Saturday, 21 October 2017

Guarding Gorgoroth

I've been keen on making another Gondorian outfit for Eadyth for a long time now, and I've played around with many options, especially with having the idea of a plate-bearing tower guard. However, as Mordor is such a difficult area to survive in, I thought the idea of plates on a hunter not specifically defending against sieges wouldn't be too bad an idea.

Just like with Kyix's outfit, I love the way the metal reflects even whatever little light there is, and it really does seem to give hope to anyone in Mordor who needs it (which is mostly everyone, let's be real honest here). Also, as you may be aware, I couldn't help but jump on the bandwagon of using new quest and ash rewards to come up with this, having already being beaten to that by someone else on my own blog!

I still regret my computer's lack of ability to capture quality pictures like those you may find in Wandering Around Arda and Material Middle Earth, and that bugs me a lot that such great pieces are subject to this sort of unfortunate treatment. However, one must do the best they can, and this is, I swear, the very best that I can at the moment. The U.S. is way more expensive to live in than I anticipated, and I already expected it to be pretty hard.

If you look back at Eadyth's last Gondorian outfit, you will recognise that I kept the shoulders and quiver, just changing the dye on the shoulder cloth to fit the outfit better. I thought of this as those being her more personal articles of attire that she intends to keep over everything else that she changes and upgrades to. I think it gives the outfit a bit of a personality, as in we know it's Eadyth when we see those pieces.

Now, some may be wondering why there is so much green in this Gondorian outfit - and to you, I say to look to the captain to her left. He's not wearing blue, white or black like a 'typical' Gondorian might. A lot of this association, I feel, came from the movies, where basically Rohan = Green and Gondor = Silver/Black. While that is a great tool to distinguish characters from a distance in war scenes or establishing shots from far away, it's not how things work in LOTRO. Just play Helm's Dike (you don't really have to - I know you don't want to) and you'll see so many colours adorning the Rohirrim soldiers. Whilst blue is used more often in Gondor within LOTRO, you can still find soldiers not wearing those 'typical' colours. So, that is my long-winded justification for using green.

Head: Strong Helnet of the Reclaimed City (olive);
Back: Fine Elven Quiver (white);
Shoulders: Medium Nadhin Shoulders (olive);
Chest: Reinforced Chestplate of the Last Alliance (olive);
Hands: Burnished Gauntlets of the Dunland Warlord (white)*;
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (grey).

* This would look (though subtle) much nicer dyed with Lorien Gold, but I have not been able to find any of that for months, so I left it as white. However, if I get my hands on some, I will be re-dyeing this piece.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Flying Flare (with Kyix of Gladden)

I rescheduled the posts to accommodate this outfit being posted here when it is because I wanted to board the "use new Mordor quest rewards" ship as soon as possible. After all, what point would there be to let people see outfits based on these pieces starting June next year (yes, I have posts scheduled until then)? 

By now, Kyix is no stranger to My Middle-earth Mode, and her constant contributions have been stellar so far.* This one, however, takes the word "stellar" and brings it further as the outfit simply glimmers under the light of the sun, gleaming hope into the hearts of all the citizens of Gondor. Obviously, the winged theme is used here in the boots, gloves and helm, but my favourite part of the outfit is its use of armour/cosmetic pieces from all over the place.

* I just realised that she has submitted many outfits but only two, including this one, have been published so far.

The helm, albeit winged themed as well, isn't actually part of a Gondorian armour set - both gloves and feet are - but rather is a quest reward from Dunland. Not only that, but the shoulderpiece used here is a 2016 Summer Festival cosmetic item which I imagine shouldn't have Gondorian history behind it - but it works so well!

I feel that the chestpiece is the one piece to bind them all together in such success. Being a one-piecer, it allows for a consistency from the neck all through the torso and legs to the feet, which allows for  more deviations from the set in other areas. Also, looking at the outfit from close up shows the obvious and beautiful glints of light on the metal pieces all over; and I can totally see this being used to great effect in Mordor as the idea of this outfit contradicts the very nature of Mordor, giving hope to those who would fight alongside Kyix in such a dark and desolate place.

Overall, I utterly love this contribution from Kyix, and she has really raised the bar for the quality of outfits on this blog from today on. I might just try my hand at using some Mordor quest pieces in my outfits right now, despite just starting my second semester here at Berklee College of Music - all is going really well, by the way! 

Head: Reinforced Leather Dunlending Helm (Belegaer blue);
Shoulders: Mantle of the Summer Sea (grey);
Back: Cloak of the Unwelcomed Huest (Belegaer blue);
Chest: Invader's Heavy Hauberk (Belegaer blue);
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gloves (steel blue);
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots* (Belegaer blue).

* although supposedly being in the same set as the gloves, this piece has a very different look from the gloves. Kyix said she found it on the Auction House, but I haven't been able to find any of the other pieces in that likeness, so I can't say if there is a whole set like this or if it's just the boots.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Celebrating the My Middle-earth Mode family!

After a year and a half, I'd like to celebrate the ever-growing My Middle-earth Family, as well as (finally!) an actual logo for the blog!

Just a huge thank you to:

1) my inspirations, the other LOTRO fashion websites, and especially Nathrien of Material Middle-earth whose comments bring a smile to my face and motivates me to keep doing this;

2) the friends I've made on Gladden who contribute to the blog by sending me screenshots of their toons in costumes they made: Kyix, Sintuilë & Halygr;

3) my audiences from all across the globe, who make it worth actually documenting these outfits and publishing them online.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Guy Like Gaston

No one's strong like Gaston,
fights bad orcs like Gaston,
stands and ponders his long life in pubs like Gaston.

I wanted to use Gaston as an inspiration for an outfit simply because we had this beautiful rustic looking town called Bree and it would be a shame not to make use of that. Since Gildomir was mainly a crafting alt, he wouldn't have gone far away, so to give him a nice costume to match his surroundings seemed like the thing to do. I didn't take pictures outside but I felt the Prancing Pony seemed like a great place to stage the pub scene from the movies/musical. All we need is a hobbit playing Le Fou!

The cape was added because I loved the way the crimson mixed with the steel blue just like it did in the cartoon movie, right at the end, as he leads the villagers to the Beast's castle. It kinda pops on out of nowhere but it was a very nice design choice that accentuated Gaston's turn to evil, as he was only ever a douche when the movie began - the deep blue finally cloaks the bright pride of red and consumes him in this darkness.

Back: Cloak of the Unwelcome Guest (steel blue);
Chest: Boar Clansman Sentry's Jacket (crimson);
Feet: Fine Westernesse Protctor's Boots (walnut brown).

You could find gloves dyed gold or ranger green to get it more similar to Gaston, but I felt it would stand out too much, thus why I omitted the gloves altogether.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Elf From Korea? (with Sintuilë of Gladden)

Inspired by their own culture, Sintuilë's player decided to dress her champion first in a traditional Korean Hanbok-inspired outfit. Although it's a simple outfit that needs not much explaining, I think she got pretty close with the pieces available to her.

I've personally tried on that outfit, and found that a lavender dyed dress looked more like the picture of the real life hanbok. Now of course the hanbok has many variations in terms of colour, but I do like lavender more than the rose. Unfortunately, the dye costs 20+G in the Auction House so I don't Sintuilë is willing to spend that money on one dye. 

Nonetheless, if you'd like to use this outfit, all you need are the same pieces, and you can almost mix and match any colour combination you like (though I think the hairstyle plays an integral part as well!) - just search "korean traditional dress" on Google and you'll get a vast selection of choices to follow that could suit any situation!

ps. I've been reminded to remind that despite it being Sintuile in game, it should be spelled Sintuilë, with the accent. It translates to "new spring" in Quenya which I can only guess is the player's real name :p

Shoulder: The Beast-keeper's Shoulder Pads (white);
Chest: Festive Azure Party Dress (rose).