Last but certainly not least of my three crafting specialists is Alchemist. ALC has always been Alahra’s crafter “main,” but it’s also one of the ones I use the least, since I find crafting consumables to be too tedious when it comes to making gil. Even so, I’ve largely kept it as a specialist for most of the time since Heavensward introduced them (though I’ve swapped it out once or twice for a brief period of time). I’ll simply always have that soft spot for it, and I’ve pretty much always been a fan of its Artifact sets, too.
The new Shadowbringers set is probably my favorite of all so far, and as with Weaver and Goldsmith, I knew I was going to have to pick it up for glamour purposes. I did so ages ago at this point, but as I mentioned previously, I took far longer than I should have to get these glamours up on the site! This one was perhaps the easiest to put together (though none of them were too difficult, I suppose, since the body pieces lend themselves so well to Alahra’s “default” look).
The Coat’s color scheme is just about perfect in addition to it being plain stylish, and all of the decisions for other pieces flowed pretty naturally from the choice to use it. As with the Gemfiend’s Vest, I went with the Guardian Corps Skirt mostly due to color and texture, since the heavier vest of the Coat didn’t look quite right with other, lighter skirts. The Gloves were an easy choice, too: they’re fairly unique, and I rather like the protective metal bits on the fingertips for some added character.
Boots and glasses were where I had real choices to make. Much like the other two glamours, I started first with the new Ishgardian Thighboots, but those didn’t quite work. They were a little too fancy for the more practical look of the Cauldronfiend’s Coat, and so I subbed in the Expeditioner’s Thighboots instead, which have a more work-oriented feel while not being too chunky. When it came to glasses, I didn’t care much for the shape of the new Artifact ones, and I’ve always been partial to the spectacles from Heavensward, so I went with those instead (if I could wear them on Weaver and Goldsmith, I’d be using them there, too!).
With Ishgard Restoration upon us and some nice (but tail-clippy) new glamour bodies available, I might be swapping away from these three specialist glamours soon, but I’ve not committed just yet. I like all three of them a bit too much, and the new Crafstman’s Coverall Top is thankfully an All Classes piece, so I might be able to use it for something else entirely (such as Scholar). It remains to be seen whether I’ll be able to get over that tail clipping, though…
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