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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Vogue :: Little Bird


How I Mog, Lesson One

It would not be a lie if I said shoulders are often the starting point of my mogging endeavours. Its fair also to say that whoever's designed the armour sets over the years has taken shoulders as a focal point: like hats, these are often the most extravagant (or indeed subtle) parts of any ensemble. Some, like the Mantle of Autumn often scream for use by a particular class (which is why I suspect I see awkward rogues wearing them from time to time as a sort of existential protest ) and when these dropped for my Worgen Druid during her rep-grinding experience, I took it as a sign. Ironically her cloak is from the same Botanica boss, but the rest of the very simple but hugely effective outfit (minus the staff) was put together (at the time) for less than 50g, being made from AH sales and Leatherworking craftables. Sometimes, the trick to great mogging is remembering that less is more, especially when using a piece of armour which clearly screams to be the centre of attention.


Human form, more detail.


What I like about this mog so much that I'm still not tempted to change it IS the fact it's so simple, and it perfectly matches the character of the toon wearing it. In human form the staff (Dreamer's Dragonstaff, again from Botanica) is a hint of what might happen if you cross this apparently normal looking human, but I think it works best when she's in her Worgen guise. The transformation of items and their appearance between forms was also a consideration when I mogged this, especially the footwear (Embossed Leather Boots) which almost appears as an extension of the leggings when Worgened (is that a word?) The patchwork nature of the pieces also hints a bit towards the Incredible Hulk when he transforms: you could almost imagine all that slipping between two personalities is why this entire ensemble is so ragged to begin with.



Could I fiddle? Yes, I could...


One could also argue that the green of the cloak from the back is almost too bright but I felt it was a good fit with the detail on the staff, and the branches from the shoulders. If I was going to fiddle with this that's probably where I'd start, because I feel that this was one of the easiest mogs I've made since the process began and it still remains one of the most endearing. I'm also happy it reflects the feel of what I think Worgen Druids encompass: trying to balance nature while they themselves have to struggle with the issues of two forms is a fascinating aspect to consider. I suspect if I ever roleplayed, I would pick a Worgen with which to do so.



Nice place, Outland.

Full list of Transmog Items is as follows:


[*] Point of order. My Druid began her life as a Tauren and was race changed. The shirt is only available by looting Alliance players and NPC's in Alterac Valley. You'd look great without it, I keep it on as a reminder of what I used to be :D

2 comments:

Jojo said...

At first I wasn't sure about the green of the cloak and the yellow of the shoulders - but it's grown on mine in the time it's taken me to read the rest of your post, lovely 'mog :)

Erinys said...

My Priest wears that same t-shirt for much the same reason.

I do love those shoulders, to the point that my Gnome rogue covets them deeply. One of my Nightelf Druids wears them in her resto set in between rolling her eyes at the lovely lavender version that NPCs get.

The belt joins the whole thing together perfectly.