Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tempered Pathfinder

Every now and then, I like to take a break from making those fancy, overly detailed, and sometimes complicated outfits. Much of LOTRO's gear is covered in large emblems, swirls, leaves, golden trims and accents, and intricate patterns. There is nothing more aggravating for me that having to coordinate racial motifs or making sure that high decorative skins can refer to each other. This week, I'll be sharing an outfit on the simpler side, one with armor skins that have a simple design and dye almost entirely one color. If anything, I used the studs on these pieces as a unifying motif.

The Forged-iron Dunlending Hauberk is one of my favorite skins from the Rise of Isengard expansion. Even though it's a hauberk by name, it's more of a buckled coat. On males, this skin will be ankle-length and the studs lining it will be more pronounced. On females, should you chose to wear this on one, it will be knee-length and the studs less pronounced. As far as I know, this hauberk can only be obtained from Dunland landscape quests. I've never seen it drop in the instance cluster of the RoI expansion. Luckily, Devonna from LOTRO Stylist compiled A Cosmetic Guide to the ROI Quest Rewards in December of 2011 informing players where these skins can be obtained. Keep in mind that this guide covers only quest rewards.

Also, this is the first time I've used the Tattered Cloak, which can only be found in lootboxes or the AH listings. It's relatively inexpensive, provided someone lists it and doesn't throw it away, and often seems unremarkable. I think it adds character to this outfit, being not only torn from age or extensive traveling but from being one of the few half-length cloaks in the game.

Shoulders: Combat Pauldrons of Eomer (Rivendell green, T8 Tailor recipe)
Back: Tattered Cloak (Dark green, random lootbox reward)
Chest: Forged-iron Dunlending Hauberk (Black, Dunland quest reward)**
Hands: Skirmish Gauntlets of the Mark (Grey, T8 Tailor recipe)
Feet: Skirmish Boots of the Mark (White, T8 Tailor recipe)

Main-hand weapon: Calendard War Sword (T7 Weaponsmith recipe)
Off-hand weapon: Club of the Rider (T7 Woodworker recipe)
Ranged: Westfold Bow (T7 Woodworker recipe)

**Multiple Dunland quests reward the player with this skin.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Red Arrow of Gondor

Turbine's ability to reskin old cosmetics has been hit or miss the past couple of years. Festival robes. War-steed caparisons. Various crafted items from the Eastfold and Westfold tiers. Sometimes there have been amazing successes, like the Robe of the Five Rivers featured in my previous entry. Sometimes there have been complete and utter failures, like the aforementioned 2013 and 2014 festival robes. Then there have been those that leave you feeling neither impressed nor unimpressed, but somewhere in the middle. Forlong's Ill-fitting Armor, another skin earned from multiple quests in Eastern Gondor, fell into that third category.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ithilien Savant

This past month, I've been slowly taking a second character through Eastern Gondor and collecting the cosmetics I missed on my first pass, due to a lack of inventory space. Luckily, the skin used by the Robe of the Five Rivers (along with most Eastern Gondor quest gear) can be obtained from multiple quests. I may be behind the times, as other players have already featured this robe, which can be found here and here, but I wanted to give it my own spin and pair it with an old, hard to acquire staff--Forvengwath's Despair and create a unique appearance. It's not often I use purple in my outfits, as it can be a highly saturated color, but matching the staff made it necessary. I wouldn't have expected sienna and purple to go together so well either! At least this served as a nice break from the green-themed outfits I've published lately.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Scaled Scourge

This week's entry began with an overwhelming question: "What cosmetics have I NOT used?" For starters, I've avoided most of the crafted gear after level 65. That's when gear skins started deforming the bodies of our characters. I also haven't put any of the Eastern Gondor gear to good use. I've been reluctant to use a good portion of the Helegrod and Rifts armor sets. I've often ignored the Draigoch sets, since I can rarely get them to mesh well with gear outside the sets. Suffice it to say, the list was extensive. It boils down to personal tastes, but those tastes, in retrospect, have been restrictive. Taking a chance, I settled for some pieces I've either rarely seen worn by anyone in LOTRO, on the cosmetics thread of the forums, or by fellow bloggers.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Captain's Arm

Exactly as the title says, this outfit was based upon the Captain's Arm, an incredibly rare weapon looted from Castellan Wisdan's chest at the very top of Barad GĂșlaran. I farmed for this over a month, running that particular dungeon five times a day, at least three time a week. Even though it's easily soloed at 85, the drop rate is infinitesimal. LOTRO also tends to lock players out of instances if too many are entered within an hour. Given those circumstances, this was, and still is, one of the more painful halberds to acquire.

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