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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figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.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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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 collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Worgen and Pandaren Mages. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Role Model

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Seer’s Padded Armor, Nightwind Belt, Simple Kilt, Heavy Linen Gloves + Sage’s Bracers, Sandals of the Neverending Bridge
The World of Warcraft is a world of heros. Individual heros roam the world, seeking fame and fortune and sometimes even genuinely desiring to help and serve. Heros join together in groups small and large to face down the greater threats against the safety and stability of Azeroth. It’s fun to imagine being a brave warrior or paladin, a wise mage or monk, a mystical shaman or druid, a sly rogue or warlock, a haunted death knight, a clever hunter, a resolute priest. The greatest hero in my life, though, will always be my mother. My mom never ceases to amaze and inspire me with all the things she does. And so, for the fourteenth Batinna’s Dress Up theme, I made a “mom” outfit for one of my characters whose motherhood is a prominent feature of her RP story.
I like this style of bracers because they are so small and also because from certain angles they look sort of like a wristwatch.

Azure Silk

Azure Silk Hood Vest & Pants, Stonecloth Epaulets, Nightwind Belt, Breadwinner’s Gloves, Sandals of the Neverending Bridge, Cloak of the Clarion Call, House Wrynn Staff, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt
I am not, in general, much of a fan of hoods and cowls, but I do like how a cowl looks sort of like a kerchief when worn by a Worgen woman.
The “Breadwinner’s Gloves” are a great item for Kymberlea because she adventures to help keep food on the table for her family of four children.

Tushui Champion

Feline Mantle, Blue Linen Robe, Bloodeye Belt/Belt of Dark Schemes, Heavy Linen Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Staff of the Arcane Path/Staff of the Royal Wizard, Tushui Tabard
Not having actually changed Kaoling’s faction, I used my guild tabard as a stand-in for the colors of the Tushui tabard. The boots Kaoling is wearing are a Horde quest reward with no readily obtainable, low level Alliance equivalent — but the actual identity of the boots is unimportant, at least for a Pandaren, because they can’t really be seen.

Huojin Champion

Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Ritual Tunic, Apothecary’s Waistband, Red Silk Trousers, Rotting Handwraps + Cuffs of Black Elements, Apprentice Boots, Renzithen’s Dusty Cloak, Huojin Tabard, Heartboiler Staff
Many of the items in this set are obtained by questing in the Ghostlands. I’ve been wanting to make a set featuring the Red Silk Trousers for some time now. The gold trim on the tabard and cloak help harmonize the fancy filigree of the heirloom shoulders with the rest of the outfit.

Transmogrifiable Twill

Lord Walden’s Top Hat or Brown Brewfest Hat, Nightsky Mantle, Sentinel Hill Surcoat, Belt of Unsolvable Problems, Legwork Trousers, Evidence Collection Gloves, Harvester Boots, Staff of Earned Tranquility
This fully Transmogrification-friendly version of the grey-quality Twill set is obtained by questing in Westfall and Redridge Mountains. Sadly, the Top Hat isn’t Transmogrification-friendly, but Kymberlea is my only character rolled as a Worgen who actually stayed a Worgen. The Brown Brewfest Hat isn’t Transmogrification-friendly, either, but it does look awesome with this set. I don’t display Kymberlea’s actual questing hat.

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Effraeti always has such fun Transmogrification ideas! Recently, she challenged JD Kenada to create something appropriate for a high-society Worgen:

The Gilneans fled their home with little more than the clothes on their back. Everything that was high-society Gilnean fashion was lost except a few pairs of dress robes. Mr. Amateur, I challenge you to create an outfit worthy of an aristocratic Worgen.

The only stipulation is it must be moggable – no Tuxedo. ;)

Here’s JD’s answer to the challenge, and here’s Effraeti’s response to her own challenge — and Effy said the rest of us could play, too!

I figured that making an aristocratic cloth outfit would be pretty easy, so I decided to try making High-Society Gilnean Transmogrification Template Kits for all four armor types.

My High-Society Gilnean Cloth and Gilnean Plate TTKs are inspired by the colors and patterns of the apparel worn by Gilneas Citizens and by the sadly never-implemented Embroidered Shirts.

High-Society Gilnean Cloth

Chief Architect’s Monocle, Duskhallow Mantle, Shadow Council Tunic, Black Belt of Knowledge, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Dryad’s Wrist Bindings + Ameth’Aran Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Gray Hair Cloak

High-Society Gilnean Plate

Replica Helm of Valor, Noble Plate Pauldrons, Sunblessed Breastplate, Stormforged Belt, Exalted Legplates, Gauntlets of Enforcement, Ancient Skeletal Boots, Cloak of War, Ebon Filigreed Doublet

The Gilneas City Guards are wearing the leveling mail set obtained by questing in Vashj’ir and Deepholm, minus the shoulders.

I swapped out a few of the pieces for some more interesting items to create this Gilnean Mail TTK.

High-Society Gilnean Mail

Glimmering Mail Coif, Pauldrons of the Promise, Chestguard of the Naz’jar, Belt of Deathly Dominion, Legguards of Revelation, Swamp Gas Gauntlets, Atoll Treaders, Mantle of Gilneas, Stormwind Doublet
(the remaining pieces of the 80-85 leveling set are the Vapor-Proof Headcover, Scavenged Stormwind Spaulders, Gorgonian Belt, and Starfish Gauntlets)

For the leather set, I looked for items with filigreed patterns, and tried to compile an overall appearance that I thought a young Gilnean socialite might find dashing.

High-Society Gilnean Leather

Clever Hat, Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Don Rodrigo’s Poncho, Girdle of Lenience, Retainer’s Leggings, Blacksting Gloves, Fel Leather Boots, Crimson Silk Cloak, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt

I also made versions of the cloth and leather ensembles with skirts for those who desire to be more lady-like.

Cloth: Leggings of the Icy Heart (the only black cloth skirt out there — how I wish there was a black version of the Simple Kilt!)
Leather: Mystic Sarong, Sandals of the Insurgent

Kymberlea and her husband, Bertram, were upper-middle-class craftsmen — she an Enchanter and he a Jeweler — in Gilneas City before the crisis. Although they recognized and appreciated the honor of the Night Elves’ hospitality, Darnassus was no place to raise their four Human children, so they went to Stormwind with King Greymane’s ship. Their struggle to eke out a living in that competitive (and prejudiced) market is what ultimately caused Kym to seek additional work in the form of adventuring. Bertie did not contract the Curse himself, so it is his hypothetical Worgen form that is shown.

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Effraeti, Tome of the Ancient, and Amateur Azerothian have teamed up to bring Mog Madness to the WoW blogosphere! There will be five rounds, and each round will have a different “Mog Build” prompt. For the first round, the Mog Build criterion is simply “cloth” — something that can be worn by a Priest, Mage, or Warlock.

With wands becoming main-hand weapons for the cloth-wearing classes in Mists, I decided to build a cloth ensemble around one of the most distinctive wands in the game, Gwyneth’s Runed Dragonwand. Taking the carved wooden dragon shape of the wand as a guide, I first thought I’d try to make an outfit that looked as much like a female Vrykul caster as possible.

I soon found that the Vrykul clothing is too unique and distinctive; there’s nothing like it in cloth at all, and even the leather items that look somewhat more like it aren’t a very good match. I don’t think anyone seeing my first attempt outfit on the streets of Stormwind would have thought “Vrykul Runecaster”.

So I decided to go in a different direction. I thought about a primitive caster. Not a tribal caster, such as one might find among the Trolls or the Tauren, but a rustic caster, like the wise woman of a mideval village, who lived a little outside of town and knew all the plants in the forest and whom everyone came to for cures and charms. A hedgewitch, perhaps, with a little bit of magical aptitude and a corresponding little bit of self-taught magical know-how and skill. I thought of the sort of embryonic caster that would have existed during the time between when the exiled weakling mutant Vrykul children first landed on the shores of the Eastern Kingdoms and when the Human nation of Arathor made the pact with the elves that produced the Hundred Magi. I also thought of Tabetha and the harvest witches of Gilneas.

With that in mind, these Human — or once-Human — characters will be my models for this round: Kimorene, Kivrinne, and Kymberlea.

Resilient Cap, Outlander’s Pauldrons, Bristlebark Cape, Ancestral Robe, Apprentice’s Shirt, Archmage Gloves, Willow Belt, Pagan Shoes, Gwyneth’s Runed Dragonwand
The Apprentice’s Shirt, which can be purchased from Thomas Yance in Old Hillsbrad, is a key item in this outfit. It blends in well enough with the Ancestral Robe to convert it from a very tribal garment to the more poor mideval peasant look I had in mind.

Round 1 Results!

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Kelisanna the Rogue is a Farstrider spy. Someday, she hopes to rise to the level of Anara or even Thalodien. For now, she is working on mastering the art of disguise.




She did get a few of these masks from Handfuls of Candy, but most of them she just bought with Tricky Treats.

Yes, you can look wicked, hot, cool, and smart all at the same time!

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The first time I played through Kezan/the Lost Isles, I found two places that I thought I might want to come back to at will. After a little bit of fiddling around with some throwaway toons to establish the exact quest sequence boundaries of the zone phasing, I suspended two alts in a Goblin Time Capsule. The first time I played through Gilneas, nothing really stuck out to me as spot I’d want to preserve. Weren’t the Ruins of Gilneas available for all to explore? After I’d played all the way through Gilneas a couple more times (with characters who are no longer Worgen; WTB tailored top hats), though, I realized that the one region of Gilneas that you can’t go back to was the place I was most often thinking I might want to revisit. The town of Duskhaven falls off the map in the earthquakes that accompany the Shattering and is underwater in the Ruins of Gilneas.

Karlotta, therefore, lives in Duskhaven.

You’ll be about level 5 when you first arrive in Duskhaven — level 6 or 7 if you did a lot of grinding of Bloodfang Worgen in Gilneas City — but there isn’t much of anything to do. No herbs, no mines, and the Forsaken soldiers down by the boats are so close to each other that they’re tricky to single-pull. The herbs and mines don’t phase in until you complete Invasion and the Forsaken attack begins in earnest. I continued down the quest chain to the Allen Farmstead and completed Unleash the Beast and Two by Sea (for the “Flying” Worgen Robes, lol), but kept Save the Children! in my log so that I could keep telling the little brats to go back in the house where it’s safe. Having done all these things, and having farmed the Forsaken invaders for linen to make her tailored robe, Karlotta is now level 8. The zone phases again a couple of quests later, after Leader of the Pack, when the Hammond Farmstead falls into the sea.

In Duskhaven, I have access to all of its houses — each of them furnished in a unique arrangement — and to the outlying areas of the Hammond/Allen Farmsteads, Crowley Orchard, Hayward Fishery, and Grandma Wahl’s cottage. The latter three locations are furnished, but their inhabitants are mysteriously absent. (They don’t appear until you turn in Evacuation… after the earthquakes that destroy the Hammond Farmstead.) There’s no way to get around the gates blocking the road leading up to Greymane Manor, though, and, on the other end of the road, the Queen’s Gate never opens, even in the Ruins of Gilneas. I haven’t tried swimming around the coast from the Hayward Fishery, but I imagine that I’d probably hit an invisible wall somewhere if I tried it. In the Ruins of Gilneas, the sunken houses of Duskhaven are all closed up, and, except for the Hayward Fishery, the surrounding areas are completely gone.

One of the spots in Duskhaven that I was saddest about not being able to come back to is this pretty little rose arbor out by Grandma Wahl’s cottage.

I’m still trying to decide whether Kymberlea got married at the Cathedral in Gilneas City, or out in the countryside at a rose arbor like this one.

Then I went flying around western Lordaeron with Kiraleia, in that burst of “yay, flying!” after she hit level 60. First, I visited the faerie ring in the Whispering Forest of Tirisfal Glades. Then I went down through Silverpine into the Ruins of Gilneas and, out of curiosity, flew up to the top of the mountain in the far western point of the map, directly north of Tempest’s Reach, just to see what was there.

Lo and behold, there was an expanded version of the rose arbor!

The sun never seems to shine in Gilneas (making me wonder how they managed to grow enough produce to keep themselves alive), but if you’re wanting a wild, moody, atmospheric place for a wedding, a romantic confrontation (whether positive or negative in outcome), or even a meeting of a clandestine society, this might be just the place you’re looking for.

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I must admit that I haven’t been as diligent as others on my blogroll about providing responses to Saz’s delightful Through Your Interface set of prompts because I’ve filed it away as a source of inspiration for those times when I want to make a post, but don’t have anything in particular that I want to talk about. Because I usually do have something to talk about, the moments when I need a filler post tend to be rather few and far between — so I probably shouldn’t entirely relegate TYI to that role.

When I do make TYI posts, they’ll be on whatever topic tickles my fancy at the time. I’m keeping track of the ones I have and haven’t done yet on my “About” page.

There’s a little something for everyone in Saz’s topics, and this one invokes a bit of RP-inclined imagination:

9. Your Character’s Hometown
We all have the same starting zones where we begin our various quests, but where does your character actually hail from?

My characters have varying degrees of story development. Most of them don’t have enough story for me to have thought about their hometowns. For others, I have an idea of the general region they come from, but I’m not quite ready to pin them down to a specific location yet. Only a few characters have sufficiently well-developed backstories that I can go somewhere in Azeroth and say “this place, here, is where she’s from.”

Kivrinne, Kymberlea, and Kimorene all originally hail from a little farming community in western Tirisfal Glades that was one of the first to succumb to the Plague after the arrival of contaminated grain shipments from Andorhal.
When they lived there, that town probably looked a lot like Old Southshore or Old Tarren Mill.

Now, it is called Deathknell.

Only Kivrinne was actually there when the Plague struck; Kymberlea was an apprentice in Gilneas City, and Kimorene was visiting her grandchildren in Southshore.
My original story concept for Kimorene had her coming to the Orphanage in Stormwind as an 11 or 12 year-old after the Orcs destroyed her parents’ village in the Redridge Mountains during the First War, marrying a young returned soldier after the Second War, and settling down on a farm in Westfall for a hardworking, but relatively pleasant, life — until the drought came, and the Defias…. I abandoned that idea when I decided to work her into Kymberlea’s story as a supporting character.

Kregga spent the happiest days of her youth sparring with her age-mates at the Grimtotem camp in Greatwood Vale.

The Tauren of other tribes preferred to camp at Aparaje down in the valley or further into the mountains at Sun Rock Retreat. Kregga and her Grimtotem cohorts had (mostly) friendly competitions with the youngsters of the other tribes, so she was horrified to learn, after she returned from Acherus, of the Grimtotem attack upon Camp Aparaje.
Kregga was in Thunder Bluff during Magatha’s surprise attack. When Baine offered amnesty to any Grimtotem who were willing to forsake that tribe and openly swear allegiance to him and the Horde, Kregga was among the first to step forward.

I have toyed with the idea of making Camp Taurajo the hometown of Kamalia and her family — the place they were most happy to return to during the nomadic migrations of their tribe, and the place where her parents settled down after the establishment of Thunder Bluff.

I’m reluctant to declare it as fact, however, until I’ve played through the Southern Barrens and had a chance to think about how what happened there may or may not fit into the stories I might want to tell about Kamalia’s family.

Through Your Interface

1. Favorite Hangout
2. Player Housing
3. Representing You
4. Greatest Accomplishment
5. Title of Choice
6. Favorite Line of Poetry/Lyric
7. Screenshot of the Year
8. Vacation Spot
9. Your Character’s Hometown
10. Your WoW Crew
11. Profession of Choice
12. Inspiring Imagery
13. A Fond Memory
14. Place Swap
15. A Fairy-Tale Image

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