As we approach the end of Heavensward, I’m hitting a point where the glamour game is slowing down too. New gear is coming in at a slower pace (though I suppose we could get some surprises in either 3.55b or 3.56), and which is giving me time to sort of “finalize” my looks. Ninja, for instance, isn’t likely to see any significant changes for the rest of Stormblood (though I’m not convinced everything else is there yet). That’ll probably mean more general posts start cropping up (I want to talk at length about the completed Anima storyline, for instance), and it also means some plumbing of the glamour archives.
In that vein, here’s a favorite look for Ninja I was reminded of the other day by an old screenshot:
Just thinking about my old Final Coil group has me a bit nostalgic—but anyway, here’s the breakdown of this one, with some modern improvements.
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Rust Red) | Body: Toadskin Jerkin (Soot Black) | Hands: Replica Allagan Gauntlets of Striking (Jet Black) | Legs: Picaroon’s Trousers of Scouting | Feet: Archaeoskin Halfboots
Even running around to find a screenshot location while wearing this, I couldn’t help but reflect on how perfect the overall profile of this look is. The combination of the Jerkin model and the Trousers shows that even if the Calamity mutilated miqo’te bodies, they do actually still have some shape (doesn’t do anything to fix the awkward interactions between many pieces of gear and our tails, though). I’ve showed off one version of the look before, but that one ultimately derives from this one (and its companion look, which used the Raptorskin Jerkin instead—I went back and forth between them a lot throughout 2.4 and 2.5).
I think the Toadskin Jerkin created the best overall look for Ninja, since its sort of dusky black worked really well with the Picaroon’s Trousers. This model in particular is one of the very rare instances where I think Soot Black works better than Jet Black, since it does a better job of blending with the grey parts of the top that don’t change. Pieces like this one are one of the biggest reasons I want multi-channel dyeing: I’d love to be able to dye the red-orange trim one color (most likely black) and the rest of the jacket white (or whatever color I needed). There are several other models for the Jerkin in the game with different color schemes that we don’t have access to, so I would settle for having most of those unlocked for player use (since multiple dyes for items would require a significant rework of the dyeing system).
The original form of this glamour used the Oval Reading Glasses instead of the Elegant ones, but the Oval ones (as I think I’ve noted before) clip through Alahra’s newer hair, so I’ve substituted the other pair, as I normally do for these sorts of things. Naturally, the gauntlets in use back then were the undyeable ones—being able to dispose of that out of place bit of green on them is great, though. I was also using different shoes, favoring the Miqo’te Shoes mainly (though I think I used the Strife Boots for awhile, too).
I’m considering doing a similar look for Samurai, though picking the right colors might be tricky. The Striking version of the trousers are a very…striking kind of red, and none of the presently available jerkins really work alongside it. Who knows what we’ll see in Stormblood, though?
Anyroads, that’s all for now I think. See you all next week!