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The preview of the new female Night Elf model released this week has inspired me to post this story, which I wrote primarily during summer and autumn of 2011.

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I don’t remember the glory of Zin’Azshari or the decadence of the Highborne.

I don’t remember the War of the Ancients or the Sundering of the world.

My mother once told me that there were more kaldorei children born in the fifty years immediately following Illidan Stormrage’s creation of the second Well of Eternity and the planting of Nordrassil by the Aspects than there were in the previous — or following — five hundred.

Scorned, derided, and shunned by the kaldorei, the remaining Highborne kept to themselves, but we occasionally saw them walking around the very outskirts of Constellas, where we lived. As a child and a youth, I was intensely fascinated by their pale, solemn, haughty countenances and their richly-decorated, yet increasingly threadbare apparel. My parents grew tired of my continual pestering to know more about them. After my father’s patience finally broke and he shouted at me — “Arcane magics destroyed our world! They are forbidden for a reason! Do not seek after them any more!” — I stopped asking about the Highborne… but when I had come of age, my parents could not prevent me from associating with them.
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click on the images to see the full-size versions of these pictures

I began this project last summer, as a follow-up to my rather crudely-assembled racial height and build comparison.

At the time, however, the sexism-in-WoW discussion was going around again, and I felt that it would be rather gauche to post what is undeniably an objectified image: I have reduced my models to shapes to be studied.

I’d been meaning to complete it anyway, but somehow BTH always seemed to already be using the tablet to work on his comic whenever I wanted to work on it :P

With all the wonderful new model previews being released, I figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.

I had been thinking I’d do a further follow-up of close-up studies of the front and profile shapes of the faces, because I feel like I still don’t have a really good grasp on how to make some of the races different from my standard way of drawing human people. I’d like to do a companion set of “beach bums of Azeroth”, too, because I feel that I understand the male shapes even less than the female shapes. Maybe I should wait on that until all the new models come out in 6.0, though.

Speaking of the new models, I’ve liked all the ones we’ve seen glimpses of so far, and I look forward to seeing the Night Elf, the Troll, and especially the Tauren. The new female Orc makes me wish I hadn’t deleted my level 35 Orc Enhancement Shaman. I do hope the shaved head texturing makes it into the final model.

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fancy braids

One Sunday while I was teaching Primary last year, one of the little girls came with her hair braided up fancy like this. It was so pretty I had to draw it!

I’ve often wondered whether a Tauren’s mane grows just from a relatively narrow strip along the crest of the neck, like a horse’s mane, or if the long hair grows from all over the dorsal surface of the neck, more like a lion’s mane. This hairstyle, a fusion of cornrow braiding and how a dressage horse’s tail is plaited, assumes the latter mode.

I’m looking forward to how the model renovations will affect hairstyles. I’m hopeful that the updated hairstyles will have more realistic detailing of the strands and locks, especially for styles with tails and braids. I also hope that the new models will eventually bring wider availability of current braided hairstyles and more fun braided hairstyles in general at the Barbershop. They did say at Blizzcon that they have designed styles that they haven’t yet released, didn’t they?

P.S. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could have our own personal Barbershop in our Garrison?

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One of my current favorite WoW webcomics is Away From Reality. It’s funny, the characters are likeable, and the art is totally unique from any other WoW webcomic I’ve ever seen. Instead of drawing, screencapping, or using WMV, Erik Jensen uses the program Poser to model and render his characters. Although this makes the art less immediately recognizable as being derived from WoW, I think the more broad-spectrum fantasy game look also makes the comic more accessible to non-WoW players.

On the “About” page, Jensen comments,

I would love to see someone with actual artistic talent someday render some of my characters or comics, but for myself, this is all I can do.

This invitation has been bouncing around in the back of my brain for awhile now, and out it came onto paper when I was searching for inspiration for something to draw yesterday.

Here we have the main cast of Away From Reality (well, sort-of):

night elf druid Alaxia
human prot warrior Gord
human warlock Morgatha
gnome mage Thizzible*
dwarf holy priest Hurgon

*Night elf hunter Targe is formally the fifth member of the “main cast”, but it’s seemed to me like Thizzible has made more appearances than Targe since the crew reached Pandaria.

The outfits in the picture are (somewhat loosely) based on the in-game clothing items that I thought best matched the clothing the characters wear in the comic — though these are not, obviously, complete Transmogrification kits because most of them are lacking gloves.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.

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Over about a year and a half, from September 2010 to May 2012, I drew a series of pictures depicting Azerothian sapient species dressed in the sorts of clothing that one might see in a contemporary congregation of Sunday church-goers.


Well, okay, perhaps this sort of dress might only be seen on a teenager during Prom season.


The unmodified artwork for “The Speedbarge Summer Soiree” fits into this meme, too.


This dress might only be seen during a town’s “celebrate our pioneer heritage!” week.


While I was in graduate school, one of my male friends found this outfit at a thrift store and delighted in wearing it to church periodically ever afterward.
I wonder if he still wears it sometimes?


Another dress most likely to be seen on a teenager around Prom season.
The blue shirt + yellow tie combination was very fashionable when I was in my late teens and early twenties.


I drew the lineart for this picture directly in ink and the figures turned out so badly proportioned that I needed to draw a background to rationalize them.

Then, with Humans, Dwarves, and Forsaken remaining, I ran out of steam.

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A couple of pictures that I drew around the beginning of Cataclysm.


The clothes these shaman are wearing are modeled after the apparel of the Shaman trainers in each of the starting zones. Once, each of the women in this picture was a character on my roster. Aside from Kamalia, only the dwarf and the orc remain — and the orc’s existence is somewhat tenuous.


Hey, look, it’s the curly-haired tauren! The night elf used to be on my roster, too, but, like most of the shamans, she didn’t survive the pruning I did last summer.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf and Night Elf Mages. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Shado-Pan Arcanist

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Nether Guards, Sparklight Robes, Girdle of Glowing Light, Black Mageweave Gloves, Unassuming Slippers, Rod of the Blazing Light
When I was originally designing this outfit in MogIt, I was struck by how well the T15-Normal Priest-lookalike Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord matched this robe. That item was well out of my solo-player reach, however, so I chose something else. Later, the rep requirements for many Shado-Pan Assault items were lowered, allowing me to gain the required reputation (Friendly) to buy the Valor Points version of the belt from a single clear of the first wing of Throne of Thunder LFR. Huzzah!

Shadra’s Burning Scroll

Burning Scroll Hood & Mantle (LFR), Hibernal Robe, Sorcerer’s Belt of Final Winter, Shimmering Gloves + Goldenvine Wraps, Ikeyen’s Boots, Formal White Shirt, Inscribed Serpent Staff
Dragonray’s ROYGBiV-Yellow outfit inspired Kaelinda to dive into Terrace of Endless Spring LFR. Luckily, it only took two weeks for her to win both the hat and the shoulders — and the belt. This kit would be very appropriate for a Troll!

Cold Never Bothered Me, Anyway






Twilight Mantle, Will of Edward the Odd, Replica Virtuous Belt, Breezebinder Handwraps, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Icy Cloak, Ethereum Life-Staff, Anglers Tabard
I first learned about Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg from Cymre at Christmastime. A few days after Cymre’s post, before Winter Veil ended, I saw a Mage standing on Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg in the Thunder Bluff fishpond, also using the Winter Veil Disguise Kit — it was really cute, I should have taken a screenshot! More recently, Vidyala discovered the Berg, and her post prompted me to get Kaelinda out to Angler’s Wharf to earn it.
It didn’t take long for Kaelinda to reach Revered with the Anglers so that she could buy the Berg. Getting her fishing skill to 525 so that she could actually use the Berg, however, was another matter. She ended up staying at Angler’s Wharf long past the time when she became Exalted with them getting her skill up a guaranteed three points per day from the quests, plus a few extra if the day’s quests included Wolf Piranha or Dojani Eel.
Kaelinda’s sense of identity is so strongly associated with her hair color that she only allows it to be changed away from either copper or red-gold for brief costume photoshoots. Though she certainly looks gorgeous in this outfit with the platinum blonde braid, she wouldn’t have felt like herself if I’d left her hair that way for very long.

Astralaan Arcanist

Junior Technician 3rd Grade Goggles, Tattered Dreadmist Mantle, Astralaan Robe, Arcanist Belt, Widow’s Clutches, Ruby Slippers , Cloak of Azure Lights, Formal White Shirt, Staff of Twin Worlds
I’ve been wanting to make this outfit for a long time! About two years ago, I discovered the wonderful combination of Ruby Slippers + Widow’s Clutches when using Kaelinda’s current outfit as the basis for an “evening gown” for Matty’s ‘Azeroth’s Next Top Plate Model’ event. At the time, Kaelinda was between levels 65 and 70, and wearing an outfit that included these goggles, shoulders, and robe. I usually Transmogrify over these shoulders when any character but my Warlock is wearing them, but the colors match this robe so nicely that I chose to leave them alone for this kit.

Fuschia Fantasy


Junior Technician 3rd Grade Goggles, Gossamer Shoulderpads, Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Arcanist Belt, Astralaan Pants, Widow’s Clutches + Silkwood Cuffs, Ruby Slippers , Cloak of Azure Lights, Formal White Shirt, Staff of Twin Worlds
After having gone to rather a great deal of effort to acquire the Ruby Slippers and matching Widow’s Clutches, Kaelinda knew exactly which robe she wanted to wear with them first. Fortunately, it only took her two resets of AQ20 to get it. I prefer to wear a white bodysuit underneath this style of robe because I am uncomfortable with showing this much skin — feel free to leave off the shirt and use more revealing pants if you so desire.

Red Star

Starfire Tiara, Nether Guards, Simple Robe, Apothecary’s Waistband/Captain Sanders’ Sash, Earthmender’s Bracer of Shattering, Bloody Surgeon’s Mitts, Shimmering Boots, Red Riding Hood’s Cloak, Golden Filigreed Doublet, Staff of the Sun
The Starfire Tiara drops from Jed Runewatcher, a rare spawn in the Furnace area of Upper Blackrock Spire. With Blackrock Spire scheduled for a makeover in Warlords of Draenor, if you want this hat, you’d better go farm it up now!
This outfit would also look great with other red hats such as the Crown of Endless Knowledge/Tourmaline Crown, Red Pointy Hat, or Crimson Felt Hat/Mirren’s Drinking Hat.

Crystal Waters

Gossamer Shoulderpads, Robe of Crystal Waters*, Sutarn’s Ring, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Staff of the Arcane Path
This lovely robe was awarded from an Alliance-only questchain in Stranglethorn Vale that disappeared in the Cataclysm. Kaelinda picked it up while she was briefly a human a few years ago. Similar looks could be made with the Robes of the Exalted or Robes of the Guardian Saint.

Greenwitch


Elunarian Spaulders, Conjurer’s Vest, Arcane Sash, Wandering Healer’s Kilt, Runecloth Gloves, Ikeyen’s Boots, Gwyneth’s Runed Dragonwand, Suntouched Flowers
Upon reaching level 78, Kaelinda was at last able to equip the Gwyneth’s Runed Dragonwand that she’d had saved away in her bank for quite some time. This outfit is based on a concept that I designed for Mog Madness Round I.

Stillpine Interpreter

Feline Mantle, Fur Covered Robe, Wizard’s Belt, Woolgathering Gloves, Ritual Stopper’s Slippers, Squire’s Shirt
It was delightfully easy to put together a nice low-level Transmogrification kit to go with this beautiful and unique starting zone quest reward robe.

Magistrix of the Kirin Tor

Junior Technician 3rd Grade Goggles, Elder Wizard’s Mantle, Sketh’lon Survivor’s Tunic, Magister’s Belt, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Runecloth Gloves, Kodo Rustler Boots*, Spellbound Cloak, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Staff of Twin Worlds, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
The goggles and the brown gloves and shoes give this outfit a different feel than Kinevra’s “Jaina lookalike” outfit. The accessories I used for Kaelinda’s Alanna’s Embrace outfit also look great with this tunic+kilt.

Merciless Magistrix

Crown of Endless Knowledge, Merciless Gladiator’s Silk Amice & Raiment, Gossamer Belt, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Invincible Stave, Stylish Red Shirt
During a recent Horde-side LBR excursion to Tempest Keep, Kaelinda was lucky enough to pick up the T5 shoulder and chestpiece tokens. I decided to turn them in at Quel’Danas for the PvP items because I’ve always liked the rich, jewel-like colors of the Merciless Gladiator’s Silk set.

Greensleeves

Greenweave shoulders chest pants & gloves+bracers, Wisp-Chaser Cord, Willow Boots, Green Linen Shirt
Perhaps it seems odd that a Night Elf Mage should dress like a Druid? Not really. Once a Priestess, Keriluna’s grief and anger over the death of her Druid husband at the hands of the Forsaken while he lay Dreaming in the Dor’danil Barrow Den drove her to secretly pursue her latent talent for the Arcane, which she openly embraced when the Highborne reappeared shortly before the Shattering.

Winter Veil Elegance

Ata’mal Crown, Nether Guards, Robes of Insight, Voidweave Cilice, Astralaan pants, Shimmering gloves & boots, Goldenvine Wraps, Formal White Shirt, Invincible Stave
The Crown of Endless Knowledge or Red Pointy Hat would be great alternate headpieces.
I prefer to wear a white bodysuit underneath this style of robe because I am uncomfortable with showing this much skin — feel free to leave off the shirt and use more revealing pants if you so desire.

Poinsettia

Greenweave shoulders, Red Linen Vest, Wisp-Chaser Cord, Greenweave pants, Narassin’s Gloves, Willow Boots, White Linen Shirt
The brown low-level quest rewards in this outfit are identical to the Archmage/Elementalist set of Outland greens.

Magistrix Alanna

Hood of the Arcane Path, Orchid Amice*, Alanna’s Embrace*, Magister’s Belt, Jumanza Grips, Shimmering/Ivycloth Boots, Formal White Shirt, Pilfered Ethereal Blade, Dreamseeker Dandelion
I farmed Scholomance diligently before Patch 5.0 dropped to get this robe.
I also like how this set looks with the Lavender Mageweave Shirt or the Sleeveless T-Shirt.
The Mystical Mantle would be a good alternative to the Orchid Amice.

Red Empress

Elementalist Skullcap, Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Imperial Red Robe, Voidweave Cilice, Black Mageweave Gloves, Archaeologist’s Quarry Boots*
If you were fortunate enough to acquire (and keep) the Clutch of Andros before Scholmance was revamped, that relatively plain black belt also looks very good with this set. The Black Belt of Knowledge coordinates well with this style of robe, too.

Deep Purple Dreams

Feline Mantle, Cat Lover’s Vest, Wizard’s Belt, Darkweave Breeches, Woolgathering Gloves, Ritual Stopper’s Slippers
In my experience, these pants are much, much easier to find on the Alliance AH than on the Horde AH. For Horde characters, the Speedbarge Leggings may be easier to obtain.

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I drew the lineart for this picture in February 2008. Around February of this year, I decided it would be a lot more interesting with some color. I’d always mentally titled it “Kids in Shatt”, thinking of the children from the orphanage in Lower City, so I filled in the background with an appropriate screenshot. The wrong angles and sizes of various ears and the Draenei boy’s missing chintacles are due to the early date of the drawing. Fortunately, the much-too-small size of the Gnome girl’s head in the original lineart was easily remedied in Photoshop. I’m not sure anymore whether the Troll youth was originally intended to be a boy or a girl. The idea for the sign he-or-she is carrying came from my very poor recollection of this classic Norman Rockwell painting.


A doodle from February 2009. I’m not entirely satisfied with it because I drew the Gnome child first and then all the other children ended up looking much older than him. The gender of the Night Elf child is intended to be ambiguous.

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Mixing things up a little, I’m going to present my “also-ran” ideas for this round of Mog Madness first and reveal my actual entry for the contest later. The Mog Build criteria for round 4 were pretty challenging. I made multiple Transmogrification Template Kits for each armor type, then picked my favorite out of them all for my contest entry. It was a tough choice, and I’m still not quite sure I chose the one with the best chance of getting me into round five.

Shadow of Affliction
cloth, modeled by Kivrinne

Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns, Bloodstained Surgeon’s Shoulderguards (normal), Cat Lover’s Vest, Cord of the Patronizing Practitioner (normal), Darkweave Breeches, Bracers of Dark Blessings (normal), Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Thalassian Wildercloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Heartshiver, Telestra’s Journal

Karabor Voodoo
cloth, modeled by Kikimaia

Venomshroud Mask, Pads of the Venom Spider, Cat Lover’s Vest, Feralfen Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Greenweave Gloves, Vinerot Sandals, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Webbed Death, Forsaken Ball

Decontamination Specialist
cloth, modeled by Kelilla

Green Tinted Goggles, Mantle of the Tribunal, Chillwind Tunic, Ivycloth Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Vengeance Staff

Darkmoon Wanderer
cloth, modeled by Khrissalys

Shadowbrim Travel Hat, Mantle of the Tribunal, Chillwind Vest, Ivycloth Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Syrannis’ Mystic Sheen, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Staff of the Four Golden Coins

Lament for the Ata’mal
cloth, modeled by Kandrista

Crown of Burning Waters (heroic), Mantle of Nefarius (heroic), Cat Lover’s Vest, Belt of Arcane Storms (normal), Darkweave Breeches, Supplicant’s Discarded Bracer, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Periwinkle Cloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Terokk’s Shadowstaff

Deadly Messenger
leather, modeled by Kelisanna

Other-Eye Patch, Dark Leather Shoulders, Wild Leather Vest, Crystallized Girdle, Gypsy Trousers, Madwolf Bracers, Ranger Gloves, Mud Stained Boots, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Shard of Azzinoth, Heartshiver or Webbed Death for off-hand

Jumblebeary Pie
leather, modeled by Kilannas

Emblazoned Hat, Dark Leather Shoulders, Dark Leather Tunic, Crystallized Girdle, Huntsman’s Leggings, Clefthoof Gloves, Clefthoof Wanderboots, Hibernal Cloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Wildfury Greatstaff

Dreamstalker
mail, modeled by Kerithian

Unyielding Helm, Spaulders of the Protectorate, Green Dragonscale Breastplate, Lifecycle Waistguard (normal), Green Dragonscale Leggings, Green Dragonscale Gauntlets, Auchenai Boots, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Tracking Bow

Shadowmoon Shocktrooper
mail, modeled by Keshona

Malefactor’s Eyepatch, Krom’gar Champion’s Mesh Pauldrons, Thick Netherscale Breastplate, Lifecycle Waistguard (normal), Bloodmail Legguards, Formidable Gauntlets, Formidable Sabatons, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Blood Fury, Maimgor’s Bite

Dark Retribution
plate, modeled by Khitka

Warleader’s Crown, Talonguard Epaulets, Chromite Chestplate, Symbolic Belt, Chromite Legplates, Symbolic Gauntlets, Symbolic Boots, Thalassian Wildercloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand

Spectre of the Black Temple
plate, modeled by Karaveline

Horseman’s Horrific Helmet, Dreadmaul Pauldrons, Chromite Chestplate, Symbolic Belt, Chromite Legplates, Emerald Gauntlets, Emerald Sabatons, Recovered Cloak of Frostheim, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Lava Spine, Netherwing Defender’s Shield

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