It’s been a rough week for my tanks as far as glamours go. Earlier this week, I finished my 260 Paladin Anima. As usual, I set about creating a new look to go along with it, which turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined it would be. The Shield of the Twin Thegns has that gold ring, which serves as a natural sort of centerpiece for an accompanying glamour. What surprised me, though, is that there is very little tank armor that has metal accents in the same shade.

Of course, the entire process was marred by Alahra looking horrible in just about all tank armor in the game, which more severely limited what I could work with. I ran through a range of body pieces, from the Sky Pirate’s Coat and the Heavy High Allagan Coat for “high level” options, to just about every low-level Cuirass, a handful of others, and even the Archaeoskin Jackcoat. While I found various matches for the shield, most often there were other color issues, especially when trying to pair other pieces with them. I had a few tentative glamours, but none of them really stuck.

While the glamour I’m sitting on now still feels temporary in many ways, it’s starting to grow on me, so I imagine I’ll keep it for long enough to warrant a full post on it.

Glamour Components
Head: Reading Glasses (Ul Brown Dye) | Body: Brand-new TabardHands: High Mythrite Gauntlets of Fending (Jet Black Dye) | Legs: Brand-new SkirtFeet: High Mythrite Sabatons of Fending (Jet Black Dye)

My general goal for tank glamours is something light, which is naturally really hard to pull off. I’ve thought about using the Brand-new Tabard or the original Foestriker’s Tabard for a long time, but there’s been enough in place to really drive me to seriously use them. The bits of gold on the Brand-new one actually match the gold ring on the shield very well, though.

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It’s not a perfect match, but it’s damn close, and that’s usually what you have to settle for in these kinds of things. With how well they matched, I decided to put something together centering around the Tabard. Since the Tabard’s so slim, I didn’t want anything particularly bulky for the hands and leg pieces, so the High Mythrite set was a great fit in terms of profile, and they also have the gold that sticks around when dyed.

The main reason I’m not satisfied with the look on the whole though comes down to color. I don’t really care for the Tabard’s sort of off-blue/purple bits, and I really wish it were dyeable. I’d love to have it in Jet Black, Metallic Silver or, if its black elements stuck around in a theoretical dyeable version, Pure White. The profile is pretty much perfect—it’s not as heavy as the similar Orthodox and Dravanian Coats, which means it fits Alahra’s frame much better than those, but it’s not so light that it feels absolutely out of place.

We’ve got new gear coming next week, and I know I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for new options for tank.  I’m also hopeful that the new Anima stage for Paladin will open up other looks—while I actually rather like the current model, it’s just a proper pain to glamour around.

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