Saturday, December 1, 2018

Garrison Commander

Can I say how much I've loved having Bullroarer? Whenever I've finished testing what I wanted to test, and after giving appropriate feedback of course, I like to indulge my outfitting urges. Thanks to the Eyes and Guard Tavern located in Archet and Thorin's Hall, many of LOTRO's currencies are infinite. I've created or transferred multiple characters and completed the dailies found in the Tavern to cap my commendations, stockpile mithril coins, or collect whatever else I've desired. I'd been waiting for an opportunity to create this outfit, one that complimented the Great Axe of the Khazad-dûm Vaults, a weapons periodically available in the LOTRO Store.

As this character appearance required vast quantities of commendations from PvMP zones, Bullroarer was the ideal place to create this. On the live servers, every piece (with the exception of the chest armor) is available through creature drops, various landscape barterers, and Lalia's Market. The chest, the Breastplate of Command, requires a whopping 7,500 commendations. Coming from a server where PvMP has been dead for years, it's one skin that's virtually impossible for me to collect. I've drooled over and dreamed of having the Ettenmoors gear from multiple classes for years, but this is the closest I've gotten...and most likely ever will get. The designs have been top notch!

Luckily, some PvMP gear has been offered at Lalia's Market over the years. I've been able to collect most of it. Honestly, I would have loved to see more added or rotated in these past several years, but the Market was abandoned shortly after Aubergine left Standing Stone Games when it was still known as Turbine.

Oh, yes. Don't mind the pic above and to the right of this text. For some reason, /stoicpose was bugged during that final Bullroarer session, and it produced the actual two-handed axe my character was using as opposed to the cosmetic one.

Shoulders: Spear-hurler's Shoulders (Red, Warden class vendor in the Twenty-first Hall)**
Chest: Breastplate of Command (Washed, Ettenmoors Captain class vendor)
Legs: Leggings of Command (Washed, Ettenmoors Captain class vendor)***
Hands: Stonefists (Crimson, dropped by Forvengwath in Barad Gularan)****
Feet: Ceremonial Town-saver's Boots (Gold, bartered from the skirm camp cosmetics vendor, under Rift Cosmetic Clothing - Medium)

Main-hand: Great Axe of the Khazad-dûm Vaults (Appears in the LOTRO Store at random for limited periods of time)

**Can also be found at Lalia's Market at the time of writing this entry. Also, if you have a Beorning, you can barter for the Stone-claw's Shoulders in the Twenty-first Hall.
***Can also be found at Lalia's Market at the time of writing this entry.
****This skin is also shared my multiple world drops in pre-50 zones.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Gondomon General

About a week ago, when my work, home, social, and gaming life finally achieved some balance (can't forget the end of the Harvest Festival too, which I'd been grinding like crazy), I took the plunge and purchased the U23 content, Where Dragons Dwell. I've actually enjoyed most of it. And I'm excited that the dwarves have gotten some much needed love for the first time since Mines of Moria. Yes, they've popped up from time to time--the Mirkwood Epics, Thror's Coomb in Enedwaith, and Erebor, most notably--but have had no fully fleshed, substantial, and dedicated content until LOTRO's last update.

And the best thing about it, outside of the new storylines? The impressive and beautiful new dwarven cosmetics, all obtained from questing, the Figments of Splendor vendors, and the instances. Gloredh from Wandering Around Arda graciously uploaded two entries, both of which can be found here and here.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Simple Fashion - Hauberks, Part 2

The Simple Fashion series has returned this week with three classic hauberks. It's been years since I've seen these used in LOTRO. And it's been years since I've used these as well. Actually, I don't think I've ever used the Hauberk of Rhûn before. That particular cosmetic has collected dust since I purchased it back in 2012, not knowing what to do with it. I bought it with the intention of using it someday, but I'd never have expected it would take six years for that to happen!

Anyway, I've decided to keep this week's blog entry short and sweet. Enjoy the outfits below!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Of Stars and Signs

Don't worry. Unlike my last outfit post, which somewhat introduces this outfit, I'm not going to drop another massive wall of text. Last thing I need, or anyone else for that matter, is to become a broken record and recount the lengthy and painstaking origin of this outfit. (If you missed it, you can find that tale here.) Needless to say, I was excited to add half the pieces here to my collection once I finally got my hands on them! Next on my list is the Faramir's Faithful set, but that requires one hundred and twenty Morgul Crests to collect. In my two years of killing warbands, I only have nine or ten of them! (Maybe I can start convincing kinnies to do T2C Osgiliath or Pelennor?)

I'm starting to get off topic, so it's back to the outfit at hand!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hammer Skins Collection, Part 2

Here's the second part of the hammer collection.

As usual, if there's another way of obtaining a skin listed here, please let me know in the comments.

That being said, this project will ALWAYS be an ongoing one. I still have yet to add the Thrang weaponry. I still need to go back and update with the Khazad-dûm Vaults skins from the LOTRO Store. I've heard there is also a "Storied Past" collection that's appeared in the Store as well, but I've never seen it. Players from the community, both on Twitter and the LOTRO Forums have requested shields. I have to go back and add alternative skins names to various weapons already cataloged. There is still so much to do, but the groundwork has been laid, at least!

Thank you so much for your patience, support, and your contributions! If it weren't for the community effort, this project may have died a long time ago.

Crafted Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Third Age, level 60 - Crafted from the recipe of the same name

Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Third Age, level 53 - Bartered from the Legendary Item Traders in Bree, 21st Hall, Lothlorien, and The Great Delving

Reforged Captain's/Champion's/Guardian's/Hunter's/Warden's Hammer of the Second Age, level 60 - Crafted from the recipe of the same name

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