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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figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.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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sweets and stars

A few outfits for this year’s Love is in the Air season…

Very Berry Cream

Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Bloodscale chest belt gloves & boots, Commander’s Leggings, War Paint Cloak, Wound Dressing, Hammer of Destiny
This outfit just wasn’t complete without this specific weapon. Fortunately, one showed up on the AH at a not-too-outrageous price just when I wanted it. I keep wanting to call it the Hammer of Density, though…

Adorable Aborigine

Forever-Lovely Rose, Feline Mantle, Aboriginal Robe, Ambermist belt & gloves, Cerulean Filigreed Shirt, Sealing Heartstaff
I wasn’t completely happy with the lower-level version of this outfit that I posted last year. This new version, with the shoulders I wanted to use then but hadn’t yet been able to acquire, is much more pleasing.
Yes, I know that the Forever-Lovely Rose is not Transmogrification-friendly. It would be awesome if it was, though — Forever-Lovely Silk Rose, Forever-Lovely Patent Leather Rose, Forever-Lovely Mithril Filigree Rose, Forever-Lovely Eternium Rose… sigh.

Falling Petals


Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece & pants, Brigade belt gloves & boots, Snowfall Shawl, Felstone Reaver
Although Kamalia Prime hasn’t managed to come up with any outfits to wear the lovely Snowfall Shawl with, I knew right away that mini-Kam would need to get it so that she could wear it with her Wrathfin & Brigade set when Love is in the Air came around again. This outfit is just that earlier set updated with the cloak and new weapons — but what a difference they make!

Fuschia Fantasy


Junior Technician 3rd Grade Goggles, Gossamer Shoulderpads, Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Arcanist Belt, Astralaan Pants, Widow’s Clutches + Silkwood Cuffs, Ruby Slippers , Cloak of Azure Lights, Formal White Shirt, Staff of Twin Worlds
After having gone to rather a great deal of effort to acquire the Ruby Slippers and matching Widow’s Clutches, Kaelinda knew exactly which robe she wanted to wear with them first. Fortunately, it only took her two resets of AQ20 to get it. This robe reads as purple to my color-sense, but I know plenty of people who consider it to be pink.
I prefer to wear a white bodysuit underneath this style of robe because I am uncomfortable with showing this much skin — feel free to leave off the shirt and use more revealing pants if you so desire.

… plus a few more recent creations that I’m rather pleased with. (more…)

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With a Tillers Commendation in-hand, fully expanding Sunsong Ranch takes about a week. Thus, at the end of last week, my Hunter’s farm was complete. I’d run a few dungeons with my Druid already, bringing her up to level 89, and she was raring to finish leveling. On Friday night, therefore, I parked Kerisa at the Darkmoon Faire carousel and chain-queued for dungeons. After a few, I was definitely starting to feel like I’m getting the basics of Druid healing — setting up a PowerAura to show the time remaining on Harmony in big pink numbers helped a lot — though I’m sure there are lots of subtleties that, having only healed Normal 5s, I haven’t learned. A few hours later — just in time for Cymre’s Ulduar run — Kerisa dinged 90.

Now I have the same number of level 90s as I had level 85s at the end of Cataclysm, about a year ago.

That milestone accomplished, the Paladin and the Priest and the Blood Elf Mage are all jonesing to be next. I’m leaning toward pushing the Priest. She’s the furthest behind, level-wise, but I don’t have a clothie in Pandaria yet and I am reluctant to shell out for big bags on the AH despite being in rather desperate need of more inventory space. Nevertheless, this weekend it was the Blood Elf Mage who won.

Despite having reached level 70 well over a year ago, Kaelinda had been lingering in Outland, and she was starting to get quite upset at the number of other alts who have waltzed through Outland, passing her by. It’s her own fault, really. At first, she said it was because she wanted to do all the Scryer-associated questlines. Then she started to wibble over her Shattrath faction choice. She originally chose to be a Scryer because she is a Sin’dorei Mage and they are the paragons of Sin’dorei Mages in Outland. But she’s quite fond of the Draenei, and the Aldor have the Anchorite’s Robes and the Flameheart Vest tailoring pattern. She just couldn’t decide — and she already had enough Scryer rep that I didn’t want to do the faction-switching grind. Somehow, between holidays and the Darkmoon Faire and miscellaneous other questing that I’ve forgotten, she reached level 74. A few weeks ago, therefore, I sent her to Shadowmoon Valley to pick up the Jaina-lookalike tunic and kilt. I took her to Dalaran for a photoshoot with the new outfit…

…then made her set her hearth to the Legerdemain Lounge so that she would be less tempted to go back to Outland. Having done that, it occurred to me that part of my reluctance to take Kaelinda to Northrend has been that I don’t particularly want to quest with her in Northrend. There aren’t very many quest rewards that she wants, and there isn’t much that I particularly want her to do for story/RP purposes, either. On Saturday evening I loaded her up with all the heirlooms I have available on her server and ran a couple of dungeons. I plan to LFD with her until she reaches level 77 and can head up to the Argent Tournament, and then she can idle there while I work on the Priest and the Paladin.

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Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mage

Watcher’s Cap & shoulders, Disciple’s robe, Shimmering Sash, Greenweave Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Lavender Mageweave Shirt
I like the green gloves and purple boots, but if you want to look more like the NPC, use brown boots and look for the hands-less Soulcloth or Exiled Dabbler’s gloves. The NPC’s belt is not available to players.
Kalaneia, a Warlock, is a little irked at the “Mage” name of this outfit, but she’s the one who already had the hat, shoulders, and robe on hand….

Touch of Blue

Phantasmal Headdress, Ranger Pauldrons, Grizzly Jerkin, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Earthborn Kilt, Hewn Kodo Gloves + Uninsured Bracers
The most recent time BTH and I ran a dungeon with our Monks, I was appalled at the state in which I’d left Kate’s Mistweaver set after our previous dungeon session. She needed something better, asap!
The Grizzly Jerkin + kilt (most often Earthborn, but sometimes Jinxed Hoodoo or Kurenai) combination seems to be quite popular for female monks. I’ve seen outfits using these two items as core with varied accessories at a few different Transmogrification sites. Here’s my take on it.

Winddrift


Ornate Pauldrons, Mindsliced Chestguard, Naturalist’s Preserving Cinch, Arness’s Scaled Leggings, Lord’s gloves & boots, Don Carlos’ Drifting Shield, Common Grey Shirt
I leveled mini-Kam from 85 to 86 on cooking & fishing dailies, then kitted her out with Mists greens from the AH to get into Mists LFD. When I reached level 87, I wondered why I was still getting only Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, even though Shado-Pan Monastery and Mogu’shan Palace were supposedly now available. I discovered that her average ilevel was too low. Hoping to remedy this, I looked for reasonably priced Mists blues. I found these pants for 500 gold, which I thought was a pretty decent price, considering that the next-lowest-priced copy of them was about 1K. So I bought them. I’d been thinking it was time to change mini-Kam’s transmogrification kit anyway.
I like the complimentary colors of the blues in the chestpiece and belt with the coppery tones of the shield and the side panels of the pants. I also tried the Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, which matches the chestpiece, but I liked how the blue in this belt aligns with the color in the pants better.

Howling Blast

Chilled Shoulderplates, Hydralick Armor, Dojani belt pants gloves & boots, Shroud of the North Wind, Obsidium Executioner
Although I like the Dojani Plate well enough to wear it as a complete set, I’ve been looking for items that coordinate well with the Hydralick Armor for some time. The bluish tones of the Dojani items seemed like they’d be a great match, and they are!

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“Wow… you’re tall, even for a tauren. And what happened to your face?”
“I’m not a tauren, I’m a taunka. We’re relatives of the tauren who live in Northrend. We all look like this.”
“Cooool!”

Alas, Matron is a title I will never obtain in-game until “School of Hard Knocks” is removed from the Children’s Week meta requirements. Although certain of my characters would like to be able to use that title, it doesn’t fall into the category of things I want badly enough to suffer through PvP for them.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.

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Over about a year and a half, from September 2010 to May 2012, I drew a series of pictures depicting Azerothian sapient species dressed in the sorts of clothing that one might see in a contemporary congregation of Sunday church-goers.


Well, okay, perhaps this sort of dress might only be seen on a teenager during Prom season.


The unmodified artwork for “The Speedbarge Summer Soiree” fits into this meme, too.


This dress might only be seen during a town’s “celebrate our pioneer heritage!” week.


While I was in graduate school, one of my male friends found this outfit at a thrift store and delighted in wearing it to church periodically ever afterward.
I wonder if he still wears it sometimes?


Another dress most likely to be seen on a teenager around Prom season.
The blue shirt + yellow tie combination was very fashionable when I was in my late teens and early twenties.


I drew the lineart for this picture directly in ink and the figures turned out so badly proportioned that I needed to draw a background to rationalize them.

Then, with Humans, Dwarves, and Forsaken remaining, I ran out of steam.

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While I was working on my FFW gift for Dahakha, I concluded that it was high time that I had an official “of the Earthen Ring” Transmogrification kit for Kamalia. The shaman of the Earthen Ring who appear at the Temple of Earth in Deepholm and in various other Cataclysm sites wear a variety of outfits, some Tier or PvP sets and some mix-and-match, so I think this ensemble would fit right in.


Headcover of the Speaker, Mystical Pauldrons of Elements, Skyshatter Chestguard, Renegade Belt, Spiritwalker’s Handwraps, Tabard of the Earthen Ring, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark

Winter Veil having ended, my alts queued up at the Ethereals to exchange their festive Transmogrification kits for more everyday apparel. Some of them just went back to what they had been wearing before. Others made relatively small modifications to convert their holiday outfits into regular wear. And a few decided they needed something new.

La Tortuguera

Turtle Scale hat leggings & gloves, Bog Epaulets, Tortoise Armor, Unyielding Waistband, Moccasins of Verdurous Glooms, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Taut Driftwood Bow
All other items that match the Tortoise Armor style are leather. Prior to Cataclysm, there were a few leather items that also matched it in coloration. Thus, this chestpiece is unique among mail items and posed an interesting challenge for making a coordinating Transmogrification kit.
An Elemental or Resto Shaman should use one of the turtle shell shields with this set.

Merciless Magistrix

Crown of Endless Knowledge, Merciless Gladiator’s Silk Amice & Raiment, Gossamer Belt, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Invincible Stave, Stylish Red Shirt
During a recent Horde-side LBR excursion to Tempest Keep, Kaelinda was lucky enough to pick up the T5 shoulder and chestpiece tokens. I decided to turn them in at Quel’Danas for the PvP items because I’ve always liked the rich, jewel-like colors of the Merciless Gladiator’s Silk set.

To see the rest, check the Fashion tab to see which “Things my Characters Wear” posts have been updated most recently.

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After October ended, my Death Knight, Rogue, and Warlock were most anxious to get out of the pink outfits I’d put them in. A few other characters had gotten bored of their outfits, too, so I thought I’d show off all the new outfits I’ve created recently here as well as updating the appropriate “things my characters wear” posts.

Huojin Champion

Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Ritual Tunic, Apothecary’s Waistband, Red Silk Trousers, Rotting Handwraps + Cuffs of Black Elements, Apprentice Boots, Renzithen’s Dusty Cloak, Huojin Tabard, Heartboiler Staff
Many of the items in this set are obtained by questing in the Ghostlands. I’ve been wanting to make a set featuring the Red Silk Trousers for some time now. The gold trim on the tabard and cloak help harmonize the fancy filigree of the heirloom shoulders with the rest of the outfit.

Hidden Serpent (Windwalker)

Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Spore-Covered Tunic, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Blazerunner Leggings, Craggy Handgrips, Colossal Treads
If you’re not an Herbalist, the Gypsy Tunic, a green version of this chestpiece style, also works very well, though the overall effect is brighter. For other leather wearers, I recommend the Excavator’s Quarry Belt.

Mist-Stitched (Mistweaver)

Righteous shoulders, Imperial Leather chestpiece, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Nature-Stitched Kilt, Righteous gloves, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I’d been looking forward to getting to Hellfire Peninsula with Kate so that she could acquire this lovely kilt. I like how nicely the Imperial Leather chestpiece complements the kilt, and I think that the Righteous gloves also work well, but the Righteous shoulders… not so much. So this set is still something of a work-in-progress. The Imperial Leather Belt might be a good choice for other leather wearers.

Blood and Ashes

Cutthroat’s Mantle, Burnt Leather Vest, Ruffian Belt*, Nightscape Pants, Bard’s gloves & boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Balanced Heartseeker, Stung
After having spent all that gold to acquire these shoulders for Kelisanna, I definitely wanted to use them in another outfit.
The Bandit Cinch is a suitable replacement for the Ruffian Belt.

Bride of Arugal

Ghostly Mantle*, Robes of Arugal, Belt of Arugal*/Sash of Whispered Secrets, Black Mageweave Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Light-Imbued Lantern
Another classic set for a Forsaken.
The Shadow Council Mantle works very well with this robe.

Classic Embersilk

Embersilk set with Corpulent Shoulderpads and Dark Silk Shirt
This style of cloth armor comes in several color schemes, and I like them all.
Until the Geomancer’s Spaulders show up on my AH, these shoulders are the best readily available option.

Swirling Elements


Replica/Mystical Elements set with Zulian Swirling Shield
Somehow, this set just seems to want a Trollish sort of shield. Luckily, I found a Zulian Swirling Shield on the AH for relatively cheap shortly before Patch 5.0.

Shadow Revenant

Acherus Knight’s Hood, Pauldrons of the High Requiem, Chromite chest & pants, Bogslayer belt, Revenant gloves & boots
This outfit fell together while I was playing mix-and-match to make Hallow’s End themed outfits — all I needed to do to make it an “everyday” set was find a suitable replacement for the Horseman’s Helm.
For a Dark Paladin look, use the Mask of Penance. Horde Warriors might like the Faceplate of Thunderous Rampage. Alliance Warriors might like the Vrykul look of the Arcane-Shielded Helm.

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.

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I was delighted to see the other day that the Kirina’s Closet Hallow’s End Costume Contest is back for its fourth year! It was Kirina’s costume contest last year that first brought Navimie to my attention; she submitted a fun “werewolf” disguise.

Draynee is also running a Fly Draenei Hallow’s End Transmogrification Contest, with special requirements that the model must be Draenei and the outfit must be fully Transmogrification-friendly.

I have had no new inspiration for Hallow’s End costumes this year. Well, actually, I guess I have had inspiration for one non-Transmogrifiable costume — but nothing else. So I won’t be entering either of these contests myself, but I look forward to seeing all the clever, creative costumes from the people who do participate!

Anyhow, Transmogrification wasn’t around quite yet at Hallow’s End last year, so I thought I’d take a look at updating a few of my previous Hallow’s End outfits to be Transmogrification-friendly.

Evil Pumpkin King (Theme)

Horseman’s Helm, Kraken shoulders, Embossed chest pants gloves & boots, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Green Workman’s Shirt, 2x Gurubashi Punisher
I watched the AH for the Embossed items all year so that I could make this set when Hallow’s End rolled around again.

Evil Pumpkin King (Variations)



Horseman’s Helm, Crystalvein Pauldrons, mix ‘n’ match with Embossed set (orange), Fel Iron Plate set (light green), Emerald set (dark green), Chromite set (light purple), Revenant set (dark purple), and Bogslayer Belt & Pauldrons of the High Requiem (black)
I think I like the Fel Iron Plate accessories better than the Emerald accessories with the Chromite chest & pants, and the Emerald accessories better than the Fel Iron Plate accessories with the Embossed chest & pants. I tried the Revenant accessories with the Embossed chest & pants and it didn’t quite work — though perhaps it could work with purple, rather than green, toned shoulders and helm.
I’m rather pleased by how nicely the Bogslayer Belt and Pauldrons of the High Requiem coordinate. I’ll have to make a “proper” DK outfit with them sometime in the future.

Balrog Stalker

Cured Orcascale Spaulders/Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle, Dark Iron Mail/Ebonhold chest, Warmonger’s Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*/Ebonhold pants, Engraved Gauntlets, Ravager’s Sandals/Engraved boots
The first set is what I might actually make for Ketura, because the items in it overlap with a couple of other sets I have planned for her. The second set is what I’d recommend for everyone else.

Warchief’s Wiseman

Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Serene Yellow Belt, Warchief Kilt*, Fuzzy Gloves + Princess Poobah’s Bracelets, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
The Warchief Kilt dropped in old Scarlet Monastery. I’ve had this one in the bank for several months now, while I was trying to decide which character to bind it to. The Flamestrider Robes from BRD are a full-length version of this style that would make a very similar outfit with the same accessories.
For other leather wearers, I recommend the Prospector’s belt. For races who wear shoes, the Prospector’s boots or any other dark brown-black boots would be appropriate.

Classic Wicked Witch

Skywitch Hat, Regal Mantle, Black Mageweave Robe gloves & boots, Runecloth belt
This look will never go out of style for Hallow’s End. Try the Durable Belt, Conjurer’s Cinch, or Ivycloth Sash for a touch of different, but coordinating color (orange, yellow-green, or green, respectively).

Fancy Wicked Witch

Regal Mantle, Imbued Netherweave Tunic/Barbaric Cloth Vest/Black Mageweave Vest, Bloodthirsty Fireweave Belt, Leggings of the Icy Heart, Hands of the Exalted Herald, Saltarello Shoes
This set would also look great with a Wicked Witch’s Hat, of course.

Burning Watch

Balespider’s Mantle/Mantle of Closed Doors/Mantle of Roaring Flames (heroic)/Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic), Watcher’s Tunic, Invoker’s Belt of Final Winter, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Zaetar’s Gloves, Saltarello Shoes, no shirt/Bright Yellow Shirt/Orange Mageweave Shirt/Stylish Black Shirt
The orange, yellow, and black colors of the Watcher’s Tunic are perfect for Hallow’s End.
The last few tiers have produced lots of great firey shoulders!

Hallows Herald

Death Speaker Mantle, Consortium Combatant’s Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Black Belt of Knowledge/Embersilk Belt, Hands of the Exalted Herald/Embersilk gloves, Saltarello Shoes/Embersilk boots
This full-length robe version of the Orange Martial Shirt is not often seen anymore because most people don’t get far enough into Netherstorm to do the quest that awards it.

Bad Juju

no hat/The Hexxer’s Mask, Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic)/Replica Magister’s Mantle, Silksand Robes, Embersilk Belt/Replica Dreadmist Belt, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer (optional), Embersilk Gloves/Jumanza Grips, Orange/Purple Martial Shirt
This cloth robe is identical to the leather Flamestrider Robes from BRD.
Races that wear shoes can use the Saltarello Shoes or other dark-colored boots.

Embersilk

Embersilk set with Geomancer’s shoulders
This set is great for Hallow’s End — or just for autumn in general.

Speaker for the Dead

Black Mageweave Headband/Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat, Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Embersilk Belt, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals
Another classic Hallow’s End look.

Dancing with the Dead

Haliscan Brimmed Hat (not Transmogrification-friendly), Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Conjurer’s Cinch, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals, Staff of the Great Reptile
Despite what Celestine of the Harvest said, no matter how many branches Kinevra threw into the Wickerman, she could not feel the burden of her grief and anger over what the Horde had done to her home in Theramore getting any lighter.
The Haliscan Brimmed Hat and Death Speaker Robes closely mimic the appearance of Catrina. Alas, the even the blue-quality Don Carlos’ Famous Hat is not Transmogrification-friendly, so I ought to take Kinevra to AQ sometime in search of Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat.

Dressing up for the holiday in this way still counts, right?

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