Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Inspiration: Strider


"Suddenly Frodo noticed that a strange-looking weather-beaten man, sitting in the shadows near the wall, was also listening intently to the hobbit-talk. He had a tall tankard in front of him, and was smoking a long-stemmed pipe curiously carved. His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits." 
 J.R.R. Tolkien: The Fellowship Of The Ring - Chapter 9 - At the Sign of The Prancing Pony

For this inspiration, I borrowed Frodo's description of Aragorn, yet only known as Strider, as he first met him in the Prancing Pony. This outfit was truly a challenge, despite my character Maney cooperating very well (he even grew his beard for the matter's sake). Finding a leathery shirt looking well in dark colours and ragged at the same time was an endless struggle. In the end I settled for Crafted Armour, which has terrible texture (looks like low detailed no matter how high graphics quality you set). I thought I could use it as an advantage, as it truly looks like covered in grimy mud (along with Salamander Stomper). I'm very curious for opinions on this post, as I think I got pretty far from the original. If you have any ideas how to make it better, please comment.

Chest: Crafted Armour, black dye (T2 crafted)
Legs: Sturdy Westernesse Leather Leggings, black dye (T5 crafted)
Head: Traveller's Hood, black dye (Store)
Shoulders: Shining Chainmail Shoulder Guards, black dye (world drop)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, black dye (Winter festival)
Feet: Salamander Stomper, black dye (Quest: Tooth and Scale)
Back: Plain Cloak, black dye (Outfitter shop)

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