The Champion of Cliving

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When I first entered Cliving in the Norcrofts region of Rohan during Beta, I stopped at the gates awed by the beautiful view of the place for a long time, knowing this exact spot would be the perfect background for an outfit. After speaking with the Thane and learning that Cliving was well guarded on the hill with its high walls, it got me thinking. What if it was attacked though? What other reasons would the people have to be confident that they were protected in Cliving.

Thus began the brainchild of the Champion of Cliving. Wearing her white and green colours, if any band of organized Orcs thought to take on the challenge of attacking the town of Cliving, they would be in for a surprise when they came face to face with the Champion.

It didn’t take me long to level my Captain to 85, somewhere between 12-15 hours. The best part about it was I felt like I wasn’t questing to simply level, I found myself losing sleep because I simply couldn’t stop playing and questing in this beautiful region, grinning whenever I was on the War-Steed. I think a large portion of the excitement is seeing how the released version differed to the Beta, how all the giant floating boxes turned into wagons and seeing if trying to use my War-Steed in towns would result in me dying or ending up in impossible places.

I’m in love with this expansion and very much hope that you guys are too, and I cannot wait to start my next character in Rohan already and see how they differ on the War-Steeds.

Head: Visage of the Bear [Lotro Store] ~Dark Green~

Sholders: Zanúm’s Tarnished Shoulderguards [Quest reward – East Rohan] ~Dark Green~

Back: Snowy Hoodless Cloak [Barter piece – Winter Festival] ~Dark Green~

Chest: Ceremonial Breastplate of the West-Tower [Barter piece – Skirmish camp] ~White~

Hands: Isteron’s Steel Gloves of the First Age [Quest reward – East Rohan] ~Dark Green~

Legs: Ceremonial Doom-Hunter’s Leggings [Barter piece – Skirmish camp] ~White~

Feet: Lastfótas [Quest reward – East Rohan] ~Dark Green~

Judging by the name of the boots they may be from the epic volume, so if need be when I run my other alts through Rohan I will find out and correct this, I can’t remember where they were from now.

P.S. I bought the Soundtrack for the game too while I was questing and its fantastic!

Miners of Moria – Kinship Uniform 1

A few posts ago I mentioned that I had been given the task of creating a few outfits for my kinship, Miners of Moria, to wear. This is the first idea I wanted to share with you guys, and the first of about 3-4. The cloak immediately made me think of my kin, and although not exactly the same as the Doors of Durin and the likeness more like the White Tree of Minas Tirith, for me the light blue details stood out and made this a very unique cloak for us to be wearing.

The problem I faced creating this outfit was the light blue details on the cloak were very difficult to match anything that could be crafted or bought from a vendor by anyone at any level, as I wanted to completely disregard all cosmetic items acquired via a quest. I also only wanted the ‘main’ part of this armour that people would wear is the cloak, chest piece and leggings. I didn’t want us all looking the same to the extent a lover of heavy armour wouldn’t appreciate it. Thus, the Helm, Shoulders, Gloves and Boots were player’s choice and could be light armour slippers for a Rune-Keeper feel or heavy plated Orthanc boots to feel that protection charging into battle first with a shield and sword.

A bonus I believe is that in Black, this outfit would look fantastic atop Orthanc battling Saruman or combined and mixed with some of the very black and white Orthanc pieces. Below I have added a burgundy dye and tried the look on my little hobbit.

Back: Radiant Cloak [Crafted T5 – Tailor] ~Black~

Chest: Rock-Climber’s Armour [Crafted T6 – Tailor] ~Black~

Legs: Rock-Climber’s Leggings [Crafted T6 – Tailor] ~Black~

Personalized items left to the choice of the player are the Helm, Gloves, Shoulders and Boots. In this outfit I liked the light blue on the Dar Narbugud Armour from my Hunter and used these, along with some shoulder-guards from the epic book quest.

Helm of the Lady’s Discernment

Gauntlets of the Lady’s Discernment

Boots of the Lady’s Discernment

Hyrde-Axle [Vol lll, Book 4, Ch 10].

 

Sterling Soldier

After finally completing all quests in The Great River region I got my hands on this fabulous and unique chain robe. I have been wearing it without a helm or gloves the past couple of nights raiding atop Orthanc wondering what was missing. As Saruman finally surrendered to my kin for the first time (insert applause here) I was very motivated to create something out of this robe, and obtained the Malledhrim crafted heavy set; which I have been after for a very long time but stupidly enough never just asked for someone to craft it for me until tonight.

I never realised just how wonderful the pieces are in this set, I have been staring at the helm for about 10 minutes now because it’s just sooo so beautiful and compliments the robe perfectly with the chainmail at the back. Gloves were the only issue I came across but I expected this as I read about it from Hymne over at CosmeticLotro, there are bad clipping issues with nearly all gloves and this robe so I went very basic, and dyed them gold in an attempt to help the gold that is on the helm.

I have been tasked with creating an outfit for my kin to all wear also, and I’ve made some good progress so I will most likely be adding my ideas and designs onto this blog sometime in the coming weeks.

For now, happy hunting as always.

 

Helm: Malledhrim Helmet of the Awakened [Crafted T6 – Metalsmith] ~Grey~

Shoulders: Noriel’s Folly [Quest reward – The Great River/Thinglad] ~White~

Chest: Ancient Inlaid Breastplate [Quest reward – The Great River/Rushgore] ~White~

Hands: Quilted Gloves [Crafted T2 – Tailor] ~Gold~

Feet: Malledhrim Boots of the Awakened [Crafted T6 – Tailor] ~Grey~

Observing Orthanc

When I first heard of being able to buy Ettenmoors barter tokens and trade them in for armour for any class to use as cosmetics, I was over the moon. However upon spending a lot of gold and missing one more spirit stone the next update for the game arrived and this feature was removed. The one and only piece I REALLY wanted with a passion was the helm used for Minstrels, Lore-Masters and Rune-Keepers on the secondary armour set. While questing aside the Great River in Update 6 a lot of us quickly realised a lot of armour pieces have old armour sets for specific classes, or old Moria 50+ crafted sets with a little twist. This is a happy compromise I believe and the Helm I used here I am never going to tire of it, it’s by far my favourite cosmetic item ever and the more it is used in simple outfits the better as a lot of shoulder guards and cloaks will cover it up.

I personally preferred the outfit without the Shoulder piece but there was a part of me thinking ‘But that means I only have 2 pieces, have I gotten that lazy?’ So the screenshots below show the shoulder guards I liked with this the best, and it can be up to you whether you use them.

I finally got the helm I always wanted!

Head: Hat of the Concerned Elf [Quest reward – The Great River] ~Black~

Shoulder: Scorched Ox-hide Shoulderpads [Quest Reward] ~Black~

Chest: Exquisite Elven Dress [Mirkwood Reputation Barter or Lotro Store] ~Black~

Magnificent Maiden

I finally found some time to start some new content with Update 6 (having been working my butt off the past 4 weeks with a new job) and upon getting stuck into the storyline of the Rohirrim, Fishermen and Elves and their wariness of each other I began to feel my Human Captain never really noticed this until now, having maxed kindred with the Galadhrim I headed to Lothlórien and got Screenshot happy (which is extremely difficult given the glow/aura around everything in Lothlórien). Just out of pure boredom I decided to make a Warden and check out the new changes and found that the Westfold Cloak that came with the Pre-order had changed!

I previously hated this cloak and wished it was white like the rest of the outfit and couldn’t understand why just the cloak was beige and every other Westfold piece was white – including the horse blanket. Happy with this change I immediately added it to my white dress and circlet, added in the shoulders and fell in love. My captain – now looking more like a ranger had a twist to it, standing in Lothlórien admiring the views she tried to gain the respect of the elves of this place and having the best of both worlds could look regal, but also join the Horse Lords in their quest to Rohan. If you already have this cloak in the Wardrobe it may show up the old colour (it did with me) but upon taking it out and putting it back in you can get the new crisp white cosmetic. You can type /reclaim to get all the Pre-order items back if you find you removed the item after putting it in the wardrobe.

I have noticed some fantastic new cosmetics with the first couple of quests I have done by the river in the new area (and noticed it’s a lot of raid/instance gear with changed dye options) which is a happy compromise for those who could not obtain it due to not having the right class or ability to raid, cosmetics for all!

As of next week my work schedule is going to calm down and as I adjust to juggling work and gaming I’m hoping I can find a balance which will not make me neglect my hobby of standing in front of the Lotro wardrobe. Keep checking back!

Happy hunting.

Head: Winged Circlet [Skirmish barter] ~White Dye~

Shoulders: Shoulders of the Westfold [Rise of Isengard Pre-order bonus]

Back: Cloak of the Westfold [Rise of Isengard Pre-order bonus]

Chest: Elegant Dress [Skirmish barter] ~White Dye~

P.S. I’m so getting some fairy lights for my apartment after spending the night looking at these virtual twinkling lights everywhere!

Cryptic Crook

Finally! This update has taken me weeks :P Mostly because it was one of those outfits where I kept changing little things and I think no amount of changing pieces was going to impress me it was a pain, but I settled on the pieces in the end. I also tried Fraps for the screenshots but I had so many problems with file types and images showing up too dark (my PSP program I use to lighten them generally lightens images anyway; so when I save thinking they’re fine, they’re actually not = stress).

When I was levelling my captain and I entered this BEAUFITUL solo instance I knew it would be a long time until I had another character here, and I wanted to capture the moment with screenshots, sparking my idea for a tomb robber outfit. This gave me the perfect opportunity to head to the buried treasure event and grab me a sack of gold, although a little awkward to dye as it doesn’t dye any dark colours >:-[.

The majority of the pieces are Isengard instance drops so it may seem a little strange to then use Radiant Armour for the chest piece but a lot of the Isengard armour has clipping issues, and the chest piece is one of my favourites in any colour and I couldn’t resist it in Crimson.

This outfit was actually just a compilation of all my favourite pieces at the moment, and they all work for an outfit so i’m super happy. I probably should have added some of the new emotes to it as well but I actually don’t have any of them yet! So much to do :P

This will be my last update for a couple of weeks now as I am visiting family for a while for my Dad’s wedding, as well as starting my new job I want my focus to be on my real life for the moment as you may have read in my previous update post.

Head: Urdhol-Helm [L75 Instance drop – Isengard] ~Black~

Shoulders: Gwir-Palvais [L75 Instance drop – Isengard] ~ Black~

Back: Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack [Buried Treasure Event] ~Black~

Chest: Radiant Armour [Crafted t5 – Tailor] ~Crimson~

Hands: Spearman’s Singed Leather Gauntlets [Quest reward – Dunland] ~Black~

Legs: Tavol-Socas [L75 Instance drop – Isengard] ~Black~

Feet: Scout’s Weathered Leather Boots [Quest reward – Dunland] ~Grey~

Masked Marauder

 

Prior my previous post about trying to find an outfit for the Cloak of Evasion I remade my burglar that day and planned to get the Ceremonial Thrill-Seekers Helm from the Skirmish barterer, which was easy now since the exchange system has been changed and I no longer had to do the Rift skirmish 10 times to get the right campaign marks (woot). While playing around in the Wardrobe I noticed the helm still is pretty brown and can’t be made black, so as usual the search began for black and roguish looking cosmetics which had some dark brown on them and lo and behold the Cloak of Evasion had just that when dyed black (basically it’s not really black when dyed, but matches the helm brilliantly in colour).

There are a few bootie options with this outfit, and I went for the quest reward boots with the dagger in them but any soft leather boots will work here. Also, with recent discoveries about the rooftops of Bree, how could I not take a screenshot up there with my shady hobbit burglar? A great alternate for this outfit is Cosmetic Lotro’s Rooftop Runner

 

Head: Ceremonial Thrill-Seekers Helm [Rift Skirmish Barter]

Shoulders: Fine Grey Company Wrap [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Back: Light Cloak of Evasion [Level 75 World Drop] ~Black~

Chest: Hill-Man’s Cracked Leather Jacket [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Black~

Hands: Spearman’s Singed Leather Gauntlets [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Black~

Feet: Fine Grey Company Boots [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Notes: I’m quite annoyed that lately my screenshots seem to be lacking in quality and having a lot of noise in them, so I’d like to update the screenshots in the last couple posts if I can work out where i’m going wrong, but I think I know why it just means from now on it will take twice as long to get my screenshots but I’ll do it if it means better quality.

Candescent Cadet

A generous kin member who understood my cosmetics obsession kindly sent me a cloak with a unique design which I had only seen rarely and I had to make an outfit with it. The challenge with this outfit was the amber colour of the squares on the cloak couldn’t be obtained via dye and after trying numerous pieces of armour in sienna, rust, orange and gold I decided it the challenge was on. The best I could seem to do was find pieces of armour that didn’t have the yellow-gold effect (which many do) and in doing so I found some fantastic gold and black pieces to use in another outfit also which I’ll get working on next week.

A lot of the cosmetics pieces from Dunland are not just from one quest and are repeated in a number of quests while you’re levelling to 75, from one character you can get 90% of all the new cosmetic pieces from Dunland. You can check out Devonna’s Guide to the RoI quest rewards to see where else the same cosmetic pieces can be picked up (and they will be named differently).

The helm was something I won on the Auction House and at first I used the Battle-mask of Rhun from the store for this piece but as I stated the cloak squares are more amber than the yellow-gold, but It also works pretty well I just wanted more of a ‘helm’ than a mask for the warrior feel in my screenshots. The Light cloak of Evasion is a cloak which won’t be expensive on the Auction House if you come across it due to It not being too fantastic in stats, and with everybody wearing the lovely gold Draigoch cloaks nowadays I’ve come across the cloak a lot on the Auction House recently.

Long yappy post so I will leave it here and say I am hard at work levelling and should only post once a week since i’m busy questing and levelling a tailor again (yay!). Below is the first time I tried this outfit using the Battle-mask of Rhun from the Lotro Store, I will leave it to you to decide your preference but I’m thinking of using it for my next update.

 

Head: Gleaming Helm of Determination [Level 75 World Drop, Heavy] ~Black~

Shoulders: Hyrde-Axle [Quest Reward –  Vol lll Bk 4, Ch 10.] ~Black~

Back: Light Cloak of Evasion [Level 75 World Drop] ~Black~

Chest: Dwarf Leather Jacket [Medium Armoursmith – Thorins Hall] ~Black~

Hands: Scout’s Weathered Leather Gloves [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Black~

Legs: Elven Steel Leggings [Heavy Armoursmith – Rivendell] ~Black~

Feet: Burnished Dunlending Chain Boots [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Black~

 

Fanciful Frocks

I thought it was about time I levelled my Minstrel past 65 instead of letting her collect dust, and this blogs name wouldn’t exist without my lovable Minstrel Savanah and…pirates apparently, so I thought I would get more hobbit love onto this forum by posting a few simple dresses and cloaks I love, and due to how simple they really are as you cannot equip gloves and booties with them I figured I’d treat you all and post three outfits in one post! I also really enjoy the outfit with the red cloak for my Human Lore-Master; it feels like something from Red Riding Hood.

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Back: Plain Hooded Cloak [Outfitter – Bree] ~Red~

Chest: Short-Sleeved Summer Dress [Summer Festival Barter] ~Black~

Back: Hooded Cloak of the Mountain Wolves [Store item] ~Olive~

Chest: Elegant Formal Dress [Store Item] ~Olive~

Back: Plain Hooded Cloak [Outfitter – Bree] ~Black~

Chest: Exquisite Short-Sleeved Dress [Anniversary/Festival Gift box] ~Black~

Notes: These dresses can probably be grabbed from the Auction House as well!

Also, for now categories will stay as they are but as I slowly add more human/elf/hobbit combo’s (unsure about Dwarf for the moment, I seriously have to buy more Character Slots and that means I have to wait for the freebie points every month [Lifetime sub]), but I will eventually get around to having categories per race and also for males when I get more slots! Also thinking about a new theme, something larger in width to show off my larger screenshots better and not having to click to enlarge like on this poste.

I’m very happy with these outfits and screenshots so please don’t forget to leave a comment if something caught your eye, I appreciate any feedback negative or positive to improve.

Majestic Mercenary

Happy New Year! 2012 is upon us and a year of new beginnings, may you all achieve what you wish for.

I set some time aside to create a new outfit today and had all sorts of ideas when I started pilfering through my characters vaults for interesting pieces I had picked up through questing. I always see a piece or two that go together and leave them because I want the full set, i.e. matching the leggings with a matching chest piece. (Check out Cosmetic Lotro’s Black Rose for an absolutely gorgeous outfit of these unique leggings and matching chest piece). But since I haven’t quite got there questing-wise as it’s a volume piece quite far ahead in the books my Captain has a bit more work to do. I wanted to see what else would work with these leggings and so a lot of mixing and matching began for a good few hours and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Armour doesn’t have to be all one set, all heavy or all light, or even one colour to work. But although this may not be the most colourful outfit I absolutely love the combination of heavy armour and spiked shoulder-guards with a softer touch with the cloak and the white dye. I’m a big fan of white cosmetics and always find it’s one of the hardest colours to work with because everything dyes so differently in this colour.

I did struggle to find some booties to match this outfit but I simply don’t have the time to log back on after I’ve spend a good 2-3 hours making this outfit. So if anyone can suggest anything that I may have missed or suggestions for improvement please go ahead and help me make this better.

Head: Elven Winged Helm [Rivendell Armoursmith] ~White/Default~

Shoulders: Rododhranc [Vol 1- book 9, ch3 or Dwarf-make Knight’s Armour t5 – Metalsmith] ~White~

Back: Swan-Cloak [Store item] ~White/Default~

Chest: Elven Warriors Armour [Heavy Crafted t5] ~White~

Hands: Gauntlets of Moria [World drop] ~White~

Legs: Golubadanir [Quest Reward – Angmar] ~White~

Feet: Elven Steel Boots [Heavy Crafted t3 or Rivendell Armoursmith] ~White~

Notes: Rodombadnir also has the same cosmetics as the Golubadanir, and can be obtained from Vol. 1 Book 10 – Chapter 5: Springing the Trap. Golubadanir is from the quest Dark Vengeance in Aughaire.

The Gauntlets of Moria surprisingly are not actually found in Moria, but instead are a level 33 item found around areas such as North-Downs and Evendim. A lot of the Dwarf-Make gloves (expert tier) from earlier tiers of Metalsmith and also from the top of my head I think The Forsaken Inn also do a similar cosmetic for the gloves, it’s not quite a match but since there is a bit of brown on the boots then the gloves would also work since they’re part of the same crafted set if you have a Metalsmith.

This outfit also matches the new Frosty Horse festival steed! You can swap the Swan-Cloak for the Fancy Winter Cloak for a better match with the mount and it will also work in navy very well with this outfit if you are not one for spending store points on cosmetics.

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