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.

Steed & Rider – Frosted Fancy

Firstly I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! Mine thankfully wasn’t very hectic and was brilliant, with one of my favourite gifts being a new second age bow for my hunter thanks to a lovely kinnie who I am now indebted to. After a day packed full of movies, chocolates and cats sleeping all over the wrapping paper I found some time to put together an outfit to match the new Yule Festival mount I adore.

This is my first year playing around with the new Frostbluff area in lotro as I missed it last year so I was having the time of my life gathering all the cosmetics, and I have many more to go yet (which I will have to acquire on an alt because wow…I seriously have no room on my main anymore – I’m due for a couple of vault upgrades). I love the new festival mount and the obvious part of outfitting to match this horse was the cloak (let’s be honest it was a given). Since the extravagant dress and hat were new items to me having missed the area last year i’ve been waiting for it to appear ever since so I could show it off, and I’m very happy with it.

 

Head: Extravagant Festival Cap [Yule Festival Quest – Frostbluff] ~Navy~

Shoulders: Yule Scarf [Yule Festival barter] ~Navy~

Back: Fancy Winter Cloak [Yule Festival barter] ~Navy~

Chest: Extravagant Festival Dress [Yule Festival Quest – Frostbluff] ~Navy~

Mount: Yule Festival Frosty Horse [Barter at Bree-fields]

In the weeks to come I will be a little slow updating due to a busy schedule and a boat load of new books and games I have to somehow find the time for.

Frozen Flurry

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Ah, December, how I love you! December is definitely my time of year, not only does it hold Christmas and that wonderful festive friendly spirit but it’s the time of year for me also because my birthday also falls in December. Nothing beats a lovely winter night with a hot water bottle, a giant mug of sugary tea and movies (in my case it was Star Wars).

I wanted nothing more than to create a winter outfit for you all…at 4am, and I’m extremely pleased with how this one turned out, I love it! (I had a blast taking these screenshots since I am in love with Forochel) I also spotted a lovely piece from a quest reward in Forochel which I will be using soon but it didn’t match the style I was going for so much, so be expecting another one or two winter-esque outfits before the month is up. This is currently used on my Hunter without the cloak and I think this is my favourite outfit of all time!

Shoulders: Westfold Assault Shoulder Pads [Crafted T7 – Tailor] ~Violet~

Back: Ceremonial Bear-Fur Cloak [Reputation Vendor – Forochel] ~Default/Washed~

Chest: Dwarf-Make Warrior’s Armour [Crafted T2 – Metalsmith] ~Violet~

Hands: Officer’s Gloves [Crafted T6 – Metalsmith] ~Violet~

Legs: Elven Leather Leggings [Medium Armoursmith – Rivendell] ~Violet~

Feet: Dwarf-Leather Boots [Medium Armoursmith – Ost Guruth] ~Violet~

As always, let me know your opinions with a comment it’s greatly appreciated and I welcome any feedback or suggestions for future posts.

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