Plate Transmog: Shattered Hand (Alliance Paladin)

Plate Transmog - Shattered Hand - DisplayHead:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Doomed Crown of Lei Shen
Shoulders:  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Valorous Aegis Shoulderguards (Paladin Only)
Back: N/A
Chest:   World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal  Shattered Hand Breastplate
Hands: Vendor - Gold  Gauntlets of Living Obsidium
Waist: Vendor - Gold  Studded Girdle of Virtue

Legs:   Vendor - Honor Points Grievous Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates
Feet:   Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Locksmasher Greaves 

Main-Hand:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Beazel’s Basher 
Off-Hand:  Vendor - Gold  Protector of Frigid Souls

View the whole set on Wowhead.

Okay, so this started life as a golden paladin transmog but, uh, somehow it’s less Jamie Lannister and more “I have a chandelier on my head and I am without shame.”

I’ll admit, though, I’m frustrated about the lack of consistency in the shades of gold. The boots, for example, work on a dwarf because of her shorter stature, but when the taller races are in play I’m not sure the proportions still work. I’m also not 100% about  Vendor - Gold  Protector of Frigid Souls. Ugh.

Anyone have any better ideas? Let me know in the comments.

Mail Transmog: Banded Armor

Mail Transmog - Banded Armor - Female Blood ElfHead: Vendor - Honor Points Titan-Forged Chain Helm of Triumph
Shoulders: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Spaulders of Incoherence
Back: Quest Reward Wolfsfur Greatcloak (Horde Only)
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Banded Armor
Hands: Quest Reward Prankster’s Fingers
Waist:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Banded Girdle
Legs: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Deathscale Leggings
Feet: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Steelmaw’s Stompers 

Main-Hand: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Expert’s Longbow
Off-Hand: N/A

View the whole set on Wowhead.

So again, there’s something a little unfair about tagging an outfit as “Shaman-friendly” when the model is carrying around a hulking great bow in all the example images. But apart from that — and, let’s face it, finding a replacement by way of a large bronze stick with spikes coming out of it isn’t especially hard — this mail transmog set is free of class-specific and faction-specific limitations, thank heavens for that.Mail Transmog - Banded Armor - Back

Quest Reward Wolfsfur Greatcloak (Horde Only)

Okay, apart from that one.

The cloak is a quest reward from Frostfire Ridge, a zone that stubbornly insists on being the stomping ground of the Horde. If you’re Alliance and Durotan’s not willing to give you the time of day, or you’re a Hordie whose already quested through Frostfire Ridge because, well, who hasn’t these days, you’re out of luck.

What can I say, kids? Better luck next time.

Leather Transmog: Peerless Armor

clothtransmog-peerless-humanHead: N/A
Shoulders: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Forgotten Mantle of the Moon
Back: N/A
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Peerless Armor
Hands: Quest Reward Holdout Gloves
Waist: Quest Reward Beastrider Belt
Legs: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Warbear Woolies
Feet: Quest Reward Overgrowth Cutter Boots

Main-Hand: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Growthshaper Spellblade
Off-Hand: N/A

Check out the whole set on Wowhead.

Have you ever seen that movie, the one with the muscular, bronzed Adonis decked in animal skins, an enchanted sword at his side and a cadre of tamed attack dinosaurs at his back? You probably haven’t, because it is awful and also I made it up, but if you had, you’d know the main character dressed something like this.

It’s a little bit gladiator and a little bit walking fashion disaster. It’s the second of my series of transmog sets intended to be skimpy on both male and female toons and is a great choice if you’re the sort of person who likes wrestling dragons with your bare hands.

For a hint of extra gladitorial badassery, check out the covered face helm the Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Gaze of the Somber Keeper.

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.