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~

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!

Lumberjack Lass

Today’s update came about whilst trying to find an outfit to go with the chest piece, and proving very difficult I challenge people to try and do the same and let me know the results because it took me a long time to figure out what to do with this chest piece. I am very pleased with how this outfit turned out and the casual explorer feel to it, as it’s rare I do that sort of thing but I’ve found myself using this outfit often lately.  I had to wait until payday to be able to grab the backpack to complete the outfit so if you do not want to spend store points on the backpack then the Outfitter in Bree does a backpack without the axe and it will work fine also.

Head: Padded Hat of the Dunland Soothsayer [Quest reward – Dunland] ~White~

Shoulders: Padded Mantle of the Dunland Soothsayer [Quest reward – Dunland] ~Umber~

Back: Campaign Backpack [Lotro Store item] ~Default~

Chest: Cel-Crus [Isengard level 75 instance drop] ~Default/Cannot be dyed~

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

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

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

Notes: This was going to be the outfit I featured a male character model however I realised I would have to get through the intro to be able to get to the vault and I simply didn’t have the time as I have to prep for an interview today, but this outfit will also work on males pretty well for a Lumberjack lad!

 

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.

Resolute Rangers

After levelling my second level 75 a few weeks back with a friend, we decided to venture off and explore the area around Tâl Methedras Gate. When you first enter this instance-like zone by the lake through the door and head straight up the mountain, veering right, you come across a wonderful bunch of snowmen and igloo’s. I loved this area; it reminded me of the Yule festival zone. However upon completing the books I never went back, until tonight…

I thought the perfect place to showcase these two outfits would be that area full of snowmen, and thought it would be nice and cheerful for Christmas. However upon finding it I was horrified to find the snowmen’s heads had fallen off and the igloo’s were smashed and broken! I decided tonights character poses would show my disappointment as the books must have changed this area when I completed it, and it’s a nice little Easter egg I’m glad I found that changes areas along with the books, (However it doesn’t change the fact that you destroyed all the snowmen, Turbine!) and although my Rune-Keeper doesn’t have skills that are anything like a ranger, she can sure strike a thunderous look can’t she?

From the new update Book 5 is in my opinion a little short and disappointing however the cosmetics make it all worth it! Within one minute you can receive all six pieces of a cosmetic outfit from starting book five at the Rohirrim Scout-Camp, and there are TWO cosmetic outfits to choose from!

All pieces are default colours.

Head: Fine Grey Company Hood [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

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

Back: Cloak of the Grey Company [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Chest: Fine Grey Company Tunic [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Hands: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

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

Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Shoulders: Worn Ranger’s Wrap [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Back: Worn Cloak of the Ranger [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Chest: Worn Ranger’s Tunic [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Hands: Worn Ranger’s Gauntlets [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

Feet: Worn Ranger’s Boots [Quest Reward Vol lll, Bk5]

P.S. It was unfortunately night in Middle-Earth and I apologise for the purple tint the pictures seem to have now, but I wanted to update before I leave for a few days tomorrow and had no choice. I will update these in the future and split them into two seperate outfits and it will have nothing at all to do with snow. As always comments help me improve and see what i’m doing right and wrong <3

Arctic Adversary

This will probably be my last update before Christmas and my last winter themed outfit, due to being busy with visiting family and events for my birthday it will be difficult to find some time for Lotro. With the update out I haven’t even had time to immerse myself in all the new wonderful instances and cosmetics available! But as soon as I can I will definitely be posting outfits using the new items.

Cosmetic Lotro, Lotro Stylist and Lotro Fashion are also joining forces to host a Christmas outfit contest! I’m looking forward to this one as after making a bunch of outfits myself it can be difficult when you find a piece you want to showcase, the problem being you have to find all the other pieces then to match it; and it can take five minutes or five hours. The piece used on the chest here is a prime example of taking hours.

The chest piece I came across while questing in Forochel, I believe all three quest rewards were fantastic and I struggled to decide which to go for, but I finally decided this one caught my eye so much and I am pleased with the result, it’s a gorgeous piece of armour. The quest was outside of Suri-Kyla, the quest where you have to escort the Elk to safety from around the corner  :-]

Head: Ajokoira Hat [Ceremonial version at Lotro Store or crafted reputation piece – Lossoth] ~Red~

Shoulders: Yule Scarf [Yule Festival] ~Grey~

Chest: Thick Elk-Hide Waistcoat [Quest Reward – Forochel or T4 crafted - Tailor] ~Crimson or Red both work great so whichever is cheaper to craft/buy~

Hands: Ajokoira Gloves [Store item or crafted reputation piece – Lossoth] ~White~

Legs: Ajokoira Leggings [Ceremonial version at Lotro Store or crafted reputation piece – Lossoth] ~White~

Feet: Combat Boots of Théodred [Crafted t7 – Tailor] ~Grey

If i don’t update before Christmas, have a fantastic one and an even better New Years :P As always comments are greatly appreciated <3

Steed & Rider – Grey Guardian

Quick and mini update for you today to show off my Steed of the Guardian…with my hunter, and my cosmetic outfit tailored to suit it, very simple yet effective. I also noticed emotes for mounts in the Lotro store, and had absolutely no idea about them until lastnight! This is the first mount cosmetic I have recorded and hopefully there will be a lot more to come, click the images for a larger view!

Shoulders: Hyrde-Axle [Vol. III, Bk 4, Ch 10] ~Grey~

Chest: Scouts Weathered Leather Jacket [Quest reward – Dunland] ~White/Washed~

Hands: Isengard Prisoner Gloves [Vol. III, Bk 4, Ch 25] ~Crimson~

Feet: Hill-man’s Cracked Leather Boots [Quest Reward – Dunland] ~Grey~

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