Archive | June 2012

Hauberk Week: Patched and Ready

Hauberk Week comes to a close with the delightful Patched Hauberk.  Please go see Ivy’s variation (which is probably not based on Hobbit hijinks) on the same item.  I also want to thank Ivy for the great idea to collaborate on a week of outfits.  I’ve had a ball, seen some great traffic and talked to some new readers.

The Patched Hauberk is available from skirmish camp cosmetic vendors.  It’s a fuzzy, mangy sort of thing, and I love it.  The colors are very warm, burgundy and rust, so I decided to contrast that with a cool indigo.  And Hobbit hijinks.


“Well, boys, I’m off.”  Thrumbo Brandybuck did a slow pivot in place while his mates hooted and pounded full mugs of porter on the table.  Over by the bar, Rosalee the serving-girl laughed so hard she could barely keep her her tray of soup bowls from sliding.

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Hauberk Week: The Mariner

Oh, how I love thee, Mariner’s Hauberk.  And it’s day four of Hauberk Week — check out what the Ivy‘s doing with the same item!

Again, I love this hauberk.  I love the vaguely Elven feel to it (note to self:  level an Elf past 24, you Man-centric creature), and I love how it’s not so much a sailor’s outfit as a tribute to the sea and birds.  That led me immediately back to yesterday’s Gondorian sellsword, and so today, we have a huntress of Dol Amroth.

If you wanted to take the Dol Amroth swan idea further than I did, a white-dyed Cloak of the Dove or a lovely blue-dyed Swan-cloak would fit the bill admirably.  Expect to see more Dol Amroth here in the future – I know a couple of characters on Landroval who have gone all out in interpreting this gorgeous, ancient city.

But I used a hunter as a model, and think quivers are underrepresented in outfits, so!  The Fine Elven Quiver suited Silevren’s outfit well.

(From The Return of the King) “And in the morning the banner of Dol Amroth, a white ship like a swan upon blue water, floated from the Tower, and men looked up and wondered if the coming of the King had been but a dream.

(From The Return of the King) “But beyond, in the great fief of Belfalas, dwelt Prince Imrahil in his castle of Dol Amroth by the sea, and he was of high blood, and his folk also, tall men and proud with sea-grey eyes.

Tomorrow is the last day of Hauberk Week (*tear*), and to finish it all off, Ivy and I are both tackling the Patched Hauberk.  Play along in comments or on your own sites if you like!  Thanks!

Hauberk Week: The Sellsword

Hauberk Week with Ivy continues with Day 3!

Today we’re both exploring variations on my much-loved Sellsword’s Hauberk, available in the LOTRO Store.  It’s a dramatic sort of item with large black portions that do not dye.  I love it because I really enjoy simplicity and elegance, and this hauberk has both (if you consider a mega sword down the front of your body elegant, which it sounds like my bananas self does).

I decided to pair it with white, to give the hauberk a sort of stark Gondorian feel.  In my mind, this character is an Eastern-born man who, rather than join the Gondorian military in whatever fashion, chose instead to follow the mercenary’s path.  His color scheme speaks of home, but there’s a symbol of his profession, not a White Tree, on his tabard.  I kept the rest of it fairly simple except for the dramatic Vibrant Calenard Battle Gauntlets, which I just love.

Tomorrow, Ivy and I both play with the Mariner’s Hauberk.  And since I’ve already used my black dye for the week, I’ll have to pop out of my comfort zone for that one!  Stay tuned!

Hauberk Week: Eastern-cut

Hauberk Week with Ivy continues!

The Eastern-cut Hauberk is one of those interesting items I saw in the Bree-town Outfitters right off, bought a few times, and never really embraced.  Why?  Because it wasn’t until I started my close-up screenshots that I realized the weird design, right front and center, is an oliphant.  Seriously!  Gaah!  I am now much more interested, which is why I tossed a bucket-full of crimson dye at the whole affair.

I like what Ivy’s done with it, with subdued dye on the hauberk and more contrasting accessories around it (on an adorable Hobbit, too!).  Me — I wanted a big crimson oliphant.

I do not have all day to stand in one place and be photographed, lady.

The Wood-wanderers’ Cloak continues to be one of my favorites.

See? SEE? Oliphant? I cannot express how often I play this game and fiddle around with cosmetics. I’m a 5-year player. And still, this is the first time I’ve noticed the flipping oliphant.

Tomorrow is the Sellswords’ Hauberk, and I am DANG excited about that one.  Even without an oliphant.  Feel free to play along in comments, and go see Ivy!

Hauberk Week: Dwarf-make Hauberk

Wooo!  Five days of hauberks, GO!

Today, both Ivy and I design outfits around the Dwarf-make Hauberk.  Her variation on a theme is right here!

I went for bright colors and strong shapes to accompany such a bold hauberk.  The primary dye is Evendim blue, while the most distinctive additional pieces are the Cloak of Durin’s Crown and the Ceremonial Rift-Defender’s Helm.  I’ve seen beautiful outfits using the hauberk in black and red, but something about the snowy background and the grey stone of Thorin’s Hall really called for blue to balance the Ranger green, umber(ish), white, and orange details.  Yes, orange!  Look at the small stripe below the shoulder-piece, and you’ll see that little flicker of color.

Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!

Check back tomorrow when Ivy and I take on the Eastern-cut Hauberk, and feel free to play along by posting your own outfits with these hauberks in the comments.  Thanks!

Dress It Up: Early Boot Patterns

This upcoming week is Hauberk Week with The Ivy.  Huzzah!


Here are the basic “Dress It Up” rules:  Dress it up however you like, on either gender, any race, in any fashion, and leave a comment with a link to your outfit, whether it’s on your own blog or in one of the many photo hosting sites.

Do you have at least one level 75 powering your outfit choices?  Now that you have access to the splendid new Isengard boots as cosmetic possibilities, do you ever – ever! – use the cosmetic boots available at the low-level Outfitters?  I used to use them all the time!  They were my go-to boots, the sort of cheap summer sneakers you can buy at Walmart at 3AM and know you can easily destroy while walking around in the lake the next day.  That sort of thing.

But since Isengard, I haven’t touched them.  How about you?

First, to jog your memories (all are undyed):

Soft Stitched Boots

Soft Leather Boots

Padded Leather Boots

Light Buckled Boots

Glossy Leather Boots

A few possibilities there, right?  Subtle differences.  So what about you?  Ever use them in any of your current outfits?

Friday Poll: Where do you get your cosmetic items?

Friday poll time!

We have a lot of sources for cosmetic items these days:  the Store, raids, skirmish marks, and so on.  Do you use any of these more than the others?  Do you stick to quest-only, to skirmish-only, and skip the Store?  Do you use every source you possibly can?


As you might imagine, I’m going to click on “Omnivorous.”  I have cosmetic items from just about everywhere!

How about you?