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Soldier of Gondor

As mentioned in a recent LOTRO Academy episode, I haven’t really connected with the Captain class, but it turns out I really love dressing them up. Cathanriel, my Arkenstone cappy, recently got a makeover, so now she looks properly Gondorian. Since she’s only level 16, I had to spend a mithril coin to get her to the right spot for a photo shoot, as she’s originally from Minas Tirith.

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Sometimes spamming emotes and the capture screenshot key can result in some pretty funny captures. For example, in this one it looks as though she’s asking this swan-knight, “Excuse me?” in a highly offended tone.

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“You would not believe what that guy said to me!”

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“Perhaps you’re right. Punching him in the face may have been going too far.”

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch, black dye (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulder Guards, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Back: Cloak of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
Chest: Forged-iron Dunlending Hauberk, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Gloves of Dorthonion, black dye (Not sure where these drop, snagged on the AH)
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Location: The Splintered Shield, Minas Tirith, Soldier’s Tier

Catch of the Day

A while back, I happened to catch a glimpse of an item that was linked in World Chat (something I rarely pay attention to on most days), and did the preview thing to see what it looked like. Said item was Long-bite, a halberd that drops from the Urugarth instance in Angmar, and the trident-like appearance inspired me to not only drag the Grrlz of Middle-earth along for a romp through the instance, but to find some more sea-themed pieces to make my captain his very own Poseidon/Aquaman outfit.

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As it turned out, assembling the pieces was the easy part, because most emotes in-game make your weapons vanish during their animation, which made the screenshot process something of a pain. The whole point of getting the outfit together, after all, was to go with the trident weapon, so I really needed some shots that showed the weapon while still having some action. And then there was the issue of location, location, location, another challenge when your showcase character is only level 33.

I think Cuthluin is probably happier being a manly man of Rohan, which is his usual attire on the rare occasion he gets to run around Middle-earth, but he doesn’t do too badly as a Poseidon/Aquaman stand-in.

Head: Dwarf-make Circlet (Anniversary Event Cosmetic Gift Boxes)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders, Sea Blue dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour barter, also world drop)
Back: Cloak of the Summer Sea, Sea Blue dye (Summer Festival)
Chest: Westernesse Cloth Waistcoat of Determination, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Hands: Simple Bracers (OP Furball starter gear)
Legs: Potent Enduring Leggings of Parrying, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Feet: Westemnet War Boots of Power, Sea Blue dye (T9 Crafted heavy armour)
Weapon: Long-bite (Urugarth)

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:

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

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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: Anórien 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

 

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)

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)

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)

Teriadwyn of Gondor

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.

Teri Unhorsed

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.

Teri with Cloak

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)

The Masked “Minstrel” (Burglar)

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)

Minstrel Riding Hood

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:

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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)