Saturday, September 5, 2015

Undead Death Knight

Ironically, my undead death knight is not super into the "skulls and bones" aesthetic of most of the death knight sets. Instead, I wanted to go with an "executioner" vibe, which I think I accomplished here. The result is a little more minimal, a little sleeker, a little more medieval looking. For full commit you'd want to go with one of the scythe-like axe or polearm models, but Armageddon just fit the set so well and looks so freaking awesome I couldn't resist using it!

HeadConqueror's Darkruned Helmet
ShouldersConqueror's Darkruned Shoulderplates
BackPlatinum Mesh Cloak
ChestBreastplate of the All-Consuming Maw
ShirtEmbroidered Shirt
HandsConqueror's Darkruned Gauntlets
WaistTitanium Links of Lore
LegsAcherus Knight's Legplates
FeetKneebreaker Boots
Main HandArmageddon
EnchantRune of the Fallen Crusader
Off HandN/A
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dwarf Mage

A fire-themed dwarf mage seemed pretty obvious, and I am nothing if not cliche -- but I at least want to put my own spin on it! So instead of using a straight up fiery set (e.g. the Firelord's Vestments (Recolor)), I came up with what you see here out of a few different sets. In addition to the fire themes, you get a lot of metals and jewels, making it look very royal and opulent. I think this is very appropriate for a race renowned for their earthen riches and treasures. This character would look absolutely perfect riding around on a Core Hound, which by itself really makes me wish I had this guy, since it's such an awesome mount that just doesn't fit any of my characters!

ShouldersFirehawk Mantle
BackCrimson Silk Cloak
ChestSanctified Bloodmage Robe
HandsSanctified Bloodmage Gloves
WaistEmbereye Belt
FeetPrideful Gladiator's Treads of Cruelty
Main HandCrystalfire Spellstaff
EnchantIllusion: Fiery Weapon
Off HandN/A
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tauren Shaman

It took me a while to come up with a tauren shaman outfit that I really liked, but I'm pretty happy with this result. The truth is, most shaman sets look pretty awesome on tauren, but I wanted something just a little more unique. I also wanted to go with a "tribal elder" vibe, as opposed to the "armored warrior of the elements" vibe that a lot of shaman sets have. The main thing I like about this set is that it features Sternhorn's Shield, a uniquely tauren shield that doesn't really match a whole lot -- but here it's perfect! For the weapon enchant, I would actually use either Illusion: Flametongue or Illusion: Earthliving, depending on if he's Elemental or Restoration specced.

ShouldersPauldrons of the Deafening Gale
BackSergeant's Cloak
ChestSanctified Frost Witch's Hauberk
ShirtThunder Bluff Doublet
HandsSanctified Frost Witch's Gloves
WaistGirdle of the Dauntless Conqueror
LegsSanctified Frost Witch's Kilt
Main HandMace of Acrid Death
EnchantIllusion: Elemental Force
Off HandSternhorn's Shield
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gnome Rogue

First up, sorry about the delay -- my computer is on the fritz, and that's kept me from updating. I'll probably have to take 1-2 weeks off at some point while it gets repaired, but for now I should be back.

Here's my current attempt at a gnome rogue. I went with a vaguely "secret agent" concept, sleek and elegant and shadowy. I found this surprisingly difficult to do, at least while using relatively new equipment for model quality. Ultimately I'm pretty happy with the result, though I would possibly try to find a new gloves/belt combo. In the event that the belt proves elusive, the Sash of Silent Blades is probably a good substitute.

HeadDeathblow X11 Goggles
ShouldersDeadly Gladiator's Leather Spaulders
BackCloak of Unforgivable Sin
ChestDeadly Gladiator's Leather Tunic
ShirtEbon Filigreed Doublet
HandsDeadly Gladiator's Leather Gloves
WaistDeadly Gladiator's Belt of Triumph
LegsDeadly Gladiator's Leather Legguards
FeetVicious Leather Boots
Main HandStormtip
Off HandStormtip
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Blood Elf Hunter

My first WoW character was a blood elf hunter, and I still consider going back to him and making him my main sometimes (or at least an active character). I might do just that in Legion when Mists heroic raids can be soloed, and I can start working on this outfit. Like my paladin, I wanted to try and create a distinctly blood elf look using newer equipment. In this case that's the appearance of a Sunfury ranger, with various Burning Crusade enemies serving as inspiration. I'm quite happy with the result, though a more solid black belt to help tie together the gloves and boots might be a slight improvement.

ShouldersShoulders of Empyreal Focus
BackCloak of Unforgivable Sin
ChestFlaming Core Chestguard
ShirtEbon Filigreed Doublet
HandsGloves of Unforgiving Flame
WaistChain of Shadow
LegsMoltenfeather Leggings
FeetFootwraps of Quenched Fire
Main HandSunfury Bow of the Phoenix
Off HandN/A
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Worgen Rogue

Let's start figuring out some future character ideas! First up we have a savage and wild worgen rogue. I like this outfit a lot, and while I like the idea of worgen, I've never really been able to get into them in-game. My worgen shadow priest basically exists just for the sake of completion. So I'm unlikely to race change my night elf this way, and will probably go with gnome instead -- as long as I can come up with some good concepts and mogs to match! We'll see how that works out next week...

ShouldersBewildering Shoulderpads
ChestColdsnout Jerkin
HandsDeacon's Wraps
WaistWinterfin Cord
LegsColdsnout Britches
FeetWinterfin Boots
Main HandBone Cleaver
EnchantEnchanter's Illusion - Berserking
Off HandBone Cleaver
Check out the entire set on Wowhead!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Legion is Coming!

Going to do something a little different with this space and talk about today's HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT of World of Warcraft: Legion! (Though I will also showcase some outfits I've been working on for two of my characters. Set links at bottom of post.) In general, I am super stoked. The expansion livestream read like a love letter to the "Best of Warcraft." From Warcraft 3, to Burning Crusade, to Wrath, this seems to be like Blizzard trying to draw on the lore, story, and content of its past great games to make another great game. But not in the way that Warlords tried to do that by literally revisiting the past, by using all this classic stuff and forging something new and exciting and moving forward into unknown territory. I'm very excited, and very optimistic -- a nice change, since for this whole expansion I've been largely confused, underwhelmed, or disappointed!

Also, there were some hidden gems in the artifact weapon reveals. It seems like they might be switching Frost Death Knights over the dual-wielding full time, which is not a huge deal. But they also revealed a spear that's supposedly for Survival Hunters. Are MELEE HUNTERS making a return as some kind of new, revamped Survival Spec?


First, there were color variants for all the artifact weapons, the first time we've been able to change our gear's aesthetic so simply. While it's not a full dye system, or color sliders to help the weapons match anything, it's still a big step in the direction of personal aesthetic choice, and I'm excited.

Second, while they didn't feature this in the livesteam, the Legion website revealed that we're finally going to get the long-awaited transmog system update: "We’re improving the transmogrification system, allowing you to collect item appearances and save your favorite outfits without sacrificing precious bag space." THANK GOD. Please oh please, don't let this go the way of the dance studio!

Third, the addition of demon hunters means I have to revisit my stable of characters and think about shuffling things around! My Night Elf Rogue Therovais exists solely as a demon hunter, so I won't need him for that purpose anymore. This frees up that slot for a different Alliance rogue. Right now I'm leaning towards either a super-savage worgen nightstalker, or a badass Gnomerogan operative. I'll probably just race change, so there's no rush to decide.

Finally, the artifact weapons feature reveals a future direction for World of Mogcraft. Once Legion drops, I obviously need to design outfits for all of the artifact weapons, one for every spec. I think it will take roughly four months to finish my "one mog of every race/class combination" mission, so I'll have some kind of gap between finishing that and the release of Legion, where I can either take requests, or go back and double-up on some of my favorite class/race combos.

In any rate, Legion looks AMAZING and I am super excited about it. Here's hoping we don't have too too long to wait!

Transmog set links: Human Paladin, Draenei Hunter.