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!

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Cryptic Crook

Finally! This update has taken me weeks 😛 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 😛

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~

Update – Lack of Savs

 

I was going to post an outfit for you all today because I had the perfect idea but I am missing one head piece that I want for it and I can only wait for it to crop up on auction house or run an instance for it and hope I get lucky, and since i’m such a perfectionist I really want the piece before I post the outfit so I apologise and it will be a little longer for the next outfit.

I have been crazy busy February and will continue to be so until March as I have to visit my family next week for a wedding! As well as just enjoying lotro (and finding my kin was in need of a captain I levelled my captain from 51 to 75 from last Thursday to this Tuesday and she’s already half geared in Draigoch armour lol) But now the initial power levelling craze was over I have some more time to stand in front of the wardrobe.

I also have a wonderful new job and will be working a little more now which will take some time away from lotro as of next week but not a drastic change. In the meantime enjoy the  Treasure Hunt that’s going on and get yourselves some free mounts and cosmetics!

Happy gaming,

Savs

 

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 ❤

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~

 

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!

 

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!

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.

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.