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So landsmen all, wherever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree:
Stick close to your desk and never go to sea
And you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Nay-vee!

— Gilbert and Sullivan, HMS Pinafore

Captain’s Ringmail

Captain’s Hat, Crusader’s Pauldrons, Felstalker Breastplate, Veteran’s Ringmail Girdle, Wasteland Ringmail Leggings, Talhide Lined-Gloves, Railwalker’s Ratcheted Boots, Steelforged Dagger (1-630), Sharptusk Shield
Alas, the most perfect shield to go with this hat is an Alliance-specific quest reward!
And while I am willing to do there-and-back-again faction-switching shenanigans with my other characters, I won’t do that with Kamalia. sigh…
I guess I’ll just have to make do with this Draenor shield, which looks vaguely nautical — kinda-sorta like a broken porthole cover.
Savage Blood required: 0

Sea Wolf

Fleet Commander’s Hat, Pauldrons of Wild Magic, Wayfaring Tunic & Belt (1-640), Kiraser’s Gloves of Precision + Oran’s Cuffs of Malice, Patroller’s War-Kilt, Knight’s War Hammer, Sharptusk Shield
This fancier version of the Shipyard hat is an account-wide reward for completing any three of the rare Shipyard missions. This kit is less nautical in flavor, choosing instead to play off of the red color. I hadn’t planned to make the Wayfaring tunic at all until I was building this set and realized how nicely it would fit with the rest of the items. As an added bonus of how nicely this kit came together, it will look great with Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji, if and when I ever get around to going Timewalking!
Savage Blood required: 0

A hotfix in December 2015 quietly made the achievement that awards the Fleet Commander’s Hat account-wide, meaning that I could create the rest of these kits without having to actively play the Shipyard with my other characters.

Commodore of the Cavalry

Fleet Commander’s Hat, Enumerated Shoulderpads, Sorcerer Drape, Laughing Skull Waistguard, Astralaan Pants, Coldwraith Handwraps + Sorcerer Bracelets, Saltarello Shoes, Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (2-655), White Tuxedo Shirt, Tower of Theramore*
Savage Blood required: 15
I’ve been waiting to make this kit for a long time — I originally designed it about three-and-a-half years ago for the Equestrian event of the Mogolympics. Oddly enough, it works equally well as an equestrian or a nautical theme, probably because the competition equestrian costume has its roots in cavalry uniforms — which share aesthetics with naval uniforms.

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“.

Lord High Admiral



Fleet Commander’s Hat, Stockade Pauldrons, Overlord’s Chestplate & Legplates, Girdle of Uther, Gauntlets of the Vanquisher, Obsidian Greaves, Martial Shirt (any color), Forgotten Champion’s Blade, Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword
Horde characters can’t use the appearance of Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword for Transmogrification, but they can equip it — so Keija kept it equipped from the moment she solved the mystery of Admiral Taylor’s Garrison in Spires of Arak right up until she got her first Artifact weapon at the beginning of Legion.
An Alliance Protection Warrior or Paladin should use Revilgaz’s Cutlass and Wheel of the Lost Hope with this kit.

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So there you have it: how I spent my Warlords of Draenor expansion.

I’ve also been working on one or two smaller, not specifically Warlords-content-related Transmogrification projects that aren’t done yet, but I’m sure glad to have these two big projects out the door before the Legion pre-patch!

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Last summer, I challenged myself to make a set of Transmogrification kits using each of the Warlords crafted weapons, and I put out a request for other Transmogrification ideas using Warlords crafted items. I got some great ideas! Since then, I’ve been slowly working on actually making those kits (or iterations of them, at any rate) in-game. I’ve also come up with several other ideas along the way. As I was trying not to make these posts too incredibly huge, I decided not to include kits that use only one relatively minor piece of Warlords crafted gear (usually a belt) — though I did include kits that use only one piece of Warlords crafted gear if it is a major piece such as shoulders, a chestpiece, or a weapon.

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Stage Zero Armor
Only chestpiece, leggings, and helm pieces exist for this coloration of the Draenor-crafted armor. The primary use of the patterns for these items, which are not upgradable, is leveling the crafting skill itself.

Journeying Gardener


Straw Hat, Examiner’s Monnions, Journeying Robes, Serene Yellow Belt, Frostwolf Scout’s Gloves, Garden Shovel
This kit just wanted to be simple, dark, and earthy.
When I first met Farmer Fung and Gardener Fran, I thought maybe Fran was Fung’s wife. Later, when I found out that Tina Mudclaw can’t decide whether she likes Farmer Yoon or Farmer Fung better, I decided that Fran must be Fung’s sister.

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Stage One Armor

Mystical Mistletoe

Supple Shoulderguards Waistguard & Gloves (all 1-640), Jinxed Hoodoo Skin & Kilt, Garden Sickle/Miniature Winter Veil Tree, Purehearted Cricket Cage (LFR)
Anyone who grew up reading Asterix the Gaul knows that the proper weapon of a Druid is a sickle — for collecting mistletoe, of course!
While I was collecting enough Draenic Seeds to buy the Garden Sickle, I used the Miniature Winter Veil Tree with this kit. Using the sickle seems like a small change, but it makes a big difference — at least to me — in how “druidy” the overall effect of the kit appears.
The combination of the recolored Druid T1 antlers with the Jinxed Hoodoo items has always been popular, for obvious reasons. I feel like I’ve seen the combination of the stage 1 Warlords crafted leather items with the Jinxed Hoodoo items somewhere before, but I can’t remember where or when.
Savage Blood required: 0

Sha Stalker

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Raiment of Silent Stars, Cord of Sha Savagery, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Fist of the Deity
The outward resemblance to a Demon Hunter may be a product of convergent evolution.
Savage Blood required: 0

Supple Bard

Swashbuckler’s Eyepatch, Spaulders of Determined Resolve, Supple Vest & Leggings (1-640), Wolf Rider’s Belt, Bard’s gloves & boots, Tura’aka’s Clipped Wing, Lightning Dagger
Warlords brought us a few more options for maroon leather with the stage 1 Supple chestpiece and pants.
Savage Blood required: 0

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Stage Two Armor

Flickering Forest

Guise of the Tidal Lurker, Flickering Shoulderpads, Supple Vest (2-655), Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Poorly Styled Gloves, Smoot’s Shredded Smock, Halberd of Desolation
I owe quite a bit of the design of this kit to Navimie. She suggested the chestpiece and kilt combination (plus a different set of Cataclysm raid shoulders) in her entry to my Savage Blood Fashion Parade. She also wore this hat for so long that I can’t help but associate it with her.
Savage Blood required: 15

Crystalfire Meditation

Bonechewer Skincloak, Murkblood Shoulders, Flamestrider Robes, Supple Waistguard (2-655), Barrel-Aged Gloves, Dragonhawk Pants, Crystalfire Spellstaff (3-660)
The orange crystals on this staff immediately suggested to me a monk in orange robes. Plain black or black-brown boots would be appropriate for a character who wears shoes.
Savage Blood required: 45

Burning Blade

Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Grizzly Jerkin, Primal Combatant’s Legguards (Horde), Loramus’ Gloves, Ogre-Hunter Boots, Hellreaver
I have made this kit almost exactly as Silverblade of World of MogCraft originally designed it for the Savage Blood Fashion Parade, except for the weapon. The weapon I’d really like to use with this kit is Lantresor’s Warblade, but I was an idiot and didn’t choose that reward when this character did the Outland Burning Blade questline. Perhaps I’ll change the weapon and update this entry with new pictures after the account-wide Wardrobe goes live in Patch 7.0…
Savage Blood required: 30

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Stage Three Armor

Silver Covenant Razor

Supple Shoulderguards Waistguard & Gloves (all 3-670), Lo’ap’s Tunic of Muck Diving, Leggings of the Sly, Crafty’s Gaiters, Steelforged Dagger (1-630)
This kit is an expression of my fervent, yet likely never-to-be-fulfilled wish that High Elves would become a playable race for the Alliance.
Savage Blood required: 90

Talon Queen

Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Heroes’ Dreamwalker Mantle, Cranefeather Jerkin & Britches, Supple Waistguard (3-670), Runic Leather Gauntlets, Moonstrider Boots, Arakkoa Outcasts Tabard, Etched-Blade Warstaff (3-660)
The decorations on the staff reminded me of arakkoa sigils, so the appropriate tabard went on next. The rest of the kit developed from there.
Cover of the Keepers is a lookalike of the hat. I generally try to shy away from class-specific items in these types of sets, but the Druid T7 shoulders were just too perfect to pass up. Monks (or Rogues, using different weapons) might want to try the Dark Leather Shoulders. The Cranefeather items are the Agility spec conversion of the Timeless Isle leather tokens. The boots have bright blue toes on races that wear shoes, so characters of shoe-wearing races might want to find different boots.
Savage Blood required: 60

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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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After I posted new kits for (just about) everyone else, my high-level Druid declared that she didn’t want to wait until she reached level 100 for a new outfit. She’d been wearing the same one for over half a year, and it was getting tired and smelly. Plus, she’d had this outfit sitting in her bags ready-to-go for quite a few months.

Jungle Chronicler

Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno (LFR), Sunglow Vest, Dragonmaw Emergency Strap (LFR), Breeches of Natural Aggression, Shardtooth Gloves, Zangarra Scepter, Sunsworn Transcription
I love it when items from different raid tiers synergize to make a combo even better than either kit alone. Case in point, the green Sunwell leather set is beautiful as-is, but I love how it looks with these items from Siege of Orgrimmar.

I’m definitely among those who were deeply disappointed that we didn’t get to go to Farahlon in Warlords. Was the original Farahlon biome really a Gorgrond-like jungle, or is that a byproduct of the Ethereal eco-dome technology? Would this pond in the middle of Eco-Dome Midrealm have been a botani grove? What about the fabled Plains of Farahlon — would they have looked like the Draenor version of Shadowmoon Valley, only sunnier? sigh…

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