It’s true. My main character runs around Tyria with 15 full sets of mixed ‘n’ matched armor her inventory. Each set has it's own associated weapon and mini pet as well. (That's 105 slots, in case you’re wondering). I like my character to look "just right" for every situation and in every environment. (It annoys me, for some reason, to see half-nekkid characters running around in the northern Shiverpeaks unless they're in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club). Each of my character's looks also has an associated hairstyle as well, since I’m one of the lucky few to possess a Permanent Self-Style Hair Kit. So while I may not be among the elite Guild Wars 2 players, I like to think that I fare pretty well in Fashion Wars 2.
My other passion is making screen captures. I usually like doing an emote in order to strike unique poses, but that tends to remove my weapon from my hand. I wanted to show you my complete armor sets with the weapon, so most of these look like my character is just standing there posing for a book cover or something. Sorry ‘bout that.
You will notice that my tastes tend toward “realism" in my fantasy, so I don't have much in the way of items with particle effects. (I'd rather see my armor than a bunch of clouds and sparkles and swooshes). I don’t much care for oversized weapons or armor pieces either.
I included a list of the skins I'm using, since I know that some of you will be curious. I hope you like these, and I hope they inspire you to play a little Fashion Wars yourself, instead of always using ho-hum Outfits. All of my pictures measure 3840 x 2160 pixels... feel free to download and use them on your desktop or in a slideshow screen saver if you like. Now without any further ado, here they are in alphabetical order:
[spoiler] I use this look in Norn territories and any other cold, snowy climates. I don’t like the way the game chops off all my hair when I wear a hat, so it’s not shown here. But if the snow starts falling hard, I’ll put it on. No sense in catching a cold just because I want to look good.
HEAD: Cabalist Hood / SHOULDERS: Cabalist Shoulders / CHEST: Cabalist Coat / HANDS: Vigil’s Honor Gloves / LEGS: Dry Bones Leggings / FEET: Acolyte Boots / WEAPON: Wintersday Staff / MINI PET: Mini Jack-a-lop (game error… it should be spelled “Jackalope"). [/spoiler]
[spoiler] I use my “Battle Mage” look in the Charr territories (Ascalon), and other rugged lands.
HEAD: Luminous Light Crown / SHOULDERS: Diviner Mantle / CHEST: Acolyte Coat / HANDS: Funerary Gloves / LEGS: Illustrious Breeches / FEET: Profane Shoes / WEAPON: Merciless Staff / MINI PET: Mini Jaguar Cub (is that in bad taste for Charr lands?) [/spoiler]
[spoiler] The Countryside Wanderer gear is mostly for the centaur-threatened Krytan lands.
HEAD: Stone Eye / SHOULDERS: Devout Mantle / CHEST: Student Coat / HANDS: Shackles of Madness / LEGS: Country Pants / FEET: Vigil’s Honor Footwear / WEAPON: Soft Wood Staff / MINI PET: Mini Puppy [/spoiler]
[spoiler] I use the Desert Flower look in most of the Path of Fire maps. It also works well in Southsun Cove.
HEAD: Storm Eye / SHOULDERS: Apprentice Shoulders / CHEST: Elonian Vestments / HANDS: Embroidered Wristguards / LEGS: Whisper's Secret Leggings / FEET: Sorcerer's Shoes / WEAPON: The Legend / MINI PET: Mini Lion Cub [/spoiler]
[spoiler] The Little Pixie look includes a pixie hairstyle (naturally) and the use of an Endless Miniature Tonic. It is primarily for Sylvari lands, and any other “fantasy forest" settings.
HEAD: Feathered Headpiece / SHOULDERS: Exalted Mantle / CHEST: Phoenix Vest / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Apprentice Pants / FEET: Lunatic Acolyte Boots / BACK: Glittering Wings Backpack / WEAPON: Verdant Staff / MINI PET: Mini Sylvan Pup [/spoiler]
[spoiler] I was shooting for a “Mother Nature" or 1960's "flower child" look for the Heart of Thorns maps.
HEAD: Wreath of Cooperation / SHOULDERS: Apprentice Shoulders / CHEST: Diviner Coat / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Whisper's Secret Leggings / FEET: Sorcerer's Shoes / WEAPON: Gnarled Walking Staff / MINI PET: Mini Fawn [/spoiler]
[spoiler] I don’t have a regular use for this one. Just for the occasional times when the story calls for me to meet with Queen Jennah. (I typically show her up, since I can afford shoes). I will also use it whenever I want to whip out my Emblazoned Dragon Throne and look the part.
HEAD: Shattered Bloodstone Circlet / SHOULDERS: Council Ministry Mantle / CHEST: Council Ministry Vestments / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Conjurer Pants / FEET: Aurora Shoes / WEAPON: Dwayna’s Staff / MINI PET: Mini Aurene [/spoiler]
[spoiler] For RP times, as good as any of the old Town Clothes. (Far BETTER than the un-customizable Outfits that they made out of the old Town Clothes). A great look for Octoberfest (or maybe a visit to the Charr "Meatoberfest" celebration!). No weapon... this is down-time wear. Mini Puppy or Mini Orange Tabby Cat if desired.
HEAD: Stone Eye / SHOULDERS: Heritage Mantle / CHEST: Lunatic Acolyte Coat / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Apostle Leggings / FEET: Aristocrat’s Shoes [/spoiler]
THE COCKTAIL PARTY
[spoiler] For those “social gathering" storylines (where I rub shoulders with the city council, dignitaries, etc.) as well as RP parties. (The bunny ears come out on Easter and New Year’s Eve). No weapon (but have something handy in case the storyline introduces party crashers). No mini pet.
HEAD: Bunny Ears / SHOULDERS: Exalted Mantle / CHEST: Phoenix Vest / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Magician Legs / FEET: Exalted Boots [/spoiler]
[spoiler] An “I Dream of Jeannie” CosPlay for the Maguuma Wastes, areas with dust storms, and the more "upscale", highly civilized regions of the desert (such as Vabbi). Note both the traditional Aladdin Lamp and the “I Dream of Jeannie" bottle in the picture!
HEAD: Adventurer’s Scarf / SHOULDERS: Apprentice Shoulders / CHEST: Winged Tunic / HANDS: Embroidered Wristguards / LEGS: Embroidered Pants / FEET: Embroidered Sandals / WEAPON: Lionguard Staff / MINI PET: Mini Lion Cub [/spoiler]
[spoiler] For the “Pirate” zones of Kryta, including Lion’s Arch.
HEAD: Glacial Eye / SHOULDERS: Acolyte Mantle / CHEST: Country Coat / HANDS: Sorcerer’s Livery / LEGS: Apprentice Pants / FEET: Apprentice Shoes / WEAPON: Monsoon / MINI PET: Mini Orange Tabby Cat [/spoiler]
[spoiler] Reserved for Asura zones and the Durmand Priory (where I am one of their head people. Get it? HEAD people? Scholars? ...Never mind).
HEAD: Reading Glasses / SHOULDERS: Council Ministry Mantle / CHEST: Priory's Historical Vestments / HANDS: Sorcerer's Livery / LEGS: Priory's Historical Pants / FEET: Conjurer Shoes / WEAPON: Bo / MINI PET: Mini Snow Owl [/spoiler]
[spoiler] My prime Tempest look – used at World Boss events and anyplace I want to project the aura of a powerful wizard. (Like here at the heart of the volcano).
HEAD: Flame Eye / SHOULDERS: Apprentice Shoulders / CHEST: Incarnate Vest / HANDS: Feathered Gloves / LEGS: Sorcerer’s Pants / FEET: Incarnate Shoes / WEAPON: Tempest Staff / MINI PET: Mini Aurene [/spoiler]
The human light-armored female definitely has an advantage as far as range of available armor pieces. But don’t be discouraged if you play something else! ALL of my characters, even the least-played, have AT LEAST two full sets of armor (one for warmer weather, and one for cold).
I’d love to see what looks YOU have come up with for your race, sex, and armor weight! Let's see some screen shots of your character in settings wearing scene-appropriate gear!
Build someone a fire, and they'll be warm for the rest of the day.
Set someone on fire, and they'll be warm for the rest of their life.
- Unknown Fire Elementalist