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)
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!
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)
When I decided to do a makeover of my Gladden characters, I really wanted to work with the Visage of the Bear. I’d borrowed it from someone ages ago to add to the wardrobe, but hadn’t gotten around to actually using it. After a lengthy round of LOTRO paper dolls, I realized it made the most sense for my elven huntress.
Sometimes finding the right pose for a screenshot can be a daunting task; in this case, Alistriel is captured just as she’s rising from having used her tracking skill, which shows off the headwear to best effect.
Head: Visage of the Bear, navy dye (LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Tactical Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads, gold dye (crafted T7 light armour)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt)
Chest: Ceremonial Shadow-stalker Jacket, Rivendell green dye (Skirmish camp, cosmetics vendor)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward)
Legs: Dolen-saviad, burgundy dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s Market)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, burgundy dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s Market)
A while back, there was a special deal in the LOTRO Store where they included the Steed of Minas Ithil for free if one purchased the Steed of the Citadel Guard. Around the same time, there was also a sale on cosmetics, including the Cloak of the Citadel Guard, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let my Landroval Teriadwyn have a matching horse and cloak. She is, after all, the “main” Teriadwyn, and she happens to be from Gondor. Running around in Minas Tirith, where the color scheme is all black and silver, prompted me to come up with an outfit to go with the cloak and horse.
Incidentally, atop the walls of various tiers of the White City are some great places for screenshots, particularly with that close-to-Mordor dawnless day sky.
Head: Scarred Helm of the Pren Gwydh Warrior, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Shoulders: Fine Grey Company Wrap (Epic Story Volume 3 quest reward)
Back: Cloak of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
Chest: Breastplate of the Five Rivers, black dye (Eastern Gondor quest reward)
Hands: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets (Epic Story Volume 3 quest reward)
Feet: Boots of the Charging Stag, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Horse: Steed of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
When I decided to switch to a new character in Tales of the Free Folk, it seemed a fairly obvious choice to pick Saryssa, the burglar I’ve been playing on Tuesdays for a while now. This character is the only LOTRO character whose biography field is filled in, and her backstory is generally explained as “nobody actually knows what her backstory is, because it changes every time she tells it”. It seemed like a fun concept to role-play, and has proven entertaining in the show, though in practice it means I have to not only keep track of what stories she’s told, I also have to make sure I have new ones ready to go.
When GreyMaster added the burglar’s mask to the TFF logo, I thought it was great, but there was a tiny snag: Saryssa in-game had never worn a mask! I went looking for one that would fit, and ended up designing the outfit around it. Sometimes that happens, when I want to use a particular piece and have to play with the paper dolls until it comes out looking the way I want it to. Of course, Saryssa in TFF doesn’t wear a mask, because she’s totally a “minstrel”.
Head: Potent Skirmish Helm of the Mark, steel blue dye (Crafted T8 Medium Armor)
Chest: Jacket of the Watchtower, steel blue dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Lesser Gauntlets of Dundolen, walnut brown dye (Harndirion Barter, Burglar Set)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s Market)
Just look at this hunk-a hunk-a burnin’ dwarf minstrel! Okay, maybe the hobbits aren’t quite so impressed with this bad boy from the Lonely Mountain, but that’s probably because he’s not showing off pie with those pecs.
The dwarf goodness isn’t just limited to Helsur, either! Currently there are four Rockinstone brothers: Helsur, Kelsur, Belsur and Zelsur. That’s an awful lot of dwarven hotness, right?
Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Chest: Bare-chested (LOTRO Store, dwarf-only)
Legs: Ceremonial Woodsman’s Supple Leggings, black dye (Lalia’s Market, similar appearances can be found as quest rewards in Dunland)
Feet: Ceremonial Trapper’s Leather Boots, black dye (Lalia’s Market, similar appearances can be found as quest rewards in Dunland)
When my elven Rune-Keeper, Lashillien, finally reached the point in the epic story where she was a “guest” at Isengard, she insisted on a break to get herself properly attired. After all, if you’re going to take selfies with orcs, you should dress the part, right? She was quite dismayed to find that their so-called living conditions weren’t even worthy of the rats infesting them:
Of course, her meeting with Saruman didn’t go quite the way he probably expected it to:
Who says “Nyah, nyah, nyah” isn’t a dignified response?
Outfit: Isengard Prisoner attire, dyed black (Volume 3 quest rewards)
Just another LOTRO fashion blog? Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes these outfits need more characters than Twitter lets me have, though, and this will hopefully make them easier to find. This outfit started with the apple basket, and just sort of grew from there. The new dress we got in the 2015 Harvestmath festival dyes beautifully, and so does the cloak. It ended up coming out so well that I put it on not one but two minstrel characters:
Let me tell you, it is NOT easy getting a photo shoot with a wolf!
Chest: Dress of the Anorien Autumn (Harvestmath Festival, red dye)
Back: Plain Hooded Cloak (any outfitter, red dye)
Held: Basket of Apples (Harvestmath Festival)