As will come as no surprise, switching over to a tank main for Shadowbringers has given me all sorts of trouble with glamours. Alahra has only rarely looked right in heavier armor to me, and my struggles with creating armored tank glamours are well documented across the site. Most of the time, that means my glamours for tanks tend to follow something of a pattern: light pieces for the body and legs, with the only real armor being on the hands and feet. As such, I only rarely play around with tank Artifact sets, and didn’t take the opportunity this time around to make my traditional Artifact glamour.
Alahra’s new hairstyle has changed that a bit, though. I mentioned on the last glamour, for Dragoon, that she seemed to look better in armor this way, which also let me finally work out a glamour with Dark Knight’s Bale armor from Shadowbringers. In a lot of ways, probably because I created both looks at around the same time, this one hits a lot of the same notes as the Dragoon glamour, given the colors involved, but I wanted to do it anyway!
Glamour Components (Required Level: DRK 80, Female)
Weapon: Weathered Shadowbringer
Head: Reading Glasses
Body: Weathered Bale Cuirass
Hands: Weathered Bale Gauntlets
Legs: Faire Kohakama (Dark Purple)
Feet: Ishgardian Thighboots (Dark Purple)
Obviously, I was going to be using the Bale Cuirass for this, since it was more or less the entire goal of making an Artifact glamour for Dark Knight. I decided also to keep the Gauntlets, since I didn’t imagine I’d have much luck finding another pair that fit the style of the Cuirass so cleanly. Glasses, of course, were also a requirement (though there are likely a number of circlets that would work here: the Dreadwyrm one comes to mind off the top of my head).
The real decision points came down to the pieces for the Legs and Feet, as they so often do. Just as with the Dragoon glamour, I was pretty sure I wanted to use the Ishgardian Thighboots, which I suppose qualify as my new footwear obsession for the expansion (at least until we get some version of 2B’s boots, anyway…). Their gold buttons work well with the metallic accents on the Dark Knight Artifact Armor, and they dye especially well in dark colors to my eyes. I considered something heavier, like the Bale Sollerets, but didn’t want to over-do it on using the Artifact set (and I didn’t want to go too far in on the heavy armor, either).
The tricky part proved to be finding a pair of shorts or a skirt that worked well with the Cuirass, though. It’s much heavier than Dragoon’s Pteroslaver Mail, so something like the Light Steel Subligar was out, and neither the Werewolf Bottoms or Valentione Skirt blended the way I wanted. The Faire Kohakama caught me by surprise, though. They key off of the sash on the Cuirass well, and their fabric texture actually gives the impression of a skirt attached to the armor itself. The tops of the stockings also “fill in” the tops of the Thighboots in a way that I like, when it comes to overall color balance.
For now, I’m actually bouncing back and forth between this glamour and my previous one for tanks (and strongly considering going back to my old standby, too, which I’m using while I level Paladin). While I’m actually quite fond of this look for an armored glamour, after doing some cutscene tests, it tends to look quite out of place next to the Scions especially, so I’m not likely to take this one into 5.1’s Main Scenario Quest. Glamour Plates make swapping between fairly easy for now, though, so I’m not too stressed about it!