If I had realized Halloween fell on a Monday this year last week, I would have saved at least one All Saints’ Wake glamour for today. But, I didn’t, so instead it’s a normal post! Late last week, I went ahead and got the crafted i250 sets for Aiming and Casting out of the way (so there will probably be a new Bard/Machinist glam coming sometime this week, too), and as usual, I spent some time playing around with the new pieces. Since I’d been thinking about playing and gearing Black Mage again (so that I have a set of gear ready for Red Mage if it uses Casting gear like I think it will), I focused on Casting over an Aiming glamour (well, and I don’t much care for the Aiming set, so that played a part too).
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Othard Blue Dye) | Body: Hempen Camise (Jet Black Dye) | Hands: Star Velvet Long Gloves of Casting (Jet Black Dye) | Legs: Star Velvet Bottoms of Casting (Jet Black Dye) | Feet: Serpentskin Bootlets of Casting (Jet Black Dye)
Since the Casting gear shares a model with the Healing stuff, I wanted to make an effort to take things in a different direction than my pre-Saints’ Wake healer glamour, which meant, mainly, not using the Star Velvet Himation. Since the Casting version isn’t as dye friendly as the Healing one, I’m not sure I would have ended up using it in the first place. Since I wasn’t using the body, it was a good opportunity to use and show off the Star Velvet Bottoms instead.
At first, I paired the Bottoms with my normal choice of the Archaeoskin Halfboots, and while they worked, I had an urge to try something different, which is where the Serpentskin ones come into play—they’ve got a nicer heel, anyway, and I’m a bit surprised I haven’t used them before. Casters are fairly limited when it comes to non-robe body pieces, of course, and I was initially wearing a Hempen Camise while I browsed other pieces on the Market Board, just so I could see the rest of the pieces while pondering.
By the end of the process, though, I realized I actually rather liked the profile of the look with the Camise itself, which was surprising because, as far as I can remember, I’ve never actually used it in a glamour. It generally looks too vulnerable to me for a combat class glamour, and I can’t put my finger on exactly why I’m okay with it here. I think it has something to do with the elbow gloves, which give the top upper body and lower body a similar sort of “mostly covered but not quite” style.
This glamour’s also a bit out of the norm as I went almost full-in on Jet Black. I’m a bit soured on Pure White lately as it’s just always so frustrating to work with, so I’ve been offering myself more freedom and not worrying so much about the colors I use. Alahra looks really good in black to begin with, so it’s often really hard not to use it, and in the end I didn’t have a very good reason not to (at the least, it works for Black Mage).
Finding a blue for the glasses to match the Scintillant Staff was a bit tricky, and while the Othard Blue doesn’t quite match, it was the best-looking shade that I tried, as the other similar shades were a bit too light. The staff is, of course, dyeable, but I think the default colors look best on it, so they’re what I went with. If I did anything else, it would probably be a red, switching the boots to the Evenstar Bootlets instead to match the color better.
All in all, I don’t think I’ve been this happy with a caster glamour since the one I had for the Eikon Leather body several months ago. I’ve been finding excuses to play Black Mage again (and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it, honestly, which is always fun), which is always a sign that I’m really happy with a new look.