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Non-Ranger Outfit: Rohan Armor Sets

Sorry for the long delay between posts.  Life had taken hold and I could not escape its grasp!  Back now, though, and have a few new outfits lined up to display.  But first and foremost, I need to shift gears slightly and dig deep to find my Rohan side.

Given the fact that Helms Deep is right around the corner (and like a giddy little kid I went out and bought the most expensive addition with all the little perks and such), I started to fiddle around with the three different sets of Rohan armor to see what sorts of Rohan-ish type coolness I could make.  Here are a few of my favorite combinations with some action shots thrown in for good measure (I have to say I really like the scalable shield–good job devs!).  I realize these are all dismounted pictures.  Apologies to my Rohan-purist friends out there.

1. Heavy Cavalry

The first set is a fully armored heavy horse soldier.  Meant to fight at a full gallop, the armor is meant to look like it can withstand a beating.  I’m very pleased with how this turned out!

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Head: Helm of the Hammerhand
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Hammerhand
Back: Shield of the Hammerhand
Chest: Hauberk of the Eastemnet
Hands: Gloves of the Eastemnet
Feet: Boots of the Helmingas


2. Soldier of Lighthorse

The next outfit I tried for a more rustic look; thankfully the new Hammerhand set made a really great focal point.  I used no armor piece with the exception of the helm to tie it all together.  The point was to give an appearance of a soldier fighting in a  lighthorse company.

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Chest: Hauberk of the Hammerhand
Head: Helm of the Eastemnet
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Eorlingas
Feet: Boots of the Westfold
Hands: Gloves of the Helmingas
Back: Shield of the Hammerhand


3. The Noble Rohirrim

Of this one I took only one screenshot; this is a good leisurely outfit for a Rohan RPer.  Lightly armored, but not threatening.  When I was creating it I wanted to give him a look of nobility.  It turned out well!

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Head: Circlet of the Eorlingas
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Hammerhand
Back: Cloak of the Eorlingas
Chest: Hauberk of the Hammerhand
Hands: Gloves of the Hammerhand
Feet: Boots of the Hammerhand

New Ranger Outfit from the LotroStylist Blog

Check it out here!  Devonna writes:

This is the outfit Ked is currently sporting. It’s great for stealthy type characters and it’s grey color blends perfect with the default warsteed color for those, like me, who are having a bit of trouble stomaching the high Lotro Store prices for warsteed customization.

And a sample:

You’ll want to go read the rest and check out the other screenshots!

Hawk Clan Hunter

While this isn’t necessarily a Ranger outfit, I really like the way this looks.  I made it for one of my characters whose RP background is that of a Hawk Clan hunter who joined up with a contingent of the Rangers of Ithilien in Eriador (see our main page on the kinship website).

Here is Jericco in Breeland in traditional Hawk Clan hunting attire:

The Basics:

  • Legs: Starkmoor Caretaker’s Leggings
  • Shoulders: Gwir-palvais
  • Head: Sukdyr’s Fall
  • Body: Dwarf Steel Breastplate of Might
  • Hands: Gloves of the Helmingas
  • Feet: Vibrant Brushed Combat Boots
  • Back: Fine Elven Quiver

The Hunter’s Moon

Tonight is the Hunter’s Moon (in real life, that is) and it inspired me to create an outfit that fit well into that theme.  Rangers have to hunt for food, after all (or, rather, they should).

The basics (all Umber dye):

  • Head: Resilient Skirmish Helm of the Mark
  • Shoulders: Fated Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads
  • Back: Cloak of the Mountain Wolves
  • Body: Tough Jacket
  • Hands: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets
  • Legs: Leather Leggings of the Stoic Stag
  • Feet: Vibrant Brushed Combat Boots

A Ranger of Esteldin

When I first started playing LOTRO years ago, I was delighted to finally come upon the Ranger stronghold of Esteldin.  Watching the sword practice play out, standing near the rewards vendors (which, by the way, need some new rewards *ahem* Turbine *cough*), I felt a part of their world.  Now with the new cosmetics from Vol. 3, we can actually blend more!

Granted, a lot of these are taken near Annuminas (what can I say, I really like Evendim!)…

The Basics:

  • Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood (Umber dye)
  • Shoulders: Worn Ranger’s Wrap (Umber dye)
  • Back: Fine Elven Quiver (Umber dye)
  • Body: Ceremonial Spear-shaker’s Jacket (Olive dye)
  • Boots: Fine Westernesse Protector’s Boots (Umber dye)
  • Legs: Zudrugund Leather Leggings (Olive dye)
  • Hands: Leather Ranger’s Bracers (Umber dye)

Ranger of the Night Watch

I’ve made an outfit similar to this before (see Night Warden), but this is one I’ve always liked.  I’m not sure the color blue really is appropriate for a Ranger, but it just stands out to me as something regal and ancient.

The Basics:

  • Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood (Navy dye)
  • Shoulder: Fine Grey Company Wrap (Navy dye)
  • Back: Fine Elven Quiver (Navy dye)
  • Body: Breastplate of the West-tower (Elite set, Default)
  • Feet: Tursur-lhopan (Navy dye)
  • Legs: Zudrugund Leather Leggings (Navy dye)
  • Hands: Scorched Ox-hide Gauntlets (Navy dye)

This Ranger outfit reminds me of something the Numenorians would have worn.  I’m not sure why that is but I am a fan of this outfit.

The Ithilien Ranger

The Ithilien Rangers are known to anyone who has read the LOTR books or watched the movies.  They are the descendents of those who once dwelt in the forests of Ithilien (more info here and here).  I used the image from the movie to draw inspiration and came up with the following outfit:

The basics:

  • Head: Fine Grey Company Hood (Ranger Green dye)
  • Shoulders: Defensive Eastemnet Combat Pauldrons (Ranger Green dye)
  • Back: Fine Elven Quiver (Umber dye)
  • Body: Agile Eastemnet Skirmish Armour (Umber dye)
  • Feet: Tursur-lhopan (Ranger Green dye)
  • Hands: Leather Ranger’s Bracers (Ranger Green dye)

I envision the Ithilien Ranger as someone who is rugged, someone who knows how to blend in with their environment without affording any protection.  The new Eastemnet armor set really works to fill those requirements and they dye really well.

The Autumn Ranger of Annuminas

I love this time of year.  When else can you hide in a pile of fallen leaves before leaping out and mercilessly slaying that Orc?  Only in the Fall, I say.  So I wanted to find an outfit that matched the season well and kept my Ranger hidden.  Here is what I came up with:

The basics:

  • Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood (red dye)
  • Shoulder: Padded Mantle of the Dunland Soothsayer (orange dye)
  • Back: Cloak of the Falling Leaves (dark green dye)
  • Body: Ceremonial Nenuial’s Jacket (red dye)
  • Hands: Ceremonial Nenuial’s Gauntlets (default)
  • Legs: Ceremonial Nenuial’s Leggings (red dye)
  • Feet: Ceremonial Nenuial’s Boots (default)

As you can see most of the outfit consists of Annuminas armor (available through a skirmish vendor).

Welcome to the LOTRO Ranger!

Greetings!   Welcome to my cosmetics blog.  Before I get into the concept behind this project, I’d like to give my new readers some background.

Who is this Philomandros person anyway?

My main character on Landroval has an interesting back story, and I won’t bore you here.  After all, you didn’t come here to read my character’s bio, but to check out all those awesome outfit ideas (right?).  Needless to say, however, ‘Ranger’ fits well as a descriptor.   Formerly, Philomandros is the cofounder of the Rangers of Ithilien kinship on Elendilmir (back in those days, there were no designated RP servers), and there was much rejoicing (yay!).  Alas, after four years Elendilmir has lost a lot of its RPers to other servers, so the Rangers decided it was time to migrate to a place where we would have more successful RP fun.  So to Landroval we came (and with a name change: The Dunedain of Ithilien).

The LOTRO Ranger and Cosmetics in LOTRO

Throughout the past few years, the cosmetic system has been perhaps one of the best features of LOTRO (aside from the lore and the graphics) and especially recently there has been much attention paid to keeping those of us with interests in perfecting that ideal outfit very happy (I am very, very grateful that LOTRO finally added a NPC Ranger outfit for us players).

Nevertheless, even with these fantastic outfit sets, many of us Rangers still want that perfect unique Ranger look that defines us and lets us stand out–for me, at least, this is more of an RP issue than anything else.  This blog will do what it can to present many options for the reader to put together an outfit just for their Ranger (although, as a fan of Gondorian/Numenorian lore, I may offer some other options here and there).

So please, feel free to follow this blog and if you want even send in your recommendations for outfits!

Also check out Cosmetic LOTRO and LOTRO Stylist for more Ranger outfits!