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Just in time for those patriotic summer holidays, a set of red white and blue Transmogrification kits!

Captain Azeroth

Fleet Commander’s Hat, After Hours Pauldrons, Protectorate Assassin’s Tunic, Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch, X-52 Pilot’s Leggings, Bandit gloves & boots, Zorbin’s Mega-Chopper
Given the origins of most of these items, however, perhaps this kit should be called “Captain Outland“.

ZAP!

Helm of Affinity, Ornate Pauldrons, Outrunner’s Chestguard Gloves & Slippers, Scarlet Belt*, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Ironhide Bracers, Wildfire Windcloak, Shocking Claws
I collected a heap of red and blue mail items, hoping to get something usable out of the mess. When I added in these silver-white items, I got just the right balance of the three colors for a superhero-worthy knockout combo.

Imperial Eagle

Imbued Plate set with Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Thorium Belt, and Spiked Battle Axe
This is a kit I’ve had in mind for the Underpowered Death Knight for a long time because it works particularly well with her coloring.
I thought that Old Stratholme in the Caverns of Time might be a good location to take screenshots with this kit. I’d forgotten that it applies an Alliance disguise to Horde characters — luckily, the illusion that the Underpowered Death Knight got was perfect for this kit.

Miss Starshine

Starfire Tiara*, Ternary Mantle, Blue Linen Vest, Astralaan Belt, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Rotting Handwraps + Sage’s Bracers, Buccaneer’s Boots, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Wand of Arcane Potency, Regal Star
This hat, alas, is no longer available, having disappeared when Warlord Zaela took over Upper Blackrock Spire. Perhaps it might show up on the Black Market Auction House eventually? I didn’t spend all that time farming for it before Warlords launched to not ever use it, though, and stars are always in style for summer celebrations.

First off, a couple more kits that don’t quite fit into any of my big Projects:

Buttercup

Mantle of Autumn, Sentinel Breastplate & Girdle, Earthsoul Britches, Ranger Gloves + Vendetta Bindings, Bonechewer Shredboots, Heavenly Breeze, Quicksilver Blade, Razorcrystal Blade
When this sword fell out of a Salvage Yard box, I almost immediately wanted to pair it with this lovely Cataclysm-era cloak. I’d been wanting to use this cloak in a kit for some time, but there didn’t seem much to pair it with beyond the obvious similarly-colored Replica Vestments of the Virtuous or Lawbringer Armor. The Razorcrystal Blade is an agility sword, so I decided that my Rogue should get it because it would actually be useful to her. She also happened to have this nicely matching dagger, and these coordinating bracers. The shoulders from the BC recolor of Druid T1 were a pretty natural choice. What surprised me, though, was that I also wanted the pants from that set to bring in more of the light green from the cloak.

Misty Morning

Heroes’ Crown of Faith, Rebirth Spaulders, Fireflash Robes, Repurposed Twilight Girdle, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Splintering Greatstaff
I discovered the core concept of this kit, the shoulders + robe combination, when I was designing an outfit to go with the Warlords-crafted mace & off-hand book as part of the original Savage Blood Fashion Parade. When I got around to actually making the kit though, I decided to use this staff instead of the Warlords-crafted weapons.

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BTH and I went to see the Warcraft movie about a week ago. The only screen in our area that it was playing on was the drive-in at a town about 15 miles away. It’s a great flick for that format. It was marvelous to see Azeroth expanded from abbreviated-for-gameplay set pieces into a lush, full-scale world. I was surprised by how much I liked young, awkward, not-completely-self-confident Khadgar in the movie. I haven’t liked Khadgar in Warlords; he comes off as over-confident and arrogant to me. Like Matthew Rossi and Navimie, I rather liked the changes to the story and even prefer the movie continuity version of the story to the original game version. I did wonder, though, if someone watching the movie without having played the game would have been able to make sense of everything that was going on.

After watching Gul’dan in the movie, I don’t think I want green fire for my Warlock anymore. Maybe I’ll still do the quest chain, though, because I know there’s an option at the end to not embrace the fel power and keep using regular old orange fire. I would then continue to play my Warlock as, well, pretty much just an alternate variety of Fire Mage (with a demon to tank for her).

With the arrival of Legion now only two months away, I upgraded my account yesterday. I haven’t used the Boost yet; I’m not sure when I will. I’m starting to feel like I’m in a holding pattern of sorts with my various alts and their Garrisons, just waiting for the pre-patch when everything will change…

Having read that on the PTR, not only are gold missions gone, but also the Smuggled Sack of Gold is no longer available from the Trader, I decided I ought to make hay while the sun shines. This evening, I began taking my alts to the Trading Post to exchange all their Garrison Resources for gold. I’m leaving alts who don’t have an active Shipyard with under 1k resources and alts who do have an active Shipyard with around 3.5k resources.

I’ve also seen the idea of stockpiling Big Crates of Salvage until the pre-patch drops mentioned in a few places. I must admit that I’m not quite sure why one would want to do that. Is there something about the Salvage Yard being changed in the pre-patch that I’ve missed?

Anyhow, while I was cashing in the Underpowered Death Knight’s cache of Garrison Resources, out of the blue she informed me that as she is Retired, when the pre-patch drops and it will no longer be of any benefit for her to stay in her Garrison, she would like to become my primary Bank Alt.

AND, said she, she therefore required an appropriate Hat:

(You know, I’m really glad that Blizz put a swimming pool at the Gallywix Pleasure Palace, because it’s such a fun set piece that it would have been very sad to leave it completely behind on Kezan.)

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight in the Homestretch

So the pre-patch is on the PTR, eh? Well, then, I guess it’s time to check in on how my characters are doing with their Warlords goals.

I am almost done with my massive “Savage Blood” (Warlords-crafted items) transmogrification project. I finally have all the items crafted, so now it’s mostly down to finding time and figuring out good places for screenshot sessions, then processing the pictures. I hope to get it all wrapped up and published during July.

The Druid is steadily working through the 6.0 Garrison Campaign. Checking the achievement tracker for the thing, with this week’s episode, I have completed 8/12 and will now be heading into the home stretch of the four episodes about Azuka Bladefury that always go in the same order. So I might be able to finish that up before the pre-patch drops (depending, of course, on when it does arrive).

The Druid went to Tanaan. When she got to Honored with Vol’jin’s Headhunters and the Saberstalkers, she burned the small pile of Medallions of the Legion that Kamalia’s followers had collected to get to Honored with the Order of the Awakened, too. The followers she wanted thus recruited, she hasn’t been back. She tried to kill the rare who drops the glyph technique I wanted… but it is an elite and it wiped the floor with her. So I looked for the glyph on the AH and discovered that not only was someone selling it for cheap, they were selling it for less than the price of the one Felblight required to make it! So I just bought a Glyph of Ascendance for Kamalia.

Then I decided to take the Alliance Mage to Tanaan, because I wanted to see how the dialog of the introductory quest series differs between the factions. So I now have Shipyards running with the Alliance Mage to maybe get an item or two of HFC cloth, with the Druid for HFC leather, with Kamalia for HFC mail, and with the Warrior for HFC plate. My other characters are all completely ignoring Tanaan and the Shipyard.

I also ran the Alliance Mage through the first of the Isle of Thunder solo scenarios. One of these days I need to sit down and finish the solo scenarios — and then I’ll probably just burn rep tokens to get her to Exalted with the Kirin Tor Offensive. I collected a big pile of Sunreaver Onslaught tokens while doing the Isle of Thunder with various Horde alts; because they are BoA, I sent one to the Alliance Mage as an experiment and was pleased to see that it converted to a Kirin Tor Offensive token when she took it out of the mailbox.

The Monk grabbed a Huojin tabard, picked a Wrath Heroic to farm, and cleared it every day until she reached Exalted with the Pandaren. The mog item that had been my reason for choosing that dungeon didn’t drop while I was farming the place for rep, but I haven’t bothered to keep farming the dungeon for the item since she got the Pandaren guards for her Garrison.

Most of my alts have only the Amulet of Rukhmar left to obtain before Harrison will join their Garrison staff. After I’ve finished that project, my next priority will probably be chipping away at the Laughing Skull rep grind with the Death Knight. In theory, I’m also working on the Sha’tari Defense rep grind with the Alliance Mage, but uuuuuugggh I hate pure grinding reps and the fact that that one starts at neutral is just so discouraging to me.

The Hunter has been working on the mount training quests here and there. I think I’ll probably be able to get her Stable upgraded to level 3 by the time Legion launches, but I might not have gotten around to doing the mounted combat challenges for the “Stable Master” title.

The Hunter is also curating her collection of pets in anticipation of the Dire Stable that will be coming in Legion and fretting about how there are more pets that she’d like to tame than she has empty spots in her stable (let alone leaving an empty spot or two for a kodo and a mechanical pet).

And I’d really like to find some time to do the Green Fire quest chain with the Warlock. I’ve chosen the “Black Temple” track for her jukebox because I know that the final scenario of the Green Fire chain takes place there. I’ve discovered that I’m really quite fond of my Warlock because for all that I’m not keen on the lore aspects of Warlocks, the gameplay of a Destro ‘Lock sure is fun!

My summer class has been competing pretty intensely for my time and attention. I often bring work home with me, and if I try to do both work and WoW in the same evening, I end up staying up to 2 or 3 am… Plus, I was out of town last week for the first of the teaching workshops I got into and I will be out of town again for the second one next week. I left my play computer behind for the first workshop and will probably leave it behind for the second one as well. It was actually rather nice to have a break from the pressure of profession CDs and mission/shipyard tables.

These kits were made to go with the movie tie-in weapons. They also use the new-and-improved versions of the faction capital city tabards from the Garrison Bunker/War Mill.

Stormwind War-Mage

Sage’s Mantle, Sorcerer Drape, Serenity Belt, Royal Trousers, Black Mageweave Gloves + Fireflash Bracers, Saltarello Shoes, Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (2-655), Stormwind Tabard, Replica Lion’s Fang, Karabor Arcanist Tome
Betcha most of the Transmogrification kits that will be made to go with this sword (and its matching shield) will be plate outfits for Paladins or Warriors. Well, Mages can wield swords, too, so here’s a Lion’s Fang kit in cloth, for a change.

Orgrimmar Blood Guard

Cabalist Spaulders, Wolf Rider’s Padded Armor, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Prospector’s Woolies, Loramus’ Gloves, Firemoss Boots, Nimble Hexweave Cloak (1-640), Orgrimmar Tabard, Replica Blood Guard’s Cleaver
I hesitated about using the Monk-specific belt in this kit, but it really was what looked best to me. The Mists-crafted Snow Lily Belt is a suitable alternative for non-Monks, though.

alt exhaustion

One of the questions in the Blizzard Watch Queue this morning was, “How many alts are you going to play in Legion?”

A few weeks ago, I would have answered, “sixteen — one of each class as Horde, plus my Alliance Mage, plus Horde doubles of Shaman, Monk, and Druid”.

After this month’s leveling extravaganza, I’m thinking that I don’t really want to try to manage any more than thirteen characters in Legion: one of each of the twelve classes as Horde, plus my Alliance Mage.

In the week between my big leveling spree and last weekend when I got the last two of the “one of each class” set leveled, I would sit at my computer desk looking at my Garrison progress chart and my other alt-tracking spreadsheets and just feel tired. Worn out. So tired of the zone opening questlines that everyone had to do to unlock their Outpost bonuses and followers. So tired of Pinchwhistle Point. So tired of busting Solog Roark out of the Iron Docks.

Back in the day, I rolled secondary characters of various classes either to experience the third specialization of the class without having to spend a lot of time and gold switching back and forth between specs or because I had more Transmogrification ideas for that class than one character’s inventory could handle — or both. Legion addresses both of those problems with making all specs always available and the Wardrobe. I’ve been saying that I’m going to carry forward my doubles of Shaman, Monk, and Druid because it would feel too wierd to play their designated specs with my primary characters of those classes… but then I as I looked at my Garrison worksheets and thought about doing the Order Hall stuff for the same class twice, I felt tired already. I thought, “you know what, it wouldn’t be all that wierd to play Kam as Enhancement, or Kate as Brewmaster*, or Kerisa as Feral.” I’m thinking, therefore, that I’m going to retire my secondary Shaman, Monk, and Druid** along with the Underpowered Death Knight — leave them at level 100, and you’ll see them occasionally when I have a Transmogrification kit idea that uses all pre-Legion gear for which I think one of them would be the best model.

Legion‘s focus on class-specific experiences will be both less exhausting and more exhausting for my altoholic self. Each character having a more unique, distinctive experience will be less exhausting in the sense of the content becoming tediously repetitive. Each character having a more unique, distinctive experience will be more exhausting because there will be so much more stuff that I’ll feel like I ought to do and want to do.

Sometimes I contemplate the idea that I’d probably get less tired of the content by the time I get through leveling all of the classes — and I do enjoy playing with the different playstyles of each class — if I gave myself more variety by playing only the classes that Tauren can be as Horde and all the classes that Tauren can’t be as Alliance. I have thought often enough about faction-changing the Rogue and the Warlock to know that if I did, they’d both become Humans — the Rogue because her blonde ponytail and freckles are more important to her being herself than being an Elf is, and the Warlock because of Cynwise and Cimmeria. I always end up thinking, though, about how I love my Blood Elf Mage too much to retire her, how Blood Elves have cooler stealth animations than Humans do, how Humans don’t have access to the right haircut for my Warlock***, and how I’d be bugged by not having all of my “one of each class” set on the same faction so they can all be in the same guild, and I don’t do it.

And how many alts will I really play in Legion? Kamalia will go first because she always goes first, and it really would feel wierd and wrong to let someone else go first. I’m not going to try to predict who will go next. It will be whomever I most want to play with in the moment. The others will follow along as I have time and interest. Maybe I’ll repeat the feat of getting a character of each class to the level cap for a third time, or maybe we’ll actually manage to either conceive or adopt (or both!) and I’ll drop off of the face of Azeroth for most of the expansion.

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* In fact, at the moment, I am enjoying Brewmaster Monk so much more than Windwalker Monk that I’m considering doing the Brewmaster Artifact first.

** The secondary Druid will probably still get the Boost whenever I manage to finish playing her through Outland. I have her RP-flagged as a Highmountain Tauren, so she might also pick up the Feral Artifact and play through the Highmountain zone before she actually, completely, finally retires — but I’m going to try to allow myself to not be in any hurry to do any of those things.

*** What this really all boils down to is that my two favorite races in the game, Tauren and Blood Elves, both happen to be Horde. And with Demon Hunters coming on the scene, well… Night Elves are fun to draw, but I just can’t get into playing as one. I’d rather be a Sin’dorei Demon Hunter than a Kaldorei Demon Hunter.

Tracer

In honor of the official launch of Overwatch, here’s a clumsy attempt at a Tracer Transmogrification kit. This idea was primarily inspired by the slight stylistic similarity between the Spireflame chestpiece and Tracer’s jacket & chronomodulator device.

Gnomish Battle Goggles, Spireflame Spaulders & Chestguard, Supple Waistguard (3-670), Blastguard Pants, Gazlowe’s Gloves or Ranger Gloves + Ghostwalker Bindings, Goat Hide Boots or Blastguard Boots, Rustic Workman’s Shirt

There is no good match for Tracer’s brightly coloured leggings. I decided that these brightly coloured pants were the best choice, even though they’re the wrong bright colour. I thought the Goat Hide shoes were the best style match for Tracer’s sneakers, but they’re also the wrong colour. The Blastguard Boots that go with the pants might be a better choice — what do you think?

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