As I’ve talked about before, I have a horrible time creating tank glamours. I’ve been uninterested in the previous look I had for Paladin for a little while, and not long ago, I got a set of the new High Mythrite gear for my tanks, which seemed like a decent time to re-evaluate my look for tanks.
It probably seems a little funny, but I get the most enjoyment out of playing PLD when I’m running around with the Curtana and Holy Shield Nexus, which is one of my favorite weapon glows in the game. There’s something about it that just screams “Paladin!” to me, and it looks especially gorgeous with the twirls and such on the animations for Fight or Flight, Goring Blade, and Royal Authority. This sword and shield combo can actually be a bit hard to work with, though: they’re so iconic that one almost has to use Paladin-specific armor with them (at least, I do, because I’m a dork).
But that posed a bit of a problem for me. Lately, when I’ve been running pre-50 dungeons as a tank to help FC-mates or the like, I’ve been playing Dark Knight, in part for a change of pace and in part because it gets Grit before Paladin gets Shield Oath. If I were to use the Valor Surcoat (which is, of course, the best body piece to use with the Paladin Nexus), my Dark Knight would look pretty mismatched, since I wouldn’t even be able to transplant a dye to it.
So, I needed to find a general tank body that, at the least, didn’t particularly clash with the Paladin relics and also worked for Dark Knight. Given the thematic juxtaposition of the two, that wasn’t easy, and I actually spent the majority of the last week or two wearing un-glamoured tank gear (*shudder*), which is something I almost never do. I’m not a huge fan of the High Mythrite set on miqo’te, but it was thematically neutral, so it worked as a band-aid measure.
Here’s where I ended up.
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Jet Black Dye) | Body: Dravanian Coat of Fending | Hands: Replica High Allagan Gauntlets of Fending (Ash Grey Dye) | Legs: Light Steel Subligar (Jet Black Dye) | Feet: Replica High Allagan Sabatons of Fending (Ash Grey Dye)
I loved the Orthodox Coat of Fending from The Aery during the leveling process, and I wore a similar look for Dark Knight and Paladin both in that level range. While the new Dravanian Coat is thematically a bit “dark” by default, it has enough silver and gold bits that it plays off of the Paladin relics fairly well—at least, enough to satisfy me.
I went with the High Allagan gauntlets and boots because the Heavy Allagan Flanchard seemed a bit too bulky for the coat. The Ash Grey Dye gives them a shade that’s pretty close to the silver on the rest of the outfit, which is also nice. The sollerets also have a bit of red on the back that doesn’t go away, and while it’s not exactly the same shade as the red on the skirt, it blends in well enough.
Since I’m now a Scholar main again, the glasses switch went off in my brain, and I’ll probably be using the Elegant Rimless Glasses on just about everything. They’re the pair that looks best with the Minfillia hairstyle, since they don’t clip through the bangs at all and most other pairs do. I’ve switched over to them for my Ninja and Scholar glamours, too.
Oh, and really quick, on the subject of Scholar—I did in fact pick up the Prototype Midan Trousers of Healing to fix the problem of using SCH-specific glamour gear for White Mage and Astrologian. Much to my surprise, they actually match the Wind Silk Coatee in its natural color state, so I didn’t even have to do anything special!
For info on the rest of the pieces involved, you can check out my most recent Spotlight for Scholar here.
No clue what I’m gonna talk about on Friday, so please look forward to it!