Firefly

Another bug inspired outfit! This one was based on the Lothlorien Cloak of the Elder, which to me always looked like it had insect wings on it. That, coupled with the Mordor heavy armor pauldrons (which look like dragonfly wings to me) and I knew I had to make an outfit.

The rest of the armor is actually all Mordor crafted armor, with an emphasis on shimmery stuff.

Outfit:
Shoulders: Bolstered Pauldrons of the Doomfold (white)
Back: Lothlorien Hooded Cloak of the Elder (navy)
Chest: Heavy Hauberk of the Doomfold (navy)
Hands: Strong Gauntlets of the Doomfold (Ered luin blue)
Feet: Lithe Boots of the Pathfinder’s Artifice (navy)
Warsteed:
Head: Halter of Rivendell (ered luin blue)
Body: Caparison of Rivendell (ered luin blue)
Saddle: Saddle of Lebennin
Gear: Lantern of the Unearthed Kingdom

Waterbird

I finally made an outfit based around the cloak of the Ibis! I knew from the start I wanted to pair it with the robe of hopeful melody because of the similar bird like patterns on the chest piece, and from there the rest of the outfit sort of just fell together!

The rest of the outfit ended up being composed of other pieces from the Dol Guldur raid – the shoulders are from the hunter set, and the hands and feet are from the guardian set. The armors from that set seem to either be based around bird imagery or leaf imagery, so I picked the ones that were focused more on birds. The color scheme ended up being based on the shoulders, which have an undyable patch of dark brown, so I ended up dying everything else to match it.

I also got to pull out a warsteed set I’d never actually used before – the Elven Wing Set. I got it back when it was only periodically available, but never found an outfit it matched. UNTIL NOW.

It took some fiddling with the dyes to get the brown colors to match, but eventually I got it using burgundy dye for the warsteed.

Outfit:
Head: Hat of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Shoulders: Far-Arrow’s Shoulders (lorien gold)
Back: Cloak of the Ibis (Dark clay)
Chest: Robe of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Hands: Shield-Master’s Gauntlets (lorien gold)
Legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Feet: Shield-Master’s Boots (lorien gold)
Bow: Hunter’s Bow of the First Age (level 100)

Warsteed:
Head: Elven Wing Halter (burgundy)
Body: Elven Wing Caparison (burgundy)
Saddle: Saddle of the Forest Spring
Gear: Hunter’s Gear

Robin Hood

I’ve decided it’s time I get around to more of the outfits I tend to use as default looks for my characters. So here’s one I use for my hunter, which may or may not be but definitely IS heavily inspired by the tale of Robin Hood lol 🙂

Sorry, deer. It’s really not personal…

So this outfit ended up being REALLY hard to take pictures of because it blended in way too well with the surroundings. Which I guess is the point? But I knew from the get go that I wanted to take the pictures in North Mirkwood/Dalelands…and it just…it worked too well lol.

The warsteed was really fun though. After recently opening some lootboxes I’ve gotten a lot of new cosmetics, including the warsteed set of the wild hills. I really like how it looks on my hunter’s steed.

Um…so…yeah. Not much to say! Not a particularly interesting outfit, just fun and ranger-y!

Outfit:
Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood (Grey)
Shoulders: Potent Skirmish Pauldrons of the Mark (Olive)
Back: Fancy Quiver (Sienna)
Body: Potent Battle Armour of the Mark (Olive)
Hands: Enduring Gauntlets of the Traveler (Black)
Feet: Reworked Boots (Grey)
Bow: Polished Lebethron Bow of Precision
Warsteed:
Head: Head-piece of the Northern Herald (olive)
Body: Caparison of the Wild Hills (default)
Saddle: Saddle of the Wild Hills
Gear: Hunter’s Gear

Lady of Lakes

So normally I don’t pay much attention to dresses, but I had some extra LP so I got some black steel keys, and low and behold what should I find in my lootbox but the dress of the Twilight Caretaker? So I figured, what the heck? I tried it on. Then I tried dying it. Then I fell in love.

Like, the colors you can get with this dress are so amazing, and I loved the feather/scale imagery. This outfit kind of just fell together randomly, but I love it so much.

There’s some clipping issues with the shoulders, but I actually don’t really mind it? the clipping just makes it so that you still see the feathers on the shoulder of the dress, so it’s kind of best of both worlds.

So, when I was making this outfit, I kept thinking of the blue lady in Evendim, Gwindeth. So I decided to pop by and visit her, and funny enough, she’s wearing the EXACT SAME DRESS.

So now I know why I kept thinking about her lol. Also, I love how LOTRO is giving us more cosmetics that we’ve seen NPCs wear. They have some of the coolest outfits, and I think it’s really cool we finally get to wear them.

So anyways, I hung around to dance in a waterfall for a bit. It was fun. And felt VERY Tolkien!

Outfit:
Head: Hooded Mask of the Golden Forest Defender (sea blue)
Shoulders: The Beast-Keeper's Shoulderpads (sea blue)
Back: Cloak of the Dove (sea blue)
Body: Dress of the Twilight Caretaker (turquoise)

Queen of the Moon Moth

Okay, so I’ve been trying to figure out an outfit to go with the Moth cloak for SOOOO long. This summer it finally occurred to me that Galadriel’s gown from the Midsummer Festival looks an awful lot like a luna moth if you dye it bullroarer’s green.

It’s kind of amazing how much the color of the cloak changes depending on the lighting/reflection.

It took me a while to figure out what shoulders I wanted to use, then the obvious choice clicked into place. See, the Shoulders of the Lady’s Power (Champion Lothlorien raid armor) are LITERALLY shaped like butterfly wings. And moth’s look a lot like butterflies. So…yeah…Considering the dress makes it impossible to wear shoes or gloves, I only had to figure out a head piece, and the outfit was done!

It actually took a bit of work to figure out how to dye the warsteed outfit. I ended up using the burgundy dye to get the same sort of dark pink hue that the cloak has.

This also felt like an outfit where it was important to get photos in the day AND at night. Cause moths are often nocturnal, and the luna moth is particularly associated with the moon.

Outfit:
Head: Helm of the Lady's Power (Bullroarer's green)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady's Power (Bullroarer's green)
Back: Cloak of the Moth
Body: Galadriel's Dress (Bullroarer's green)
Staff: Loremaster's Staff of the Third Age (Level 59)
Warsteed:
Head: Head-piece of the Moon Moth (Burgundy)
Body: Caparison of the Moon Moth (Burgundy)

Dragonfly 2

This started as an alternate version of the original dragonfly outfit I made, when I was still trying to figure out all the pieces. Eventually though I revisited the concept, and this outfit has been sitting in one of my RK’s outfit panels for the past couple years. I’ve loved it so much.

I like both versions of the outfit tbh, and they both revolve around the same cloak and similar shoulder pieces. This outfit favors a slightly lighter aesthetic as well as more prominent gold accents…um…I just like it.

I also really liked how this outfit paired with the default summer night’s warsteed appearance, which imo always had a very dragonfly-like look to it.

Outfit:
Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word (navy)
Shoulders: Boulstered Pauldrons of the Doomfold (default)
Back: Cloak of the Dragonfly (navy)
Chest: Expeditionary's Heavy Hauberk (Belegaer Blue)
Gloves: Gauntlets of the Gallant Commander (black)
Boots: Potent Battle Boots of the Mark (Evendim Blue)
Warsteed:
Head: Yule Gala Head-Piece (default)
Body: Caparison of Summer's Night (default)
Saddle: Saddle of Lebennin

Swan Knight

Been a while since I posted! This outfit was actually sitting in my wips folder – I think one day I’d been trying random combinations and found that the level 85 far-arrow jacket looked really good paired with the lesser defender of the west leggings. Anyways, apparently I took a screenshot, and after finding it I decided I had to complete the outfit.

Partner that up with some Nadhim cosmetics, and the rest kind of just fell into place (If you’re into LOTRO cosmetics you probably know that there’s a whole host of “bird/wing” related pieces out there that you can sort of fall back to when needed).

The warsteed outfit was also something that I was sort of working on. My only grudge against it is that the turquoise dye is slightly lighter for warsteed cosmetics than for character cosmetics, and given the nature of the two pieces this outfit was built around, I couldn’t really get away with using any other color.

So yeah, that’s about it. I wasn’t sure whether to feature this on my high elf champ or my high elf hunter, but ultimately my champ had the better warsteed cosmetics. Kind of sealed the deal. And since I can use my hunter’s Legendary bow as a cosmetic via the wardrobe, it was an easy decision.

Outfit:
Head: Heavy Nadhim Mask (white)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Armoury (white)
Back: Swan Cloak (Turquoise)
Chest: Far-Arrow’s Jacket (Default/white)
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets (white)
Legs: Lesser Defender of the West Leggings (Turquoise)
Feet: Hero’s Boots (Turquoise)

Warsteed:
Head: Sea-ward Head-piece (Turquoise)
Body: Sea-ward caparison (turquoise)
Legs: Sea-ward legs
Accessory: Accessory of regal revalry
Saddle: Saddle of remembrance

Gleaming Gold

So this is another outfit that fell together really quickly. I had stopped by Lalia’s Market cause it had the nearest vault, and I happened to espy Ceremonial Bleastplate of the Shining Blades (it’s a cosmetic version of champion moors armor). Anyways, I immediately decided I had to make an outfit surrounding it, and the resulting get up is basically a mix of Ettenmoors and Lothlorien raid armor.

The thing that honestly took the longest with this outfit was finding a matching war-steed get up that I could deem acceptable. Honestly, it’s not exactly what I pictured, but it’s fine. Maybe if I find something better I’ll edit the post, but it looks good enough.

I’m super happy with this outfit. I wanted something that would look regal and elegant but also deadly at the same time. This to me looked like something like Galadriel might even wear into battle. Definitely someone of very high status.

The outfit is featured on two of my high elves – my huntress (I made the outfit for her originally) and my new high elf champ, who I decided matched the outfit perfectly.

I made her on a whim, and then when level boosts went on a huge sale a couple weeks back I got one to use on her. I decided to go with the level 95 booster, since it’s been awhile since I’ve done some of the endgame stuff from Gondor onward. I almost kind of regret it, since I could have gotten so much more stuff if I went with a level 120 aria…but….enh. If I did that I probably wouldn’t go replay those regions. Besides, the level 95 was cheaper.

Here’s my huntress wearing the outfit:

I even picked a bow that matched the outfit!
Outfit:
Head: Circlet of Restoration (rust) **Lore master moors armor - ceremonial available in Lalia's Market**
Chest: Ceremonial Breastplate of the Shining Blades (white) **Champ moors armor - ceremonial available at Lalia's**
Legs: Leggings of Command (Imladris Fallen Leaf) **Captain moors armor - ceremonial available at Lalia's)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady's Power (rust) **Champion Dar Narbugud raid armor
Hands: Gauntlets of the Lady's Power (rust) **Champion Dar Narbugud raid armor
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (rust) **Warden Harndirion armor** (I wanted to use the boots from champ Dar Narbugud set, but there were clipping issues).
Bow: Flightsong
Sword: Defender of Gwingris
War-Steed:
Head: Halter of Rivendell (rust)
Body: Caparison of Rivendell (rust)
Saddle: Saddle of Rivendell
Legs: Leggings of Rivendell (rust)

Now all that’s left is to make an equally awesome outfit in silver! The challenge has commenced 🙂

Travelling Scholar

So if you’ve followed my blog at all (which let’s be honest you probably haven’t 🙂 ) you’ve probably figured out that each of my toons tends to have a color scheme they wear. What you probably didn’t know, is that my Lore Master’s original outfit color was purple. That’s right – you heard it – PURPLE.

However, while I wouldn’t call myself a “role-player” per say, I like to have my characters wearing outfits that are appropriate for the area and quest. And a lot of LOTRO is travelling. And in true medieval fashion, most travelling clothes are a bit more drab and…camouflagey.

So, basically, my Lore-Master ended up wearing a lot of black (and she still does). BUT! I never once forgot that I intended her to favor the color purple! So I decided to finally make her a bright, richly colored outfit befitting of a high-level sorceress! (And yes I know LMs technically don’t use magic and yada yada yada I don’t care lol)

This outfit actually fell together really quickly. I decided I wanted to use the Lore-Keeper’s Robe from the Barad Guldur raid, and after that everything just fell into place. The shoulder piece is actually one I’ve been wanting to use for the longest time but never found the right outfit. I was, of course, planning to make an accompanying warsteed outfit, but it was going to be something plain and derivative until I realized that the caparison of summer’s night went perfectly with the oufit as well, and now I’m a little obsessed.

so pretty….

Anyways, so this outfit was quick, fun, and painless. It even gave me a reason to revisit Elrond’s library for the first time in a while.

so many books…

Unfortunately not everyone seemed to share my excitement.

Why are you ignoring me?? You’re literally staring at these books every time I come by.
Stop staring at the books!!
You need a life bro.
Sad.
Outift:
Shoulders: Fortified Shoulders of the Five Rivers (purple)
Chest: Lore-Keeper's Robe (purple)
Feet: Lesser Boots of Dunlammad (sienna) ---- honestly I don't care about the shoes in this one. These were inconspicuous and out of the way.
Staff: Gleaming Staff of Fate
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (purple)
Body: Caparison of Summer's Night (purple)
Saddle: Saddle of Gondor
Legs: Light Leggings of the Norcrofts (purple)
Tail: Tail of the Gloaming Autumn (my default tail for my LM's warsteed)

An Elf in Bree

This is a very simple outfit – one that I almost didn’t post because it’s so mundane, but it’s basically my huntress’s default travel outfit, particularly around human settlements.

I like it because it combines more ordinary, dull, medieval stylistic elements with an elvish pair of leggings and intricate designs. It’s not made to stand out, but to blend in while still hinting at the elvish background of the wearer.

The pieces are all pretty easy to come by as well, although admittedly my dye choice is a little harder to obtain.

Outfit:
Chest: Rune-stitched Denlenduing Robe (walnut Brown)
Legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody (walnut brown)
Feet: Lesser Memory of the West Shoes (Sienna)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (walnut brown)

Short post this time 🙂 Hope everyone is staying safe!