LotroSavvy Update 11/10/12

 

 

*gasp* I am still alive everyone! ^.^

 

I just wanted to post a quick update to any who followed my blog to let you know what has been going on and why there hasn’t been a post in what feels like forever. Firstly, thank you for keeping track and reading this, and secondly I apologize massively for the lack of updates.

 

I created this blog with the intention to do this as a hobby only and said right from the start that if I wanted to take a break from it I hoped I would be able to easily, as with mmo’s there always is periods of slowness within the game where you don’t feel motivated, and work was stealing any motivation or energy for anything at all for a long time and the abandonment of the blog was quite sudden.

 

I have been playing the game a lot since my last update, and after levelling my Guardian to 75 I started on my Lore-Master and finally got another 75 to add into the mix, but apart from deeding, preparing for Rohan and raiding, I haven’t found much time for outfitting. I have been playing and loving the Rohan beta’s and very much hope come launch I will be back in the game with new cosmetics to play with, but until then thank you for the patience if you’re still visiting this blog.

 

This update was spurred on by the fact my kin was running a Nostalgia week and I won the BG Lore-Master shoulder guards I had wanted for years and decided to parade them about while giving an update as to my whereabouts; which I have been meaning to get done a lot earlier than this.

Happy hunting everyone! <3 See you in Rohan!

—Savs—

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].

 

Vibrant Variations

For the entire week where I live by the beach, it has been sunshine and crystal blue skies. All of that typical rainy British weather has disappeared and everywhere I go there are people enjoying the sun and I couldn’t help but notice they had made the most of it and pulled out their summer wardrobes early.

This meant one thing: colour! It seems to have seaped into my Lotro as well, and my Hunter and Lore-master have now become very colourful as a result. I’ve once again been using my trusty Radiant Armour chest piece that works wonderfully in every colour, and by the end of this post I hope you love this top just as much as me.

Also, I watched Puss In Boots yesterday and have been a little obsessed with the plumed hats ever since!

 

 

Head: Elegant Plumed Hat [Lotro Store] ~Black~

Back: Drape of Evendim [Lotro Store] ~Grey~

Chest: Radiant Armour [Crafted T5 – Tailor] ~Sea Blue~

Hands: Ceremonial Mammutti Gloves [Crafted T5 – Metalsmith] ~Grey~

Legs: Scarred Leg-Guards of the Pren Gwydh Warrior [Quest reward – Dunland] ~Grey~

Feet: Soft Leather Boots [Bree Outfitter] ~Sea Blue~

 

I understand that pieces used in many outfits on cosmetics blogs can be hard to acquire if it’s a quest item or reputation item, this second outfit I have deliberately kept basic without the reputation Lossoth gloves and quest Leggings, to show you that you can still make anything work even if they are the basic items from Bree.

Head: Elegant Plumed Hat [Lotro Store] ~Black~

Chest: Radiant Armour [Crafted T5 – Tailor] ~Rust~

Legs: Leather Leggings [Medium Armoursmith – Bree] ~Black~

Feet:  Glossy Leather Boots [Bree Outfitter] ~Rust~

Hands: Leather Gauntlets [Medium Armoursmith – Esteldin] ~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~

Stylish Sage

Welcome to the new Lotro Savvy! I finally had a play around with the layouts and decided to give this one a try and I’m pretty happy with it. Categories have been redone and I went through every post and made sure they were up to date with their categories. When I can be bothered to play around on Paintshop Pro or Photoshop I’ll get around to making a better site header also, but for now, onto the outfits!

I’ve levelled a Lore-Master to 30 THREE times now because I always remade her, unsure whether I liked her as an elf or a human or my levelling companion vanished leaving my squishy character to suffer, but finally I’m back levelling with someone again and can safely stay at a distance while I enjoy the unique playing style of my Lore-Master, and i’m having an absolute blast. I wanted to find an outfit for my Lore-Master that included a wizards hat, but something that didn’t look too ridiculous (and we all know how ridiculous Lotro hats are sometimes), so the search was on. I came across this Pointed Hat of Fate in my Minstrels Vault the other day and I’m aware there are a lot of ‘of fate’ world drops and I’m assuming this is also one of them, however if you do know exactly where this comes from please let me know and I shall edit it, as I may have picked it up questing and not remembered. I believe the same cosmetics can be acquired via Padded level 15/17 amour from a Tailor or 20/23 according to Darzil’s Lotro Crafting Guide.

I really love this robe and don’t think a cloak suits it all too well and didn’t want anything covering it up, but if you want a cloak then I might suggest the simple plain hoodless cloak in black from the Bree Outfitter, or a backpack of some sort might look pretty awesome too. Based on the fact I didn’t want armour covering up the robe too much and its wonderful detail I chose gloves and shoulder guards that are only a small difference and aren’t even needed too much.

 

Head: Pointed Hat of Fate [World Drop] ~Black~

Shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Dunland Healer [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Grey~

Chest: Tattered Robe of the Dunland Sage [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Ranger Green~

Hands: Gloves of Fleetness [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Black~

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

Notes: I received a request to make a Gandalf-esque outfit which will be a fun challenge for me to do soon!

Burgundy Belle

I struggled to decide which wonderful outfit I would show today, and who would model it! I had planned to finally show off some Hobbits but upon finding this outfit on my Lore-Master that I hadn’t visited for a while, I tried it on a Hobbit and it didn’t work as well; because the shoulders were a little squashed and changed shape, so my Lore-Master it was!

If, like me, you’re a VIP member and get points every month and never know what to do with them other than spend them on cosmetics, then this one should be suitable since every item is a store piece.

I also had just commented on Lotro Fashion that I loved the use of these shoulder guards and I believe they fit for so many outfits, and then I see that the outfit I want to showcase is going to use them as well, definitely a worthwhile investment and I’m sure I will use them again many times.

There is still the decision of ‘to hood or not to hood’ with the Cloak and Hood possibly clipping depending on the position of your character, you may think it works or you may choose to have the outfit as is, because along with the style of cloak that came about with the book quest in Lothlorien at first, it can be difficult to find the right head item/helm with it. I personally prefer to go for the non-hooded cloaks and add my own Traveller’s hood, so I can simply hide the helm when I choose and have the illusion of the cloaks hood being down, rather than having to hide the entire cloak to be able to see a hairstyle if you choose the hooded version from the store.

Head:  Traveller’s Hood [Store item] ~Burgundy~

Shoulders: Bladecatcher Pauldron’s [Store item] ~Burgundy~

Back: Cloak of the Mallorn [Store item] ~Burgundy~

Chest: Elegant Formal Dress [Store item] ~Burgundy~

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Dunlending Dahlia

When I first saw the bottom/skirt to this outfit, I knew right away what to create and I absolutely adore it, one of my favourites after over a year of putting together cosmetic outfits for fun, and it suited my Rune-Keeper perfectly and she fit in well with the local folk while on her quests in Enedwaith and Dunland. All pieces are listed below.

Note: The feet cosmetic really doesn’t matter, which is why I didn’t try very hard to get the feet in the picture. It can be anything since the skirt covers up most of it anyway and boots clip out of the skirt so try to go for something smaller. The Helm can also be anyone from the hunter sets as some require different combinations of tokens, just make sure you can dye it as I couldn’t at one point and only t2 could be dyed, think they updated it though since – don’t quote me on that, but I was suddenly able to dye mine again recently.

Helm: Lesser Arrow of the West Helmet [Hunter Enedwaith token/barter-Medallion of the North-Men] ~Crimson~

Shoulder: Westfold Assault Shoulder Pads [Crafted t7-light] ~Crimson~

Chest: Clanweave Robe [Dunland quest reward] ~Crimson~

Hands: Angolgam [Quest reward, Vol.III, Book 4, Ch 5] ~Default/Washed~

Legs: Starkmoor Caretaker’s Leggings [Dunland quest reward] ~Crimson~

Feet: Angoldal [Quest reward, Vol. III, Book 4] ~Umber~

Hope you like this one as much as me,

Savs.

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