Though I played Red Mage quite regularly for a good chunk of Stormblood, I’ve largely stepped away from casters in Shadowbringers due to focusing more on tanking (and thus usually playing Ninja on those days when I need a DPS fix). That’s so far meant fewer caster glamours this expansion, to the point where I haven’t put together a Red Mage-specific glamour for over a year (with the last one actually being toward the end of 2018). Casters are always fun to glamour, though, with the game’s emphasis on red and black for their gear, which so often fits Alahra well.
I had a lot of those old glamours in mind when I sat down to finally tackle a Neo-Ishgardian look for my casters. Casters share their body piece with Ninja, so I knew I was going to have a little bit of trouble putting something together, following my efforts on a Neo-Ishgardian glamour for Scouting recently. Many of the same issues are there on the Casting body, though at the very least I don’t mind the long skirt for something like Red Mage or Black Mage. Like I mentioned recently, I knew whatever look I went with would probably be similar to the Ninja one, but I did want to differentiate the glamour where I could.
Glamour Components (Requirements: RDM 80, Female)
Weapon: Weathered Aeneas
Head: Anemos Duelist’s Chapeau (Dark Red)
Body: Neo-Ishgardian Top of Casting (Dark Red)
Hands: Dravanian Armguards of Casting
Legs: Faire Kohakama (Dark Red)
Feet: Ishgardian Thighboots (Jet Black)
Thankfully, casters have a few more options than Ninja does when it comes to gloves long enough to hide the puffy sleeves on the Neo-Ishgardian Top. My first thought here was to use the old Gloves of the Black Griffin, but I quickly decided those weren’t a good fit for the Neo-Ishgardian style. Instead, I thought to another Heavensward-era piece, the Dravanian Armguards. Another old favorite (with a dyeable version in the form of the Tigerskin Armguards from Stormblood), they gave me the color scheme I needed, complete with some gold studs to pair with the gold on the body piece.
The only thing with the Dravanian Armguards is that they lock the overall colors into Wine or Dark Red (with Dark Red seeming best here to my eyes). Normally I prefer something a little brighter, especially since I had Red Mage foremost in my mind, but the dyeable Tigerskin Armguards don’t dye the way I needed them to, so I had to stick with the darker color. From there, most of the glamour was automatic—the Ishgardian Thighboots have been a staple of this series, and the Faire Kohakama have cropped up a few times, too.
My final decision was to once more use a hat—this time, the classic Duelist’s Chapeau, to complete the sort of renaissance vibe of this Neo-Ishgardian look. While I’m still quite partial to Alahra’s normal glasses, since I’d already done the Ninja look with glasses before, I wanted to do something at least a bit different (and the only caster there’s any chance I’ll play this expansion is Red Mage, so there’s no trouble locking myself into that glamour-wise).
Now all I have left for Neo-Ishgardian Tops to use is the healing one, which I should be able to get put together sometime over the next week. I’ve got no ideas at present for that one, which should make it kind of fun to work on. Starting from scratch often opens up ideas I wouldn’t come to otherwise, so I’m looking forward to it!
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