Long before my Tauren Hunter, Ketura, reached level 70, I had the Leggings of Beast Mastery squirreled away in the bank for her. She has worn them proudly ever since she leveled up enough to do so.
I kept watching the AH for other BoE “of Beast Mastery” items, but to no avail; it seemed that these handsome pants did not have any coordinating items.
A week or two ago, as I was browsing mail items in WMV while working on Transmogrification template kit ideas for Kamalia, I discovered a chestpiece and belt that matched the Leggings of Beast Mastery perfectly!
The Netherstrike Breastplate & Belt are crafted by leatherworkers. Sadly, the only way the gorgeous style set of Leggings of Beast Mastery + Netherstrike Breastplate can legitimately be worn is as an RP outfit, because the pants are itemized for a Hunter whereas the chestpiece & belt are itemized for an Elemental or Resto Shaman (gj, Blizz :P). This ensemble would have to be purely a Transmogrification template kit for Ketura.
I knew Kamalia already had the patterns because she had made a Netherstrike Belt for herself back in the day. I sent Ketura off to the Elemental Plateau in Nagrand to farm the required Primal Air and started thinking about how to fill out the set. At first, I thought perhaps I could use pieces from the green and maroon Outland recolor of Hunter T2.
The green and maroon worked well with the green and blue, but the silver clashed horribly with the gold. Back to scanning in WMV….
I soon found two very similarly styled shoulderpieces that complemented the chestpiece and leggings nicely: the Bog Epaulets and Sparkleshell Mantle. I tried the Turtle Scale Gloves and Auchenai Boots (left), then decided that I preferred the leather-like look of the Talhide Lined items (right) because they allowed the distinctive and beautiful styling of the chestpiece and leggings to stand out more.
I finished collecting the necessary Primals with Ketura, farmed up some Nether Dragonscales at Singing Ridge in Blade’s Edge Mountain with Kamalia, sat down to craft the Netherstrike Breastplate… and only then did I realize that the Netherstrike items were BoP.
I still really want to use this outfit as a Transmogrification template kit because it is so unique and beautiful. But it will have to be for Kamalia (I’ll need to scan the AH for the pants), even though it looks decidedly more Hunter-like (to my eye) than Shaman-like. I’ll just have to collect the full green & maroon T2 recolor — or hey, perhaps the red & violet original T2 itself! — for a Transmogrification template kit for Ketura (after she reaches level 85, of course).