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.

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

Victor of the Tourney

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
Mane/tail: black
Body: solid black

Horses for life!


Sunrise in Laketown (and other adventures)

So this isn’t actually a NEW outfit, per say, but I’ve never posted it before (A similar outfit can be found in the Silent Watcher post – the chest-piece is the same). It’s been a staple of my main’s wardrobe and it tends to be a go to of mine for any new toon – or even established ones. One thing I love about it is that it looks great in pretty much any color. So, here’s a few shots in my favorite hues balanced out by beautiful locations!

My alt champ wearing all white in Dol Amroth –

Before going back to take some photos, I had never realized just how beautiful Dol Amroth really is. Probably cause the first couple times I went through there I was tired of questing in Gondor, and most of the times that I have returned it’s been only to barter for things, not to marvel at the scenery.

The white, the pink, the blue, it’s all just so regal. Not to mention that those are some epic ships and the harbor itself is so serene and beautiful.

Here’s my warden (level 77 now btw – just for the record!) dressed in burgundy while exploring Harangmar in the Lone Lands. Now, for all the fun that I’ve had questing in the area, it’s not a particularly beautiful region. There is something very cool about the red swamps and bogs that make up Agamar, Harangmar, Garth Agarwen, and the Red Pass. It’s kind of a surreal area – the only other place in game I can think of that has a similar geography is Arganaith in Mordor (which is a significantly less fun place to quest in).

As long as you avoid all the walking dead, it’s a rather nice area.

Next is my hunter in Ashenslades Green, tracking some creatures outside of Esteldin in the North Downs (JK – it’s actually the Guide to Bree skill he’s using, but it has the same animation). Also, fun fact, it took me going through Mirkwood FOUR times to finally realize that it was AshenSLADES and not AshenDALES. I finally realized it was named after a region there and that I’d been pronouncing it wrong (in my head at least – I don’t think I ever had cause to actually speak the word aloud) for years.

The jacket on its own has a default color of a darker green, but I couldn’t quite find a matching dye for the other pieces, so I decided to dye the whole outfit this color for uniformity. Full disclosure, my hunter IS wearing a different cloak than the other toons – I ran out of Ashenslades dye and I’ve been on such a fashion bender lately that all of my toons are quite literally BROKE.

Here’s my alt champ again – this time hunting shades in Ost Celebrant by the Great River while dressed in Walnut Brown hues. I must say, I LOVE this dye. I’m not normally a big fan of brown shades, but there’s something so rich about this one. It’s a cool brown – not in the sense of “oh that rocks,” but in terms of it’s actual color. Umber and Sienna in the game both are warmer, redder hues – I’m not a huge fan of either of them. But the Walnut Brown dye gives items that sense of luxury and wealth while still seeming practical.

Can I also briefly mention how weird it is to fight incorporeal ghosts with normal, steel weapons? Like, how would that work?

And of course this wouldn’t be one of my posts without a war steed outfit somewhere in there, so here’s the un-dyed West Rohan Set – It’s available FOR FREE in game as a reward for doing West Rohan war-bands. There are three pieces: the halter, caparison, and saddle (although this is actually not the saddle being worn – this saddle I bartered for during Yule Fest). They drop pretty regularly, although sometimes it takes a bit of patience to get all of the pieces. It took me a couple weeks of doing war bands on my alt champ to acquire them all, despite having only taken me 15 minutes to get them all on my LM. Luck of the draw, I guess?

Back to my main, here he is sporting one of his classic Steel Blue outfits while adventuring around Lake Town.

The North Mirkwood/Erebor region is one of my favorite regions. Maybe it’s because it was the first update after Mordor (a region which caused me to rage quit multiple times), or maybe it’s because of the variety in landscape (lakes, mountains, forests), or maybe it’s because it’s just so pretty, but I love it. Also the Lay of Rust and Rhime quest chain involving the Weeping Warrior and magnificent dragons was one that really intrigued me. I haven’t actually run Anvil yet, so I’m really curious as to how this story is going to wrap up (if it even will! I know there are still more updates to come)!

So pretty…

And because it is what I titled this post, here’s my main champ in his classic all black outfit watching the sun rise over Lake Town:

I’m all worded out by now. So here are some nice pics to wrap this post up!

Considering it’s now 2 am my time, I think it’s time I went to bed. Lest I see a sunrise like this!

Shoulders: Medium Nadhin Shoulders
Chest: Coat of Faramir's Faithful
Gloves: The Bowmaster's Gloves
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer
Back: Swift Wool Cloak of the Dwarf-Holds

White Knight of the Withered Heath

So this is another outfit that just sort of…happened. Initially I was just trying to match one of my favorite yule/wintry war steed outfits, and then things started going down a VERY different route. That being said, once I got the vision in my head, I was SUPER determined to get it right. Like, I spent a lot more time gathering pieces for this outfit than I normally do.

So the Breastplate of the Slayer’s Raiment has been out for a while now, but I only just recently decided to barter for it. It’s probably because I don’t normally outfit my champ in long hauberks, and it just didn’t seem to match the aesthetic of my lore master (whom I regularly dress in hauberks and robes). But for one reason or another, I decided to give it a try.

Then there’s also the new heavy shoulder-pieces that drop from t1 and t2 Grey Mountain instances (there’s a very slight difference in appearance between the two tiers). Anyways, I’ve been obsessed with these new shoulders, and on a whim I tried them on with the breastplate. The rest of the outfit just kind of followed from there.

I really liked how the breastplate looked with the white dye – It gave it that sort of “noble” air that white armor tends to give, but it has enough gold and copper hues to it to make it looked much more worn and used. To me this look says, “I want to do the right thing but I’ve seen enough to know that doesn’t always work out,” which is sort of the mentality I imagine my champ has.

I also loved the opportunity to showcase some of the new Ered Mithrin pieces – both cosmetic and armor. I’m not a big fan of the chest pieces and boots that have come with the recent update, as they seem too bulky to really be worn by any other race than a dwarf (which, to be fair, is fine considering all the elven cosmetics we’ve had in the past), but I do love the shoulders, the gloves, the cloaks, and I especially love the new patterns. They remind me a lot of Celtic designs, which I am ALWAYS here for.

I also found that this served as the perfect opportunity to give the Ered Mithrin war steed cosmetics another try, as first time around I wasn’t too impressed with them. My first complaint was that the barding seemed a little…”boxy,” if that makes sense. Then there’s also the fact that you can’t dye it. But I have to admit, when paired with the right rider outfit, it’s a very eye-catching look.

I thought the cosmetics really popped when paired against the black coat of the horse. Since I tend to have my champ ride an enormous white stallion as his default war mount, however, the majority of screenshots are of his normal horsey πŸ™‚

Plus, the white steed does kind of go better with the whole “white knight” theme.

I know I’m posting a lot of war steed pics, but like I’ve said in previous posts, I really LOVE my horses. And I’m just so into this combination.

Seriously, you can stop scrolling whenever you want and just skip to outfit details. I just can’t resist all the pretty pictures πŸ™‚

Wolves beware! Horsey is here!
Shoulders: Pauldrons of Stonehelm (white)
Chest: Breastplate of the Slayer's Raiment (white)
Hands: Gauntlets of the Grey Mountain Elite (white)
Boots: Reworked Boots (default)
Back: Perfected Heavy Cloak of Stonehelm (white)

Head: Head-Piece of the Ered Mithrin Steed
Body: Caparison of the Ered Mithrin Steed
Saddle: Saddle of the Ered Mithrin Steed
Cause you know one rearing pic just wasn’t enough πŸ™‚

The Martial Artist

So as I’ve said, I’m currently on a quest to create cool outfits based on the medium t1 armor bartered from the Isengard instances. Here is the second (if you ignore the first one I did on my RK which really just fell together without much thought)!

The more I use this piece, the more I am surprised by how well it goes with Harndiron pieces. As with the previous post regarding this jacket, this outfit is modeled by a champ – although the former is my main and this one is just an alt I use primarily for storage and deed farming. This guy here is a dual wielder while my main uses a two handed great sword (don’t @ me! I just like the lore of it better πŸ™‚

He’s also the only one so far that I haven’t invested any war steed cosmetics in. He is, after all, an aria, so I’m not nearly so attached. But maybe one day…When I finally decide what to rename him and figure out his character more. For now, he’s just another devilishly handsome model πŸ™‚

Default warsteed with aria-granted barding and default dyes. YEAHHHH baby!!!!!
I don’t know what I’m doing here. I have literally zero quests in this region
This place I recognize…I did many quests here for armor pieces that I was way over-leveled to actually wear.
Shoulders: Lesser Cry of the West Shoulder Guards (default)
Chest: The Bowmaster's Jacket (steel blue)
Hands: Lesser Ward of the West Guantlets (default)
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (steel blue)

Head: Citadel Halter (Indigo)
Body: Citadel Caparison (Indigo)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Legs: Citadel Leggings (Indigo)

Surveyor of the Battle

So, currently I’ve been working on a bunch of different outfits for my toons, including LM-inspired looks, the Isengard T1 medium jacket, and dare I say it – even colorful ones.

HOWEVER, my wireless is deciding to be an ass right now so Lotro won’t load. Alas, I have resorted to searching the hundreds of saved screenshots on my computer. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE these outfits as well, but I was looking forward to diversifying my content. For now, I guess, I’ll have to stick with the more somber looks πŸ™‚

So full disclosure, I’m bad at PvP (or PvMP as LOTRO likes to call it). And I mean really bad. But I also really like the armor that was released with the Sundering of Osgiliath Moors expansion – which can only be bartered for with commendations, which in turn can only be acquired in the Moors. Therefore, I persevere.

So much destruction to /look at πŸ™‚

The Moors pieces used here are actually a combination of the medium and heavy armor sets. The Jacket and Gauntlets are from the Causeway set (medium) and the shoulders are from the Armoury set (heavy). I do actually quite love the shoulders that are intended to go with the medium set as an individual wardrobe piece, but I have to admit that they don’t quite seem to match the the rest of the armor. The heavy jacket is also quite nice, albeit a little bulky for my taste. No doubt I will eventually grind enough commendations to purchase that as well though – it’s just too tempting πŸ™‚

In case anyone was wondering, I am in fact in Osgiliath in these screenshots, but I’m in the landscape (not the PvP) version. It’s just easier to take pictures when you don’t have to worry about mobs attacking you…

I also outfitted my warsteed to match the outfit as they both bear the white tree of Gondor.

Yes…use your aggressive feelings, Horsey! Let the hate flow through you!
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Armoury (default)
Chest: Jacket of the Causeway (black - it's basically the default except the
bottom half of the jacket will take on the color of your equipped leggings
unless you dye the jacket)
Hands: Gauntlets of the Causeway (default)
Feet: Strong Leather Boots of the Silent Watcher (black)

Head: Halter of the Citadel Guard (default)
Body: Caparison of the Citadel Guard (default)
Saddle: Saddle of the Citadel Guard
Gear: Accessory of the Citadel Guard
Legs: Dagorlad Leggings (white and default are both used - both colors
pair well with the rest of the ensemble).

Blade of Renown

So, for some reason, the medium T1 Isengard instance jacket is kind of hard to style. I’m not really sure why – I suspect it has something to do with the cut, or maybe the way it always dyes slightly bluer than you intended it to be…or maybe it’s because it definitely looks like armor, but it’s not bulky enough to look battle ready or worn and leathery enough to fit the ranger category…It’s like, fancy armor, but also still sort of functional? Like the armor of someone who’s prepared to draw their sword but would rather show everyone that’s the case rather than actually prove it. It’s just…weird. That being said, I’ve wanted it ever since I first saw it worn in game.

The jacket shown here is skin available form the hunter trainer at the ox-clan camp in pre-flood Isengard (The general appearance of this jacket is the same for hunters, wardens, burglars, and beornings – the only difference is the emblem on the chest and back). Oddly enough, the default color is actually DARKER than what you get if you dye it black (a fact that I honestly can’t wrap my head around but have decided to live with).

Die bug! DIEEEEEE!

Turns out, however, that this armor pairs pretty well with the lots of pieces from the Harndirion armor barterers due to the subtle gold and white accents they both have. Gold isn’t normally a color I like to work with, but it really became the centerpiece here in my opinion.

Look at all the rocks…
They’re just so…rocky…
Is that a smudge?
But I just polished it…

I’ve actually used this jacket before in a pairing with harndirion armor (check out my post: Executioner of the Wicked), but this outfit definitely draws more attention to the jacket than the previous one…I was very skeptical at first but the more I play with this outfit the more I like it πŸ™‚

Shoulders: Lesser Blade of the West Shoulder Guards (black)
Chest: The Bowmaster's Jacket (default)
Hands: Gauntlets of the White Mountains (black)
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (black)
Sword: Mercenary's Heavy Blade
Bow: Smooth Lebethron Bow of Precision

Head: Captain's Halter (black)
Body: Heavy Caparison of the Norcrofts (black)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Legs: Dol Baran Leggings (default)Β 
Dang it, another bug?
Welp, better get back.

Stalwart Against the Shadow

Say what you want about the lag in Minas Tirith – that place is heckin’ gorgeous! I mean, how much money did Turbine pay their developers, cause just one look and I’d say it wasn’t enough! **Now edited with new photos**

When I got to Minas Tirith for the first time, I did something I’ve never done before – I grabbed the nearest person I could find and forced them to watch as I galloped through the city on a war steed (which in retrospect is a TERRIBLE idea – as any experienced player should know). I was just so excited to experience the seven circled city that I had read so much about and seen in movies – I thought I new what I was expecting, but I was left speechless.

Shoulders: Hyrde - Axle (default)
Chest: Breastplate of the Martial Defender (white)
Hands: Vambraces of the Watchful Presence (default)
Feet: Potent Battle Boots of the Mark (white)
Back: Woven Silk Cloak of the Towers (white)
Back (tattered): Time-Worn Cloak (white)
Head: Halter of West Rohan (white)
Body: Kingstead Caparison (default/white)
Saddle: Kinstead Saddle
Legs: Dol Baran Leggings (default)Β 

Old photos:

Watcher of Roads

EDIT! I have now updated this with new and higher res pictures!!!! Also I added a cloak. But yeah, when I initially posted this my computer could only really run the game on very low graphics. Now I have an actual gaming PC, which can run it at max graphics. I’m still having some issues where word press won’t let me upload the full resolution though – I’ve noticed it limits the quality and I’m not sure why.

This is one of the earliest titles that can be achieved in game, requiring you to kill a mere 30 brigands in Bree (That’s right – ONLY 30!! Remember those days?).

When I first started playing LOTRO, I remember being blown away by how huge – and detailed – the landscape was. 4 years later, after exploring every map Turbine and Standing Stones has to offer, Bree still holds a special place in my heart.

So I’m not TECHNICALLY inside the city of Bree here, but I am perched atop the bridge directly to its west “watching the roads” – see what I did there? huh? huh? πŸ™‚

Shoulders: Medium Nadhin Shoulders (steel blue)
Chest/legs: Dunlending's Hunter Jacket (steel blue)
Hands: Medium Hadhin Gauntlets (steel blue)
Feet: Strong Leather Boots of the Silent Watcher (black)
Back: Veteran Guardsman's Cape (steel blue)
Head: Head-piece of the Northern Herald (default)
Body: Burglar's caparison (navy)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Legs: Dol Baran leggings (navy)
Gear: Victory Accessory