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).

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Captain of the Chasm (with Kyix of Gladden)

Again returns the captain of champions and guardians alike, Kyix, to lend her aid to the dwarves of Moria, as they scavenge what is left of their once glorious mountain behind the trail of the Fellowship of the Ring. In such a dark place, she is a beacon of hope against the many dark creatures that lurk, be they orc or beast.

With all my other toons that have passed Moria, not one of them had a Moria-themed outfit simply because I found it too difficult to make. But here is Kyix showing me that it is in fact possible to do it. I especially like the bright gold bits on her armour that really act as a reflection of light in the dark, a perfect representation of what a captain should be, although it can be hard to sometimes hide one's fear in such a dark and near-desolate place. 

Looking at her choice of pieces, I can tell she had quite a hard time finding the perfect pieces for this outfit. Like I said before, I tried a lot and didn't have any success but this seems to be the best way to put together a Moria-based outfit. I don't know, it looks really nice to me, I really like it, and I wish I came up with this!

Head: Ceremonial Helm of the Brazen Call (evendim blue);
Shoulders: Ceremonial Stone-reader's Shoulders (walnut brown);
Back: Ceremonial Singed Cloak (walnut brown);
Chest: Hall-captain's Breastplate (evendim blue);
Hands: Ceremonial High-protector's Gloves (evendim blue);
Legs: Ceremonial War-captain's Leggings (evendim blue);
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Gloom-bane (gold).

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Lü Lingqi (with "Li" of Gladden)

Once again we welcome a new member to the My Middle-earth Mode family, who requested she only go by "Li" on here. As her debut, she chose to put on display an outfit inspired by the stylistic and colour choices on the latest Dynasty Warriors 9 design for Lü Lingqi, the daughter Lü Bu.

As a huge fan of the series, I am completely excited to share this outfit with you guys not only because it looks great, but I'm in awe at her determination to capture a similar essence using armour pieces that really do not resemble at all the style of Dynasty Warriors, being set in a completely different universe and culture. Despite all that, the outfit turned out beautiful, and I think Li did a great job with it.

When we were determining the location for the photoshoot, we really could not agree on the most suitable location for this outfit, as the inspiration behind came from I think the late Han dynasty, during the Three Kingdoms period. This is a similar problem Kyix had with her Samurai Settler outfit, which we decided to form a narrative around the outfit almost depicting a samurai getting lost in Elven lands.

I haven't seen the Helm of the Hammerhand in so long, so Li, you have been a great refresher of it! Plus, I never thought I'd see it in this kind of use (not Rohan themed) because of its very prominent horse carving. But I guess on an outfit inspired by a member of the Lü family, it makes sense as Lü Bu was famous for riding the Red Hare into battle, and the horse on Li's helmet could be a nod to that.

Also, the dragon emblem on her chest could be interpreted as a demon, which is also quite appropriate as Lü Bu is likened to a demon on the battlefield. Now I'm not sure how historically accurate that is, but I'm almost 100% certain that in the games, he has been referenced as such. Thus his daughter would believably be attempting to bear that same infamy.

Head: Helm of the Hammerhand
Shoulders: Embossed Mantle of the Abyss (red);
Chest: Breastplate of the Slayer's Raiment (white);
Hands: Supple Gloves of Bard's Honour (white);
Feet: Anorien Battle Boots (walnut brown).

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lone Lore-master

One of Celebindil's older and much simpler outfits, he wears this when he goes out drinking alone in taverns around Middle-earth after a long adventure fending off the forces of darkness.

On his day off, he doesn't like being bothered by needy locals about their goblin infestation in the nearby ruins, or the orc camp on the hill overlooking The Forsaken Inn. What he doesn't like even more is being asked to see Radagast the Brown in Ost Guruth for more work!

I made this outfit as a casual-wear garb for Celebindil to equip whenever I wasn't doing any real fighting, such as during crafting or just travelling around Middle-earth. I think the foundation for this was the chestpiece which I really liked in burgundy (most things look really nice in burgundy). 

As for the colour scheme, I didn't have a limited palette that I focused around, but rather just threw in anything that suited the theme of "not caring and just going out," giving it a more realistic look instead of some of the other outfits I've posted before where the colour scheme was focused around two or even three very unusual colours to see running out and about.

Head: Slagvi's Hat (orange);
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Stoic Stag (white);
Chest: Noble's Woolen Robe (burgundy);
Hands: Gloves of the Hammerhand;
Feet: Stout Padded Shoes (umber).