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!

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~

Scarlet Soldier

Busy busy bee :) I have been raiding and playing lotro like a mad woman the past two weeks and even have another raid for tonight, times I’ve set aside for my blog and outfitting days were pushed aside when I was asked to group a few times and help some friends out and irl I’ve been having a lot going on so I apologise for the lack of frequent updates, I have the ideas but I’m just enjoying playing the game a little more for the moment I guess.

While putting together my previous outfit I nabbed this wonderful chest piece cheap off the Auction House and after trying so many leg pieces to go with it I had planned to do a black and gold outfit, but the legs worked so much better with Crimson and it all started to fall into place. I believe the chest piece is a drop from an Orc Abomination (level 70). I finally got a male character through the starting area and due to his level his screenshots will have limited areas, but I thought some crumbling ruins gave him a gladiator feeling, don’t you agree?

The gloves I picked up via a world drop a good +6months ago while levelling my Guardian and have never seen the cosmetics of them before, so if anybody knows please feel to let me know in the comments, and I mostly just wanted to show them off rather than expect anybody to grind for the drop (they dropped while I was hunting humanoids outside Helegrod for pages) so any gold and red gloves will do, like a lot of the Lothlorien/mirkwood style ones or crafted officers gauntlets will also work.

The point I think I’m getting at is that a lot of outfits I see on these cosmetics blogs I adore and if I wan’t to look the same there’s still always a couple things I change, and it’s the inspiration of only one or two pieces I use to get the same effect with the cosmetics pieces I DO have access to. Whether you are level 5 like my Warden here or 75 via the Auction Hall and the fantastic Wardrobe system you can still achieve the look you want regardless of level, but it still requires a bit of luck and coin in some cases!

 

Head:  Helm of Rohan [Lotro Store] ~Crimson~

Shoulders: Dwarf-Make Campaigner’s Shoulder Guards [Crafted T5 – Tailor] ~Crimson~

Back: Summer Travelling Cloak [Summer Festival] ~Red~

Chest: Breastplate of Vigour [World Drop – Dunland] ~Crimson~

Hands: Leather Gauntlets [World Drop – Misty Mountains] ~Crimson~

Legs: Elven Warriors Armour [Crafted T5 – Metalsmith] ~Crimson~

Feet: Dwarf-Make Campaigners Boots [Crafted T5 – Tailor] ~Crimson~

A big thank you to Devonna for the fantastic Screenshot settings which greatly improved my game, I’m also still running the game in DX10, god only knows what beauty I can achieve when I upgrade to 11 soon <3

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~

 

Beige Bellona

In my previous post I commented that it was a challenge to acquire white cosmetics pieces from using white dye, and at the time I was typing that I had in mind the Westernesse leggings which instead turn a biscuit colour. This brought forward a new idea for a cosmetic outfit and a challenge to see what other items I could get to turn into this unique colour, and then I remembered the Cloak of the Dove, which in its default colour also is the same. I combined this colour with the umber that was on the leggings also and in no time had these rich looking colours together!

 

Shoulders: Westernesse Shoulder Guards [Crafted t5 – both Tailor and Metalsmith versions available] ~Umber~

Back: Cloak of the Dove [Lotro Store] ~Default/Washed~

Chest: Dwarf-make Radiant Armour [Crafted t4 – Tailor] ~Umber~

Hands: Gauntlets of Fém [Quest reward – Aughaire/Angmar] ~Washed/White~

Legs: Westernesse Protector’s Leggings [Crafted t5 – Tailor] ~Washed/White~

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

Notes: The alliteration’s are becoming much harder, after looking through a hundred words beginning with ‘B’ I came across Bellona, the Goddess of War – I thought it very fitting.

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.

Golden Guardian

Head: Winged Circlet [Skirmish barter] ~Grey~

Shoulders: Bladecatcher Pauldrons [Store item] ~Grey~

Chest: Elven Campaigner’s Armour [Crafted t5] ~Grey~

Back: Cloak of the Raven [Store item] ~Gold~

Hands: Gloves of Malmezel [Quest reward – Moria Orc-Watch –A previous Expedition] ~Olive~

Legs: Elven Campaigner’s Leggings [Crafted t5] ~Black~

Feet: Reinforced Leather Dunlending Boots [Quest reward – Dunland] ~Grey~

The gloves and boots are probably the ones that can be swapped out without too much difference if you can’t get hold of them, so long as they are the ‘chunky’ boots of dwarf-type they should  give the same look, and any grey or gold gloves will also work. If I know the quest the rewards are from I will try to include it, but putting the pieces into a search engine will do just that if I have not included the quest name. This outfit is a favourite of mine for my Captain and Guardian, please like and/or comment if you like this one.

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