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~

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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~

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 ❤

Dúnedain Defender

I have no idea when the alliteration will run dry on these titles, but here’s another one for you. (Let’s see how long I can keep it up!)

If you’re a fan of my last post, Skulking Scout, then you’ll love this little gem I came across just on my Captain. Tailored more to the Dunedain rangers it uses 4 pieces of the Isengard pre-order. They can work still if you have just one set from the pre-order, but combining ones from the three sets (Erolingas, Westfold and Helmingas) I was able to pick out the more black/green/dark pieces from the three sets.

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

Shoulders: Shoulders of the Eorlingas [Isengard Pre-order bonus]

Back: Cloak of the Eorlingas

Chest: Radiant Armour [Crafted t5-light] ~Black~

Hands: Gloves of the Helmingas [Isengard Pre-order bonus]

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

Feet: Boots of the Westfold.

Note: I worked out that the photo’s using PrtScr have incredible quality compared to the in game screenshot button, so I will be using that from now on. May also update the Skulking Scout images since they’re bugging me with the quality.