Fine Grey Company Tunic (which makes elves look fat)

The short version:
The new cosmetic clothing looks great, but why can’t it fit the way it should?!

The verbose version:
Look at my guardian in his brand new, shiny Fine Grey Company Tunic (and the associated gloves and boots, all quest rewards from volume 3, chapter 5). Doesn’t he look awesome? He’s big and strong and handsome.

Except one tiny detail is wrong, my Guardian isn’t big and strong (don’t tell him I said that, he is a Guardian after all and he has an image to uphold. But he is handsome, you can tell him that much).

Here’s my Guardian wearing the Long-sleeved Lórien Tunic and Pants (Galadhrim rep reward available from the barterer at Cerin Amroth).

The Lórien tunic is ordinary clothing, not armour, and so you can see the Guardian’s build. He has a waist which would make Victorian girls green with envy.
The Ranger tunic is also ordinary fabric clothing. It should fit the same way. And yet when this Elf wears the Ranger tunic, he pretty much doesn’t have a waist.

Now, we can talk all day about how male elves are girly and if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but that’s beside the point. If the Guardian has a visible wasp waist, the Guardian should have a visible wasp waist unless he’s wearing bulky armour which would render such a waist invisible.

The Robe of the Learned Stag also looks un-Elvishly bulky on a male Elf, but that was just one piece. Now we have two (three, if you count the other Ranger tunic which is the same thing in a different colour) fabric cosmetics which fundamentally change the character’s build. When I scrolled that “body type” slider over towards the left, it was because I wanted a twig-man character, not so some robe could turn my twig-man into Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m not sure what to think of this trend.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I do like the new ranger cosmetics, I think my guard looks great in them and he’s been wearing them all over Dunland for the past two days. But in the end it’s just dress-up clothes, like the cowboy robe, and I go back to the Loth tunic for lounge-wear and blue Elven steel armour for tanking.

Robe of the Learned Stag and Halloween Costumes

There’s quite a number of interesting cosmetic gear from the new quests in Dunland, I could fill pages with screenshots fof it, but I’d rather be out there doing those quests (and practising with these minstrel changes) so I’m only going to post one robe.
The Robe of the Learned Stag is available from one of the quests in Trum Dreng (and there are cosmetically identical robes from a quest in the Bonevales  and from the Dunland reputation vendor). It’s a very nice-looking robe, but it comes off rather bulky and not very elven. I can’t really take it seriously for my characters, but I went ahead and made up some Harvestmath costumes.

Here my Guardian is dressed up like a cowboy. He’s got the Robe of the Learned Stag, the snow-dusted hat and the fingerless gloves (from the winter festival), and the Shoulders of the Mighty Verse (part of the Minstrel Moria set). Every piece is dyed Sienna and all he needs to finish the costume is for someone to invent the six gun.

And here’s the same robe used as the base of a completely different costume. Iranon the Minstrel is attending Harvestmath as Dracula. He’s got the Robe of the Learned Stag, the Wandering Bard’s Helm (part of the Minstrel Rift set, available as a cosmetic from the skirmish vendors), the Cloak of the Raven (from the last fall festival), and Shoulderpads of the Learned Stag (also from a Trum Dreng quest). The shoulderpads are dyed black, and the rest of the gear is in crimson. I’m thinking of getting rid of the hat and dying Iranon’s hair black for the festival, but the difficulty in getting the original shade of blonde again might make me just keep the hat.

Interestingly, not only is The Robe of the Learned Stag an incredibly versatile robe, but it also looks like an entirely different cosmetic on female characters. On a girl, the robe has an exterior belt with the tail hanging down in front; it has fitted long sleeves instead of puffy, shorter sleeves; the vest underneath is smooth fabric instead of textured; the top of the vest is cut a little differently and the bottom half of the robe is more closed on a female character and only shows the trousers beneath when she walks. Overall, the female version looks more like a heavily styled dress and the male version looks like a trench coat over a two-piece suit.

P.S.
One benefit of wearing costumes with hats that hide your ears is that when you meet Rohirrim, who don’t really believe in Elves, they don’t freak out and implode.

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