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SPROING!

Why, yes, that is the Male Tauren Warrior, at the Shrine, riding a Dread Raven, with a Dread Hatchling.

He was level 24 this morning.

At first, I thought that I would wait until Warlords was actually in beta before making my pre-purchase. Then, I thought that perhaps I ought to wait until I finished my conventional leveling project — the Warlock and the Rogue — before allowing anyone to be boosted. The Sha of Impatience got its claws into me, though, and I just wanted the Male Tauren Warrior to be fulfilling the measure of his creation –
(a) holding all my Bind-on-Account items

and (b) looking awesome while doing it

NOW.

More specifically, the character who had been holding my BoA items needed her bag space for something else. I hadn’t made any bags larger than Netherweave for the Male Tauren Warrior because I knew he’d be getting Embersilk bags when I boosted him, so he didn’t have enough room for all that Timeless Isle junk already. I decided that I didn’t care about his professions, because part of the point of using my complimentary boost on this character was that I wouldn’t have to level him. And so up he went.

Technically, this makes twelve level 90s. I did take him out to get the Grummlepack, but he’s not going to do any of the stuff I’ve done with my other level 90s. I’m sure he’ll do some Transmogrification farming, eventually — y’know, for looking awesome — but for now, he’s “done”.

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The April Fools 2014 Warlords 6.0 patch notes inlcuded the following:

HUNTERS — For safety, all Hunters must now wear bright orange vests at all times.

I chuckled, but didn’t think much more about it until WoW Insider’s “Around Azeroth” column featured a guild who’d taken that to heart — at their next raid, they made sure that all the Hunters were wearing orange shirts.
As super-stylish as it was, after a couple of months, Ketura had been feeling rather tired of her Ornate Dragonscale Transmogrification kit. Seeing this picture, an idea for a new Transmogrification kit sprang immediately to mind!

Orange Safety Vest

Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle & Belt, Engraved Breastplate & Gauntlets, Warmonger’s Leggings, Ravager’s Sandals, Amber Filigreed Shirt/Fine Cloth Shirt*, Spare Gunship Cannon
Although the outfit is more orange with the Amber Filigreed Shirt, I prefer the slightly more camouflaged look obtained with the Fine Cloth Shirt — a quest reward from pre-Cataclysm Loch Modan that Ketura obtained when a transporter malfunction turned her into a Dwarf for a couple of weeks a few years ago.

Here are a couple more orange-ish Transmogrification kits I’ve created recently: (more…)

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Shado-Pan Ninja (Monk)



Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Pozzik’s Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Nice Shorts, Bard’s gloves & boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Monk’s Staff
This outfit is adapted from Draynee’s Black Ninja Monk kit.

Shado-Pan Domain Keeper (Monk/Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shizzle’s Muzzle Cover, Leather Tunic of Eminent Domain, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Leather Trousers, Loramus’ Gloves, Prospector’s Boots, Spear of Xuen
The brick red and black colors of these Rogue T9-lookalike items awarded early in the Jade Forest questline just begged to be part of a Shado-Pan set. Due to the factional dimorphism of the T9 sets, this outfit is Horde-only. The Prospector’s chestpiece and leggings or the chestpiece and leggings from the same set as the shoulders & gloves could be used for a similar look.
Other leather-wearers might want to use the Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch.

Shado-Pan Smoke Knight (Monk)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Righteous shoulders pants & gloves, Scouting tunic & boots, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I originally designed this kit to go with the Ironpaw cooking accessories. Serendipitously, it also looks great with the Shado-Pan helmet!

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker (Shaman)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Pauldrons of Wild Magic, Salvager’s Hauberk, Bloodspattered Sash, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
Umlaut Paradots‘ mail contribution to These Boots Were Made For Mogging reminded me of the Salvager’s Hauberk. As I thought about what kind of set I might like to make using this chestpiece, it occurred to me that the stripe detail, especially in the back, is somewhat similar to the stripe detail on the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms. Kamalia already had plenty of dark blue in her wardrobe, but she did not have much red in her wardrobe before I created this outfit for her!

Shado-Pan Beastmaster (Hunter)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ravager’s Mantle, Warmonger’s Chestpiece, Bloodspattered Sash, Bloodmail* Legguards gloves & boots, Cloak of Beasts, Master Builder’s Shirt, Bronze Blaster
This is something of an “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” kit. Although I only really wanted the Bloodmail Legguards, I’d collected all the rest of the set by the time the pants finally dropped. I decided to keep the whole set, “just in case”, and dumped it into Void Storage. Now I’m glad that I did!
I borrowed the combination of the Shado-Pan Helmet with the Warmonger’s chestpiece from WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Runeblade (Death Knight)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders, Warlord’s/Warmaul chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Acherus Knight’s Shroud, Runed Soulblade
I didn’t want to just plop the Shado-Pan Helmet atop one of the black-and-red outfits I’d already made for Kregga — though it would certainly work well with either of them. The red-plum-blue tones of the Warlord’s/Warmaul set evoke the palette of the navy-and-brick-red version of the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms, and I’d been wanting to use those items in a DK set for some time. The DK shoulders added just the right amount of menace to the overall appearance.

Shado-Pan Lightbearer (Paladin)


Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Runic Plate Shoulders, Alabaster Breastplate, Thorium Belt, Greaves of the Martyr, Bloodforged Gauntlets, Lavawalker Greaves, Redpine Cloak, Firestorm Hackblade, Bloodforged Guard, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is adapted from a striking black, white, and red ensemble originally designed by Honeypants of Mogoholic.

Shado-Pan Bulwark (Paladin/Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Glory of the Defender, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Legguards of the Fallen Crusader, Grips of Arcane Imprisonment, Deathseed Crushers, Rescuer’s Cloak, Stylish Black Shirt, Firestorm Hackblade, Shield of the Void
As long as Mists remains the current expansion, items containing both red and black will always immediately suggest that they be used in a Shado-Pan Helmet kit. Mists was already well enough along when I leveled my Paladin that I saved these Cataclysm quest reward items for future use in a Shado-Pan kit. Although her first Shado-Pan kit didn’t need them, they came in handy to coordinate with this chestpiece, which dropped while I was farming the Hyjal raid for something else.

Shado-Pan Blademaster (Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set (especially since Demonology Warlocks got that glyph that lets their Felguards dual-wield the things). Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

Shado-Pan Wildshaper (Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Thunderheart Shoulder Pads, Robes of Summer Flame, Vicious Leather Belt, Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets, Tian Monastic Staff
I decided pretty much immediately that I wanted to use this robe for my Druid’s Shado-Pan kit. Figuring out all the rest of the pieces, though, took quite a bit of iteration.
I don’t remember if I was offered the +Agi staff as a reward option from that Tian Monastery quest or if I had to switch my loot spec to see it. Whatever happened, I thought that the +Agi staff would have better Transmogrification potential with the rest of my Druid’s wardrobe than any of the +Int options — and I’d surely get a better weapon from some other quest later. So I took it, and now I am quite glad that I did.

Shado-Pan Mystic (Priest)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Consortium Mantle, Amaranthine Robe, Silver-Thread Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Inscribed Fan, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is largely inspired by the Shado-Pan Helmet set designed by WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Arcanist (Mage)

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!

Shado-Pan Assassin (Rogue)

Replica Shado-Pan Helment, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting tunic & gloves, Belt of One-Hundred Deaths, Nightslayer Pants, Defiler’s Lizardhide Boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Malchazeen
The shirt is an essential component of this outfit because it fills in a gap between the sleeves and the gloves. I would have preferred to use gloves that cover the whole hand — assassins should not leave fingerprints — but I couldn’t find any that coordinated suitably well with the rest of the set.

Shado-Pan Summoner (Warlock)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Merciless Gladiator’s Felweave Amice, Simple Blouse, Silver-Thread Sash, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Zhar’doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

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women-at-arms

Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”

And finally, we come to the Warriors, always last in the alphabetical lineup but first on the line of defense for their people.

Whether sturdy and stalwart, focused and disciplined, or berserk and bloodthirsty, every race has Warriors — and every race should. My Warrior was one of the earliest alts that I rolled — it didn’t take long for me to decide that I needed a Tauren of every class the race could be — but she has historically lagged far behind my other characters, spending most of her time in Thunder Bluff serving as my primary bank alt. I created my first Death Knight with the intention that she could now be my primary bank alt… but I also wanted my Death Knight to be my Enchanter. Getting the best enchanting recipes has required leveling my Death Knight to cap and gaining reputation in each new expansion, and so my Warrior only really got a break from running between the mailbox, bank, and auction house during the latter half of Cataclysm. Indeed, if the Warrior T15 LFR set hadn’t been so gorgeous, my Warrior would very likely still be loafing around in Thunder Bluff at level 80. My Warrior would have been the last of my Tauren “one of each Class” characters to reach level 90, rather than my Priest. And when I did take my Warrior to Pandaria, it was my secondary Warrior who took over as primary bank alt. I like having a Warrior (or a Death Knight) as primary bank alt because, as a plate wearer, they can wear anything I may want them to.

Once I got going with my Warrior, though, I’ve enjoyed playing with her. Gathering up a massive group of mobs and unleashing a Bladestorm is awesomely fun AOE for farming lower-level content. I’ve had fun with my Prot Warrior, too, though Warrior tanking feels more chaotic to me than Paladin tanking. When I’m tanking with my Warrior, I miss my Paladin’s dazing, silencing Avenger’s Shield. To the point I’ve gotten with my Prot Warrior (Hellfire Ramparts), it’s seemed to me that I could establish more complete control over a pull more quickly with my Paladin than with my Warrior. I’m going to keep working on it, because I have fond memories of following a Tauren Warrior tank through Karazhan, Zul’Aman, Naxxramas, and Ulduar.

Thank you so much, Lae, for a fantastic blogging challenge!

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The news that the price of Mogu Runes of Fate had been dropped by more than half its inital value to the much more manageable 1000 Timeless Coins apiece was most welcome. Even more welcome, however, was not needing more than the three Mogu Runes of Fate I’d already purchased. Last week, I got two of the three items I still wanted, and one of them was on the normal roll, so I didn’t have to spend a Mogu Rune of Fate on that boss and had one left over for this week. This week, spending that last Mogu Rune of Fate won me that last piece of gear. Hurrah!

Battleplate of the Last Mogu

Plate of the Last Mogu (LFR) with Red Riding Hood’s Cloak and Fanged Axe
I love how the coloration of this set of armor repeats the color scheme of the great mogu edifices in the Vale. It’s like this armor is the imperial livery of the personal guard of the mogu emperor/dynasty who first built Mogu’shan Palace and its satellites, the Shrines of Two Moons and Seven Stars. I’m even happier that this coloration of the T15 Warrior gear was the LFR version and thus within my reach. I just wish I’d been able to get it all before the destruction of the Vale so that my screenshots could have been prettier.

Keija’s primary purpose for leveling to 90 is now fulfilled. She’s not quite ready to retire and spend the rest of the expansion just making Living Steel Belt Buckles when my other characters need them, however. I’ve played her almost exclusively as Fury ever since she learned Titan’s Grip, only using Arms when she’s had a polearm that was significantly better than her other weapons, because why have just one big honking two-handed weapon when you can have two? I’d like to give Arms another try, though, which means acquiring a +Str polearm — and the most readily, reliably available such item is the one from the Timeless Isle.

Of all my level 90s, only Kamalia and Keija have even gone to the Timeless Isle yet, and I haven’t really spent all that much time there with them. This week, I was pleased to see that the jumping puzzles had reset. Following a tip from Tome, I turned on RP-walking and pointed my camera straight down when I did the tightrope puzzle, and I completed it on the first try! I anticipate that I will take Keija to the Timeless Isle just one evening a week, to collect the six treasure chests that respawn weekly and as many other coins as she happens to find along the way, until she has enough Timeless Coins to buy the +Str polearm.

Keija has finished collecting her T15 set just in time. As I was looking through leather gear last week while making monk outfits, Katewatha sighed longingly over the vest and pants of the T14 Monk set. Furthermore, Karaelia would like to have the Scimitar of Seven Stars… if I can get up the nerve to tank LFR, seeing as how I haven’t even tanked any Heroics in LFD since dinging 90… maybe I will heal instead and just set my loot-spec to Prot.

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Bluebird of Happiness

Raven-Heart Headdress, Hide of Chromaggus, Polar Vest & Boots, Clefthoof belt, Stormrider’s leggings & gloves (N), Cloak of Cheerful Flowers
Kerisa longed for the Druid T11 shoulders from the first moment she saw them in early Cataclysm. I was too slow in getting her leveled and geared to raid, however, and she only saw the T11 shoulder token drop once before Firelands debuted. At that time, she passed on the token in deference to the Resto Druid leader of my guild’s alt run, saying that the raid leader deserved it more. Later, I selfishly wished I’d rolled on it normally. During Cataclysm, the BoE lookalike shoulders occasionally showed up on the AH, but I never felt like I could afford them. After Mists began, it was several months before I saw the BoE shoulders on the AH again — at which point I snapped them up just as fast as I could. Now, Kerisa is jumping for joy to finally, finally have these gorgeous shoulders.

Gossamer Moonlight

Gossamer Headpiece & shoulders, Mooncloth Robe, Sage’s belt & gloves, Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Durak’s Wand, Dreamseeker Dandelion, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt
Kaohana was quite excited to finally have reached the appropriate character and Tailoring skill levels to craft and wear this beautiful robe.

Ow Mon, Me Eyes!


Crown of Flame (Normal), Skom Spaulders, Formidable chestpiece, Stormleather Sash, Felstone Leggings, Sundered gauntlets & boots, Amun-Thoth, Sul’s Spiritrending Talons (LFR), Eye of the Ancient Spirit (LFR)
This kit went through a few iterations before reaching its present eye-dazzling perfection. The first used the shield with Carapace Breaker in an outfit featuring just cyan and magenta tones. The second used the fist weapon with the Enamelled Disc of Mojo/Loa-Binder Disc and just cyan and orange tones. Presently, I thought to pair the Throne of Thunder fist weapon with the Mogu’shan Vaults shield and voila! The cyan, magenta, and orange are quite the blinding combination!

Dark Sunreaver Juggernaut

Great General’s Crown, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Druidic Guardian Plate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Embercrusher Grips, Deathseed Crushers, Greatsword of the Sin’dorei, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
As Keija was questing through Hyjal, it occurred to me that the set she was collecting would coordinate rather nicely with the Sunreaver tabard. So I hung onto it, and, indeed, it did, mostly. The quest reward belt didn’t work very well with the tabard, but the Goblin Girdle which did go with the tabard didn’t go with the rest of the quest reward set. So I switched out the pants, too, and I think the result looks great with the tabard and decent without it.
This outfit is the “Dark” Sunreaver Juggernaut because I have a “Bright” Sunreaver Juggernaut planned for later.

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My Death Knight, Druid, and Hunter have all been in Pandaria for some time now — but, in a bit of a surprise, dark-horse-come-from-behind move even to myself, it is my Warrior who just became my fourth 90 and gave me the “Terrific Trio” achievement.

Keija dinged 80 just before Noblegarden. I decided to give her a rest instead of jumping right into the Cataclysm content because I wasn’t quite ready to bring her to Pandaria — I wanted to wait at least until I had a second 90 before I started any more characters on the Mists content.

Mists raiding, however, has produced quite a few items that I really, really like that are intended for Strength heroes. Starshatter is a gorgeous design, and, luckily for me, the blue LFR version is my favorite color of it. Ditto for the Scimitar of Seven Stars. And then there’s the T15 Warrior set, the Battleplate of the Last Mogu, for which, wonder of wonders, the LFR (!) coloration is, in my opinion, the awesomest tier set of Mists yet.

With a little bit of encouragement from Umlaut Paradots, I decided that it was time to get Keija leveled and LFR-ready so that I could have a chance at getting at least some of these items before the next expansion comes out and no-one is doing Mists LFR anymore.

Keija burned through Cataclysm in two days — Mount Hyjal through “Aessina’s Miracle” on the first day, then the Stonehearth questline in Deepholm, the Ramkahen questline in Uldum, and just enough of Twilight Highlands to ding 85 on the second day. After dinging 85, she took a few minutes in Orgrimmar to clean out her bags, then jumped on the airship to go to the Jade Forest and didn’t rest until she reached Honeydew Village. The next day, just getting to Dawn’s Blossom got her to level 86. Finishing everything else in the Jade Forest got her to level 87. I had been thinking of doing everything in the Valley of the Four Winds and Krasarang Wilds so that she could ding 90 in Kun-Lai Summit without needing to quest in Townlong Steppes or the Dread Wastes… but then I realized that as a Blacksmith, she will need to do Dread Wastes at least until she’s Honored with the Klaxxi so that she can get the patterns. So instead, when she dinged 87, she skipped the Valley and the Wilds completely and went straight to Kun-Lai. By the time she completed everything in Kun-Lai Summit, she was 17% through level 89. She still reached Honored with the Klaxxi well before dinging the big 9-0.

Now to work on the reps and the gearing part….

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Things my Warriors Wear

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

Hellreaver

Faceplate of the Forgotten, Destroyer Shoulderblades & Greaves, Druidic Guardian Plate, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity, Orange Mageweave Shirt, Hellreaver
I’m not quite sure just what I was expecting to do when I set out to make Keija a set to go with her Hellreaver, as I’d promised after Hellreaver failed to work with her Shado-Pan kit. This certainly wasn’t it, but I like it a lot! The mostly-dark armor allows Hellreaver itself to be the star feature of the kit, while all those little bright orange accents both complement Hellreaver and keep the overall look from being too dark.

Mighty

Chromite Pauldrons, Burnished Breastplate & Legplates of Might, Belt of Might, Talonguard gloves & boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Widow Blade, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
The spikes on the shoulders of the Battlegear of Might have never really appealed to me, so I thought I’d try it with the similarly colored, but plainer, Chromite shoulders.

Amber is the Color of my Fury

Skybreaker’s Pauldrons, Silithid Carapace Chestguard, Sunscale Belt, Legplates of the Destroyer, Gloves of the Swarm, Bloodguard’s Greaves, Fool’s Bane, Mantid Sky Reaver, Klaxxi Tabard
While I was trying to decide which of the Klaxxi weapons to use for Keija’s “Wakener” set, I picked up this 1H mace in Karazhan. To my eye, it matches the style of the other Klaxxi weapons better than the maces provided by the Klaxxi themselves.
Although Keija originally chose to specialize as Fury for Titan’s Grip — why bother with one-handed weapons when you can dual-wield not one, but TWO big honking two-handed weapons? — this outfit concept convinced her to try out Single-Minded Fury for awhile. About the time that I’d collected all the pieces for this kit, however, Siege of Orgrimmar came out, and I ended up deciding to make that Single-Minded Fury set first.

Thunder Bluff Warrior of the Insurrection

Vicious Pyrium Shoulders, any sleeveless chestpiece, Shattered Hand belt, Imperial Plate Leggings, Jade Tiger Gauntlets, Grim Sabatons, Thunder Bluff cloak & tabard, Ymiron’s Blade
The Thunder Bluff Warriors who are occupying Razor Hill during the Siege of Orgrimmar wear neither gloves nor boots. If you have invisiboots, such as Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes or Ancient Skeletal Boots, by all means use them! Keija does not yet have any invisiboots, not having obtained any either by raiding or by grinding the necessary Kor’kron supplies during patch 5.3, but the Grim Sabatons blend in with the pants well enough to produce almost the same effect.
The NPC belt is the same style as the golden-brown Shattered Hand or blue-grey Grimscale belt, but in a warm grey color that is not available to players. I chose to use the Shattered Hand belt because I felt like the warm tones harmonized better with the tabard & cloak. The Jade Tiger gloves contain both silvery tones to coordinate with the pants and golden tones to coordinate with the belt and tabard, making them the best choice of Keija’s readily-available gloves.
The NPCs carry Ymiron’s Blade + Saltstone Shield, a brighter recolor of the Angerfang/Splinterspear/Bladestaff Hammer that is not available to players, a unique and unobtainable 2H axe, or sometimes even the giant totem that every Tauren player character dearly wishes she or he could wield.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry


Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Bloodscale chestpiece & belt, Brutish pants gloves & boots, Dire Maul, Shield of Maraudon
Oh oh oh! Oh no! I totally forgot that I had wanted to make this outfit for my secondary Warrior for Love is in the Air this year until after the holiday had come and gone. Fortunately, I had some screenshots of the holiday decor from previous years that were suitable for compositing.

Sea and Stars

Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons of Unholy Rituals, Imperial Plate chestpiece & pants, Swordhook Slingbelt, Diemetradon Plate Gloves, Cobalt Boots, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Starshatter (LFR), Whitefin Axe
This is not the outfit I originally imagined to go with Starshatter — it’s better! The Pauldrons of Conviction would look fabulous with this set, too.

Resounding Doom


Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker
Although Keija hadn’t been to LFR in ages, she queued up for Pinnacle of Storms just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off this new Transmogrification kit.

Shado-Pan Blademaster

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set. Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

Knight in Shining Armor

Steel Plate Helm, Field Plate Pauldrons, Overlord’s chestpiece leggings gloves & boots, Belt of Might, Blade of the Unyielding, Hardened Steel Shield
The Overlord’s set is one of the most practical-looking plate sets. The contrast of the brightly polished plate surfaces with the dark connecting meshes always reminds me vaguely of Imperial Stormtrooper armor.

Death by Chocolate II

Brutish set with Rustic Workman’s Shirt, Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Broadaxe of the Horde, and Shield of Maraudon
Although I’d already collected the Brutish set once for my DPS warrior, I love it so much that I collected it again so that my Prot Warrior could use it with this awesome shield.

Battleplate of the Last Mogu

Plate of the Last Mogu (LFR) with Red Riding Hood’s Cloak and Fanged Axe
This is one of my favorite Mists tier sets. I love how the coloration of this set of armor repeats the color scheme of the great mogu edifices in the Vale. It’s like this armor is the imperial livery of the personal guard of the mogu emperor/dynasty who first built Mogu’shan Palace and its satellites, the Shrines of Two Moons and Seven Stars. I’m even happier that this coloration of the T15 Warrior gear was the LFR version and thus within my reach. I just wish I’d been able to get it all before the destruction of the Vale so that my screenshots could have been prettier.

Bright Sunreaver Juggernaut

Voice Amplifying Greathelm, Dawnsteel Shoulders, Ursa’s Embrace, Forgemaster’s Shattered Shackle, Lavacrest Leggings, Gauntlets of the Immovable, Sabatons of the Humble, Sin’dorei Warblade, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
I had two very different swords that I wanted to use with the Sunreaver tabard, and they wanted two very different outfits to go with them.

Dark Sunreaver Juggernaut

Great General’s Crown, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Druidic Guardian Plate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Embercrusher Grips, Deathseed Crushers, Greatsword of the Sin’dorei, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
As Keija was questing through Hyjal, it occurred to me that the set she was collecting would coordinate rather nicely with the Sunreaver tabard. So I hung onto it, and, indeed, it did, mostly. The quest reward belt didn’t work very well with the tabard, but the Goblin Girdle which did go with the tabard didn’t go with the rest of the quest reward set. So I switched out the pants, too, and I think the result looks great with the tabard and decent without it.

Insurrection Hero

Replica Battlegear of Heroism shoulders chest & pants, Imperial Plate Belt, Judicator’s Gauntlets, Sabatons of the Humble, Blubber Carver
I threw this kit together after I picked up my third piece of Insurrection gear from the Battlefield:Barrens event in Patch 5.3. It was mostly a placeholder while I worked on gaining reputation and collecting items for other kits I had planned.

Hero of the Southern Sands

Great General’s Crown, Caimas’ Spaulders, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Brutish gloves & boots, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
Iterating from the previous set, the dull golden tones of this helm and pauldrons from Uldum pick up the warmer tones in the Wallwatcher chestpiece and pants.

Brutish Wallwatcher


Brutish shoulders gloves & boots, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
The chocolate-colored Brutish set is a natural first choice to mix-and-match with the mocha accents of the Wallwatcher set. I picked the maces to coordinate with this lovely cloak.

Wallwatcher

Wallwatcher set
Quest reward set from Kun-Lai Summit. I like how this plate helm style looks like a quilen face.

Jade Tiger

Jade Tiger set with Binan Greatsword
Quest reward set from the Jade Forest. I hoped that the belt gloves & boots from this set would be good alternates for the Replica Battlegear of Valor items in the Silver Morning outfit, but alas, their colors just aren’t shiny enough. Unless I come up with another outfit to use these items in, Keija probably won’t keep them. My Paladin, however, probably will.

Silver Morning

Dawnsteel Shoulders, Truesilver Breastplate, Replica Belt Gauntlets & Boots of Valor, Cloudkeeper Legplates, Gleaming Claymore, Deckhand’s Shirt
Partially inspired by Pyckles’ Cloudkeeper Legplates ensemble and similar outfits seen in various WoW Factor show reports.

Voren’thal’s Vanguard

Noble Plate Pauldrons, Blacksoul Protector’s Hauberk, Belt of Might, Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants, Spiritualist’s Gauntlets/Gauntlets of the Vanquisher, Golden Cenarion Greaves/Boots of the Ancient-Killer, Scryers Tabard, Yellow Martial Shirt
For all that they are part of Thrall’s iconic Warchief armor, I’ve found Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants to be rather tricky to fit into outfits. I think this one turned out nicely — though I was tempted to silly it up with the bright yellow Underworld Helm. The tabard really pulls the ensemble together. Because the chestpiece is mostly covered by the tabard, it just needs to be dark with silverish or goldish trim. The Stormforged belt or Borak’s Belt of Bravery would be suitable for those who can’t wear the Warrior-specific belt.

Soft-Hearted Fighter



Embossed Plate Pauldrons, Ursa’s Embrace, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Leggings of the Ursa, Lantresor’s Warblade, Scout’s Tabard
I’ve been fond of the combination of orange and pink for many years. I’m quite pleased with this outfit, but if you don’t like it, that’s okay.

Dark Portal Sentry


Embossed Plate Pauldrons, Murkblood Avenger’s Chestplate, Bloodfist belt, Murkblood Avenger’s Legplates, Revenant gloves & boots, Lantresor’s Warblade, Scout’s Tabard
Keija acquired Lantresor’s Warblade at about the time she was getting rather tired of looking like a Darkmoon Faire clown. Although the Embossed Plate Pauldrons and Scout’s Tabard were a natural match for this handsome polearm, figuring out what else to use with it proved to be quite challenging. The contrast of bright orange and deep purple in this ensemble is very bold and striking, but ultimately, this set was merely an “I guess I can live with this” stop-gap that lasted only a day or two before I came up with something I liked a lot better.

Darkmoon Brawler


Valorous Pauldrons, Fel Iron Plate breastplate & pants, Chromite belt, Revenant gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon Hammer
Mola is wearing the Symbolic gloves & boots, Enchanted Adamantite Belt (why isn’t she wearing the teal Warleader’s belt, I wonder? It’s the same style, and would match better), and cloth Highborne tunic & pants. Kerri Hicks is wearing a custom coloration of the mail Pillager’s set. Neither set is Transmogrification-friendly for any class that can wield 2H Maces, but I think what I’ve come up with fits the spirit of the Faire pretty well.

Battlegear of Valor

Battlegear of Valor: Polished hat shoulders breastplate & pants with Replica belt gloves & boots
Wanting to gain several levels very quickly, I loaded Keija up with all the heirloom gear I could obtain. With four out of the seven visible items of the set now available as Polished heirlooms, I went ahead and filled out the remaining three slots with the Replica pieces from the Darkmoon Faire.

Imperial Steamsmith

Steamsmith Helm, Pauldrons of the Thorium Brotherhood, Imperial Plate chestpiece & pants, Saltstone belt & gloves, Heavy Mithril Boots, Conk Hammer
Keija crafted the entire Imperial Plate set, but when she put it on, she thought she looked very silly. Plus, the crafted set doesn’t come with gloves — what’s up with that? The chestpiece and pants from the Imperial Plate set, however, make a very solid foundation for any number of silver-toned plate sets.
I think I like this even better than my Mogolympics Hammer Throw entry using the Conk Hammer.

Death by Chocolate

Brutish set, Rustic Workman’s Shirt, Dark Iron Axe
I love the relatively unique color of this set. The Wyrmslayer Spaulders and High Chief’s Pauldrons also match this color scheme.

Pillager (Mail)

Thick Scale Shoulderpads, Pillager’s chest pants gloves & boots, Sentry’s Sash, Green Linen Shirt
Kaobeka wore this set for several months during her mid-30s because she was idling in Thunder Bluff to serve as my primary Banker while Kregga dawdled through Pandaria.
At max-level, this would be a viable Transmogrification Kit for a Hunter or a Shaman.

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Ever since she got leveled up enough to wear the full gearset — about a year and a half ago — Keija, my Arms Warrior, has been serving proudly as a Bluffwatcher.


Feral set with Ranger Shoulders, Barbarian War Axe, and Deckhand’s Shirt. Exact matches for the NPC belt and axe are not available to players. With the addition of the Feral Gloves & Bracers, this outfit would be Transmogrification-Friendly for Druids, Monks, and Rogues.

For a time, she considered becoming a Horde Guard at Camp Taurajo or the Crossroads.


Sentinel set with Chieftain’s Shoulders and Grinning Axe. The NPC axe with red trim is not available to players. This ensemble is substantially similar to the Orgrimmar Grunt‘s armor, which uses the red Cabalist Spaulders and Monstrous War Axe. This outfit is Transmogrification-friendly for Druids, Monks, and Rogues.

Her parents weren’t very happy about that idea, however, and they convinced her to remain in Thunder Bluff.

Recently, she has gotten rather restless. She played hard during the first few months of the New Darkmoon Faire to earn the Darkmoon “Sword” and Darkmoon Mallet.


Darkmoon “Sword” shown with Shimmering Armor & Trousers and Copper Chain Belt; non-Transmogrification-friendly.
Darkmoon Mallet shown with Green Iron set and Captain’s Waistguard — the crafted set does not include a belt, but the Captain’s set item is a perfect match; Transmogrification-friendly for Hunters and Shaman.

Although Keija is well-pleased with these prizes, she still felt like there was something more she wanted out of life. Recently, I at last acquired the key item for a new outfit for Keija, only to discover that it required level 52 to equip — and she was only level 43. She had the quest for Deadmire in her log — had had it, in fact, since before the Shattering — and it was yellow for her level, so off she went to Dustwallow Marsh. When she’d finished making trouble for the black dragons there, she was level 45.

Upon reaching her 45th season, Keija could finally equip all the pieces of the Brutish set. This handsome chocolate-brown armor, which is also worn by the Kor’kron Overseers in Undercity, became her first Transmogrification Template Kit.


Brutish set with Rustic Workman’s Shirt and Dark Iron Axe; Transmogrification-friendly for Warriors, Paladins, and Death Knights.

Next, she decided to go make trouble for the black dragons in the Badlands. From there, I decided to go ahead and do Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes, too, so that I could check those zones off my list.


How the hex did the caves of Uldaman not collapse in the earthquakes that opened up this big huge chasm? And why aren’t there openings into the Uldaman cave system hanging out of the sides of the chasm?


Hey, look, there’s a back door entrance to Uldaman directly under Fuselight! I don’t remember this being here before the Shattering, but I suppose I could have just missed it.


This mini-game in the Tomb of the Watchers was rather fun. I had to abandon the quest and do it again to be able to get this screenshot, though, because the laser show disappears as soon as you make the final correct move to solve the puzzle.


Rheastrasza’s sacrifice will not be forgotten!


I’ve always wondered if the “Scar of the Worldbreaker” region of the Badlands lies directly above the identically-named portion of Blackrock Caverns.


At first, Keija was annoyed by Lunk. But when she was freeing the slaves in the Slag Pit, she dearly missed Lunk, and wished that he was there to show her a way to subdue the slaves who attacked her without having to kill them.


RAWR! Hey mister Firegut ogre, don’t you think I’m a hottie?


I was worried that the obsidian ashes were for the whelplings I’d rescued. I was glad that they were for Acride instead! It is intriguing that Acride chooses to appear as a Human in this questline and as a Blackrock Orc in Blackrock Spire.


It was an honor to serve with Eitrigg and Ariok. From a meta perspective, however, having quested through Redridge with Kymberlea, I am forced to conclude that the imminent invasion we thwarted here in the Burning Steppes was only the second (and more terrible) wave of a larger-scale plan whose first wave had already been launched. Well, that, or the invasion force in Redridge is the tattered, but undeterred, remnants of the force we decimated here.

By the time Keija had finished those three zones, she’d gotten to level 53.

With Eitrigg’s commendation for her contributions to the Battle of Dreadmaul Rock in hand, Keija at last achieved her goal of becoming Baine’s first female Honor Guard.



Grunt’s Plate Armor, Trickster’s Sash, Wolf Rider’s Leggings, Barbaric Iron Boots, Wanderer’s Shoulders, Grinning Axe. There is a blue-quality version of the chestpiece available, the Plate of the Shaman King, but because the ensemble uses mixed gear types and is thus non-Transmogrification-friendly anyway, I have chosen to use the much more easily obtained Grunt’s Plate Armor. Until I can acquire the exactly matching Wolf Rider’s Belt, the Trickster’s Sash is the best available substitute.

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A couple of pieces of gift art I’ve done recently.

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Millya, Vidyala, and Vosskah

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the Ysiel’thar sisters, Saxsy and Traxy, from I Like Pancakes

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