Friday, 21 July 2017

Elf From Korea? (with Sintuilë of Gladden)


Inspired by their own culture, Sintuilë's player decided to dress her champion first in a traditional Korean Hanbok-inspired outfit. Although it's a simple outfit that needs not much explaining, I think she got pretty close with the pieces available to her.



I've personally tried on that outfit, and found that a lavender dyed dress looked more like the picture of the real life hanbok. Now of course the hanbok has many variations in terms of colour, but I do like lavender more than the rose. Unfortunately, the dye costs 20+G in the Auction House so I don't Sintuilë is willing to spend that money on one dye. 


Nonetheless, if you'd like to use this outfit, all you need are the same pieces, and you can almost mix and match any colour combination you like (though I think the hairstyle plays an integral part as well!) - just search "korean traditional dress" on Google and you'll get a vast selection of choices to follow that could suit any situation!


ps. I've been reminded to remind that despite it being Sintuile in game, it should be spelled Sintuilë, with the accent. It translates to "new spring" in Quenya which I can only guess is the player's real name :p

Shoulder: The Beast-keeper's Shoulder Pads (white);
Chest: Festive Azure Party Dress (rose).

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Artificial Auroch


I'm really surprised I hadn't yet posted this considering this outfit was one of the earlier ones I've made. Nonetheless, here it finally is. Also worth noting is that I used the chicken head cosmetic helm for a long time before switching to this one here.


After making so many outfits, I realised something: I don't really have a deep, long, processed train of thought when I do - the outfits just happen. I might have a theme, a colour, a piece, something, but other than that, it's whatever I find and whatever I think fits. This outfit is no exception, in fact it might be the outfit that began me using this strategy.


The idea was to make a badass piece of armour for a goofy chicken head helm, and so I got some of the biggest plates and leathers together in a brownish tone, mixed-matched the different hues of brown, and voila! this outfit was a reality, and from about level 20-60 the head was a chicken. Now I've forgotten why I switched out, but it might have been due to the story becoming more serious, and so did my outfit have to mirror that. It doesn't stop Isenbran from goofing around from time to time, however...


Head: Keen Helm of Determination (white);
Shoulders: Ceremonial Town-saver's Shoulders (white);
Chest: Ceremonial Breastplate of the Aurochs (sienna);
Feet: Ceremonial Pathfinder's Leggings (rust).

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Lothlórien Lookout




As thanks for training her in her developing years in their art of marksmanship, Eadyth aids her fellow elves in their defense against the darkness that lurks just beyond the borders of Lothlórien. She does so as she does with any other region she protects, in their own garb, to show her allies that she is one with them.


One may think that the first piece I decided on using for this outfit would be the chestpiece, which is a beautiful piece of metal that, unfortunately, is one of the only special looking armour pieces in the Great River region. Truth is, though, the shoulderpieces were the center of the outfit, starting Eadyth on a sharp/pointy edged motif that repeats from head to toe.


It wasn't too hard to find the other pieces, however, as a three pieces use leaves as a theme (chest, back, and hand), already fulfilling the pointy-edge motif. The boots I had her wear were very generic in most of my outfits - it's kinda the piece I go to when I find nothing else that works, but I think it works just fine here.


Head: Ceremonial Helm of the Whirlwind (gold);
Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Gloom-bane (gold);
Back: Sturdy Elven Quiver (grey);
Chest: Ancient Inlaid Breastplate (gold);
Hands: Gauntlet of the Hidden Paths (gold);
Feet: Lesser Defender of the West Boots (umber).

Friday, 21 April 2017

Worm Wrangler (with Kyix of Gladden)


Wearing the hide and scale of her foes, this fearless captain charges into the lairs of drakes on her trusty dragon-clad steed. Together, their might keeps the worms at bay and keeps Middle-earth safe.


I have to say I am loving the new cosmetic armour rewards for this Anniversary Festival; they just look amazing. Well done to the new design team who brought such freshness to the table - it's paid off, as I've already received an outfit submission based around the new helm. Granted it's not the most versatile piece, but it does look amazing.


It definitely looks great in combat stance too, as the points on the helm and the shoulders create this intimidatingly beautiful outline. I use the same shoulders on my Rune Keeper and I can testify to the silhouette of her riding down the dark forests of Mirkwood looking absolutely stunning.


Head: Helm of the Unflagging Dragon (red);
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Deathstorm (ranger green);
Back: Cloak of the Boar Warrior (ranger green);
Chest: Scaled Hauberk (red);
Hands: Ceremonial Dragon-scale Gloves (gold);
Feet: Boots of the Unflagging Dragon (crimson).

In My Absence...

Hey guys,

Sorry for not posting the past few months. There is just so many ideas that you can get with the existing armour pieces in LOTRO at the moment, but I still have hope for the future with new expansions etc. Right now, we're blessed to have the Anniversary Festival giving an amazing new cosmetic armour set to barter as well as a different version of that as a deed or quest reward, so do look forward to fashion blogs coming back to take advantage of that!

Also, I'll be beginning my education at the Berklee College of Music toward the end of May, and I will be officially taking a break from LOTRO to focus on my studies. I will come on every now and then to check up and see what's been going on, maybe look at new outfits and hopefully make some new ones. But as far as I'm concerned, I won't be playing proper for 3-4 years, not counting holidays (which, if I'm being honest, will be spent with friends and working most of the time, so no promises!)

But I hope this doesn't leave any outfit lovers empty as I see Nathrien of Material Middle-earth is coming back for her monthly posts, so do check her out! She's the reason I'm doing all this, if I'm being honest haha!

With that, I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to check my outfits out whenever you have, and I'd like to leave you with a very fond see-you-again-soon, no farewell. Happy outfitting!