Saturday, February 3, 2018

Silvan Elegance

I was SO FREAKING EXCITED when the Replica of Elor dropped from one of my Gorgoroth Lootboxes back in late October with a daily key. I screamed. I danced. I cheered. I made everyone where I live panic moments after it appeared in my inventory. (Of course, it didn't take long for it to be added to the Vendor of Rare Oddities in Magh Ashtu and take away from it's specialness.) I've been eyeing this unique two-handed sword skin since I discovered it with ItemTreasury, a database mining LOTRO plugin, back in 2015. So many unused weapon skins exist in there...especially staves! Anyway, before I start drooling over unique weapons again, this outfit was made specifically to compliment the sleek and elegant Elor.

Oh yes, meet my High Elf Captain, Gwaimallin. She'll be the focus of multiple outfits for the next several months, each with unique weapons skins to match her attire.

Elor, being an elven blade by design, was very easy to pair with gear skins. And by easy, I mean a whole ten minutes. I had most of the pieces already in mind, except for the boots. I was juggling between violet and purple for my colors. Violet would have been great for a subdued look, but Elor, with its pale gem, would blend in too well and get lost in the mix. Purple, however, provided a greater, bolder contrast that enhanced the warm golden accents of the outfit and made the sword stand out more.

Seeing all of these weapon and shield skins return to LOTRO has been amazing. They've reignited my passion for outfitting. I never thought I'd see the level 65 T2C Ost Dunhoth shields again from the Gorgoroth boxes. Nor did I expect to see the Replica of Baingrist return. If only some of those level 58 and lower First Age weapon skins, which aren't obtainable, were added to vendors...I'd be set for a very long time.

Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word (Purple, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Moria light armor)
Shoulders: Songmaster's Shoulders (Purple, Minstrel class vendor in Ost Galadh)
Chest: Elven Campaigner's Armor (Purple, T5 Tailor recipe)
Legs: Elven Campaigner's Leggings (Purple, T5 Tailor recipe)
Hands: Gauntlets of the Lady's Power (Purple, Champion class trainer in Caras Galadhon)**
Feet: Songmaster's Boots (Purple, Minstrel class vendor in Ost Galadh)

Main-hand weapon: Replica of Elor (Gorgoroth Lootbox or Rare Oddities vendor in Magh Ashtu)

**The Ceremonial Gauntlets of the Quiet Step from the skirm camp cosmetics vendor is a great alternative, though the golden accents will be a tad lighter.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shire Plum Shenanigans

This month's entry, though posted later than usual, features three outfits using the seldom seen shire plum dye. Shire plum, like purple, yellow, sunset orange, is a very bold, very bright color. When working with these dyes, it's best to remember the phrase "less is more." Depending on what clothing or armor you're dyeing, you'll stand out like a sore thumb on a earthen-toned of muted landscape. You might blind yourself standing in bright sunlight. You might blind your fellowship. You might even blind Durin's Bane in the dark depths of Moria. You may not even need the Phial of Galadriel to stand toe to toe against Shelob!

Originally, I had some overly complicated outfits put together in the dressing room when I began using this color...and they were downright obnoxious. I took a couple of them to the landscape for a few days, curious how they would appear in practical landscape use. Needless to say, that first wave failed. For the second wave, I scaled back this particular project and found the next set of outfits to be far more visually appealing. It's this wave you'll find featured here. If you're on Gladden, you might get lucky and see me adventuring in these!

At this point, I can safely say I've had my share of bright colors for now! I don't even want to think what kind of work yellow (the one dye I've refused, so far, to use) will require if shire plum was this difficult...

Head: Circlet of Fresh-picked Flowers (Shire plum, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Shoulders: Supple Wildermore Shoulderpads of Tactics (White, T8 Tailor's Guild recipe or Wildermore reputation recipe)
Chest: Elegant Formal Dress (Shire plum, LOTRO Store)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

His & Hers - An Ornate Yuletide

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone in LOTRO. And it's even more difficult to believe that I actually have a chance to upload some Yule outfits, let alone have a PC to upload them with (last year, I didn't have a working one)! I'll be keeping this post rather brief. As I'm finalizing this entry, and scheduling to auto-post while I'm working Saturday morning, I have a batch of mini oreo cheesecakes chilling in the fridge. Soon they'll be done, and then it's back to the kitchen for more baking! This will be my only chance to squeeze in some LOTRO time until after Christmas.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Traveling in Luxury

Now here's an old outfit. This was the very first for my Beorning, Vanydis. Just like the last post featuring this character, I wasn't quite sure at the time what her clothing style would be. I just wanted to get her out of her intro clothing as soon as possible. It's been some time since taking these pictures and I believe that I've already cycled out this outfit. I think it looked lovely...but it just wasn't her style. However, almost any character could wear this somewhat decorative, yet casual traveler's attire.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Idh Ryss en Belegaer

Seldom do I attempt to name anything in Sindarin. Why? Depending on what you're trying to say, the rules are quite complicated. You have to account for word origins, how each vowel changes when going from singular to plural, and special grammatical mutations. Of course, the name I had my heart set on involved quite a few special rules. "Idh Ryss en Belegaer" means "The Whispers of the Belegaer" (Idh Ryss (pl. the whispers--singular form being I Rhoss) + en (conj. of the) + Belegaer). Just in case you're wondering, Belegaer means great/mighty (beleg) sea (aear) and refers to the expansive sea west of Arda. Of course, I may have gotten my translation into Sindarin wrong. By no means do I declare myself an expert. My only guide, currently, is a small notebook that contains the Sindarin crash course my college Tolkien professor attempted to give ten years ago. If anyone can confirm or correct my attempt, please let me know!

Grammar lesson over! *wipes sweat from brow*

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