Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wish: Matching outfit for the Steed of the Rune-keeper


I was very honoured when Ketani, a Casual Stroll to Mordor's contributor asked me for an advice with outfitting. I know that she is a person with very good fashion taste herself (one of her Yule outfits also placed high in our Yule Outfit Contest 2011). She won a Steed of the Rune-keeper for her lovely elven lady Prolixity. Although she usually has outfits which match her mounts very well, this time she was struggling to find the right combination. She sent me her temporary horse-matching outfit, where she went for complimentary white (which can never spoil anything :).

This was already a decent outfit in my opinion, but Ketani was far from satisfied with coordination of the outfit with the horse. She also sent me a few pictures of other horse-matching outfits she wore, and I realized they were really much more superior to this one. She was also looking for the outfit to be usable in battle situations (not only while showing off the pretty mount :) and wanted the back of the outfit to be interesting. Well, character's back is what we generally see the most ingame :) However, cloak wouldn't work because of heavy luggage the horse is carrying. Ketani also mentioned she's not looking for an exact match to the mount's colour scheme, because that would be most probably impossible, so we were considering complimentary shades most of the time. I sent her first two designs:


I used the Sage's Pack because it was fitting for a rune-keeper, interesting and not "too long" as a cloak would be. With the robe, I was hoping to reach a complimentary shade to the horse, but as I don't have this steed myself, I could compare only to screenshots. Ketani tried these two out and unfortunately, the colours were quite far from matching. However, Ketani liked the idea of using a robe and found the wonderful Great Hoary Aurochs Robe:

We discussed the colour scheme a bit in e-mails and Ketani mentioned she is willing to try out any colour except for yellow and turquoise. Despite avoiding turquoise, she mentioned she likes sea blue. As she mentioned it, it clicked to me, tried this dye on the robe and thought it really worked well! So I sent Ket a modification of her design and also different robe stylized in a similar way (but this was more colourful and striking):


Ketani tried the third design (aurochs robe in sea blue) and found out the colours worked really well with the horse! From this design, she changed bracers I used for fingerless gloves and the final version of the outfit was born :)

This outfit consists of:
Chest: Great Hoary Aurochs Robe, sea blue dye (T5 crafted)
Head: (Lesser) Arrow of the West Helmet, umber dye (Ost Dunhoth hunter level 65 set)
Shoulders: Fated Westfold Campaign Shoulders Pads, umber dye (T7 crafted)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, umber dye (Yule festival)
Feet: Strong Westfold Battle Boots, sea blue dye (T7 crafted)
Back: Sage's Pack, white dye (Store)

Ketani also built a version of this outfit to wear in town when she feels like wearing a cloak. In this modification, it becomes a beautiful feminine winter outfit.

In this version, Ket used circlet Hat of the Ancient Tongue (part of Mirkwood rune-keeper set), Warm Winter Cloak (Yule festival reward) and dyed the items purple.

And now, a final view of the outfit on the beautiful, yet unmatchable horse :))

Please let us know what do you think of the result! :)


  1. Wow, great outfit! I wouldn't say this horse is unmatchable in light of the success you've had with this composition. I particularly like the boot choice.

  2. I was contemplating getting this new steed but I wasn't sure how I would find an outfit to match it. You did a fabulous job!

  3. It's Sunday and I'm doing my "Tour du Blogs". What a nice suprise to find this outfit here! It looks really great, and because (unlike Ketani, grrrmbl) I am extremely unlucky in the lotteries, I'm going to have to purchase the steed.

  4. I really do like that RK steed. I think you did a fantastic job matching the robe's trim to the blanket, it's probably as close as we can get with our current dyes. I really like how the backpack continues the visual line of the baggage loaded onto the horse.

  5. plfff *flops down in a chair and puts face in hands* You forgot to include where to get the sage's pack in the roster.. :) Though this outfit is really cool! I am in the lottery to win a horse for Tiny and I might just make her this outfit. It's really hard to decide which outfit to make since you design so many good ones!

  6. This is wonderful outfit, and honestly, I'm speechless :)

  7. yeyyy thanks so much guys for all the nice comments! i added the backpack to items list, i'm sorry for forgetting it - thanks evvy for pointing out :)

    also, regarding the packpack - i think it was meant to be used for rune-keepers - notice all the small satchels attached to it :) i secretly fell in love with it and will probably make a dwarf's RK outfit using it soon :)

  8. ...and of course i meant backpack, not packpack :D

  9. Thank you all for the complimentary comments on the outfit! :D It was a lot of fun putting it together and working on it with Freyjuska was a great experience.


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