Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Dagger of the Deathless

So, bad news: I deleted Brina before I realised I didn't actually document the pieces used in this outfit. However, I'm 95% certain all pieces (except the cloak) can be found in the Skirmish Camps, so I guess let this be a challenge to you guys to find out what those pieces are? Also, I only found 11 pictures, and among the few were only two poses (both you'll see on this post), so sorry for that too...

Crimson Kin (with Jularr & Halygr of Gladden)

I'm pretty stoked to present to you two community submissions in one entry because they coordinated their outfits to match one another with a similar colour scheme. When I received the files I was so excited to post this, and at the time I'm writing this up, we are 10 months early, so you can guess how impatient I am for this to finally be published!

Here is Jularr, a Dwarven hunter, albeit a pretty heavy duty one. What I like quite a bit is that he doesn't wear a helmet, or cover his head, which shows how sure he is that he won't need it. I think it's pretty badass, and hey, it shows off his cool hairstyle too.

The intricate gold details on the shoulder guards are something that helps the outfit stand out as they contrast brilliantly with the black dyeable area. Another thing about it is that both the shoulder piece and the chest have a wing motif going, which I did not realise before, and that's pretty cool that Jularr managed to put the two together into one outfit.

Shoulders: Shoulder Guards of the Reclaimed City (black);
Chest: Lesser Blade of the West Breastplate (red);
Hands: Gloves of Might (navy);
Legs: Leggings of the Coastal Bulwark (black);
Feet: Pelennor Boots of Wrath (rust).

Jularr's counterpart, Halygr the champion, equips a more aggressive armour with more spikes to it, mirroring the sharpness of his blade. As he needs to engage in close combat, he protects his head with a helmet reminiscent of Dwarven design so his enemies know with whom they mess. Also worth noting is that Halygr's outfit here requires only pieces from skirmish camp barterers, so it's much easier to replicate.

Although I do love the outfit, the problem is quite obvious here: there is a lot of clipping. The armour clips through each other, the beard clips through the helm, and while I can't blame Halygr's player for putting it together, one can wonder why this is still a problem in LOTRO, especially with an outfitting fanbase that is as big as it is. Just a few days ago I saw Nathrien of Material Middle Earth tweet to the official LOTRO twitter page regarding the Harvest Festival cosmetic rewards clipping and stretching very badly. Let's hope this gets fixed soon!

Head: Ceremonial Helm of the Brazen Call (red);
Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Gloom-bane (gold);
Chest: Ceremonial Town-saver's Jacket (crimson);
Back: Cloak of Many Worlds (gold);
Hands: Ceremonial Dragon-scale Gloves (grey);
Legs: Ceremonial Pathfinder's Leggings (red);
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Graven Word (gold).

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Bree-town Border-guard (with Kyix of Gladden)

Very simple outfit by Kyix, going for the very simple guard or watcher look. We just got her to pose around at Bree because it helped the name fit the alliterative nature of the blog (lol), and also it looks more mannish than anything to be fair. 

You might remember a shot like this by Brina a few posts back, and I thought it would be a funny allusion to that, only this time by an actual respected member of society. 

Of all outfits, this is the one that got more than 3 pictures, and that's not a good thing because I really have nothing to say about it. To me, as well as Kyix's player, it just speaks for itself.

Like, yeah, no idea what to say...

Head: Potent Dextrous Helmet of Fate (sienna);
Shoulders: Ornate Pauldrons of the Dunland Swordsman (white); 
Chest: Lesser Steadfast Chestguard of Fate (black);
Hands: Kelkka-maker's Gauntlets (white);
Feet: Barrow-warrior's Boots (black).

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Winter Warmers

I never thought greens and reds would be the main colours in a cold outfit...

I based the outfit around the chest-piece which I found during an Featured Instance run. What happened is that I tried it on to see how it looked and I loved the combination with the leg piece that I had equipped. After that I knew I wanted those to be the bases of the outfit and I started from that.

Now, I had no clue how this outfit would turn out, and I didn't have a destination in mind either. It just happened, and before I knew it, I was using the Cloak of Mammutti, which most people use for winter/snow outfits. However, the colour scheme here did not mirror that at all, I didn't think, so it sat in the dark from this blog for a long time, and only really was in use for FI runs, as that's where it came from. 

Back: Cloak of Mammutti (olive);
Chest: Potent Dextrous Jacket of Prowess (olive);
Hands: Ceremonial Gloves of the Aurochs (rust);
Legs: Ancient Doom-hunter's Leggings (crimson);
Feet: Defensive Eastemnet Skirmish Boots of Might (olive).

Monday, 21 May 2018

Snow Sentinel

In his final moments serving the land of Gondor, as he draws his final breaths, Gildomir remembers the time when he was but a lowly sentinel in the snow, facing no great threat more than a wild cat or two every week.

'Twas a much simpler time, when he could socialise all he wanted with his fellow guards. No enemy would show up before the gates, and so no guard really required any thick armour more than the mandatory uniform for some - Gildomir was a volunteer, and he felt very cold in the winter, so they permitted thick wraps for him.

No real requirement for hiding either, Gildomir could afford to adorn himself in a beautiful sea blue dyed hauberk that stunningly contrasted the sienna. Most of his armour, let's be real honest, was for the sake of fashion more than protection, which he got all from simply exposing his right shoulder, clad with the shiny shoulderpiece handed down to him from his father, and his father before him: an heirloom of a family of wardens. 

As Gildomir closes his eyes one last time, he relives the warmth of the smoke he puffed on his first night as a snow sentinel.

Head: Medium Nadhin Mask (sienna);
Shoulders: Westemnet Assault Shoulderpads of Balance (sea blue);
Chest: Patched Hauberk (sea blue);
Feet: Vrushed Leather Boots (sienna).