Today a new beta build was launched on Bullroarer, and as with previous builds, the first thing I do is checking in with the Lotro store to see if things regarding the war-steed colour packages have been fixed. This time it was good news! The colour packages finally work properly. There was another addition to the Lotro store that got me very interested: two new sets of war-steed cosmetics. A Heavy Set of the Entwash and a Heavy Set of the Wold. I bought those, but they didn’t appear in my war-steed appearance panel (Cithryth pointed out that unlike the other appearance items, these appear as boxes in your inventory). So while I cannot share those two new sets with you now, I can dye my mount hides, manes and tail, so that’s what I did!
And just in case anyone is wondering: the Steed of the Minstrel is not available on Bullroarer so I cannot try out its caparison and find out how it dyes.
I tried to keep the outfits for my hobbit rather simple, as during beta I don’t want to get carried away with “awesome outfits”. I much prefer to postpone that until after launch when I will slowly work my characters up in levels and acquire all my pieces one by one. To me that is the fun of outfitting and I don’t want to ruin my own fun by going all out in beta. So these outfits are no more than sneak peeks. On the planes of Rohan you will encounter many wild horses. I halted next to one that resembled mine to take my screenshots. It’s almost twice as big as my war-pony!
Head: Adventurer’s Hat, orange dye (skirmish cosmetic)
Shoulders: Assault Pauldrons of Éomer, orange dye (crafted lvl85 light armour)
Chest: Assault Robe of Éomer, orange dye (crafted lvl85 light armour)
Body: Lore-master’s Caparison, orange dye
Legs: Lore-master’s Leggings, orange dye
Gear: Steed of Night accessory
Tail: Red Roan
On the live server it is highly unlikely that I will (be able to) buy the Rune-keeper’s and Lore-master’s Steeds for my hobbit, but playing with these options in Beta is sure fun!
This armour is among the items that you can barter for in Snowbourn. You need tokens to purchase the gear but it isn’t hard to earn those as you level. All barter and reputation armour is decorated with the different emblems from the Rohan regions. The barter also has several cloaks available, including 4 hooded cloaks that are cosmetics.
Some players complain that this barter gear and other quest rewards are simple “re-colours” of old world armour models. In my opinion it’s more of an intense make-over than a simple re-colour job. Some models have been smoothed out and the detail on them is certainly a cut above their original old world examples.
Head: Steel Helm of the Wold, gold dye (Snowbourn barter, lvl 76 heavy armour)
Chest: Padded Robes of the Wold, gold dye (Snowbourn barter, lvl 76 light armour)
Hands: Assault Gloves of Éomer, gold dye (crafted lvl85 light armour)
Body: Rune-keeper’s Caparison, ranger green dye
Legs: Rune-keeper’s Leggings, ranger green dye
Saddle: Burglar’s Saddle
Gear: Rune-keeper’s Gear
Hide: Liver Chestnut
Tail: Black Chestnut
The nice thing about the class steed cosmetics is that they have relatively small caparisons. Most caparisons that you can buy separately in the Lotro store are huge. While this may be very nice for some occasions, when I quest with my characters I always prefer to go by practical outfits. Somehow those enormous blankets don’t seem very practical.
There are several war-steed appearance sets that can be earned as quest rewards and have the Rohan emblems printed on them. These have smaller caparisons as well. A preview of these were posted by Jadzi on the Lotro forums.
One last thing I’d like to say in this lengthy post is that I despise the “blind” eyes on the horses. Horses have deep black smooth eyes, but the war-steed eyes are a dull grey which are the very characteristics of blind eyes.
Head: Assault Hat of Éomer, sienna dye (crafted lvl85 light armour)
Shoulders: Combat Pauldrons of Éomer, rust dye (crafted lvl85 medium armour)
Chest: Eastemnet Battle Armour, grey dye (crafted lvl80 heavy armour)
Hands: Combat Gauntlets of Éomer, rust dye (crafted lvl85 medium armour)
Feet: Combat Boots of Éomer, white dye (crafted lvl85 medium armour)
Head: Guardian’s Halter, rust dye
Body: Burglar’s Caparison, rust dye
Legs: Battle Mail Leggings, sienna dye
Saddle: Lore-master’s Saddle
Hide: Red Roan