Month: March 2016

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.

Axli 03

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)

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)

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)