Glamour Spotlight: Dragoon #1

A little while back, I wrote about how much I liked the Drachen Armor, Dragoon’s original Artifact Armor set. That post led to a brief Twitter conversation that prompted me to go trade in a bunch of Antique drops to get the Wyrm’s Armor set, too, and I was surprised to learn that I didn’t realize how different the two sets were. I don’t play Dragoon much, of course, so I guess it’s no wonder, but I decided that at some point I wanted to come back to the Wyrm’s stuff and make something with it.

That wasn’t actually what I planned to do when I finally put aside the time to glamour my Dragoon’s i250 gear, though. I’ve been doing a lot of the new Deep Dungeon floors on the weekends, and like everyone, I’ve been getting plenty of Replica Allagan pieces, many of which I’ve never got around to using before. One of the things I got last weekend (I think, anyway) was the Replica Allagan Cuirass of Maiming, and I thought it was high time I made a glamour with it, since the analogous models for Ninja and Bard/Machinist have been favorites of mine for a long time (with some examples of it in use here and here).

For now, though, that actually didn’t work out. The Maiming Cuirass is going to require a little more finesse, I think, since it doesn’t look as nice in Metallic Silver as the other two do. It looks all right in Jet Black, so if I do end up using it it’ll probably be with that. But that’s a glamour for another time.

Glamour Components
Head: Replica Allagan Visor of Maiming (Peacock Blue Dye) | Body: Wyrm’s MailHands: Wyrm’s GauntletsLegs: Light Steel Subligar (Void Blue Dye) | Feet: Augmented Ironworks Sollerets of Maiming (Dark Blue Dye)

While I was fiddling with the Allagan Cuirass, I got a bit fixated on using the Ironworks Sollerets. I’m not really sure why, to be honest, but something about the glowing lights on them appealed to me in the moment. The Sollerets are actually what led me back to the Wyrm’s Mail after I couldn’t make the Cuirass work, since there are blue glowing bits on that set as well. The blue straps on the back of the boots also fit in nicely with the overall color scheme.

With those two pieces in place, the Light Steel Subligar was the natural choice for me (I talked about that with the Drachen Armor too, of course), and there just aren’t many gloves or gauntlets that look right alongside the body piece, so the Wyrm’s Gauntlets were an easy decision. I did try to use the Augmented Ironworks Vambraces of Maiming, but the sort of checkered pattern they have just didn’t really work for me.

After all that was settled, I felt like using a headpiece for once. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with the Allagan Visors, and since I was already using i90 gear for the primary look, I suppose it felt appropriate to go for more i90 gear. As I recall, the Allagan Visor and Wyrm’s Mail were part of Dragoon’s best-in-slot gear back before we had glamour, so this was a pairing I saw fairly regularly back then. Of course, now we have the luxury of being able to dye the Allagan gear, so I made everything match.

The resulting look may very well be the last glamour I make for Dragoon before Stormblood. I basically never play the job (and a cursory trip to Stone, Sea, Sky to test out the glamour in motion had me botching the opener within about 10 seconds), so I won’t be in a position where I’m really thinking about it much. Depending on what Square does with Scripture toward the end of Heavensward (whether they uncap it or double the cap, as they did for Poetics in A Realm Reborn), I may pick up the Maiming gear from there (since my best guess is that Samurai will share it with Dragoon). If that happens I may squeeze in one more Dragoon glamour before the expansion, but I’ll have to wait and see!

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