This outfit takes advantage of a couple different yule fest outfit sets, as well as the belegaer blue dye that’s only available during the festival! Belegaer blue happens to be a favorite of mine, but its hard to come by, so I decided to stock up this time around.
This outfit also served as a great opportunity to showcase last year’s yule gala warsteed set. It’s really detailed – it’s probably one of my favorites actually.
I mean it’s SOOO pretty. Anyways, this outfit has actually really grown on me. Probably cause of the color, but also just the way all the leaf and flower imagery fits together.
This write up is basically just a bunch of pictures cause I love this outfit. That’s it.
Prepare yourself for way too many dancing photos:
This post is really self-indulgent. I don’t care. Happy new year everyone!!!
Also I just love the leaf design on the back of this robe. It’s so detailed.
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.
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)
Head: Sea-ward Head-piece (Turquoise)
Body: Sea-ward caparison (turquoise)
Legs: Sea-ward legs
Accessory: Accessory of regal revalry
Saddle: Saddle of remembrance
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:
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).
Sword: Defender of Gwingris
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 🙂
In case you were wondering, yes, that is the Hobnanigans field. Do I play Hobnanigans? No. Will I play Hobnanigans? Honestly, probably not. Maybe. Who knows. But, will I occasionally go to the horse fields to grab some awesome screenshots of me riding around on my horsey? Yes. Yes I will.
So basically, I don’t know exactly what I was doing, but apparently at one time I made a Power Point presentation of warsteed outfits I like. And before you ask, yes, I use Power Point. Because I’m a grown-ass woman. Who has never owned a Mac.
Anyways, so I saw a warsteed outfit I really loved, and set about making an outfit to match it. Then of course, along the way, I made another warsteed outfit, and then had to make another outfit to match that. That’s what this is.
Basically, it’s a very classical knight, festival look. It’s almost too flashy for battle in my opinion, but I feel like it would make a great tournament outfit, where the purpose is to show off.
Then I found this cape, which had a similar design on it as the caparison of the Captain, so all that was left was to assemble a flashy, plate-metal look and I was ready to go.
Truthfully I think the outfit would make a stronger impression if I chose to use red or blue as the base color – not black. Unfortunately, I really wanted to pair the halter of the citadel guard with the captain’s caparison, and the only way to make those match was to use yellow and black. Oh well.
Besides, I still think it looks cool, and I like the combination of polished steel armor with the glossy black finish on the chest-piece.
I’m actually very proud of how this turned out. It’s definitely not my Champion’s normal style, but it was very fun.
I also decided not to put a helmet in the outfit, for two reasons: 1) I really am just not a fan of helmets. Or at least I like to think my champ isn’t. Which is an insanely stupid choice if you’re constantly fighting, but movie heroes do it all the time so we can see their gorgeous hair fly around in the wind. And 2) the Captain’s gear that I used on the warsteed actually has a helmet tied onto it, so I figured it would be a little weird for my champ to be carrying around an extra helmet. You only really need one, right?
Maybe I love warsteeds a little too much. Maybe. But also, maybe not?
I’ll fight you on this.
Shoulders: Lesser Enduring Shoulder Guards of Evasion (gold)
Hands: Lesser Valorous Gauntlets of Finesse (gold)
Chest: Westemnet Battle Armour of Srength (black)
Feet: Lesser Valorous Boots of Fate (gold)
Back: Potent Valorous Cloak of Prowess (black)
Head: Halter of the Citadel Guard (yellow)
Caparison: Captain's Caparison (black)
Saddle: Captain's Saddle
Legs: Dol Baran Leggings (gold - although in retrospect yellow would have been better...)
Gear: Captain's Gear
Body: solid black
This is an outfit I made a while ago based around the vales gear. I don’t have much to say about it and I don’t feel like writing a lot, but basically it’s centered around chainmail, a worn aesthetic, and somehow a viking feel?
I also took these screenshots before I used my aria on my high elf hunter, so these pictures are set in ered luin (a lower level region).
OUTFIT: Head: Ceremonial Nenuial's Helm (burgundy) Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Stone Servant (burgundy) Chest: Lesser Cry of the West Breastplate (dark clay) Hands: The Bowmaster's Gloves (crimson) Legs: Swift Leggings of the Vale (default/dark clay) Feet: Wildermore Boots of Combat (default/burgundy) Back: Cloak of the Skin-Changers (grey)
So this is an outfit I actually made a couple months ago but never posted. Luckily scrolling through my documents the other day I found a collection of screenshots I took, and even though I decided to take completely new ones, it did remind me that this outfit existed.
It was an interesting outfit to assemble, because despite having an obvious winter theme it also contains distinct leafy markings. To emphasize this I decided to seek out a snowy forest environment, eventually landing on Kauppa-Kohta in Forochel.
I originally intended to go with a different cloak, but upon reassembling the outfit I realized that the Snowy Hoodless Cloak available during Yule Festival matched the outfit perfectly.
I don’t have much more to say about the outfit, particularly since I actually already wrote this post once but due to internet problems none of it saved.
The outfit also looks really good in daylight.
Outfit: Head: Rune-Maker's Hat (steel blue) Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Heavy Heart (steel blue) Chest: Ceremonial Chestplate of the Gloom-Bane (white) Legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody (steel blue) Hands: Shield-Master's Gauntlets (default) Boots: Battle-Leader's Boots (steel blue) Back: Snowy Hoodless Cloak (navy)
Warsteed: Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (default) Body: Trappings of the Northern Herald (Default) Saddle: Basic Black Saddle
So with the new update, we have new cosmetics! I must say they’re very unique pieces – they include a lot of asymmetry and interesting armor plating. The one major drawback? You can’t dye them.
I’m not a huge fan of the heavy and medium armor chest-pieces, but it isn’t that hard to find some other shirt or jacket to pair well with them. In fact, it’s a little too easy and I came up with a BUNCH of options. As I said before, the new items can’t be dyed, but luckily it’s not that hard to match the color. Upon placing the leggings in my wardrobe they were labeled as dark clay – a dye available in game. Here’s the catch – dark clay isn’t a very readily available dye. You can barter for it during summer fest (with tokens or mithril coins depending on the year) and it’s also available for completing all ten trifle cards for the anniversary fest, but that’s it as far as I’m aware. If you can’t get a hold of some dark clay dye, however, burgundy is a close match as well.
Because of the asymmetry of the leggings, I wanted to find similar pieces to go with them. As seems to be the norm now, the hardest thing to decide on was the shoulder piece, though I ultimately landed on the Fine Grey Company Wrap – a cosmetic available as a reward from Volume 3 book 5 chapter 1 of the epic series.
I also played around with the graphics this time before taking screenshots which turned out to be a GREAT decision because the metal plating on the leggings has some amazing detail.
Not feeling in a very “writey” mood so that’s about it. I’ll attach a few more photos and then the description of the items.
Shoulders: Fine Grey Company Wrap (crimson) Chest: Lesser Secret of the West Breastplate (dark clay) Hands: Enduring Gauntlets of the Traveler (dark clay) Legs: Kozun's Gift (default/dark clay) Feet: Reworked Boots (grey) Back: Quiver of the Waking Wood Bow: Fortified Black Ash Bow
Okay, so I have been wanting to use this chest piece for a VERY long time. It’s called the Ancient Inlaid Breastplate, and it’s a heavy armor piece available from questing in the Great River. It’s a beautiful plated robe, with amazing detail and a distinct elvish vibe. The only problem? I couldn’t for the life of me find a shoulder piece to go with it.
That is, I should say, until a couple days ago, when I finally got my hands on the Isengard Minstrel raid shoulders. Well, to be fair, it’s really a cosmetic version acquired as part of the Grammarian set (an outfit purchasable via mithril coins in game and originally created by the Starry Mantle https://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/grammarian-of-gondor/).
I’m not generally a fan of using LPs or Mithril coins to buy items that you can earn in game, but I will admit that the thought of leveling my minstrel up to level 80 was kind of a daunting thought, and I had some extra LPs so I went ahead and bought the set.
I was really uncertain when assembling this outfit, but I have to say it’s probably become one of my favorites? I’m not exactly sure, there’s just something so elegant about it. Also, for any of you Witcher fans (if you get a chance you should seriously read the books by the way – they’re even better than the games which, to be fair, I’ve never actually played but they seem really cool in their own right) this ensemble gives me some serious Yennefer of Vangerberg vibes, which I am totally here for.
I didn’t do Great River quests my first time through the game on my champ, so the first time I saw this hauberk/robe I thought it was just a reskinned version of the light Nadhin robe. Eventually of course I realized that this one must have been introduced to the game first since Dol Amroth is a higher level region, but that didn’t stop me from trying to make a black swan outfit out of it.
I was actually already working on an outfit for that purpose when I finally realized that this item was decorated in leaves not feathers, so I switched directions. I’m still trying to put together a black swan ensemble, but I’ve picked a more appropriate chest-piece.
For this one I decided on elvish forest warrior (whatever the heck that means) so I traveled to Mirkwood and went with a distinctly more nature-y theme. The shoulders can’t be dyed though (although with the Grammarian version you can change the color of the embroidery, just not the black background) so I decided to go with black as my dye of choice for the other items.
Since I was going for a clear battle-ready theme I felt I had to include a warsteed. I’m still on the fence about whether I like the combination of the horse and rider, but I figured no combination was worse. I really didn’t have a lot of options that would compliment the outfit, at least not on my LM. I’ve acquired a bunch of different war steed sets for my champion, but that’s because he’s my main and I’ve been playing him for years. Unfortunately war-steed armors from the LOTRO store are SUPER expensive, so I won’t go buying them for all my toons, and I felt this outfit HAD to be modeled by my LM.
I still think they pair pretty well. If you tilt your head and squint the dragon wings on the caparison even kind of look like leaves.
Outfit: Head: Rune-Maker's Hat (default) Shoulders: Grmmarian's Shoulder Pads (white) (or default version for Minstrel ROI raid set) Chest: Ancient Inlaid Breastplate (black) Hands: Shield-Master's Gauntlets (black) Feet: Boots of the Cudor (default) Back: Legolas' Cloak (black) Staff: Reshaped LM staff of the 1st age
Warsteed: Body: Caparison of the Reminiscing Dragon (black) Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (white) Saddle: Basic Black Saddle
I’m not a fan of LOTRO’s epic battles. They’re a cool idea, don’t get me wrong, but they’re just SO boring. That being said, I AM a fan of epic battle locations. Both Helms Deep and Minas Tirith are two of my favorite in-game locations.
Here’s another outfit I’ve had in storage for a while. I’ve actually had my LM wear a variation of this one many times during her adventures, but now I’ve finally decided to mark it down as official.
It’s also nice to do a distinctively “battle” look for one of my female toons. Most of my outfits fall more into the “adventure” category, so it’s fun to highlight a different style for a change.
And of course, I had to get my war steed in on the action. Although, in retrospect, I’m not a huge fan of the saddle I chose 🙂
OUTFIT: Shoulders: Rider's Steel Pauldrons (black) Chest: Forlong's Ill-Fitting Armour (black) Hands: Battered Dunlending Gauntlets (black) Feet: Potent Battle Boots of the Mark (black) Staff: Delicately Carved Staff of the Dunedain
WARSTEED: Head: Halter of West Rohan (black) Body: Caparison of West Rohan (black) Saddle: Saddle of Bree
One of my first posts was called Nemesis of the Fallen. Shortly after I made THAT outfit I made a variation of it in sea blue; however, since it was so close to the original, I decided not to post it. Until now, that is.
For one reason or another, I’ve been having a big day for nostalgia. So I’ve decided to roll with it.
Besides, it’s too cool of an outfit NOT to post.
Sea blue dye is probably one of the best in game. It’s also one of my favorite colors in real life, but it’s just one of those dyes that basically looks good on anything – and that’s not something a lot of dyes can say (I mean have you seen yellow recently?).
The outfit also gave me an excuse to return to Evendim for pictures, which is always a welcome opportunity! Evendim really is gorgeous, especially if you can run it with high resolution.
OUTFIT: Head: Turquoise Summer Circlet Shoulders: Ceremonial Pauldrons of the Mark (sea blue) Chest: Enduring Chestplate of the Traveler (sea blue) Hands: Enduring Gauntlets of the Traveler (black) Feet: Potent Battle Boots of the Mark (sea blue)