Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Sinister Silhouettes

Sorry not sorry about the inability to see much colour in the pictures for this outfit, because this time I tried something different: an outfit based almost solely around the overall silhouette.

Calonice would be my third (I think) toon to run through Mirkwood, and though I enjoyed the story the first time, the experience got pretty old. It also didn't help that I hate the gloom of the place, and it would have been a nice break from such gloom after spending 10 levels with it in Moria. My inability to see much colour in such an environment really annoyed me for a long time, but I thought I should make the most out of it by trying this new idea. 

I looked at the trees a lot in Mirkwood trying to find any light to brighten up my day, but instead I saw sinister silhouettes towering over me, just like the dark towers of Dol Guldur. Then it hit me: what if I tried mimicking the environment with what I wore? I threw a few pieces of armour together, ones mainly with accentuated points, stuck to a very basic and darker colour scheme (you could have it completely in black or grey, or really any other dark colour you wanted), and I was very pleased with the result.

Head: Helm of the Gentle Nudge (crimson);
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Deathstorm (crimson);
Back: Cloak of the Unwelcome Guest (black);
Chest: Jacket of the Shadow-walker (crimson);
Hands: Gauntlets of the Indomitable Protector (crimson);
Legs: Spellweaver's Leggings (red);
Feet: The Huntsman's Boots (black).

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Guarding Gorgoroth

I've been keen on making another Gondorian outfit for Eadyth for a long time now, and I've played around with many options, especially with having the idea of a plate-bearing tower guard. However, as Mordor is such a difficult area to survive in, I thought the idea of plates on a hunter not specifically defending against sieges wouldn't be too bad an idea.

Just like with Kyix's outfit, I love the way the metal reflects even whatever little light there is, and it really does seem to give hope to anyone in Mordor who needs it (which is mostly everyone, let's be real honest here). Also, as you may be aware, I couldn't help but jump on the bandwagon of using new quest and ash rewards to come up with this, having already being beaten to that by someone else on my own blog!

I still regret my computer's lack of ability to capture quality pictures like those you may find in Wandering Around Arda and Material Middle Earth, and that bugs me a lot that such great pieces are subject to this sort of unfortunate treatment. However, one must do the best they can, and this is, I swear, the very best that I can at the moment. The U.S. is way more expensive to live in than I anticipated, and I already expected it to be pretty hard.

If you look back at Eadyth's last Gondorian outfit, you will recognise that I kept the shoulders and quiver, just changing the dye on the shoulder cloth to fit the outfit better. I thought of this as those being her more personal articles of attire that she intends to keep over everything else that she changes and upgrades to. I think it gives the outfit a bit of a personality, as in we know it's Eadyth when we see those pieces.

Now, some may be wondering why there is so much green in this Gondorian outfit - and to you, I say to look to the captain to her left. He's not wearing blue, white or black like a 'typical' Gondorian might. A lot of this association, I feel, came from the movies, where basically Rohan = Green and Gondor = Silver/Black. While that is a great tool to distinguish characters from a distance in war scenes or establishing shots from far away, it's not how things work in LOTRO. Just play Helm's Dike (you don't really have to - I know you don't want to) and you'll see so many colours adorning the Rohirrim soldiers. Whilst blue is used more often in Gondor within LOTRO, you can still find soldiers not wearing those 'typical' colours. So, that is my long-winded justification for using green.

Head: Strong Helnet of the Reclaimed City (olive);
Back: Fine Elven Quiver (white);
Shoulders: Medium Nadhin Shoulders (olive);
Chest: Reinforced Chestplate of the Last Alliance (olive);
Hands: Burnished Gauntlets of the Dunland Warlord (white)*;
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (grey).

* This would look (though subtle) much nicer dyed with Lorien Gold, but I have not been able to find any of that for months, so I left it as white. However, if I get my hands on some, I will be re-dyeing this piece.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Flying Flare (with Kyix of Gladden)

I rescheduled the posts to accommodate this outfit being posted here when it is because I wanted to board the "use new Mordor quest rewards" ship as soon as possible. After all, what point would there be to let people see outfits based on these pieces starting June next year (yes, I have posts scheduled until then)? 

By now, Kyix is no stranger to My Middle-earth Mode, and her constant contributions have been stellar so far.* This one, however, takes the word "stellar" and brings it further as the outfit simply glimmers under the light of the sun, gleaming hope into the hearts of all the citizens of Gondor. Obviously, the winged theme is used here in the boots, gloves and helm, but my favourite part of the outfit is its use of armour/cosmetic pieces from all over the place.

* I just realised that she has submitted many outfits but only two, including this one, have been published so far.

The helm, albeit winged themed as well, isn't actually part of a Gondorian armour set - both gloves and feet are - but rather is a quest reward from Dunland. Not only that, but the shoulderpiece used here is a 2016 Summer Festival cosmetic item which I imagine shouldn't have Gondorian history behind it - but it works so well!

I feel that the chestpiece is the one piece to bind them all together in such success. Being a one-piecer, it allows for a consistency from the neck all through the torso and legs to the feet, which allows for  more deviations from the set in other areas. Also, looking at the outfit from close up shows the obvious and beautiful glints of light on the metal pieces all over; and I can totally see this being used to great effect in Mordor as the idea of this outfit contradicts the very nature of Mordor, giving hope to those who would fight alongside Kyix in such a dark and desolate place.

Overall, I utterly love this contribution from Kyix, and she has really raised the bar for the quality of outfits on this blog from today on. I might just try my hand at using some Mordor quest pieces in my outfits right now, despite just starting my second semester here at Berklee College of Music - all is going really well, by the way! 

Head: Reinforced Leather Dunlending Helm (Belegaer blue);
Shoulders: Mantle of the Summer Sea (grey);
Back: Cloak of the Unwelcomed Huest (Belegaer blue);
Chest: Invader's Heavy Hauberk (Belegaer blue);
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gloves (steel blue);
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots* (Belegaer blue).

* although supposedly being in the same set as the gloves, this piece has a very different look from the gloves. Kyix said she found it on the Auction House, but I haven't been able to find any of the other pieces in that likeness, so I can't say if there is a whole set like this or if it's just the boots.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Celebrating the My Middle-earth Mode family!

After a year and a half, I'd like to celebrate the ever-growing My Middle-earth Family, as well as (finally!) an actual logo for the blog!

Just a huge thank you to:

1) my inspirations, the other LOTRO fashion websites, and especially Nathrien of Material Middle-earth whose comments bring a smile to my face and motivates me to keep doing this;

2) the friends I've made on Gladden who contribute to the blog by sending me screenshots of their toons in costumes they made: Kyix, Sintuilë & Halygr;

3) my audiences from all across the globe, who make it worth actually documenting these outfits and publishing them online.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Guy Like Gaston

No one's strong like Gaston,
fights bad orcs like Gaston,
stands and ponders his long life in pubs like Gaston.

I wanted to use Gaston as an inspiration for an outfit simply because we had this beautiful rustic looking town called Bree and it would be a shame not to make use of that. Since Gildomir was mainly a crafting alt, he wouldn't have gone far away, so to give him a nice costume to match his surroundings seemed like the thing to do. I didn't take pictures outside but I felt the Prancing Pony seemed like a great place to stage the pub scene from the movies/musical. All we need is a hobbit playing Le Fou!

The cape was added because I loved the way the crimson mixed with the steel blue just like it did in the cartoon movie, right at the end, as he leads the villagers to the Beast's castle. It kinda pops on out of nowhere but it was a very nice design choice that accentuated Gaston's turn to evil, as he was only ever a douche when the movie began - the deep blue finally cloaks the bright pride of red and consumes him in this darkness.

Back: Cloak of the Unwelcome Guest (steel blue);
Chest: Boar Clansman Sentry's Jacket (crimson);
Feet: Fine Westernesse Protctor's Boots (walnut brown).

You could find gloves dyed gold or ranger green to get it more similar to Gaston, but I felt it would stand out too much, thus why I omitted the gloves altogether.

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!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Captain Crook

Another shoot by this bridge with a hobbit... Ideally I'd have taken pictures of this outfit in Dol Amroth, but this toon isn't getting there any time soon, let's face it, folks. I'm already not enjoying the burglar class and it would just be hell to put her (and myself) through Moria and Mirkwood just for this.

I actually think she looks stunning in this outfit. I love it a lot, honestly. Also, I love how the blue and red go together when normally it's a little bit hard. Most of the reason I guess is that it's steel blue and not something like Evendim blue; that just looks a bit like a Power Ranger - yes, I've tried.

I think my favourite piece in the outfit are the gloves because they're a piece of armour that I never saw myself using ever. I mean, look at it. It's hideous! Of course, I feel incredibly lucky having found a great place to put them. That's what I enjoy with these outfits, I guess: putting pieces that I don't normally like to look at in my outfits and making them work.

I also enjoyed the shoulder pads, though they seem more versatile than the gloves, But let's talk about things that aren't as versatile for now, like the hat. I think I was lucky to find it on the Auction House because, again, let's face it, I'm not gonna play through the pirate event. There's just not that many interesting-to-me prizes to be won, so I usually just skip it. I'm thankful this outfit turned out as well as it did, as it'll be one of Brina's last.

Head: Feathered Felt Hat (white)
Shoulders: Dwarf Leather Shoulderguards of Determination (sienna);
Back: Dusty Seafarer's Cloak (red);
Chest: Ceremonial Town-saver's Jacket (steel blue);
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of Vigour (steel blue);
Legs: Leggings of the Coastal Bulwark (steel blue);
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Graven Word (umber).

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Flame of Fornost

Eadyth, now bearing the title of the Flame of Fornost, confronts the Wraith of Water Megoriath single-handed. Will her quiver be enough to rid Fornost of the Witch King's legacy?

I'd like to begin by saying that this outfit went through numerous helm changes, and that I guess the reason I went with this one was because the tip looks like an arrow. It used to be a rose-dyed Worn Ranger's Hood, which works too, but at the last minute I felt like using a helm that I normally wouldn't because of how goofy it may look.

The whole idea behind this outfit was "raids" I guess, despite never actually having run any before at the time of this outfit's creation, so the idea to me was something like "12 players killing a dragon" or something. Of course I knew about the Filikul and Watcher raids but I guess I thought maybe level 105 raids were more fantastical (like other MMORPGs would be, I guess), and that's how I went about designing this.

The chest piece is actually from the Ox-clan Merchant Camp, where I hoarded all the pieces I thought looked cool, but for the longest time, because of how naturally dark it was, this piece stayed in the vaults. Dyeing it rose was a good way to get around that, I feel. The rest of the outfit, though, are just skirmish camp barter items (save the helm and quiver of course).

Head: Thick Iron Helm (turquoise);
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Well-warden (turquoise);
Back: Spring Adventurer's Quiver (turquoise);
Chest: The Huntsman's Jacket (rose);
Hands: Ceremonial Dragon Scale Gloves (turquoise);
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Gloom Bane (turquoise).

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Savage Strikes

As his final battle, his last stand, Eadhan charges into the goblin-overrun desolation of Minas Eriol to serve his fellow free peoples one last time.

A sorry sight to see a once great land taken by vile creatures. Eadhan dresses in a savage's garb adorned by one sturdy and intimidating helm before charging against the White Hand's pawns.

Without mercy, he cuts them down one by one with the blades of the east, pinning evil against evil in a sadistic irony. After each kill he taunts the rest of the horde by shaking his fist at them, growling for a challenge to feed his bloodlust.

"Come at me!" he beckons at the White Hand Lobbers as they sneer and hiss at him, lighting their flames to consume him with. But Eadhan knows no fear in the eyes of fire, as goblin fire is nothing compared to the dragon breath he has faced in yesteryears.

After finally defeating much of the horde, they call for reinforcements from Weathertop. Eadhan knows he cannot alone defy them, and he lays down his swords, knowing he has done much to hinder them and thin their numbers - he has served Middle-earth well, and it is now time for him to take his final breaths and meet his fallen brothers in the afterlife. He takes one more look to the sky, then...

Head: Heroic Noble's Vibrant Helm (indigo);
Back: Supple Eastement Cloak of Will (turquoise);
Chest: Langhár’s Tunic and Waistcoat (turqoise);
Feet: (indigo).

P.s. I deleted this toon before I rememebr I needed to get the components listed down, so I'll update it whenever I find out what the pieces are, but if you have any idea do feel free to comment them down. Also, I am quite (80%) certain that either the cloak or the chestpiece is of dark green dye instead of turquoise, so feel free to try that out.

Do check out Warlock of Erech by The Starrymantle, as that's where most of the inspiration for this outfit came from!