When looking for new and interesting outfits for my captain, I often find myself drawn to gear intended for other classes. Lately, I seem to gravitate toward minstrel pieces. Two of the pieces in my most recent outfit are part of minstrel sets, and another piece is a light armour quest drop. I must say, I’m extremely happy that the cosmetic system in LOTRO allows a character to look their best while still benefiting from their more practical, possibly less stylish gear.
Recently, that shoulder piece was my entire reason to go to the Ettenmoors. I’m sure there are some people who play PvMP for reasons other than getting new outfit pieces, but I’m certainly not one of them! The shoulder piece in question is the Pauldrons of the Wandering Bard and in my opinion, it is one of the best cosmetic shoulder pieces in the entire game. (Don’t mind the out-dated Lorebook entry. You do not need to be Rank 3 to purchase them—or even a minstrel!—you just need to have 2,000 commendations to burn and a wardrobe to add it to.) For more examples of outfits using this armour piece, check out these posts on Cosmetic Lotro.
The other minstrel piece in this outfit is the leggings. They are the Ceremonial Silver-voice Leggings. The non-ceremonial version of these leggings is part of the Helegrod minstrel armour set. If you want the cosmetic version of these, you can find them at the skirmish cosmetic vendor under the filter “Helegrod Cosmetic Clothing – Light”.
Head: Summerdays Hat; Sea Blue dye (Summer Festival cosmetic)
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Wandering Bard; Sienna dye (PvMP barter, Minstrel)
Back: Leather Cloak of Mystery; Evendim Blue dye (skirmish “mystery” cosmetic, shows a random pattern when dyed)
Chest: Disused Robe of the Dunland Soothsayer; Sea Blue dye (Dunland quest reward, light)
Hands: Gauntlets of Dungon; Umber dye (Ost Dunhoth barter, Captain)
Legs: Ceremonial Silver-voice Leggings; Umber dye (Helegrod cosmetic, light)
Feet: Boots of Dundolen; Sienna dye (Ost Dunhoth barter, Burglar)