The preview of the new female Night Elf model released this week has inspired me to post this story, which I wrote primarily during summer and autumn of 2011.
I don’t remember the glory of Zin’Azshari or the decadence of the Highborne.
I don’t remember the War of the Ancients or the Sundering of the world.
My mother once told me that there were more kaldorei children born in the fifty years immediately following Illidan Stormrage’s creation of the second Well of Eternity and the planting of Nordrassil by the Aspects than there were in the previous — or following — five hundred.
Scorned, derided, and shunned by the kaldorei, the remaining Highborne kept to themselves, but we occasionally saw them walking around the very outskirts of Constellas, where we lived. As a child and a youth, I was intensely fascinated by their pale, solemn, haughty countenances and their richly-decorated, yet increasingly threadbare apparel. My parents grew tired of my continual pestering to know more about them. After my father’s patience finally broke and he shouted at me — “Arcane magics destroyed our world! They are forbidden for a reason! Do not seek after them any more!” — I stopped asking about the Highborne… but when I had come of age, my parents could not prevent me from associating with them.
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A few recent Transmogrification kits with which I am particularly well-pleased. Two of them use current tier items that I would not have even been able to think about using without the Mists LFR paradigm.
Shadra’s Burning Scroll
Burning Scroll Hood & Mantle (LFR), Hibernal Robe, Sorcerer’s Belt of Final Winter, Shimmering Gloves + Goldenvine Wraps, Ikeyen’s Boots, Formal White Shirt, Inscribed Serpent Staff
Dragonray’s ROYGBiV-Yellow outfit inspired Kaelinda to dive into Terrace of Endless Spring LFR. Luckily, it only took two weeks for her to win both the hat and the shoulders — and the belt. This kit would be very appropriate for a Troll!
Crown of Boastful Words, Mantle of Winged Triumph (LFR), Chestguard of Bitter Charms, Greatbelt of Living Waters, Legguards of the Apostle, Grips of the Fallen Council, Sabatons of the Humble, Cloak of Tranquil Clouds, Spellfire Longsword, Ancient Mogu Tower Shield (LFR)
This outfit is mostly comprised of pieces from another of my favorite tier sets from Mists LFR. Sadly, the sword that perfectly matches this shield, the LFR version of the Enchanted Shao-Tien Saber, is an Agility weapon and thus completely unobtainable by any spec of Paladin.
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 — or maybe it was just that this kit looked great in that room?
As always, swing by my Fashion page to see if any other classes have also been recently updated.
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And Kaprikka makes 90 #11.
It was late enough already when she dinged that my usual fresh 90 routine — meeting with Wrathion, doing Path of the Last Emperor, and visiting the Timeless Isle — will have to wait for another day.
Then it will be the Warlock’s turn.
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After three intense months of mogging, Dragonray’s Mog the World in 80 Days competition has come to an end and the Grand Prize has been awarded. Dragonray, Navimie, Cymre, and I discussed at least three different methods of determining the overall winner, and Syrco came out on top in every analysis!
prize banner by Cymre
Runner-up Plaid Elf came in a very close second in all the same analyses. Her winning set for Uruguay in Week 8 would make a totally boss outfit for Anduin Wrynn, dontcha think?
I spent quite a while trying to get the face to look right before I gave up and cheated by putting in the face from my WMV pose reference picture.
I had a blast helping to judge the competition. I was so impressed by the creativity of all the participants. I looked forward to seeing what fabulous new outfits would be up in the Judges’ Corner each weekend. Here are some of my personal favorite outfits from each week that didn’t win — either I gave my highest score of the week to this outfit but the outfit I gave my second-highest score to won instead, or I gave my second-highest score to this outfit on a week in which the outfit I gave the highest score to did win.
For everyone who participated, I’ve made this badge to display on your blog, if you wish:
Thank you, Dragonray, for hosting such a splendid Transmogrification event!
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Posted in Achievements, Alts, Art, Draenei, Human, Mage, Monk, Professions, Questing, Tauren on April 27, 2014 |
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For the past several weeks, I’ve felt like Kaprikka, Koralyra, and Kinevra have been racing each other to get to 90, and that any one of them could potentially get there first.
Though I’ve drawn them all sprinting, Kaprikka is really the only one who’s sprinting, as she started the furthest behind. The other two have really just been jogging.
Koralyra tends to move in fits and starts; unless there’s a holiday going on, when I feel like doing the Pet Battle circuit, she gets XP, and when I don’t, she doesn’t. She’s currently about three-quarters of the way from 87 to 88.
Kinevra began the expansion at 85, of course, and has been slowly and steadily plugging away at various past-expansion daily hubs. She’s gotten a trickle of XP from running Firelands with the Old Ladies, too. This week, she finally reached level 87 and made a trip to Pandaria to get her Grummlepack. Because she was fully well-rested, that expedition got her about three-quarters of the way to 88.
Kaprikka dinged 80 on April 3rd and got to 85 about a week ago, on the 19th:
She then made a quick trip to Pandaria. After getting to the point where the portal from Paw’don Glade to Stormwind was open, she rode up to Dawn’s Blossom to buy some gear to let her queue for Pandaria dungeons. She’s been diligently fishing in the Dalaran fountain while waiting out her LFD queues. Friday night this week turned out to be a fine night for fishing indeed!
Now she’ll be able to use Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg just as soon as she can buy it! Yesterday, she went back to Pandaria and dinged 87 helping Ken-Ken save Zhu’s Watch. She then went up to Kun-Lai to get her Grummlepack; unlike Kinevra, she was already out of well-rested and only got forty-some-odd percent of the way to 88. Next, she rode down to the Incursion — I was pretty creeped out by suddenly having Lorekeeper Vaeldrin using Mind Vision on my character, versus a Horde character’s encounter with Chezin Dawnchaser at the side of the road — and by the time she reached the Sentinel Basecamp, she’d also dinged 88. Now that she’s pulled into the lead, Kaprikka will most likely be the winner.
Having played through the Dawnchaser storyline first, and multiple times, Sentinel Lyalia’s opinions of the Sunwalkers pain me. Not trusting the Horde is a Sentinel’s business, but the Sunwalkers — and especially the Dawnchasers! — sure don’t seem to me like they’re “the most militant branch of the tauren armies within the horde”! Not when Kor Bloodtusk vehemently complains about their pacifism! Either Lyalia is dreadfully misinformed, or I am — is there something that Sunwalkers, specifically, do somewhere in Kalimdor that I don’t know about yet because I haven’t played through most of those zones as Alliance?
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This morning, Matthew Rossi over at WoW Inisder wonders,
…would you, if you could, make a copy of one of your characters on the other faction to play with friends of said faction?
I have often, frequently, wished that I could just make an Alliance duplicate of Kamalia, exactly as she was right at the moment, to play with my blue team friends. Now that I have a choice of races, she’d be a Dwarf. How much would I be willing to pay for it? Probably $50 – $75.
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Posted in Art, Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Forsaken, Gnome, Goblin, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Pandaren, Tauren, Troll, Worgen on February 24, 2014 |
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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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