Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tribal



With the release of Mordor on Wednesday, Aug 2, I considered uploading some of the combat outfits I would be taking through the Morannon. However, a lack of time for taking and editing screenshots combined with heavy questing and exploration prevented me from doing that. As much as I wanted to show my newest creations, I decided to keep my scheduled outfits as they were. As a result, my Beorning has taken the spotlight with another tribal-themed outfit.


Spending so much time on my Beorning in recent months has prompted me to use cosmetic skins that I wouldn't use under normal circumstances. Playing this particular character, I've been drawn to dark colors, furs, leather...anything that practically cries wilderness or can be interpreted as such. When I looked at the Jacket of Anorien Mercy, the central piece of this outfit, I didn't see something Gondorian. Rather, I saw clothing akin to the Corsairs of Umbar or the people of Dunland. Despite the jacket's cosmetic flaws (the character's deformed right knee in the picture above and to the right), I adapted it to my Beorning, who seems to endlessly roam the untamed lands of Middle-earth.


And that's another unusual outfit crossed off my list. My Beorning still has several more to model, which were delayed by my hardware failure late last year. Also, if I can pry myself away Mordor long enough, I may have something special to share in a couple of weeks.


Head: Worn Hood (Grey, Beorning intro)**
Shoulders: Westfold Skirmish Pauldrons (Grey, Tailor T7 recipe)
Chest: Jacket of Anorien Mercy (Burgundy, Vol. 4 Book 4 - A Long Siege)
Hands: Skirmish Gauntlets of the Mark (Burgundy, Tailor T8 recipe)
Feet: Dunbog Watcher's Studded Boots (Burgundy, Dunland quest reward)***

**For male characters, Radagast's Hood from the Beorning intro shares this skin.
***Also shares the same skin with the Hillman's Cracked Leather Boots and the Scorched Ox-hide Boots

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indomitable Spirit



This year's 10th Anniversary Festival and subsequent Scavenger Hunt has produced some amazing rewards this year. My biggest concern this year was the distinct lack of quests that reward Anniversary tokens, especially if you didn't devote approximately ten hours to spamming the intermediate option for the Thorin's Hall Beer Brawl. And the lack of the Inn League and Ale Association token vendors made everything feel ten time more expensive than it needed to be. The anniversary festival had some amazing rewards, but, if you're like me, you don't have a ton of time to grind for rewards. Of everything offered, I set my sights upon the Unflagging Dragon cosmetic set, which is the focus of this outfit.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Uch-lûth Skirmisher



I've been wanting to take pictures of my Beorning's outfits for a very long time. Before I could do that, I made myself a promise first. That promise was to get her to Dunland. This outfit, even though it was assembled mid-2016, I had a particular place in mind to model it. That would be Barnavon in Carreglyn, however she was thirty levels too low at the time. I've put in a significant amount of work with my Beorning since my return and it's been wonderful experiencing landscape content and exploring locations I seldom have reason to visit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shimmering Song



A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a T2 Tower of Orthanc raid as a healer. It was with an experienced group that knew most of the challenges inside and out. Wing by wing, we defeated each of the bosses and climbed our way to Saruman. For the first time since Rise of Isengard, I was able to complete this raid on T2. Also, for the first time, I saw a broken cloak clasp drop...and I was lucky to win the roll. Having been a serious raider back at level 75, I had a full collection of Draigoch cloaks tucked away. Not knowing if or when I'd see another cloak, I chose to upgrade my favorite Wyrmscale Blademaster's Cloak to the Shimmering Blademaster's cloak.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Of Anniversaries and the Ithilien Spring



Seldom do I get overly excited about my character's attire. I've been in cosmetic overdrive since I returned to LOTRO. In such overdrive that, in fact, I've had dreams about what my characters could wear. Moments I've been at my job mentally piecing various skins together and dyeing them. I guess that having worked with the cosmetics from LOTRO for so long that I don't even need to be logged in anymore to do this. Once I envisioned this, I wrote each of the pieces down, and sat down at my PC the first chance I had. I've been waiting for an opportunity to use those North Ithilien cosmetics!

When was the last time I devoted an entire entry to a dress? And when was the last time I jumped into a Spring theme? I wanted greens, whites, yellows, pinks, flowers...anything that captured the heart and soul of the warming, sunny weather and the flowers beginning to bloom.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Anórien Herald



It felt so surreal writing this outfit entry. My last set of them was posted in November. Before then, July. I'll admit that outfitting in LOTRO isn't what it used to be. Material Middle-earth has been around since 2012 and it's become progressively more difficult to find original combinations of attire and color. However, it's certainly not been an impossible task. I've spent some time pouring through other cosmetic blogs for LOTRO, looking at what others have used (or not used) that way I could create something unique. And this, at least to me, qualified as such. I've never seen anyone use a particular reward from the Volume 4 epic line, the Robe of Anórien Mercy. Thus, it became my central piece.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Featured Zone Screenshots - Ered Luin

Greetings readers of Material Middle-earth! I've finally returned to LOTRO and most things gaming. Last weekend, my PC's replacement hard drive arrived and I was able to successfully install it. There is no new outfit this week, as I'm trying to re-establish myself after a forced four month hiatus. It's my intention to have some new character attire featured in the near future!

Despite the lack of an outfit, plus my unusual and fruitful presence on Twitter recently, I had the idea of featuring screenshots from LOTRO, landscapes and places of interest in particular. Although this doesn't seem relevant to this blog, at least initially, taking pictures of locations are extremely important to my creative process. Even when I'm not designing an outfit, I take note of places to model whatever my characters wear in the future, looking for not just interesting vistas but also for places where strong sunlight can easily filter in. The stronger and greater amount of sunlight, the easier it is to see clothing details. Even icons, such as the White Tree of Gondor or the statue at Eorl's Hollow in the Wold or even the Argonath make their way into these pictures and become a great source of inspiration. It's often surprising where bits of lore are either nestled away or brazenly displayed. Long-time readers may have noticed some of this somewhere along the line. And for the new viewers I've been attracting lately, this may be of interest to them too.

This segment of my new "Featured Zone" theme is Ered Luin. Because Ered Luin is vast and contains multiple variations in climate and landscape, there will be a large number of pictures. Normally, I won't post as many. I hope you enjoy this!

Please click on an image to view a larger version.





Friday, January 27, 2017

Blog Status

Hi everybody!

Once again, I apologize for the lack of outfits again. I've actually had a few completed and ready for some screenshot sessions. However, I don't see those making an appearance here anytime soon. You see, back in December, parts of my PC started letting go. My hard drive is a major component on that list. Enough systems are failing that I'm going to let my PC live out what little life is left and then purchase a new one. That being said, I've been lucky to get it to start once every couple of weeks. I've managed to backup all of my important files (especially those several years of screenshots), however I am unable to play any of my games. I don't know when I'll be back. Possibly after my tax return checks arrive...when I can afford one.

Until then, enjoy your adventuring in Middle-earth!

~Nathrien

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