Seriously. Don’t go there. It eats you.
Fangorn is so incredibly well done, that it scared the wits out of me. It’s really really creepy, especially if you go there after dark. There’s dark things slithering on the ground, branches that catch up with you and hidden eyes watching you. All the time. The worst of all is there are no roads. You get lost. Very lost. It’s Fangorn. Don’t go there.
When Beta started I briefly considered doing an overview of all crafted armour and end game armour, but I changed my mind. There’s so much stuff, not just crafted but also quest rewards and barter rewards that it’s too much for me to catalogue. In stead, I’d much rather do some small sneak peeks into Beta before launch. I will continue to do previews for the Festival cosmetics but I decided that that’s where I’m going to draw the line. Unfortunately the one website that’s been our greatest outfits and cosmetics resource in terms of crafted and bartered armour, Darzil’s Armour Guide, no longer gets updated. His website is a unique archive of all armour and cosmetics in Lotro, there’s just nothing like it, so Darzil no longer updating inevitably means a huge loss for the Lotro community. He is looking for volunteers to continue his body of work, so if anyone is interested to do this, please get in touch with Darzil!
For this outfit I used a combination of Tier 8 crafted armour pieces. The new crafted pieces are all quality designs. I just love the designers team! Unfortunately dye options are somewhat limited as all the base colours are dark.
I combined the outfit with a War-steed appearance of the Burglar, and as you can see this Beta round the Mount Emotes have been fixed, so you can now rear up on your War-steed as well!
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Head: Helm of Éomer, black dye (Tier 8 crafted level 85, medium armour)
Chest: Eastenmet Campaign Robe, black dye (Tier 8 crafted level 80, light armour)
Shoulders: Eastenmet Skirmish Pauldrons, sienna dye (Tier 8 crafted level 80, medium armour)
Hands: Eastenmet Skirmish Gauntlets, sienna dye (Tier 8 crafted level 80, medium armour)
Feet: Eastenmet Campaign Shoes, black dye (Tier 8 crafted level 80, light armour)
Body: Caparison of the Burglar – black
Head: Halter of the Burglar – black
Saddle: Saddle of the Burglar – black
Legs: Leggings of the Burglar – black
Gear: Rune-keeper’s Gear
Oh-ho… very nice, and quite timely too! Finn was asking about seeing some of them on a female model. :p
It really is a shame about Darzill’s, as well as the likes of Burgzerg and LOTROSteeds. So many of these niche places have made and are nice for a long time, only to fall away as their owners lose interest or get wrapped up in other matters.
That’s part of why I got active with LOTRO-Wiki, actually. At least with a wiki, new blood can find its way in with minimal hassle. It often trades that longevity for the creativity and style of more specialized places, but I think it at least serves the purpose of reference nicely.
Hey Jadzi, if anyone has my total admiration for cataloguing and archiving the Lotro Universe it’s you. The Wiki-format is indeed much better as it is carried by more than one person so it has a better chance of survival. I wouldn’t know what to do without Lotro-wiki, honestly. I go there for all my info on virtues, skills or sometimes quests. Blogs like Darzils and Lotro Steeds focus on one particular niche like you mention and sometimes that is handy. Also the blog format allows for an aesthetically more attractive website and sometimes better comparison seeing one item next to the other, especially where it concerns visual stuff like armour or mounts. If you see a way to integrate that format into Lotro-wiki, that would be awesome. I know all the items themselves are on Wiki too, but in a different layout. For outfitters its nice to have a full page visual overview of all light armour or all dresses for example. Let me know if there’s anything I can do!
Aye, that’s one of the challenges of a wiki. The information is there, but not always complete, or in the format desired. For instance, there’s a gallery page for game-acquirable cosmetic items (http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Outfits), but it’s not complete as yet, and there are no gallery pages for armor – in part because very few of them have images.
That’s why blogs like Darzill’s are so nice for the purpose, and why it’s such a shame to see them go. I really hope people take up the offer and revive the page. Even if not, here’s hoping it at least survives to retain the 1-65 information it currently houses. 😀
It would be wonderful to include Darzil’s information into the wiki. I’ve been looking into combining a database of some sort with wiki for a personal project of mine and have a search function added to it. It’s not an easy thing to do. It would, however, be the perfect solution, I think for the wiki…
However it turns out, Jadzi, I totally agree with you in hoping Darzil’s blog will remain for a very long time. It’s such a wonderful source!
I love the mask, and your whole ensemble looks amazing. 🙂
Not to toot my own horn on another blog (ok, totally sounding fanfare with big brass band)…
the Steed Gallery, on the page “All the Steeds”, has a very nice section on … all the steeds available in lotro. 😀
Ooh that list is very impressive! Maybe in time you will be able to add a picture of all steeds, especially now that LotroSteeds has stopped, would be nice to have a good overview. I just never realized there were so many!!
Fangorn looks so different than any forest environment we’ve seen so far!
Dyeing the burglar steed’s “outfit” pieces makes a huge difference and looks so much better. And wow — that horse is big!
That looks so awesome, the outfit and Fangorn, and the mount too! I dare say that head piece will see lots of use. I am really starting to think I might have to get one of the premium horses!
That mask is awesome and the Burglar horse items look SO much better when you can change the color. On a related note, do you know if for the Champion steed cosmetics, the armor pieces that are that weird brownish color can be dyed? If so, I might have to buy it after all.
Great preview. I can’t wait to explore the new regions.
Hi Fionnuala, I was going to answer your question but then something came up and I forgot. Sorry!! The Champion steed apparel can be dyed, but only in dark colours. There aren’t a lot of hues that can be applied on the dark red base colour and some parts of the halter and caparison are undyeable and remain crimson, no matter what you do. Hope that helps!
The more outfits and war-steed cosmetics I see, the more excited I get for Rohan. Those shoulders are especially fantastic! (As you may have noticed, I have a bit of an obsession with good shoulder pieces. In many cases, I think they set the tone of the whole outfit.)
Wow, I love the new outfit and the combination with the war steed. It’s wonderful! It’s good I decided to simply level all my characters and somehow get enough points to buy all the necessary questpacks on all my accounts 🙂 It will be a nice challenge, if only for all the cosmetic possibilities!
Lotro rocks! 🙂
This is good stuff. You’ve inspired me to not work on my Loremaster’s next outfit until Beta Build 5, when I can transfer him in 🙂
Your Burglar horse looks good! He’s got some funky coloring by default, IMO; this warhorse customization thing is such a good thing.
I foresee myself dropping some dollars on class steeds that I would not have gotten otherwise, simply to use the Swords from the Champ horse, for example. Oh well, pay for what entertains you eh? I don’t watch a lot of movies, I don’t pay for cable, etc. so I guess my entertainment funds are for taking my girlfriend out and video games 🙂
I so hear you! I also bought the Steed of the Hunter for my minstrel merely because I want the pieces for my war-steed. 🙂