Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tribal



With the release of Mordor on Wednesday, Aug 2, I considered uploading some of the combat outfits I would be taking through the Morannon. However, a lack of time for taking and editing screenshots combined with heavy questing and exploration prevented me from doing that. As much as I wanted to show my newest creations, I decided to keep my scheduled outfits as they were. As a result, my Beorning has taken the spotlight with another tribal-themed outfit.


Spending so much time on my Beorning in recent months has prompted me to use cosmetic skins that I wouldn't use under normal circumstances. Playing this particular character, I've been drawn to dark colors, furs, leather...anything that practically cries wilderness or can be interpreted as such. When I looked at the Jacket of Anorien Mercy, the central piece of this outfit, I didn't see something Gondorian. Rather, I saw clothing akin to the Corsairs of Umbar or the people of Dunland. Despite the jacket's cosmetic flaws (the character's deformed right knee in the picture above and to the right), I adapted it to my Beorning, who seems to endlessly roam the untamed lands of Middle-earth.


And that's another unusual outfit crossed off my list. My Beorning still has several more to model, which were delayed by my hardware failure late last year. Also, if I can pry myself away Mordor long enough, I may have something special to share in a couple of weeks.


Head: Worn Hood (Grey, Beorning intro)**
Shoulders: Westfold Skirmish Pauldrons (Grey, Tailor T7 recipe)
Chest: Jacket of Anorien Mercy (Burgundy, Vol. 4 Book 4 - A Long Siege)
Hands: Skirmish Gauntlets of the Mark (Burgundy, Tailor T8 recipe)
Feet: Dunbog Watcher's Studded Boots (Burgundy, Dunland quest reward)***

**For male characters, Radagast's Hood from the Beorning intro shares this skin.
***Also shares the same skin with the Hillman's Cracked Leather Boots and the Scorched Ox-hide Boots

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indomitable Spirit



This year's 10th Anniversary Festival and subsequent Scavenger Hunt has produced some amazing rewards this year. My biggest concern this year was the distinct lack of quests that reward Anniversary tokens, especially if you didn't devote approximately ten hours to spamming the intermediate option for the Thorin's Hall Beer Brawl. And the lack of the Inn League and Ale Association token vendors made everything feel ten time more expensive than it needed to be. The anniversary festival had some amazing rewards, but, if you're like me, you don't have a ton of time to grind for rewards. Of everything offered, I set my sights upon the Unflagging Dragon cosmetic set, which is the focus of this outfit.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Uch-lûth Skirmisher



I've been wanting to take pictures of my Beorning's outfits for a very long time. Before I could do that, I made myself a promise first. That promise was to get her to Dunland. This outfit, even though it was assembled mid-2016, I had a particular place in mind to model it. That would be Barnavon in Carreglyn, however she was thirty levels too low at the time. I've put in a significant amount of work with my Beorning since my return and it's been wonderful experiencing landscape content and exploring locations I seldom have reason to visit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shimmering Song



A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a T2 Tower of Orthanc raid as a healer. It was with an experienced group that knew most of the challenges inside and out. Wing by wing, we defeated each of the bosses and climbed our way to Saruman. For the first time since Rise of Isengard, I was able to complete this raid on T2. Also, for the first time, I saw a broken cloak clasp drop...and I was lucky to win the roll. Having been a serious raider back at level 75, I had a full collection of Draigoch cloaks tucked away. Not knowing if or when I'd see another cloak, I chose to upgrade my favorite Wyrmscale Blademaster's Cloak to the Shimmering Blademaster's cloak.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Of Anniversaries and the Ithilien Spring



Seldom do I get overly excited about my character's attire. I've been in cosmetic overdrive since I returned to LOTRO. In such overdrive that, in fact, I've had dreams about what my characters could wear. Moments I've been at my job mentally piecing various skins together and dyeing them. I guess that having worked with the cosmetics from LOTRO for so long that I don't even need to be logged in anymore to do this. Once I envisioned this, I wrote each of the pieces down, and sat down at my PC the first chance I had. I've been waiting for an opportunity to use those North Ithilien cosmetics!

When was the last time I devoted an entire entry to a dress? And when was the last time I jumped into a Spring theme? I wanted greens, whites, yellows, pinks, flowers...anything that captured the heart and soul of the warming, sunny weather and the flowers beginning to bloom.

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