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Glamour Spotlight: Bard

With my Red Mage now finished and its inaugural level 70 glamour complete, I’ve moved on to my next project for the expansion—well, pair of projects, really. I’m going to be leveling Scholar when I don’t have a healer or tank friend to queue with, and Bard when I do. I’m much more interested in Bard than I am in Scholar, but DPS queues are still fairly brutal, and I need to get a healer up in any case for flexibility at the level cap. I got both of them through 61 before I remembered to do their initial Stormblood class quests, and while I was working my way through the Bard cutscenes, my previous glamour started to really bug me. Something about it just felt really out of place, even if I loved it, so I paused what I was doing and went to the glamour labs.

Since this look wasn’t prompted by anything other than dissatisfaction with the last look, I really had nothing to go with, so I more or less started trying things on randomly, pulling out old looks for inspiration, hoping to find something that would spark some sort of inspiration. After a little while I settled on trying something new with the Direwolf Tabard, which I’ve used before for a look that I didn’t end up sticking with for very long. Last time I used it, I wasn’t happy with the Makai Quartertights for the leg option, and so I thought I’d experiment a bit. I think the result ends up being a lot better:

Glamour Components (Required Level: BRD 50)
Head: Augmented Choral Chapeau (Jet Black)
Body: Direwolf Tabard of Aiming (Pure White)
Hands: Replica Allagan Gauntlets of Aiming (Jet Black)
Legs: Direwolf Skirt of Aiming (Pure White)
Feet: Bogatyr’s Thighboots of Aiming

Not a lot changed from the last glamour, with the biggest difference being the addition of the Direwolf Skirt. Strangely enough, it hadn’t ever occurred to me to use it with the Tabard even though they’re from the same set. Past glamours with the Tabard model have normally gone with shorts, and I’ve never been happy about the way those turned out. I had thought of using the Cashmere Skirt once or twice, but it dyes poorly (standard two-tone grey scale nonsense)), and I had always assumed the Direwolf one does, too. I was wrong about that, though, and pleasantly so!

I considered one other change that ended up not making the cut (in fact, I reversed it in the middle of writing this post!): because of the silver on the Tabard and the Gauntlets, I felt like the Expeditioner’s Thighboots would have been a better fit than the Bogatyr’s, but something about them just felt off to me, and I couldn’t shake it. So, in the end, the look didn’t change as much as I imagined it would, but I do think the Skirt really gives it something that was missing before. And of course, since I’m really feeling hats again now that Red Mage is 70, I couldn’t resist using the Chapeau!

There are some things I want to play with on the way to 70 for Bard, so I’ll probably change this one at least once before I get there, but we’ll see how it goes!

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1 comment on “Glamour Spotlight: Bard

  1. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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