Bard Glamour Spotlights Ranged DPS

Glamour Spotlight: Bard #17

Not long after I put together the Shrine Maiden glamour from earlier in the month, the latest Fashion Report had the Ivalician Fusiler’s Jacket as a gold-ranked option for the body slot. My Bard had been using the jacket for actual gear purposes, and so to access the model I needed to remove the glamour from it. That had the effect of dismantling the glamour, and I never got around to re-applying it, since I’ve not been playing Bard all that much since the release of Eureka. But, of course, that also gave me an excuse to put together a new Bard glamour, and with my Monk all taken care of for now, I could finally get around to updating glamours for other classes again.

I didn’t have anything particular in mind, since I have yet to start working on my Bard Eureka gear (Red Mage first!), but one new thing I had picked up recently were the Spring Bottoms from Fashion Report. I actually started off trying to work out a new glamour for Scholar using them, but somewhere along the line I remembered that my look for Bard was in shambles, and I switched gears. Both healers and ranged DPS classes already have access to the Makai Quartertights, of course, but the Spring Bottoms are of a different type of fabric and dye a bit differently, so I thought they had some potential.

Glamour Components (Required Level: BRD 60)
Weapon: Yochi Bow (Replica) (Dalamud Red)
Head: Augmented Choral Chapeau (Dalamud Red)
Body: Sky Pirate’s Vest of Aiming (Pure White)
Hands: Auroral Bracers (Dalamud Red)
Legs: Spring Bottoms (Pure White)
Feet: Expeditioner’s Thighboots (Dalamud Red)

As usual when I get a new piece of gear, I dyed the Spring Bottoms Pure White—I like to have glamour pieces in one of the rare shades, so that I can reapply the dye with a glamour prism without having to buy a new dye off of the Market Board. Then I started browsing for body pieces. While pondering things for Scholar, I noted that the Bottoms looked best with lighter tops, like the Scion Adventurer’s Jacket, and I considered using the Anemos Jacket or the Gaganaskin Jacket of Aiming as well. The piece that really stood out to me, though, was the Sky Pirate’s Vest when, on a whim, I decided to see what the Chapeau looked like in red, as a compliment to the red bits on the Vest.

I really liked the contrast there, and that led me in a direction I don’t normally go. I usually go for black or brown on gloves and boots, preferring largely neutral colors that blend in with whatever else I’m using. With the Chapeau in red, though, I felt like I needed those in red as well. I started out with the Sky Rat Fingerless Gloves of Aiming and the Scion Healer’s Highboots. The Gloves were all right, but not perfect, and after a little while of running around, I decided that the Highboots didn’t work at all, since the look had no other black to work with.

The Expeditioner’s Thighboots ended up looking better in Dalamud Red than the Griffin Leather Thighboots or the Eikon Leather Thighboots, so they were a fairly straightforward choice. Once I had those in place, the Sky Rat Gloves started to stand out, in that they really didn’t seem to pair well with the new boots. Finding a pair of gloves that dyed well in Red proved to be tricky, with a large laundry list of options not making the cut. I went with the Auroral Bracers mainly because the gold on them works well with the Yoichi Bow, which I wanted to stick with since it’s my favorite bow in the game.

The end result should stick around for awhile, at least until I start picking up Anemos gear for Bard. I’m actually pretty fond of the red and white look without the black that I usually use. In the meantime, I’m collecting Red Mage gear and looking to update my Scholar glamour as I mentioned above, which I hope to have figured out soon, since I’ve been using it a lot when dealing with Pazuzu in Eureka.

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