Bard Glamour Spotlights Machinist Ranged DPS

Glamour Spotlight: Ranged DPS #19

If the world were perfect, I would have been able to turn my failed attempt at a Dragoon glamour from last time into a Dragoon glamour today. But that didn’t happen, because my glamour habits are often unpredictable. Often when I’m idling and talking or doing something else on the side while I’m logged on, I’ll be thinking about what I want to do for my next glamour. This time, I ended up with the idea to work out a new glamour for Machinist, since it’d been awhile since my last one. A quick /isearch for Aiming gear (since I was away from the Market Board) lead to my noticing the Ghost Barque Coat of Aiming for the first time in awhile, which dyes quite nicely in Pure White, as it turns out.

In Pure White, the Coat hits all of Alahra’s primary colors of white, black (on the straps crossing the chest), and red (on the scarf). I’m not sure if I had noticed that before, since I’d largely ignored the Coat while leveling Bard (since it’s such an odd fit for the job), but once I did, I decided I should really try to use it somehow. I was always fond of the Fending version of the coat (which dyes in a similar way), and working out a look for it on a job that mostly has light armor seemed like it would be a fun puzzle to solve. So, at the next opportunity, I got the Coat from my retainer and started playing around. As it turns out, things weren’t nearly as tricky as I imagined they would be, though!

Glamour Components (Required Level: BRD/MCH 61)
Weapon: Revolver of the Wanderer
Head: Reading Glasses (Dalamud Red)
Body: Ghost Barque Coat of Aiming (Pure White)
Hands: Sky Rat Fingerless Gloves of Aiming (Jet Black)
Legs: Direwolf Skirt of Aiming (Dalamud Red)
Feet: Scion Healer’s Highboots

Of course, with the red on the scarf that comes along with the Coat, the Scion Healer’s Highboots were an immediate addition to this glamour. Neither Bard nor Machinist has any role-specific boots that would work with the black and red (at least not that I can remember!), and I didn’t want to leave that red unpaired with something! That did lead to some trouble, though: as usual, I like for the gloves and boots on my glamours to work together, and much like they don’t have good black and red boots, the ranged DPS jobs don’t have any good options for gloves in those colors either. The Kirimu Bracers almost worked, but they dye really poorly (which is unfortunate, as the recolored Griffin Leather Bracers of Striking work so well with the Scion Healer’s Highboots).

Every pair of gloves I could think to try, from the classic Allagan Gauntlets to the Oschon’s Gauntlets all had dyeing issues or simply didn’t look right with the Coat, but I was so enamored with the way Alahra looked in the Coat that I stubbornly kept at it. After unsuccessfully trying gloves for quite awhile, I decided to focus on the leg piece in stead. At some point I realized that it might help to have some more red there, freeing up the gloves to be either black or white, and the Direwolf Skirt dyed in a really plain way that worked perfectly in this case (especially since the purple thread on the sides of the Skirt is hidden by the Coat).

Once that was settled, I had a bit more freedom with gloves. They still proved a bit tricky to settle on, though, as longer gloves didn’t really work with the profile here and most shorter gloves and bracers that Machinist has access to simply don’t mesh well with the Coat. The Ghost Barque Bracers seemed too heavy with the Legs and Feet slot using a skirt and leather boots, and most other options just seemed really bulky and out of place. The Sky Rat Gloves, which have become something of a staple, ended up being one of the only pairs that had the right profile that didn’t also largely clash with the rest of the textures and whatnot going on with the other pieces. Once those were settled, I swapped from the Machinist’s Goggles to the Reading Glasses just to have a little more red to finalize things.

I’m pretty happy with this one (I especially love how the Revolver matches the shoulder plates on the Coat), though how much that matters I don’t know right now, since Machinist is pretty far down my list in terms of leveling priorities! At the very least, I had a lot of fun putting this one together, which is what matters most!

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