Ah yes, it feels good to be back in LOTRO. And how better to come back then to create another outfit for my Ranger/Hunter line of fashion.
I have crafted several outfits to blend in with my surroundings and on one occasion while searching out some ideal locales for backgrounds I had noted I was traveling by night. Well, per usual I was about to wait for daylight when it dawned on me…(no pun intended. lol), A hunter at night would be a great addition to my line of outfits.
This was awhile ago and I had yet to begin. My inspiration came when I happened across a picture of some manner of stealthy ninja/hunter. I noted the color of his garb and the style of his chest which was sleeveless, something I had not tried before. In warmer climes, a hunter would be inclined to wear a simpler outfit, and sleeveless would be less cumbersome than most other robes and hauberks. A mask, to hide the lighter colored skin that may reflect the moonlight to his disadvantage. Soft leather boots, to keep the sound of his footsteps very low. Various blades on his gloves and chest for when the combat was too close for his bow. If perchance the risk of being spotted was high, he would need to stop suddenly, a cloak waving in the wind at his sudden stop might attract attention. In place of a cloak, he wears an elven quiver. The color for a hunter on a nightly mission would be subtle grays, blacks and dark blues. Shadows would dance across his outfit, breaking up his outline, giving him better concealment. Avoiding the main roads, he would choose the wild hidden paths of the forests, or perhaps…..fog covered riverbeds. This would be no ordinary hunter, or ranger on a long journey….this is an assassin.
Head: Lesser Secret of the West Helm, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Hunter Ost Dunhoth Armor. Barter in Harndirion)
Shoulders: Skirmish Pauldrons of the Mark, dyed Erid Luin Blue (T8 crafted recipe. Ceremonial version can be found in Lalia’s Market)
Chest: Lesser Secret of the West Breastplate, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Hunter Ost Dunhoth Armor. Barter in Harndirion)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Quest: Finding An Old Friend)
Legs: Ceremonial Woodman’s Supple Leggings, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Lalia’s Market. Non-Ceremonial version is available questing in Dunland)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, dyed Grey (Quest: Breath of the Dragon)
Back: Fine Elven Quiver, dyed Erid Luin Blue (Rivendell Outfitter)
Heavy Caparison of the Norcrofts, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Lotro Store)
Light Leggings of the Norcrofts , dyed Ered Luin Blue (Quest: All That Remains)
Plain Black Saddle (Default War-steed appearance)
Solid Hide, dyed Black
Simple Tail, dyed White
Ked’s outfits always stand out for their fabulous blend of the very practical with the very beautiful. Dark blue is the perfect color for this midnight hunter, and the pieces are not only up to the task, but also very appealing. I don’t know who made these spectacular screenshots, but they bear the mark of excellence. I truly love these twilight shots and the mount makes the scenes very haunting. Very well done!
I thank you, Hymne! The outfit is one I had started switching into when it became dusk on mine and Dev’s adventures and she noticed one day how I had garbed my warhorse in like fashion. She insisted on putting them up on the blog. heh. The screenshots are all Devonna. She has a knack for taking excellent screenies. I just help her choose which ones to use. I remember back in the day a well loved screenie of a dragon hunter garbed in green scouting out the drakes. She has excellent talent.
Oh this is gorgeous, its nice to see a ranger in colours other than the typical greens, browns and black. Lovely work as always, love your website!
Just a question, the helm pictured here is for the Burglar set in Harndirion, my Hunter cannot equip it or even wear it cosmetically. How did you get this to work?
You put it in your wardrobe first.
Love it, but one suggestion, make a variant where the arms are not so bare, and you have shoulders, and you will really get things done! 😀
Does this also fits for females?