Herefara and Milkthistle

I haven’t posted in almost a month! Sorry! It’s not for lack of time, just lack of anything to post about really. I’ve mostly been working on deed with Sagewood, and so haven’t had much excitement in the land of LOTRO. Also been playing quite a bit of SimCity (60+ hours logged at this point). That game is pretty fun but the way the AI behaves and deals with problems gets annoying after awhile. But generally I think I got my money’s worth out of it.

Anyway, yesterday I had been deeding on Sagewood and dropped by Bree to process ore and hides I had picked up along the way. While exiting the vault I stopped by the mannequins and notices the Minstrel and Captain sets “of the West” were available so I decided to see how much they were. To my surprise, you can now buy them with Mithril Coins! And not just that, but 20 coins gets you the whole set. I have no idea if this is actually a good deal (I didn’t check to see the price of coins in the store nor the price of the outfits with TP, if that’s even a viable option now). I decided to buy both sets since I have a whole ton of coins from all of my characters that I don’t see using much…. except for outfits now I guess! So the outfits gave me an inspiration for a new outfit for Herefara. I also decided to use the TP I won from the LOTRO Fashion Contest to buy her some warsteed colors to match the new outfit:


Spear-shaker’s Jacket – white

Sturdy Westernesse Leggings – white

Ceremonial Cry of the West Shoulderguards – white

Ceremonial Secret of the West Gauntlets – umber

Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer – umber


Blond Hide

Tan Mane/Tail

Hunter’s Caparison – umber

Hunter’s Saddle

Most of the inspiration for the outfit came from the look of the captain “of the West” set, although I ended up only using the shoulders. I thought about using the chest piece as well, but it seemed more appropriate to use a leather jacket for a warden. I might switch them back again, but for now I really like this outfit. And Milkthistle matches splendidly!

Rough Rider

I’ve not been playing too many games the past week or so it feels like. I’ve been slowly going through stuff in my room – what to take with me when I move, what has to get shipped later, what I’m just plain getting rid of. It’s very tedious and not super fun. I wish all my stuff could just sort itself! I also ran my first 5k race this weekend. My mother is very into running and triathlons, so for her Christmas present I agreed to run a race with her. My time was not so great so I’m not going to share it 😛 I ran about half of it and walked about half. I’m not in the best of shape, I’ll admit!

Nav finally got to level 74 though and that was very exciting because it meant Rohan time for Herefara! Nav and Herefara are both 75 now and we have our warsteeds. I am very excited to learn another class’s mounted combat system. Nav, though, does not seem to enjoy it quite as much. He still clings to the way of controlling the travel mounts and finds the warsteed very ungainly. It’s too bad because I love it so much! Hopefully with time and practice he too will learn to love riding down his enemies.

Most of my kin, Windriders of Rohan, also got together and completed a skirmish for the first time in ages! It was awesome. I remember when I first joined, we were doing Moria instances almost every night with our allied kins. Now it’s lucky if two or three people are on at the same time. So it was very serendipitous when six of us were on! Me, Nav, Swiftly, Kharrn, Brie and Tryll all did the Storm on Methedras skirmish. We failed one or two times to start but we eventually got it. It’s always so nice being able to play with good friends again!

Other than that I’ve just been doing my Hytbold dailies (and missing a few days here and there… oh well). I tried starting up a new coffee and tea thread in the Windfola forums but so far only two others have taken it up as well. If you’re on Windfola, come say hi and tell us what you’re up to!

Today I made a new warsteed and an outfit to match. I don’t have a name for his horse. The general theme I suppose is a rough-rider of sorts, or perhaps a slightly armoured scout. It mostly started with me really liking the colors of the warsteed hide (dark chestnut) contrasted with black and went from there.

Character Outfit:

Pathfinder’s Jacket – black

Walnoth’s Leather Leggings – sienna

Potent Battle Boots of the Mark – black

Heavy Plated Dunlending Gauntlets – black

Hyrde-Axle – grey

Horse Outfit:

Solid Warsteed Hide – dark chestnut

Simple Tail – black

Burglar’s Saddle

Burglar’s Caparison and Leggings – both black

When you find that perfect outfit and horse match up…

So remember when I said I wasn’t going to buy more horse cosmetics? Well I found out that rather than the Spotted Warsteed Hide being the only alternative hide available in game as I previously thought, there are more hide styles available in the store. These, too, are 595 TP. However, I find that that is a more reasonable price for a warsteed hide style rather than a pack of 4 predetermined colors. The hide styles are versatile: work with any color scheme really and can also go with any outfit you set up. Not to mention, there are much fewer hide styles than color packs. And I’ve always liked this hide style that I bought on the random horses in game.

First I’ll go over the outfit:


Chest: Combative Eastemnet War Armour (olive)

Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Learned

Hands: Heavy Plated Dunlending Gauntlets (umber)

Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Stoic Stag (olive)

Back: Plain Cloak (olive)

I saw pictures of this chest piece posted during beta and always loved it. I don’t have a metalsmith, so can’t make it myself. I’ve been compulsively checking the auction house the past few days hoping someone would post one up and they did! Snagged the lvl 80 teal version of it for just over 10 gold. Not too bad I don’t think. I didn’t even bother looking at the stats, I just knew I had to have it cosmetically.

So then of course I was riding around with my shiny new outfit on my warsteed. I thought to myself, “Well, it fits… but not quite as well as I had hoped.” I looked through the Warsteed Outfits thread on the forums and saw people with the different hides. I couldn’t figure out where they got the hides or their names (they didn’t say in the thread) so I looked in the store on a hunch. There they were, a few pages of different hide styles. I sighed, decided to give up my weekly Starbucks and paid for some TP to snag the Tobiano Warsteed hide.

Honestly, I’m glad I did. This horse is magnificent.

Hide: Tobiano Warsteed Hide (Black Chestnut hide and tail/mane coloring)

Blanket: Guardian’s Caparison (olive)

Legs: Burglar’s Leggings

Saddle: Guardian’s Saddle

He’s not as fully armoured as the darker steed I posted yesterday, but the simpler armouring is good I think. And now my horse matches my outfit so well. It looks and feels so Rohirrim and I love it! I just keep riding around taking screenshot after screenshot. I love this combo! I’m hoping this will keep me satisfied for awhile so I don’t feel the need to purchase more warsteed things in the store.

Right now Nav is only level 72 (well, he hit 72 last night anyway), so I was helping him quest in the now 70-75 Great River area (I am so sick of Dunland honestly). So of course more pics of me on my horse were taken during questing.

Here’s Nav and I running through Eorlsmead. Notice that his steed is very puny compared to mine:

Once I get to 85 on Cithryth, I’ll probably finish off my quests in Dunland on Herefara and then level her through the Great River. She’s 68 right now, so it shouldn’t be too long. I’m sick of Dunland because of the rails. If you lose your trail of chaining quests, you can’t find anywhere else to pick up quests. I going around for ages trying to figure out how to start quests in the town in the north west corner of the Dunland map (can’t remember the name of the town). Turned out you had to go find the scout north along the road first. Ugh. Oh well. At least Great River stuff is 70 to 75 now!

My Fashion Week Submissions!

So now that fashion week is over, here’s what I’ve submitted. Now that it’s over though I’m afraid I misinterpreted the ‘must have a resolution of 1024×786’ bit – I thought it meant that my screen resolution had to be at least that while taking the pictures, not that the pictures themselves had to be 1024×768 pixels – I’m still not sure actually. Just worried! If I did it wrong – oh well! I still feel like I put together some awesome outfits and my images are top quality. So anyway, here they are!

Fashion in Motion

Professionally Minded

Formal Wear








Outfitter’s Block

Yes, I know. I have a very sporadic posting schedule anymore. But honestly, I think about posting all the time I just end up not knowing what to say. In this post I’m mostly going to talk about LOTRO and outfits but hopefully some point later I’m going to make an all-Minecraft post. There’s some cool stuff going on with some shading mods I want to talk about because they completely change the way Minecraft looks and feels (in a very awesome way).

Anyway, on to the outfits and all that.

Like I posted last time, I’m in the middle of re-doing pretty much all of my characters’ outfits. My problem is though that I feel like I get stuck in these ruts where I end up using only a handful of pieces over and over and over again in different colors but in more or less the same combination. I’ve been looking at outfit blogs like LOTRO Stylist, LOTRO Fashion and Cosmetic LOTRO to get ideas but I still feel like I’m hitting an outfitting wall. I just got the Dunedain Ranger cosmetics from Vol 3 Book 5, so that has added something new to my wardrobe. Here’s some of the things I’ve got for Cithryth at the moment, hopefully someone will give me some ideas on what I can do/change/make better:

As you can see, I’m pretty much in love with my new armour pieces from Dunland quests, as well as the Traveller’s Hood. I really love the black outfit with the Grey Company Hood. In fact I love that outfit so much I set Herefara up with it as well, but with different shoulders. I saw the ranger outfit posted at LOTRO Stylist and I really want to re-create that. I also have realized I made a silly comment in reply to that post – I don’t actually have to go to Helegrod anymore to get that armour. Oh well. On the bright side I now know I only need 43 more Medallions until I can get that Spear-shaker’s chestpiece. Here are just two of the outfits I’ve been working on with Herefara in the meantime of getting that chestpiece:

Now that I think about it, I think I’ve posted that first outfit here before. It just matches Herefara so perfectly. I’ve also been working on Sriracha’s outfits. Here are two dressy outfit’s I’ve made. I think the second one is still a work-in-progress:

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

It seems I went on hiatus…

Pretty much.

Basically it was a combination of LOTRO-burnout and Minecraft addiction at first. Then it was school and a new job kicking it and kicking my butt. Then it was that I was building a new PC.

Now it seems I have everything under control, so I’ve started playing LOTRO on the weekends again. I don’t think I’ll ever hit the amount of hours I had been playing for a long time ever again. It’s hard to maintain that kind of play time over a 4 year + period.

I also think that for the time being I will not be getting back into RP. RP is (was?) such a time commitment, and being expected to more or less lead the entire Windfola RP community was a lot too. Looking back I’m surprised I did as well as I did in school last semester while doing all that RP stuff! I guess I didn’t go out much 😛

Either way, one thing that I will probably never lose my passion for as long as I am playing LOTRO is cosmetics! Here is my latest batch of outfits now that I’ve been playing the quest lines in the RoI expansion:

Click here to see an album with more images.

And to those who may be wondering what happened to my Casual Stroll to Mordor writings, fear not. Eventually I’ll get back to it, I promise! Baby steps :)

Update – With Outfits!

Hey everyone! Just writing a short update, I know it’s been ages since I posted. I have been so busy with real life, and also HH Minecraft has seen a recent explosion of new members and the moderators have been working hard to help everyone. Luckily (?) the server has been down the past few days so I’ve caught up with my summer class work and been playing a bit of LOTRO.

As you may know, I’ve started writing for Casual Stroll to Mordor, which is very exciting. My first post was almost two weeks ago, and I will be posting again this week. I’ve got the next two articles all lined up so I should be good! I’m really trying to pace myself with these articles so that I don’t end up feeling super stressed out like I did with LOTRO Weekly.

I can’t give you any sneak peaks on my outfits for CSTM, however I can give you some screenies of outfits I’ve been working on for my own characters to wear.

Here is Herefara on her Algraig Steed:

And Sagewood dressed to the nines with the Sable Harvestmath Steed: