Glamour Spotlight: Tanks #42

It didn’t take long after finishing the write-up for my Honeshirazu glamour that I found the inspiration I needed to also do one for Woeborn. I’d been struggling to find a central body piece to work around that matched the weapon because, given Woeborn’s color scheme, it’s more or less a perfect fit for Lynxliege/Lynxfang glamours, both of which I’ve used for previous Dark Knight weapons. They’re such dominant pieces that changing things other bits don’t generally result in a look that feels fresh, and I really wanted to do something new for this weapon.

But like I said, I got some inspiration not long ago, thanks to a tank I got paired up with in a recent Expert run. While they weren’t glamoured themselves, they were wearing the Edencall Mail of Fending—a piece I’d earmarked for glamour use as far back as previews leading up to 5.2 but then completely forgotten about since I didn’t do a ton of normal raids after buying most of the crafted gear this patch. Right away I noticed that the armor’s silver was a great match for the sword and made a note to play around with it in the fitting room window later.

Glamour Components (Requirements: DRK/GNB/PLD/WAR 80, Female)
Weapon: Woeborn
Head: Reading Glasses
Body: Edencall Mail of Fending
Hands: Augmented Hellfire Gauntlets of Fending (Metallic Silver)
Legs: Lady’s Knickers (Black) / Scion Healer’s Halftights
Feet: Ishgardian Thighboots (Gunmetal Black)

Since I didn’t have the necessary tokens to pick up the body piece right away, I did a lot of preliminary experimenting through the menu. The first and most crucial step was to find a pair of gauntlets that worked well with the armor. I had quickly ruled out the corresponding Edencall Gauntlets due to their being more metallic white than silver (and ditto for the Sollerets)—I needed silver on every piece to really sell Woeborn, I felt, since I didn’t have any red to work with the weapon’s other main color. That proved to be tough—most gauntlets don’t really line up well in terms of color—only the Hellfire Gauntlets were close enough in Metallic Silver.

I was satisfied enough with those to start, though, and so I did a few Eden runs to get the tokens I needed for the armor and got to work. With the Hellfire Gauntlets in place, it was only natural to bring in the accompanying Hellfire Sabatons, which I did right away. Of course, I also kept Alahra’s glasses (shifting away from the gold she’s been using for all the Neo-Ishgardian glamours I put together), and then all I had to do was settling on an option for the legs. As I usually do, I started with skirts, but neither the Storm Elite’s Skirt or the Werewolf Bottoms—my tank go-tos—really seemed to fit here given the shape of the body piece. Instead, the shorter length of the Scion Healer’s Halftights was a better fit (though I’d love to have something like the Chevalier’s Poleyns for all tanks instead).

Once that was done, I did a final pass, deciding I didn’t much care for the Hellfire Sabatons after all. I tried a variety of others (like the Shire Custodian’s Sabatons or Heavy Allagan Flanchard), but nothing quite fit the overall style I had going on elsewhere. So instead, I went back to the Ishgardian Thighboots, which seem to feature in 95% of my glamours as of late. But, they’re good, which makes them hard to avoid! They aren’t a perfect match here—silver buttons would be nicer than gold—but both armor and weapon do have some gold on them so the boots work well enough.

Since this is a relatively heavy glamour for Alahra, I’m not sure how long it will last, but for now it’s the best thing I’ve managed to find to go along with Woeborn. When it next comes time for new Main Scenario Quests, I think I’m pretty likely to go back to my Neo-Ishgardian glamour instead (which also means glamour Cronus again), but by the time that happens perhaps this newer look will have grown on me more. So far my tolerance for armor in this case has been higher than normal, so that’s something!

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