of my Silver Signets of the Thandrim on housing decorations in recent months and have been able to create a Mordor-themed house. Usually, it's the other way around, but I had enough outfits lined up that I could afford a change of pace, take a temporary respite from outfitting, and focus on the visual weapons guide.

That respite, unfortunately, wasn't much a of a respite after all. Mom had fallen and broken her ankle, which forced me to take a semi-hiatus from LOTRO until mid-May. I still logged in to screenshot a few weapons and at least say hello to my kinship, but I wasn't able to do much else while caring for her. Naturally, Stronghold of the North had just released just before her accident. I've been desperately trying to play catch up, focusing on content, while my blog quickly burned through everything I'd scheduled. I've gotten to a point where I've been able to shift my focus here again.

I had intended to screenshot this outfit somewhere in Eryn Lasgalen, after U22 released, but that didn't work as planned. I've decided to leave this photoshoot in Webs of the Scuttledells, the original setting. The natural lighting was somewhat poor when combined with the misty atmosphere. Thanks to the personal lantern, I was able to take some screenshots and make my Hunter feel like he was hunting at twilight, that otherworldly period between dusk and night.

It was the best I could do at the time. Who knows, I may retake these screenshots in Eryn Lasgalen someday!

As for the outfit itself, I loved the design of the hauberk and all of the details worked into its design. Even though it's a reskin of the other crafted heavy Doomfold armors, it was the best of the three. Having areas that were permanently black and white made for an exceptionally customizable skin that dyed any color very well. (The red and gold version from Mordor quest rewards dyed well, so long as warm colors were used. The crafted blue and white version dyed well with shades of blue and purple.) I've definitely recommended this crafted armor to anyone that can swing the 75 signets! And I've already imagined the possibilities combining it with the T2 Tower of Orthanc sets, which are largely black (and not dyeable) with silvery trimmings! I forsee another potential outfit doing just that...

Head: Turquoise Summer Circlet (Black, dyeable LOTRO store version)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Ancient Tongue (Black, Ost Galadh Rune-keeper class vendor)
Back: Elf-lord's Cloak (Black, LOTRO Store)
Chest: Reinforced Chestplate of the Pathfinder's Artifice (Twilight purple, T11 Metalsmith barter recipe from the Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor)
Hands: Dextrous Gages of the Pathfinder's Artifice (Default, T11 Tailor barter recipe from the Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor)
Feet: Thick Sabatons of the Pathfinder's Artifice (Black, T11 Metalsmith barter recipe from the Gorgoroth Crafting Vendor)

Bow: Well-worn Mumak Rider's Bow (Drops from any T1 Osgiliath instance cluster chest)
Swords: Tollang (Bartered from the classic skirm camp vendor under Annuminas - Treasure)


As a bonus, I thought I'd display this outfit how this outfit looked on the Race of Man, both male and female. Believe it or not, I tried modeling this on several characters, settling on the male Elf. Due to how the chest piece sat on a given character's body, I felt that males wear the set better. A male Elf will give you more of balanced, yet slimmer hourglass figure while Men will have a broader, bulkier build. It's continued to amaze me how significantly race affects the shape of certain pieces and which pieces clip more than others.

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