A skald is a courtly poet whose verses eulogise the deeds of his king. Especially with Durin’s Folk, these are often the deeds of war, and what better way to gather material than to accompany one’s king into battle?
This Dwarf skald has joined his lord upon the battlefield, both to withness his deeds for later commitment to song, and to kindle the courage of his fellow warriors with fierce battle-songs. He sounds the charge with a rattling blast on his great war-horn! Unlike some other martial musicians, he can expect no quarter from his foes; indeed he himself will do battle and so carries a stout bronze buckler and wields a heavy iron mace. His strong helm is topped with a device so that his allies may easily look to him for inspiration. Affixed with golden pins to his jacket, he wears a sash embroidered with a geometric pattern denoting his skaldic status. Quilted leather gloves and leggings complete his protective garb.
This outfit was an exercise in trying to preserve the unique colour of the undyed chest piece. It proved to be quite difficult to get an exact match, so in the end I settled for a range of similar shades that I think blend into a harmonious (pardon the pun) whole, with some crisp white accents thrown in for balance.
- Head: Marchwarden’s Helm (crafted — tailor T6), crimson
- Shoulders: Shoulders of the Westfold (pre-order — Rise of Isengard), default
- Chest: Shirt of the Mighty Verse (bartered — Twenty-first Hall Minstrel trainer), default
- Hands: Padded Gloves of Courage (looted — world drop/general), white
- Legs: Dwarf-make Explorer’s Leggings (crafted — tailor T4; purchased — Thorin’s Hall light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), purple
- Feet: Shoes of the Mighty Verse (bartered — Twenty-first Hall Minstrel trainer), default
- Shield: Bronze Buckler (crafted — metalsmith T1)
Tips: The gloves I used in this outfit have an interesting padded appearance that can also be found on Lindir’s Gauntlets (quest reward — Trollshaws Rivendell  The Riddle-finder). The latter are gauntlets rather than gloves, and thus extend up the arm, but would also look great with this outfit.