Plate Transmog: Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate (Alliance Death Knight)

platetransmog-tyrannicaldread-displayHead: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Brilliant Titansteel Helm
Shoulders: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Shoulders (Alliance Death Knight)
Back: Vendor - Gold Shroud of Cooperation (Alliance)
Chest:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Overlord’s Chestplate
Hands:  Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Gauntlets (Alliance Death Knight)
Waist:  Quest Reward Cagebreaker’s Heavy Girdle (Alliance)
Legs:  Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Legguards (Alliance Death Knight)
Feet: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity

Main-Hand:  Quest Reward Quel’Delar, Might of the Faithful
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Happy birthday to me! That’s right, it’s my birthday today, and what better way is there to celebrate than to release a set meant for a class I never play.

That isn’t 100% true. I do have an Alliance death knight (you might remember Mortuary from Death Knight posts of yore), but it’s a class that’s never really clicked with me. Which is weird, because I love death, and infecting people with horrible plagues is up there with knitting and long walks on the beach so far as my hobbies are concerned.

Maybe I should take her out for a birthday spin…

Plate Transmog: Protective Barricade of the Light (Paladin)

Plate Transmog - Protective Barricade of the Light - Female Blood ElfHead: N/A
Shoulders: Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel 
Back: N/A
Chest:  Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Lawbringer Chestguard (Paladin)
Hands:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Plated Fist of Hakoo
Waist:  Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Ghost-Forged Belt 
Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal High Chief’s Legguards
Feet:  Vendor - Gold Silver Sabatons of Fury

Main-Hand:  Vendor - Gold Continuum Blade (requires Revered with Keepers of Time)
Off-Hand: Vendor - Gold Protective Barricade of the Light

View the whole set on Wowhead.

Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Lawbringer Chestguard and  Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel are one of those combinations that should work but that I’ve always struggled to make happen. See, the problem is Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Lawbringer Chestguard. Back in the bad old days of Vanilla, Blizzard paired that delicate, almost ethereal white-gold chestplate with a pair of lumpy, unflattering legplates and the most hilarious banana pauldrons you’ve ever seen. No surprise there — questionable tier designs are one of the reasons this website exists — but unlike some of the more classic colour combinations that seem to resurface expansion after expansion Blizzard hasn’t gone back to white-gold plate in any meaningful way.

Oh, there’s been white, occasionally. And gold. But they’re noticeably different shades and, frankly, and it’s made giving Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Lawbringer Chestguard a second life more difficult than it needs to be.

This is just an aside, but I find the lack of white-gold gear in Paladin tier sets a missed opportunity, because the Lawbringer was possibly the most Paladin set ever designed. Between their white-gold spell icons, their white and gold spell effects, and the fact that the word “Light” has been awkwardly shoe-horned into almost everything they do, if you ask what a Paladin’s favourite colour is, they’d say, “… uh, what colour is light?” because that’s all they know. 

Plate Transmog - Protective Barricade - Side ViewIt’s like expecting a feral druid to understand life beyond a sea of virtually identical bear claw icons.

Paladins are, at their essence, white and gold light dispensers who run on righteous fury and divine protection and they should be allowed to dress as such.

Lacking appropriate legplates, I went with a sort of burgundy alternative instead. The set was also designed to highlight the  Vendor - Gold Protective Barricade of the Light (haha), which I realize the initial screenshot didn’t highlight well. So here you go.

 

 

Plate Transmog: Tusks of Mannoroth

Plate Transmog - Tusks of Mannoroth - Male Worgen

Head: N/A
Shoulders: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Tusks of Mannoroth
Back:Quest Reward Gambler’s Wrap
Chest: Quest Reward Breastplate of the Undercover Thorium Brother

Hands: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Gauntlets of Bitter Reprisal (Horde)
Waist: Vendor - Justice Points Girdle of the Protector
Legs:    World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Westguard Legplates
Feet: Quest Reward Qebnet Greaves

Main-Hand:Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Gorehowl
Off-Hand: N/A

Click here to see the full set on Wowhead.

Okay, so I dropped the ball on this one. The gloves are, unfortunately, a drop from Trial of the Crusader (curse you, faction-specific raid drops), which means they are faction-locked to the Horde. That said, I haven’t flagged this with a “Horde Only” sticker because those gloves, though admittedly pretty cool, aren’t going to make or break the set.

If you’re Alliance and can’t find alternative gloves, let me know and I’ll scrape together some ideas for you.

On the other side of the coin, if it looks like  Quest Reward Breastplate of the Undercover Thorium Brother is an Alliance-only quest reward, never fear. There’s a Horde quest that offers the same model reward.

Plate Transmog: Chestplate of Titanic Fury (Horde Warrior)

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Head: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Plate Helm (Horde, Warrior Only)
Shoulders: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Shoulders (Warrior Only)

Back: N/A
Chest: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Chestplate of Titanic Fury
Hands: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Gauntlets (Warrior Only)
Waist: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Starfall Girdle
Legs: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Legguards (Warrior Only)
Feet: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Greaves of Iron Intensity 

Main-Hand: N/A
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

World of Warcraft has a lot of different races with a lot of different body types but, for whatever reason most of the time fan-made transmog sets are designed for use on blood elves, night elves, humans and (female) draenei.

(I know, I know, it’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma.)

But, in any event, when somebody posted on MMO Champion looking for ideas for his male pandaren warrior, I was stumped. My existing sets were all built with a female blood elf base; on a male pandaren, the proportions were all wrong.

So I sat down and came up with this. Unfortunately, the helm (which is a big part of what makes the set so great) is only available to Horde toons. It also isn’t hugely original; as you can see, it’s just two existing sets stitched together.

I will say, in my opinion, this doesn’t work on the taller races. The belt seam is a lot more visible (if anyone’s got ideas re: belt substitutions, I’m all ears), for one thing, and the proportions are distorted. But on a pandaren (especially the female pandaren, they’re so cute), they look pretty darn snazzy.

Uh, in an, “I’ll tear out your jugular with my teeth” sort of way.

Because #DeathKnightWeek Runs on DWT Time

Part of Lae’s Alt Appreciation series. 

And the Devil Wears Transmog runs on Blizzard’s Tuesday maintenance schedule so, uh, I’m not late. For another five hours.

Skip to the transmogs

Prior the announcement of #DeathKnightWeek, I didn’t have a Death Knight. Well, that’s not true. I had lots of Death Knights, deleted, abandoned or dead on other servers. This is what happens when you’re the sort of person who regularly bumps up against the 50 character account limit.

But I wanted a Death Knight I’d actually play, so I sauntered over to one of my less populated servers and rolled Mortuary.

mortuary_pose

For all my love of transmog, I like the DK starting zone gear enough I’ll probably leave her like this ’til 90.

mortuary_landing

Likes: piña coladas, long walks on the beach, and posing dramatically in front of large, glowing objects.

mortuary_mount

A touching moment between mount and rider in the shadow of a Havenshire outhouse.

 

mortuary_lichking

He’s kind of cute. You know, for a twelve-foot tall force of pure evil.

But it wouldn’t be a Devil Wears Transmog post without some ill-conceived fashion suggestions, so away we go!


You’ll notice this round looks a little different. This time, I’ve turned to MogIt and, frankly, the results are great enough that I think I’ll be using MogIt exclusively from now on.

mortuary_valorous

Head: N/A
Shoulders: Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Spaulders of Manifold Eyes 
Back: N/A
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Valorous Chestguard
Hands: Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Gauntlets of the Righteous Champion
Waist:   Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Cloudbreaker Greatbelt
Legs: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Thorium Leggings
Feet:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Treads of the Blind Eye 

Main-Hand: Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Zoid’s Firelit Greatsword
Off-Hand: N/A

Okay, so an argument could be made that those boots don’t really work, but I don’t care. They’re gorgeous and look heavy enough to smash a man’s face in, both important qualities for any fashionable Death Knight. That said, none of these pieces are locked to a particular class or faction, so have fun!

mortuary_exaltedHead: N/A

Shoulders: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Glorious Shoulder Pads
Back: N/A
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Exalted Harness
Hands: Quest Reward Gloves of the Stela
Waist: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Girdle of Delirious Visions
Legs: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Legplates of Sagacious Shadows
Feet: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Greaves of the Stonewarder

Main-Hand: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Hacker (Alliance Only)
Off-Hand: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Hacker (Alliance Only)

Okay, so maybe this transmog isn’t breaking any new ground, but I think the blue in the belt with the blue in her eyes makes this a solid alternative to a Death Knight’s usual parade of skulls and spikes. Again, there’s nothing here that’s locked to a particular class, but those axes — in that color, anyway — are only available for Alliance players.

Next up, #DruidWeek! Bring on the… uh, worgen.

I swear I’m a Hordie. I swear.