I threw together my previous glamour for Dancer somewhat hastily in response to the (now reverted) model adjustment to the No.2 Type B Leggings. While it was a fine enough look, it was never really going to feel new, given my long line of Kirimu (or Uraeus) Coat glamours, and before long I had to contend with that nagging feeling to do something about it in the back of my mind. The past several days have included a brutal dentist appointment and a cold just as intense, though (hence the lack of a post at the beginning of the week, with Wednesday’s actually having been written last week). I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things, though, and fixing my Dancer glamour seemed like a good place to get started.
The thing was, I didn’t actually have anything in mind! Though I’ve dabbled in the Aiming classes from time to time (with a stints on Machinist in Heavensward and on Bard in late A Realm Reborn and early Stormblood), I’ve never quite taken to them in a long-term sense. That means I don’t often build up a catalog of things to try in my head during the natural course of play. With the leggings back in their natural state, it at least seemed a good opportunity to go back to using them in their full…glory, though. I’ve also had it in mind to start incorporating more color into Alahra’s glamours again—her edgy early Shadowbringers phase is starting to come to a close, I think!
Glamour Components (Required Level: BRD/DNC/MCH 73)
Weapon: (Augmented) Barathrum
Head: Voeburtite Beret of Aiming
Body: Scorpion Harness
Hands: Replica Sky Rat Fingerless Gloves of Striking
Legs: No.2 Type B Leggings (Jet Black)
Feet: No.2 Type B Boots (Jet Black)
That brought me to the Scorpion Harness, which I’ve used surprisingly little considering that it’s a legacy piece from Final Fantasy XI. Outside of one look from when I first acquired it, I’ve not found any good homes for it since. A lot of that comes down to the fact that all of the “ports” of FFXI gear that came along with Eureka just don’t seem to fit in with much of FFXIV‘s gear in a way that I’ve yet to really pinpoint the reason for (this is particularly true of Kirin’s Osode, which seems to have some sort of lighting issue that makes its colors seem far duller than they were in the game of origin).
But, I’d been fiddling around with the Harness and 2B’s leggings for a little while off and on, and I wanted to see if I could make something work. Inspiration struck—in the form of the Voeburtite Beret—right before I turned in for the night (owed perhaps to the cold medicine I’ve been using to get a good night’s sleep). Berets like that one were a common sight in FFXI, especially for the lightly armored classes like Dancer, and something about using it simply seemed right—not to mention it was a perfect match for the colors on the Harness.
With that settled, and 2B’s boots a natural choice with the leggings (though I did browse through my collection for other options—with the Scion Healer’s Highboots naturally having the best color pairing), it came down to picking a pair of gloves. Gloves have always been the hardest part of any attempts I’ve made to use the Scorpion Harness, with no dyes being a good match for one of its particular shades of red. While the darker tone is fairly close to Wine Red, the brighter one is somewhere in between that and Dalamud Red, making it difficult to find a solid pair without ignoring the red altogether, which I hate to do.
At first, the best thing I found were the Marid Leather Gloves of Aiming, which maintain a nice red-and-black scheme in Wine Red. They weren’t perfect, though, since they didn’t really gel material-wise with the rest of the pieces I had in place. Wanting to get things right, I took a long trip through the Market Board listings, trying on the majority of gloves available there. I had to go nearly to the very end to find what I was looking for: the Sky Rat Striking gloves, now available for all classes thanks to new glamour recipes added alongside the first stage of Ishgard Reconstruction.
In their natural colors, they’re the closest thing to a perfect fit for the Scorpion Harness I’ve found (and I’m actually now quite surprised I hadn’t tried using them with it for Monk or Samurai). They cover both the brighter red and black of the Harness quite well, with the only real complaint being the bright orange sash on the one wrist—which is a fine enough thing to add just a little more color to an otherwise fairly uniform look. The result is something that taps into my FFXI nostalgia while still feeling like it belongs in FFXIV, which I think is pretty cool!