Looking good while fighting evil.

East Wall Wrangler

creeping to the overlook

I’ve been excited to share this outfit since I first saw what Cosmetic Lotro posted for her Anticipation outfit. Very similar concepts, and I like the contrast between the two.

Argonath face fist

This is the first outfit I made without a clear plan or concept, I was just messing around and created this comfortable, well worn set for what would become one of my very favorite outfits.

At the feet of the Argonath.

At the feet of the Argonath.

These nicely functional clothes also ended up perfectly complementing the piny greens, intense sky and fertile landscape of Eastern Rohan. I wish I could say it was on purpose, but this time luck was on my side. This outfit also fulfills my childhood Man from Snowy River fantasies. The horse wrangler look is perfect for the Hytbold dailies Wild Horses and The Race. The Race, in particular is really fun. I put this on, switch to my Ridge-Racer title and tear from Cliving to the Wold and back again in no time at all.

One of my favorite things about Rohan is magnificent sky. I grew up in a part of the US where the sky feels indescribably huge and open, and is colored an intense high altitude blue. Parts of Rohan capture that feeling very well, and I never tire of just looking up.

The view is clear, and breathtaking.

The view is clear, and breathtaking.

Back: None shown, but when I do have one equipped I use the Cloak of the Grey Company- ranger green (quest reward), and when I first got into Rohan and was mining furiously I equipped the Elven Prospector’s Pack- ranger green
Head: Snow-Dusted Traveling Hat- red (Yule festival barter)
Shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Dunland Healer- ranger green, (quest reward)
Gloves: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets- umber (quest reward)
Chest: Shabby Tunic- evendim blue (Yule quest reward)
Legs: Dreng-fultum- ranger green (quest reward)
Boots: Vibrant Westfold Battle Boots- evendim blue (t7 heavy crafted- many versions share this look)

Polished White Yule

Guess what’s almost here? Yule! Wheee! I’ve decked the kinhall with holly, enlisted some friends in making stocking (okay, mailbox) stuffers, and signed up for our 1st annual Secret Santa. Next stop, Winterholme!

White Yule checking money for presents

Counting how much gold she has for presents.

This is an amalgam of the outfits I submitted to last year’s yule cosmetics contest. I came up with this one an hour after the deadline, and have been waiting to post it since.

White Yule back to back

Checking for snow | I think I found the perfect present for this tiny burglar I know…

White Yule full back

Back: N/A
Head: Traveler’s Hood- red (Yule festival)
Shoulders: Westfold Shoulders- white [undyeable], (Isengard Expansion)
Gloves: Fingerless Gloves- red (Yule festival)
Chest: Elven Cloth Jacket- red (Rivendell vendor)
Legs: Tavol-Socas- white (drop)
Boots: Shadowhyrst’s Shoes- red (quest reward)

Inside Moria: the Waterworks

While my bright blue and gold Eregion outfit (with a slight modification) was perfect for the deep blues, purples and golds of the Great Delving and Zelem-Melek, the Waterworks are a whole ‘nother bag of frogs, and clearly needed their own outfit.

I loved the Waterworks. The open span, psychedelic splashes, glass spiders and toxic frogs made it a welcome stylistic shift from the previous, more mine & cave like moria zones.

I love the golden plates on the sides of these pants, but the undyable blue of the skirt is very hard to match. I built the outfit around the pants, and my enthusiasm for finally being able to craft Lossoth gear brought the rest together. I don’t usually wear cloaks, but I like to have one ready, should I need it.

 

 

Back: Flames of the Deep Cloak- sea blue (skirmish barter)
Head: Spiked Helm- sea blue (vendor, levels 18-46)
Shoulders:  Not sure*– sea blue (quest reward or drop?)
Gloves: Mammutti Gloves- gold (t5 metalsmith)
Chest: Knight’s Armour- white (t5 metalsmith)
Legs: Elven Soldier’s Leggings- white, (t5 metalsmith)
Boots: Mammutti Boots- gold, (t5 metalsmith)

 

*the problem with backtracking almost a year (!). The screenshots, I have. The names, I have to find.  Halfway into Moria I started really picking up leveling steam, and just burned through content from here to 75 (when that was cap). All my free time was into actually playing, and blogging about playing just couldn’t hold a candle to it. Once I hit 75, there was so much to do! Grind my virtues, Limlight and Stangard rep, Anduin dailies, Galtrev armour, spider eggs, learn to actually tank for reals! I never felt like I could catch up. Now that I’m a healthy 85 and have my virtues and Hytbold under control I can catch my breath and start posting my cosmetics again. So this will become completely non linear, for which I apologize, but a slackers gotta do.

This post is out of order for my leveling, chronologically it should go somewhere between the Misty Mountains and Eregion, but what they hey. I’m going to have to come back here soonish anyway so I can run Urugarth and get the last of my legendary quest items.

It wasn’t really intentional that I matched the zone, but it worked out anyway. 🙂

I haven’t spent any real time here, just the bare minimum needed for epic quests and legendary trait items. Why not, you ask? Because it is uuuggly! So grim, in fact, that my lovely, soft Misty Mountains armour looked jarringly out of place here and I had to quick cobble together something that would work. I just took what was already in my wardrobe, changed the dye on the shoulders and gloves and BAM. Ready to march.

Back: N/A
Head: Traveller’s Hood- red (store)
Shoulders: Elven Soldier’s Shoulder Guards – umber (T4 metalsmith recipe)
Gloves: Ajokoira Gloves- gold (T5 light tailor)
Chest: Elven Steel Jacket- umber (lvl 41 Rivendell heavy armour vendor)
Legs: Westernesse Protector’s Leggings- red (default), (T5 medium tailor)
Boots: Boots of the Westfold- undyable, (Isengard pre-order gift)

Buzzing around Eregion

In order to reach kindred status with the Lossoth without any serious grinding, I was relentless with my task turn-ins. The happy result of those turn-ins was two-fold; the desired effect of Lossoth reputation gain, and the unexpectedly wonderful reward of “Busy Bee” and its respective cloak.

I had no idea how appropriate it would be for Eregion until I got there! Not only are the colors perfect for that zone, but if the Fine Clover Honey littering the landscape is any indication, this former elven stronghold must have the happiest bees in all of Middle Earth.

When I reached this zone, I immediately ran down to the Walls of Moria so I could get my first Legendary Items. Good thing too, as this golden scale chest piece was given to me there and I think it matches the cloak well, both in texture and tone. I’ve been holding onto the gloves and boots for a while now, as golden accents seem a bit harder to find than silver. Now I finally had a reason to wear them!

Gazing at the heights of Baranzinbar.

I can’t believe how well the shoulders and chest piece go together- they even have the same delicate swirled shapes, and in the same soft beige color. I had forgotten about the helm, but as I was searching through my inventory, and losing hope that I would find  a helm that worked (again, the gold thing), I re-discovered this one! It fancies the outfit up nicely, I think.

Back: Cloak of the Busy Bee- evendim blue (task deed reward)
Head: Himhar- ered luin blue (vol 1, book 4 quest reward)
Shoulders: Elven Leather Shoulder Pads of Might- ered luin blue, (drop)
Gloves: Westernesse Steel Gauntlets of Fleetness*- ered luin blue (drop)
Chest: Survivor’s Armour- ered luin blue (vol II, book 1 quest reward)
Legs: Quilted Leggings- ered luin blue, (T2 light tailor)
Boots: Rochwen’s Boots- ered luin blue, (Trollshaws quest reward)

*Starry Mantle recently posted an outfit with gauntlets that look like this, so I found out they are also available as a skirmish barter or from the lotro store.

Pausing a moment before passing though the Doors of Durin.

*Takes a deep breath* Now into Moria I go! My hope is that by the time I leave its passages behind me, it is the Delving of the Dwarves once again.

 

Update: Sometime after this post I found these leggings (Orlogfot, drop, also ered luin blue) that I preferred with the outfit.

gold skirt 2

Bons temps: Mardi Gras

It may not be a lotro festival, but it should be! And so, in honor of this most dramatic of holidays, I decided to create my own Mardi Gras costume; complete with party dress, grotesque masque and a bag of dubloons to throw to strangers and friends.

The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold are said to represent Justice, Faith, and Power, respectively, at least in New Orleans. Now all I need is a Krewe! (Krewe’s are the clubs that make all your favorite floats and costumes, hand out special beads and trinkets, and pretty much own the week of Mardi Gras in the Big Easy.)

Be careful, imbibing too much can lead to the Elaine dance.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Back: Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack- turquoise (treasure hunting event)
Head: Golden Cave-claw Mask- purple (treasure hunting event)
Shoulders: Elven Leather Shoulder Pads of Might- (not so) dark green, (drop)
Gloves: N/A
Chest: Exquisite Short-sleeved Dress- purple (Yule festival gift box)
Legs: N/A
Boots: N/A

The Cloak of Winter Nights is one of my favorites in the game, and I couldn’t wait to create an outfit around it. Especially after reading this post by Hymne from Lotro Cosmetics; I wanted to show other ways to use this fantastic piece. This has ended up being one of my very favorite outfits, allowing her to remain a formidable warrior while softening out her edges.

Taking a break to catch snowflakes on my tongue.

The Misty Mountains are such a gorgeous, soft-focus zone, for the first time I felt the desire to be in harmony with my surroundings instead of contrasting with them. Maybe it’s because I grew up snuggled against the Rocky Mountains, but this zone feels so wonderfully cozy to me. When the clouds lower into the valleys you can practically hear the still-quiet hush of snow falling.

When combat dictates that a cloak is no longer practical, she removes it and reveals the Southern Helmet Saeradan gave her so long ago on the green fields of Bree-land. The fur ear-and-neck covering of the helmet goes so perfectly with the Snow-dusted Travelling gloves, it’s like they were made for each other.

Making friends

I visited the Misty Mountains as my stopgap between Evendim and Forochel, but I didn’t take any good outfitting screenshots! So unfortunately this post is a bit out of order for my leveling. C’est la vie. 🙂

Back: Cloak of Winter Nights- white (store)
Head: Southern Helmet- sienna (Bree-land quest reward, though this skin is available in many other places)
Shoulders: Ajokoira Shoulder Guards- umber, (T5 light tailor)
Gloves: Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves- olive (Yule festival barter)
Chest: Elven Steel Jacket- umber (lvl 41 Rivendell heavy armour vendor)
Legs: Westernesse Protector’s Leggings- sienna, (T5 medium tailor)
Boots: Ajokoira Shoes- rust, (T5 light tailor)