So, one cosmetics-nerd fact about me is that I’m addicted to gauntlets and gloves. Those are often the pieces I spend a good long time fretting about: I want them to be right. And, of all the items in-game, gauntlets and boots seem to suffer from the most clipping issues — that is, when I put a great pair of gauntlets on a character, and the pixels from their hauberk or robe still show through. Vexing! Anyway, fashion’s in the details, I suppose.
So here are a few of the gauntlets that I default to, time and time again. How about you?
The Gloves of the Eorlingas and its identical items in the other Rise of Isengard pre-order armour sets are fantastic items for Rohirrim characters, and given that I am ALL ABOUT ROHAN, I use them a lot. I love how the one gauntlet is fingerless and has its white-horse motif. They’re fantastic gauntlets that can be used with a lot more than just the outfit of which they’re a part.
The Fingerless Gloves are a Yule reward for if you help out the poor. They’re awesome. They dye very dark, so keep that in mind, but they’re great for simple laborer or craftsman characters, and I use them all the time.
The Fine Grey Company Gauntlets please me for their …Numenoreanness (that’s a new word for sure), just as much as the Eorlingas ones please me for their …Rohanness. I adore the small star motif, and how battle-roughened this piece looks.
Dreng-folme, man. I love the Dreng-folme gauntlets. I’ve shown the outfit below before (in my mind, it’s called “The Hauberk with the Oliphaunt on It”), and I still love it. The gauntlets have a unique banded effect, and again look like they’ve been used and weathered over time.
So how do you Yule-fest-goers feel about those rich? If you’re a fan, you’ll end up with the Extravagant Festival Gloves. They dye in a deep, saturated way, they have a red gem-like detail and a small gold band at the wrist; they’re just great. I tend to use them for higher-style outfits that still allow gloves.
Finally for now, I really like the crafted Vibrant Calenard Battle Gauntlets. The circle and sunburst sort of motif really pleases me, and the gauntlets have the heft of plate.