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BTH and I flew back to Canada on Wednesday, only to find that our home internet had gone out. It took us until this afternoon to get it back online.

Among the many museums I visited while in Paris, I became particularly interested in going to the musee du quai Branly when I saw signs advertising that they had a temporary exhibition about the Plains Indians. I visited the wonderful Palais de la decouverte earlier that morning (it opens an hour before the Branly) and my camera’s memory card filled up just before I went in, so I was glad, when I finally got to the Branly, that I’d remembered to bring a sketchbook and some colored pencils.

This dress is based on a Lakota/Cherokee woman’s dress from around 1825, and the baby carrier is based on one made by the Dakota around 1840.

When I went into the museum’s permanent collection, these masks from Vanuatu, which apparently represent ogres of the local mythology, immediately reminded me of WoW’s Trolls:

The main body of the mask is a red clay, with designs painted in black. One mask stood out because it had a round face instead of an elongated one and bright blue paint instead of black. My sketches don’t adequately convey the strong dimensionality of the noses, eyebrows, and lips.

Our travels in Germany took us to Wurtzburg. Walking over the Alte Mainbrucke immediately reminded me of the bridge into Stormwind.


click on the images to visit the sites from which I borrowed them

Our last stop was in Freiberg, where we spent the weekend visiting with BTH’s parents, who have been there for the past 18 months as missionaries specifically called to serve in the Freiberg Temple. Senior couple missionaries have fewer restrictions on their activities than the young proselyting missionaries do, so on Monday (their day off), they took us to see the Terra Mineralia museum housed in one wing of the Freiberg schloss. The many huge crystal formations showcased in the collection — especially the amethysts — reminded me of the Draenei. They are also reminiscent of the areas of Outland where netherdrakes are found.

These aren’t quite the same thing as Syrco’s wonderful “What in WoW reminds you of your home?” prompt, though, so I shall have to address it properly sometime.

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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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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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art post: neon Trolls

When lacking inspiration for writing, post artwork!

A year ago, when bright, hot, neon/fluorescent colors began to come back into fashion, I doodled up these neon-accented outfits one afternoon during lab (my students weren’t asking enough questions to keep me from getting bored).

(The pigment colors of my bright markers and pencils did not scan well at all, so I touched them up in Photoshop.)

Then, as I thought about making a WoW-themed drawing incorporating neon/fluorescent colors, I was naturally drawn to the race with the brightest hair colors in the game — the Trolls.

This somewhat older “neon Troll” drawing was made with the same Crayola Color Surge paper & marker system that I used for this Lunar Festival drawing.

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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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JD Kenada has come up with yet another awesome Transmogrification contest idea! This time, it’s a Survivor-styled competition, with JD choosing one participant in each preliminary round to gain “immunity” from elimination for that specific round and the final two-contestant round being judged by all the previously eliminated participants. The prize is a Cinder Kitten. I’ve already got one, but this promises to be another series of interesting Transmogrification prompts, so I’m going to play just for the fun of it.

The challenge for the first round is to create a “Disciple of Har’koa”. Not the nutters who have her chained, mind, but someone who genuinely worships her. I immediately thought of a small group of the new Darkspear Druids, seeking out Har’koa specifically as the Loa most able to teach them all the nuances of mastering Cat Form.


Ruffled Chaplet, Heartrazor’s Gift, Vest of Restraint, Deftkin Belt, Rugged Leather Pants, Duskwing Handwraps + Ghostwalker/Boneshredder bracers, Boneshredder Boots, Fleshling Simulation Staff

Be sure to check out all the amazing entries here!

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I was delighted to see the other day that the Kirina’s Closet Hallow’s End Costume Contest is back for its fourth year! It was Kirina’s costume contest last year that first brought Navimie to my attention; she submitted a fun “werewolf” disguise.

Draynee is also running a Fly Draenei Hallow’s End Transmogrification Contest, with special requirements that the model must be Draenei and the outfit must be fully Transmogrification-friendly.

I have had no new inspiration for Hallow’s End costumes this year. Well, actually, I guess I have had inspiration for one non-Transmogrifiable costume — but nothing else. So I won’t be entering either of these contests myself, but I look forward to seeing all the clever, creative costumes from the people who do participate!

Anyhow, Transmogrification wasn’t around quite yet at Hallow’s End last year, so I thought I’d take a look at updating a few of my previous Hallow’s End outfits to be Transmogrification-friendly.

Evil Pumpkin King (Theme)

Horseman’s Helm, Kraken shoulders, Embossed chest pants gloves & boots, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Green Workman’s Shirt, 2x Gurubashi Punisher
I watched the AH for the Embossed items all year so that I could make this set when Hallow’s End rolled around again.

Evil Pumpkin King (Variations)



Horseman’s Helm, Crystalvein Pauldrons, mix ‘n’ match with Embossed set (orange), Fel Iron Plate set (light green), Emerald set (dark green), Chromite set (light purple), Revenant set (dark purple), and Bogslayer Belt & Pauldrons of the High Requiem (black)
I think I like the Fel Iron Plate accessories better than the Emerald accessories with the Chromite chest & pants, and the Emerald accessories better than the Fel Iron Plate accessories with the Embossed chest & pants. I tried the Revenant accessories with the Embossed chest & pants and it didn’t quite work — though perhaps it could work with purple, rather than green, toned shoulders and helm.
I’m rather pleased by how nicely the Bogslayer Belt and Pauldrons of the High Requiem coordinate. I’ll have to make a “proper” DK outfit with them sometime in the future.

Balrog Stalker

Cured Orcascale Spaulders/Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle, Dark Iron Mail/Ebonhold chest, Warmonger’s Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*/Ebonhold pants, Engraved Gauntlets, Ravager’s Sandals/Engraved boots
The first set is what I might actually make for Ketura, because the items in it overlap with a couple of other sets I have planned for her. The second set is what I’d recommend for everyone else.

Warchief’s Wiseman

Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Serene Yellow Belt, Warchief Kilt*, Fuzzy Gloves + Princess Poobah’s Bracelets, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
The Warchief Kilt dropped in old Scarlet Monastery. I’ve had this one in the bank for several months now, while I was trying to decide which character to bind it to. The Flamestrider Robes from BRD are a full-length version of this style that would make a very similar outfit with the same accessories.
For other leather wearers, I recommend the Prospector’s belt. For races who wear shoes, the Prospector’s boots or any other dark brown-black boots would be appropriate.

Classic Wicked Witch

Skywitch Hat, Regal Mantle, Black Mageweave Robe gloves & boots, Runecloth belt
This look will never go out of style for Hallow’s End. Try the Durable Belt, Conjurer’s Cinch, or Ivycloth Sash for a touch of different, but coordinating color (orange, yellow-green, or green, respectively).

Fancy Wicked Witch

Regal Mantle, Imbued Netherweave Tunic/Barbaric Cloth Vest/Black Mageweave Vest, Bloodthirsty Fireweave Belt, Leggings of the Icy Heart, Hands of the Exalted Herald, Saltarello Shoes
This set would also look great with a Wicked Witch’s Hat, of course.

Burning Watch

Balespider’s Mantle/Mantle of Closed Doors/Mantle of Roaring Flames (heroic)/Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic), Watcher’s Tunic, Invoker’s Belt of Final Winter, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Zaetar’s Gloves, Saltarello Shoes, no shirt/Bright Yellow Shirt/Orange Mageweave Shirt/Stylish Black Shirt
The orange, yellow, and black colors of the Watcher’s Tunic are perfect for Hallow’s End.
The last few tiers have produced lots of great firey shoulders!

Hallows Herald

Death Speaker Mantle, Consortium Combatant’s Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Black Belt of Knowledge/Embersilk Belt, Hands of the Exalted Herald/Embersilk gloves, Saltarello Shoes/Embersilk boots
This full-length robe version of the Orange Martial Shirt is not often seen anymore because most people don’t get far enough into Netherstorm to do the quest that awards it.

Bad Juju

no hat/The Hexxer’s Mask, Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic)/Replica Magister’s Mantle, Silksand Robes, Embersilk Belt/Replica Dreadmist Belt, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer (optional), Embersilk Gloves/Jumanza Grips, Orange/Purple Martial Shirt
This cloth robe is identical to the leather Flamestrider Robes from BRD.
Races that wear shoes can use the Saltarello Shoes or other dark-colored boots.

Embersilk

Embersilk set with Geomancer’s shoulders
This set is great for Hallow’s End — or just for autumn in general.

Speaker for the Dead

Black Mageweave Headband/Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat, Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Embersilk Belt, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals
Another classic Hallow’s End look.

Dancing with the Dead

Haliscan Brimmed Hat (not Transmogrification-friendly), Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Conjurer’s Cinch, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals, Staff of the Great Reptile
Despite what Celestine of the Harvest said, no matter how many branches Kinevra threw into the Wickerman, she could not feel the burden of her grief and anger over what the Horde had done to her home in Theramore getting any lighter.
The Haliscan Brimmed Hat and Death Speaker Robes closely mimic the appearance of Catrina. Alas, the even the blue-quality Don Carlos’ Famous Hat is not Transmogrification-friendly, so I ought to take Kinevra to AQ sometime in search of Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat.

Dressing up for the holiday in this way still counts, right?

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

Space Opera Jumpsuit

Shoulderwraps of the Enthralled, Vindicator Tunic Belt & Pants, Manaspark Gloves, Enumerated Sandals, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Staff of the Skymagi
The Vindicator set has always made me think of the jumpsuits worn by spaceship occupants in stories from the Golden Age of early science fiction.
Races that cannot wear invisiboots might like to use the Vindicator boots or the Ethereal Boots of the Skystrider that match the gloves.

Scorched Clouds


Jewel of the Firelord, Mantle of Closed Doors, Cloudscorcher Robe, Angkhal Cord, Feralfen Mystic’s Handwraps, Ogre Slayer’s Cover, Funeral Pyre
Under most circumstances, I Transmogrify over the lurid Cloudscorcher Robe as quickly as I can. During the Midsummer Fire Festival, however, that orange and blue color combination is right in season.

Aldor Covenant

Pauldrons & Vestments of the Aldor, Nethershard Girdle, Gloves of the Fallen Wizard, Staff of the Unknown Road, Silver Covenant Tabard
Why the Silver Covenant NPCs are wearing Mage T4 raiment, I don’t know. But because they are, and because the Aldor are a Draenei faction, and because she is Draenei, Kaprikka insisted upon dressing like the Silver Covenant NPCs for her Silver Covenant set rather than coming up with something more original.
Kaprikka chose this hairstyle to go with this set in honor of her hero/role-model concerning all things Draenei and Mage-ical, Millya.

Soulmate Searching


Mantle of the Locusts, Soulcloth Vest, Wizard’s Belt, Titan-Forged Cloth Leggings of Salvation, Wraps of the Persecuted, Shattrath Jumpers, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Staff of the Skymagi
A couple of years ago, Shoryl of Tiny WoW Guild — better known to the OLRG as Breige or Gurdrid — started a Transmogrification meme called “Mog Busting”. Though it was a fantastic idea, it sadly fizzled out after only a few rounds. While it was going, however, Kaprikka was lucky enough to have a beautiful dating outfit designed for her by Effraeti. Kaprikka was glad that Effy had suggested a few alternate items for the shoulders, because Effy’s first choice shoulders dropped in Naxx-25 and Kaprikka wasn’t sure she’d ever be able to get them.
Recently, Kaprikka went to an OLRG run just to hang out with her dear friends and help out with getting some achievements, intending to pass on just about everything that dropped because she had precious few open bag spaces. She’d forgotten, however, that Naxx-25 contains a couple of items that she actually did need… the shoulders Effy recommended dropped, and she rolled Need on them and won!
Thank You, Effy, and Thank You Old Ladies Faerie Godmothers!

Soulspark

Cloudscorcher Cowl, Angkhal Amice, Soulcloth Vest, Wizard’s Belt, Manaspark Gloves, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Staff of the Redeemer
This hat looks best, I think, on white-haired Draenei and (naturally) Pandaren.
I was unexpectedly delighted by how nice this kit looked on a Goblin while running the Dark Heart of Pandaria scenario.

Tirisfal Magus

Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle & Robes of Tirisfal, Sly Mojo Sash, Gloves of Arcane Acuity, Stillpine Stinger, Nolkai’s Lantern, Gray Woolen Shirt
Sadly, Kaprikka was not yet level 80, and thus not yet able to loot the Ancient Tome of Teleport: Dalaran, at the time that I made this screenshot trip. She will have to come back for it soon!

Soulwind

Netherwind Crown, Shoulderwraps of the Enthralled, Soulcloth Vest, High Councillor’s Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Sage’s Gloves + Crystalweave Bracers, Enumerated Sandals, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Staff of Divine Infusion
The first of a number of outfits I would eventually like to create for Kaprikka using the Soulcloth Vest.

Hand of Destiny



Feline Mantle, Robe of the Dragon Slayer, Cincture of Woven Reeds, Scholar’s Gloves, Staff of the Royal Wizard, Tabard of the Hand
The unique Tabard of the Hand is awarded only to Draenei characters at the completion of the Bloodmyst Isle storyline, when they are acclaimed as revered heroes of the Hand of Argus. This outfit contains only items that a Draenei Mage could reasonably expect to be able to obtain by about the same time that she completes the Bloodmyst Isle storyline and receives the Tabard of the Hand, thus allowing her to make a complete, reasonably well-coordinated outfit to wear with her new tabard almost immediately.

Primary Colours

Mirren’s Drinking Hat, Warpwood Leaf Mantle, Robe of the Dragon Slayer, Captain Sanders’ Sash, Gandling’s Gloves, Angerstaff, Red Swashbuckler’s Shirt
Looking through Kaprikka’s inventory for shoulders to wear with this robe, I tried this Dire Maul quest reward and was inspired to make a bright, bold outfit.

Banshee Buccaneer

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Banshee Armor*, Juju Belt, Unforgiving Pantaloons, Apothecary Gloves* + Willow bracers, Buccaneer’s Boots
The Master’s Vest might make a good substitute for the Banshee Armor. Gandling’s Gloves or Black Mageweave Gloves (with a suitable pair of bracers) would be good replacements for the Apothecary Gloves.

Sagefish

Sage’s set with Aurora shoulders
What Draenei can wear this set and not think of Diktynna and the Red Snappers?

Red Blood, Blue Blood

Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Sanguine Robe, Wise Man’s Belt, Red Silk Trousers, Heavy Linen Gloves + Seer’s Cuffs, Sen’jin Doublet
Races that wear shoes might want some blue boots, such as the Cushy Cenarion Walkers.

Royal Holiday

Aurora Shoulders, Robes of the Royal Crown, Councillor’s Sash, Zaetar’s Gloves
To invert the color scheme of this outfit, use the Councillor’s Robes with Captain Sanders’ Sash/Apothecary’s Waistband.

Wisewoman From Afar

Pads of the Venom Spider, Sanguine Robe, Wise Man’s Belt, Red Silk Trousers, Heavy Woolen Gloves + Willow Bracers, Orgrimmar Doublet
To add a little more green to the outfit, use the Greenweave Leggings.
Races that wear shoes might want some green boots, such as Ikeyen’s Boots.

Princess Alanna


Aurora Mantle, Alanna’s Embrace*, Dawnspire Cord, Jumanza Grips, Featherskin Cape, Pink Mageweave Shirt or Exodar Doublet, Skettis Curved Blade, Nolkai’s Lantern
I farmed Scholomance diligently before Patch 5.0 dropped to get this robe. The Vestments of the Shifting Sands are a somewhat similar color and much more showy.

White Wizard

Aurora Mantle, Astral Knot Robe*, Dawnspire Cord, Zaetar’s Gloves, Silky Spider Cape, Nolkai’s Lantern
The Astral Knot Robe was awarded from a pre-Cataclysm Mage class quest. The Gossamer or Aurora Robes may be used for a similar effect.

Venomous Vitality

Pads of the Venom Spider, Vital Raiment, Willow Belt, Native Pants, Heavy Woolen Gloves + Conjurer’s Bracers
I plan to use the Venomshroud Mask and Lord Sakrasis’ Scepter with this set when Kiki gets leveled up enough to use those items. For characters who are already max level, the Legacy of Arlokk would be the perfect staff to use with this set.

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The second week of the Mogolympics featured the Discus throw, Wrestling, Archery, and the Javelin toss.
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Discus — Build an outfit around one of these relatively small, circular shields.
I chose just about the plainest shield of the whole assortment, so my outfit had to be relatively plain, too. I chose a sleeveless breastplate to accentuate my model’s buff throwing arms. The toss off the back of the hand is a very advanced technique. ;)

Helm of the Siltwater Slayer, Wyrmhunter Spaulders, Warbringer’s Chestguard, Studded Girdle of Virtue, Chitinous Plate Legguards, Reiver Claws, Warbringer’s Sabatons, Northern Shortsword, Ceremonial Buckler

Another impressive field in this event!

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Wrestling — We’re going to deviate from olympic wrestling and go to the sports entertainment aspect instead. Using one of the “championship”/oversized belt styles first introduced with T9, design your own Azerothian pro wrestler.
Abandoned as an infant, raised by murlocs, now he’s the fearsome MURLORC!

Arion’s Crown (Normal), Spaulders of the Scarred Lady (Normal), Brackwater Vest, Coil of Ten-Thousand Screams (Normal), Brackwater Leggings, Unyielding Fists, Unyielding Footwraps, Reclaimed Thunderstrike

What a fight! What a fight! You gotta see this mob to believe it!

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Archery — Build an outfit around your favorite bow.
Okay, so, for this event I actually built the outfit first and chose the weapon last. I suppose the outfit is just a little too fancy to make my inspiration immediately obvious — she’s a Brave lass.

Pauldrons of the Promise, Hateful Gladiator’s Chain Armor, Veteran’s Linked Girdle, Kilt of Spiritual Reconstruction, Bountiful Gauntlets, Brunnhildar Snowkickers, Formal White Shirt, Stout Oak Longbow

I used a simple bow for my outfit a) because it matched my inspiration and b) because I like that bow model a lot anyway. I was also happy, though, to see my favorite more complex bows represented, with correspondingly elaborate outfits.

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Javelin — Build an outfit around the polearm of your choice.
My current favorite polearm is this beauty from the Lost City of the Tol’vir, so I tried to make an outfit that would fit right in at Ramkahen.

Phantasmal Headdress, Passive Resistor Spaulders (Heroic), Peerless Armor, Peerless Belt, Rugged Leather Pants, Inscribed Leather Gloves + Manacles of the Sleeping Beast (Heroic), Gold-Leaf Wildboots, Seliza’s Spear

This was a very tight competition at the top, with 16 competitors landing their throws within ten feet of each other!

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