Thomassina

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

I’ve been wanting to play with this chest piece for a while now, and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it. Part of the reason it’s taken so long is it’s required the creation of a Beorning character, and because the chest piece is one of the starter cosmetics that the furballs get. Once that obstacle was finally overcome, I had to decide which character to use it on… and ended up making a new one. The goal here was to make her look as rustic as possible, and I’m pretty sure I succeeded.

Head: Harvest-brew Circlet, default (Fall Festival)
Chest: Langhar’s Tunic and Waistcoat, Rivendell green dye (Beorning starter equipment)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, grey dye (Dunland quest reward)
Staff: Polished Staff (Intro Area quest reward)

Helsur's Robe

Helsur Gets a Makeover

While choppering around Middle-earth as a shirtless bad-boy on a goat can be fun, there are occasionally times when a dwarf mini needs to cover those chest hairs. Having them get tangled in one’s lute strings is rather less than fun, after all.

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Barter cosmetic or random drop during the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner event)
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, navy dye (Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Scholar’s Vestments, crimson dye (most outfitters)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, sienna dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Instrument: Basic Lute (any bard)

Storrage

From Big to Small: Robes

Outfitting can be fun, but it can also occasionally be frustrating. Different cosmetics shape differently to various body types, and while some things can be covered with the right accessories, sometimes a concept just doesn’t come together at all and has to be scrapped. Here’s an example of how the same robe can change based on what race is wearing it:

DwarfRobe

Notice how much shorter the hem falls on the dwarf compared to the woman captain in the featured image.

ElfRobe

There’s another subtle change when the character is a male elf.

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And again on a female hobbit. This robe happens to look great on everyone, but beware that not all things do!

Robe: AnĂ³rien Campaign Robe; Evendim blue dye (woman), gold dye (dwarf), Rivendell green dye (elf), purple dye (hobbit) (T10 crafted)

Woman Accessories:
Shoulders: Lesser Steadfast Shoulders of Fate, Evendim blue dye
Back: Ceremonial Cloak of the West-tower, Evendim blue dye
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye

Dwarf Accessories:
Back: Plain Hooded Cloak, crimson dye
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, crimson dye
Feet: Stout Cloth Shoes, umber dye

Elf Accessories:
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, dark green dye
Back: Plain Hooded Cloak, dark green dye
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, umber dye
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye

Hobbit Accessories:
Head: Light Nadhin Hood, purple dye
Shoulders: Light Nadhin Shoulders, purple dye
Hands: Light Nadhin Gauntlets, violet dye
Held: Giant Flower

 

Axli 01

Dwarves Must Fight for Dwarves

My Sunday stream this week featured some makeover time with a handful of alts, starting with Axli Shingshing, my dwarven champion. It’s a real challenge to get everything to look just right on the dwarf body type, because the proportions are so much different than on taller characters. When I first spotted this robe, however, it was being worn by a dwarf that I happened to pass by, and I knew I had to add it to my collection of cosmetics.

Axli 02

I love the details on the sleeves and along the front of this chest piece, it’s very reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, and also very dwarven. There are similar details in most places in the game that are or have been home to dwarves.

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Of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a matching pair of axes, and there are even axes on his cloak!

Shoulders: Hardened Dwarf-make Iron Shoulder Guards, gold dye (Crafted T2, similar appearances can be found on landscape)
Back: Enduring Cloak of Fleetness, white dye (Scaled Instance drop)
Chest: Insightful Assault Robe of the Deep, white dye (Crafted T9, Helmingas barter or guild recipe)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, purple dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Polished Boots of the Dunland Shieldman, gold dye (Dunland quest reward)
Axes: Crafted Axe of the Stalwart (Level 20 lootbox reward)

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Guest Outfit: Karvenger of Middle-earth

I don’t often do a lot of outfits with helmets, but sometimes the helmet is the whole inspiration for the outfit. This one, put together by my friend Karvett, happened because he got the helmet as a reward when we were doing the Stoneheight instance over the weekend. While the Avengers may not necessarily be lore-appropriate, it’s certainly entertaining to see a Middle-earth version of a superhero, which this guy clearly is!

Incidentally, a lot of people tend to overlook the equipment that drops from scaling instances, but starting from level 50 there are some pretty good stats on those rewards. Of course, people who are leveling fairly quickly won’t always come up with a full set, but it’s definitely what I use for characters who level slower, especially the ones who primarily play with others.

Head: Potent Enduring Helm of Protection, Evendim blue dye (scaled instance drop)
Shoulders: Daervunn’s Pauldrons, Evendim blue dye (scaled instance drop)
Back: Potent Valourous Cloak of Fate, Evendim blue dye (scaled instance drop)
Chest: Potent Valourous Breastplate of Prowess, Evendim blue dye (scaled instance drop)
Hands: Turcham, Evendim blue dye (North Downs quest reward)
Legs: Potent Enduring Leggings of Perseverance, Evendim blue dye (scaled instance drop)
Feet: Hill-man’s Cracked Leather Boots, Evendim blue dye (Dunland quest reward)

Stabbatha's New Look

Leaf-Walker’s Shadow

Sometimes, putting together a look isn’t nearly as easy as the end result would imply. This is especially true when outfitting hobbits and dwarves, who have different body types entirely. A piece that looks good on one character might look terrible on another, and accessories may clip strangely on different races. This outfit took several hours to put together… and then I changed the upperbody piece at the last minute.

On a related subject, I really wish weapons didn’t disappear during emotes, because it would be really awesome for Stabbatha Inyourback to be able to do the /rude animation while brandishing her daggers! Also, the shoulders in this outfit were crafted for me by Eldalleth, who is awesome.

Head: Agile Eastemnet Skirmish Helm, umber dye (T8 crafted, light armour)
Shoulders: Enduring Great River Pauldrons of Deflection, gold dye (T7 crafted, medium armour)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt event)
Chest: Scout’s Armour, grey dye (T6 crafted medium armour)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, gold dye (Yule festival)
Legs: Dolen-saviad, umber dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearances found at Lalia’s Market)
Feet: Reinforced Leather Dunlending Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)

Steed of the Ship-Kings

Let’s Talk Champions

Yesterday’s blog post was going to be the new outfit for my Gladden burglar that I spent much of the evening putting together, and while that post may still show up this week, I really just want to take the time to express some opinions about the awesomeness of champions. Particularly the champions’ red trait line.

While the “shing-shing” sound is probably one of the most recognizable sound effects in the game, the echoing, earth-shattering quaking sound that accompanies Devastating Strike is so familiar to me that I can pick it out from farther away than I can actually see other players. I’m not one to crunch numbers, but traiting the single-target red line has always felt faster to me, more so than the blender technique available in yellow line.

Teri Traits Red Line

For the curious, this is how Teriadwyn on Landroval is currently traited: lots of red, a bit of blue, and enough yellow to get the shing-shing that is Raging Blade. She’s missing some points, but this + essence gear is what lets me solo through tier 2 duo skirmishes, as seen on Sunday’s stream. And yes, that includes a tier 2 duo of Icy Crevasse.

Outfit: Heavy Nadhin Armour, sea blue dye (Dol Amroth faction barter, also random BoE pieces drop on the landscape)
Steed: Steed of the Ship-kings (Pelargir reputation barter, Central Gondor)

Alistriel in Rohan 2

Into Rohan

Rohan is one of those areas I never get tired of questing in… or making outfits for. Admittedly, my elven huntress Alistriel was nearly finished with it before I got around to making something more appropriate to all the time she was spending among the horse-lords, but better late than not at all, I suppose.

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Strictly speaking, this bridge is on the border between the Great River region and the Wold, looking back into the Great River. The epic storyline skips around a bit here, but it’s fairly close to Langhold, which begins the quests for attaining a war-steed.

Head: Scout’s Weathered Leather Helmet, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Boar Clansmen Sentry’s Jacket, rivendell green dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s market)
Bow: Reshaped Hunter’s Bow of the First Age (crafted by Chromite)

The Bear

Overpowered Furball is Overpowered

A few weeks ago, I stunned everyone in the LOTRO Players News live chat with the news that I, Miss #downwithbears, had rolled my very own baby Beorning. However, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I took the opportunity to play dress-up with the bear! The Beorning body type presents some additional challenges in making sure everything goes together without strange clipping issues, and it wasn’t easy coming up with just the right outfit on a server that isn’t home to my primary cosmetics stash.

I opted for shades of brown, mostly because it lent a more “natural” feel to the overall look, something that would easily blend in with the trees until suddenly there’s a bear! Rawr! Kind of loving the squishy but overpowered furball, though I refuse to equip a bow on her and maintain that the class has plenty of ways to pull stuff without needing to use ranged weapons.

Head: Traveller’s Hood, umber dye (LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Tactical Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads, sienna dye (Crafted T7 Light Armour)
Chest: Robe of Anorien Mercy, sienna dye (Epic Story Volume 4 quest reward)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Axe: Tempered Steel Headsman’s Axe of Might (Crafted T2 Weaponsmithing)

Moria Tale-spinner 01

Moria Tale-spinner

I’d originally planned on skipping Moria entirely on my challenge minstrel (so called because she’s not using Legendary Items), but when she finished Eregion at level 55, I couldn’t bring myself to skirmish through the gap to get her into Enedwaith. Since she had to level a starter LI the ten levels required to finish the intro, I opted to run her through Sarnur and gather the rep for the Thorin’s Hall goat. Then I discovered that the Thorin’s Hall dress matched the shield I already had cosmetically equipped, and that meant it was makeover time!

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After all, if you’re going to go through Moria (again) anyway, you might as well look fabulous for the trip, right?

Head: Extravagant Festival Cap, red dye (Yule Festival)
Shoulders: Tactical Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads, crimson dye (crafted T7 light armour)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt)
Chest: Long-sleeved Dwarf-make Dress, red dye (Thorin’s Hall vendor, requires Kindred)
Shield: Potent Resolute Shield of Tactics (scaled instance drop)