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.
**UPDATE: since Update 5 this is no longer possible. Turbine has decided we should not be able to barter for items we do not have the proficiency or class for!
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.
Head: Helm of the Hawk-eye, white dye (Ettenmoors barter, hunter)
Chest: Breastplate of the Enforcer, black dye (Ettenmoors barter, champion/guardian/captain)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Gentle Stag, black dye (Dunland armour, medium)
Feet: Boar-hide Boots, black dye (Men of Dunland reputation reward, medium)