Warding knowledge

posted this on December 8th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Dress & Robe, 1 - Female, Black, Breastplate of the Enforcer, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Helm of the Hawk-eye, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Man.

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Now that I have discovered another niche in my outfitting hobby, I did go after a few items that I really think are worth having. I am very happy with my minstrel shoulders but another item that always seemed miles beyond my reach is the “heavy armour robe”. This robe is only available as PvMP armour (guardian, champion and captain). There isn’t anything similar available in the PvE part of the game. As far as I am aware, it is the only heavy robe in Lotro.
I love the design on the shoulders, so I haven’t hidden it beneath any shoulder guards. The robe is beautiful on its own and doesn’t really need any additional items. It was quite expensive to obtain it, as the barter items needed to buy it are very expensive on the Auction House. I admit I received a lot of help and support to get to this item, so I didn’t go it all alone, but if one were to buy all the barter items off the Auction House, this robe would cost around 100g on my server. Thankfully I didn’t need to spend that much, but even the 40g that I did spend is more than worth it to me. I have enough gold so why not spend it on something I really like and is relatively unique in terms of an outfit.

In other news you must have heard by now that Update 5 will be coming this monday, and that the Yule Festival will be starting on December 20!! This is all very good news!

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On foreign ground

posted this on December 7th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Dress & Robe, 1 - Female, Cosmetic Outfit, Elegant Dress, elf, Helm of the Hidden Dagger, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Pauldrons of the Wandering Bard, Red and Burgundy.

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With Rise of Isengard, all restrictions regarding the Wardrobe were lifted. This implies possibilities that so far had not occurred to me. Not until I started talking to a kinmate who plays a lot of PvMP on the freepside. He had a piece of armour that he did not have the rank for yet so couldn’t wear. I asked him to test if he could put it into the wardrobe. It worked! Then I did something that I had never done in my life, I took a horse ride to the Ettenmoors, a place that I have always avoided like the plague, until I discovered that you can actually buy any kind of armour there, from any class, and put it in your wardrobe! The only restriction is that you have the right spirit stones to barter with. I was lucky to have a very generous kinmate help me out and give me a lot of those spirit stones. Others I bought on the auction house and from a player selling them in the global chat channel. I never ever killed a reaver (or weaver or heaver or what have you) and I am using PvMP armour in the wardrobe!!
This discovery has placed me in the poor house again, because spirit stones are not cheap, but I am sooo thrilled to finally have my much desired minstrel shoulders! And to anyone who would like these shoulders but doesn’t play a minstrel: the great news is that you can wear them now! All classes can talk to any class barter npc (quite different from Moria and Mirkwood where you have to be the right class to be able to barter). Perhaps I am not sharing any news here, and am just a little dense and slow to have discovered this only now, but I am excited to tell you all about this little outfit paradise in the Coldfells and very pleased about my new outfit too!

If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.

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Winter nights

posted this on December 6th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Dress & Robe, 1 - Female, 5 - Mounts, Cloak of Winter Nights, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Dunlending Campaign Armour, elf, Green, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit.

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The Cloak of Winter Nights, another one of the Yule Festival cloaks, is a cloak that I find hard to combine. It’s hard because it has a blend of various pastel colours on the back that form a winter landscape at night. The dyeable area only covers the colour of the night sky, so you cannot change the colours of the rest of the cloak. The best way to find out which part of an item is dyeable, is to use the preview function (press ctrl+left mouseclick) and change the colour in the preview pane. It will show you what the item looks like with the selected dye colour. I am not a big fan of the new Tier 7 crafted chest pieces, as they all have a semi greenish area on chest and/or sleeves that cannot be dyed. However sometimes unpopular items find use in combination with other difficult items, and so I found that this robe’s base colours are a great match to this particular cloak.

If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.

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Horn blower

posted this on December 4th, 2011.
Categorized as 2 - Male, 4 - Casual & Explorer, Ale Association Robe, Boots of the Golden Wood, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Elk-hunter's Pack, Green, Hobbit, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Yule Scarf.

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In addition to my hobbit-elf girl, an outfit for a male hobbit that uses the same hat, scarf and backpack. Of course he’s not nearly as cute!
This outfit is based on the Swiss horn blowers, that blow their sounds across the everlasting snow in the high peak mountains. “Hornblower” is a quite common hobbit family name in Lotro, and my hobbit lad is definitely one of that lineage.

If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.

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Little Elf

posted this on December 3rd, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Female, 4 - Casual & Explorer, Boots of the Golden Wood, Ceremonial Ajokoira Armour, Ceremonial Ajokoira Leggings, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Green, Hobbit, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Red and Burgundy, West-land Gloves, Yule Scarf.

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In case anyone got confused by the title, this is a hobbit, but she’s also an elf this month! The December mood has hit me hard already, and since I will probably be too busy on the days before Christmas to make any fitting outfits, I am making them now! If you have your own original creative December outfit, don’t forget to post it to the Flickr group! If you set your pictures to “public”, they will be featured in the sidebar of this blog (if you are new to Flickr this might take a couple of days). Have fun!

If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.

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Chilling rhetoric

posted this on December 2nd, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Dress & Robe, 1 - Female, Black, Cosmetic Outfit, elf, Extravagant Festival Robe, Fancy Snow-cloak, Isengard armour, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, White and Grey.

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Of all classes the Rune-keeper and Lore-master are the nicest ones to take screenshots of. Their skills are just so elegant! I mean, take the hunter, he can… well… draw a bow and… well that’s kinda it. And the champion, he can pull his swords and then… do his swirly thingy…, not to mention the guardian who only bumps his shield into everything… There is just nothing like the dazzling, graceful art of the truly refined classes. So here’s my awesome Rune-keeper showing off her breathtaking skills in winter outfit. Chilling… isn’t it?

If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.

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Winter is coming

posted this on December 1st, 2011.
Categorized as 2 - Male, 4 - Casual & Explorer, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, dwarf, Hood of Night, Lindir's Gauntlets, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Red and Burgundy, Yule cloak.

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December has started today, so it’s time to get in the mood for winter and yule tide! I plan to do a number of Yule outfits this months that will get us through the colder days and icy snow storms ahead. In the meantime, Aaron Campbell’s comment that we won’t be seeing our Yule Festival until January has me worried a lot! I always enjoy playing in the Yule Festival during my Christmas holidays, and now it appears we won’t be having any around that time. It seems to me there is a lot of attention going to Update 5 which will be released this month and focuses on endgame content, at the expense of a more casual event for the masses.

Also you may have noticed that I have begun changing the layout of my blog. This is still a work in progress, but the new theme at least provides me with enough flexibility to build upon. I have no fixed plan about it so I’ll have to wait and see how it’s going to work out.
Enjoy this beautiful winter month and don’t forget to check the Lotro store every day for the daily sales!

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Coordinated

posted this on November 29th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Female, 2 - Huntress & Scout, Blue and Turquoise, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Elven Outriders Armour, Fancy Quiver, Hunter, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Man, Red and Burgundy, Shoulders of the Helmingas, West-Land Boots.

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I think this outfit represents what I like most about outfitting: taking pieces from different origins and creating a new ensemble out of them that matches in colours, style and design.  When I started off this blog I created a “fancy huntress” outfit for this character. Today I went back to create another feminine and stylish huntress outfit. The newer Dunland pieces and the old world crafted armour and cosmetics match quite well if you are careful. Not everything matches, and unfortunately a lot of the older armour “clips” with the newer designs, so it’s a bit of trial and error to find something that works, but I can assure you that I find that process much more enjoyable than slapping on a generic pre-made armour set!

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Slow-paced

posted this on November 27th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Dress & Robe, 1 - Female, 6 - Pets, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Green, lord of the rings online, Lore-Master, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Man, Robe of the Seven Stars.

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On my blog you will very rarely find an outfit assembled out of current raid gear or major instance grinds. I am a hardcore casual player, I play lots of alts and have an insatiable wanderlust, which causes me to sometimes dwell in the Old Forest at level 75, just to get a closer look at certain details or simply sit down in wonderment watching the Middle Earth sun go down. I am not very consistent when it comes to grouping or raiding, I do groups and raid sometimes (my main is a minstrel after all), but then sometimes weeks go by that I just don’t feel like doing that at all. This way of lotro-life is reflected in the armour pieces I own and gather. I love to grind for retro-gear, and do older instances just for that purpose sometimes. One such piece is the Annuminas light armour robe, an intricately detailed robe with a light green base colour that fits both males and females well.

When Update 5 goes live, the older skirmish barter armour pieces from Annuminas, Helegrod, Great Barrows etc. will no longer require their specific instance marks. All will be converted to one type of currency (marks, medallions and seals), which opens up a lot more flexibility when it comes to choosing which gear to buy. This means that with Update 5, you will be able to barter for the Cosmetic versions of the Annuminas armour, without needing the specific Annuminas marks anymore. It will become quite possible to grind for these cosmetics just doing skirmishes and smaller instances! I think this a great development for cosmetics lovers that loathe the 6-man Annuminas instances. I forgot to check on Bullroarer how much they will actually barter for, but I can assure you that the cost will be worth it! Each of the three Annuminas cosmetics set (light, medium and heavy) is awesome. I highly recommend the cosmetics fan to go get them.

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The Hat!

posted this on November 24th, 2011.
Categorized as 1 - Female, 4 - Casual & Explorer, Cloak of the Ale Association, Cosmetic Outfit, Dunland armour, Hobbit, lord of the rings online, Lotro Cosmetic Outfit, Red and Burgundy, Woodruff's Hat.

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Early this spring my inspiration and fellow cosmetic blogster Devonna from LotroStylist posted a “style challenge” for the Woodruff’s Hat. She made a beautiful outfit that in my opinion is still the best she ever made for her hobbit. However this particular “hat” is a real challenge to use in an outfit. So after she posted her challenge I played with some ideas and outfits off and on, but really, this hat is not made for elves, men, women or dwarves. Not even for male hobbits. The only characters that can get away with this one and look good are female hobbits. As I couldn’t think of a suitable outfit for my hobbit I gave up and didn’t think about it for months. Not until this week when I was moving around some cosmetics and armour pieces over to my alts and stumbled upon this hat again. It so happened I was just working on an outfit with the Ale Association Cloak for my hobbit burglar so I tried it on with this hat. It was perfect! It was just the right finishing touch this outfit needed! Now I do not claim nor pretend to ever be able to rival the success of Devonna’s outfit, but for the first time I felt that at least I won’t have to be ashamed of it. In fact I think my burglar looks rather charming!

The hat itself is available through a low level quest in Trestlebridge, but also appears as a world drop here and there so you might find it on the auction house. I would discourage you from purchasing it as a cosmetic from the Lotro Store as it’s really not hard to find in game.

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