Saturday, May 19, 2018

Picnic Power



There's a bit of a story behind this outfit. My kinship, Rangers of the West, hosts what we call Open Group twice a week--once on Friday evenings and once on Sunday afternoons (server time, at least from my perspective) when we are the most active. Basically, this is when we encourage players of all classes and levels to speak up if they need certain content run. Sometimes we have several groups running at once and we try to keep them all within a certain level range to avoid facerolling the content.

Once week in October of 2017, we decided to shake up Open Group a bit. You see, our lower level players had felt a tad neglected. Lots of high level dungeons were being run. What we decided was to make this a sort of free for all event that would preserve the challenge/fun for our low level kinnies. Everyone was told to bring starter weapons with them that way DPS and healing would be level across the board. I chose to add some humor to our special event. A 115 champion dual wielding Butter Knives from the Mathom-house overlayed with Baskets of Apples from the Fall Festival. I didn't stop there. I made an outfit specifically to go with those apples! (By the way, those apples never seem to fall from the basket, no matter how wildy they're swung!)


There was a reason why I didn't post this sooner. I had a full post written, pictures included, back in late October for this outfit. I was about to schedule it when I noticed a glaring error. In the original, I had used the Elegant Short-sleeved Dress, which had big poofy shoulders that clipped through and obscured most of the Mantle of the Farmer's Table. I found that to be absolutely unacceptable. I searched high and low for that dress' counterpart, the Elegant Long-sleeved Dress. I scoured the auction house. I tore apart my housing chests and storage alts. No luck. When I googled the dress, I learned it was a recipe reward from the Spring Festival red flower boxes...that supposedly no longer existed due to loot table changes.

I could have stuck with the short-sleeved version and swapped out the mantle. But that meant the cloak had to go too. For the first time, I'd been able to incorporate the Farmer's Table cosmetics into an outfit and I absolutely refused to swap out those two pieces!

It was then I turned to trade and world chat, hoping to find help. Nobody had the recipe. A few people said the recipe hadn't dropped for several years. I even started asking on Twitter in various LOTRO groups/lists. Five months of asking around and I managed to find a long-term player that knew the recipe. Even though that person didn't ask for anything in return, other than the materials to make it, I tipped 25g as a thank you.


Now I take this outfit wherever I go on my Champion. I have no qualms running through the ruins of Barad-dûr, swinging away with apples that magically never seem to fall from the basket. One of my loving kinnies calls me the Two-tote Terror because of that. And it makes me giggle whenever I buy a bag of apples at the local supermarket.


Head: Circlet of Fresh-picked Flowers (Red, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Shoulders: Mantle of the Farmer's Table (Red, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Back: Cloak of the Farmer's Table (Red, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Chest: Elegant Long-sleeved Dress (Red, Elegant Long-sleeved Dress T4 Tailor recipe)**

**According to the LOTRO-wiki, the recipe for this dress no longer exists. But if it does indeed still drop from the Red Flower Gift Box, please update that page.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spear Skins Collection

Even though spears can be used by six of the ten classes, they're one of the weapons that I see the least. My Warden has always used them. In fact, spears were designed specifically for that class. Once upon a time, Wardens got a +15% passive damage bonus from wielding them versus the +10% from other expert training passives. Then came the weapon nerf, bringing all of the expert weapons passives down to +2%. Other weapons were soon favored for wardens, based on their roles and passive bonuses. However, if you're still a spear-wielding Captain, Hunter, Warden, Champion, Guardian, or Beorning, this cosmetic category will definitely be of interest!

This may not be a complete collection, but here are the skins that I have stashed away! And as usual, if you know of another weapon shares the same skin and isn't listed below, let me know!

UPDATE: From this point forward, this Cosmetic Weapons Project of mine will be posted at twice the speed. After taking a quick poll and sifting through e-mail messages, I decided to bump up all of my completed collections. If I hadn't done this, it originally would have taken until February of next year.

 Alrekur's Spear - Rewarded from the quest Out from the Depths
Fight Against the Darkness - Rewarded from the level 30 Warden quest A Defence in the Darkness

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Halberd Skins Collection

Halberds, another weapon designed exclusively for one class--Captains. These two-handed weapons have a smaller pool of design variety. Most of them are very bland (see this example picture from LOTRO Wiki), looking like a plain stick with a generic axe-like blade placed upon the end. To be honest, I never went out of my way to collect these, with the exception of one or two. The rest happened to fall into my possession via crafting or looting. My original Captain, Morghann, exclusively used halberds. My newest Captain, Gwaimallin, made the transition to greatswords. As such, my collection is limited. However, that won't stop me from sharing those that I have stashed away!

As usual, if you know of another weapon shares the same skin and isn't listed below, let me know!

 Arnorian Commander's Halberd - Bartered from Celegdes at Tinnudir Keep

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Springtime Merrymaker



Although the Spring Festival finished about a month ago, I've only just gotten to this outfit. I've had so much content scheduled since the beginning of March that it's overwhelming. Between my latest  project and the backlog of outfits, I've had to reorganize all of my scheduled posts. This is why you've been seeing new outfits approximately every other week and other content squeezed in between those outfits. I promised myself in September of 2015 that I wouldn't be publishing content weekly anymore to avoid burnout. Looks like I've broken that promise! (Broken promises/oaths tend not to end well in Tolkien's world. Oh dear...) However, I will admit that I've bitten off more than I can chew. I'll continue to work with what I've already added and go from there. Once I've finished posting my weapons collections, everything should go back to normal.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sword Skins Collection, Pt. 2

Of all the weapons in LOTRO, swords are, by far, the most common. It's why posting my collection of various blades has taken two posts. After all, eight of the ten classes can wield them, the Lore-master having some exceptions (can't overlay LI swords). Here's the next twenty and, as usual, let me know if there's another way of obtaining these skins!

Enjoy!

And I don't know what I'm going to do when I get to bows and javelins...they're not exactly hand-held in the dressing room window like the other weapons. Taking screenshots of them slung on a character's back will make for some awkward pictures, but I'll figure it out!

 Pitted Wold Sword - Bartered from an Eastemnet Shields, Weapons and Jewellery Quartermaster in Rohan

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