Heart of Gold

The “desire of the hearts of Dwarves” was “a love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic, a fierce and jealous love…” They could be covetous and grim and taciturn but it was also true that their loyalty and friendship, once earned, were as steadfast as the roots of the mountains. Their dour exteriors can hide hearts as true as pure gold.

This noble Dwarf warrior wears beautifully ornate battle armour. A gilded steel breastplate reinforces a suit of gleaming mail and his massive pauldrons feature protrusions reminiscent of a crenellated wall, or of the very peaks of mountains. An intricately-chased full helm protects his face, and his heavy shield is inlaid with golden geometric patterns. His inner heart of gold may be projected outwardly by his gleaming exterior, but his shell is hard and impenetrable as adamant.

I was looking through my outfits and I realized that I haven’t done a heavy armour look for a dwarf yet! That seemed like a scandalous oversight, so after a bit of playing around trying to achieve the “golden” look, this is the result. Dwarves can be tricky I find, and I usually have to mess around with various pieces for quite a while, but I’m really pleased with the way this look turned out.

  • Head: Head-cage (looted — Grand Stair/Igash the Fanatic), default
  • Shoulders: Barrow-warrior’s Shoulder Pads (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Great Barrow – armour set), gold
  • Chest: Hauberk of the Rugged Clansman (bartered — skirmish camp heavy armour quartermaster/Odothuilan campaign armour), sienna
  • Hands: Dwarf Leather Gauntlets (purchased — Thorin’s Hall heavy armour vendor), umber
  • Legs: Dwarf-make Steel Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T3), gold
  • Feet: Boar-hide Boots (bartered — Galtrev Dunlending quartermaster/Men of Dunland reputation)
  • Shield: Wyrmshúd (looted — Barad Gúlaran)

Tips: World drops can sometimes be found that have the same appearance as the helm in this outfit, but unfortunately, I’m not certain if there is anywhere to barter for a helm with this skin. The shoulders used in this outfit have the same appearance as the ones from the Daerdúr Armour (bartered — Gath Forthnír heavy Armour trader) and Sun-watcher’s Armour (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Eregion – Armour and Jewellery sets). The boots have the same appearance as a number of other Dunland quest rewards.

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14 Responses to Heart of Gold

  1. Freyjuska says:

    that helmet is one hell of a masterpiece. the next guest submission i have scheduled also uses it (on a man though) and it’s really impressing and kind of intimidating. you made it shine here also!

  2. Awesome heavy dwarf. Very well done.
    Do you know if some armour textures in the game are low res and others high res? I seem to get different results with different items in one and the same image. Some looking very sharp and bright and others looking vague and faded.

    • Thanks Hymne! 🙂

      I’ve had the same experience as you, which makes me think some items are high-res and some are lower res. I find a lot of the older Shadows of Angmar pieces are higher res and sadly a lot of the newer RoI pieces are lower res. A really good example is all the furry T7 crafted shoulders that came with RoI — they are super low-res. It’s unfortunate, because the designs are nice. I think it speaks to more time constraints and limited resources these days.

  3. DarkJackal says:

    One of my favorite passages in The Hobbit is the description of Thorin & Company’s entrance during the Battle of Five Armies:
    “Hood and cloak were gone; they were in shining armour, and red light leapt from their eyes. In the gloom the great dwarf gleamed like gold in a dying fire.”
    I would say the look of your dwarf suits this description very well!

    • Thorin resplendant in his armour might be a good idea for a future character portrait! You know, I actually love the look of the armour the dwarves wear in the old 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon version of the Hobbit. Something about their high peaked helms looks just epic to me. 🙂

  4. preludeinz says:

    Hahaha, the little point of his beard poking out the bottom of his helmet! Love it! I know the goldness of the outfit is the thrust of it, but I’m really a big fan of the brown tones. Ever since I picked up the Shoulders of the Swift Arrow, I’ve been trying to work together a set in gold and brown and ered luin blue. So far nothing’s quite meshing, but outfits like this inspire me to keep trying!

    • Ooh, I hope you will share pics when you get your gold/brown/blue outfit sorted out, it sounds like it will be very pretty!

      I’m glad you said that about the brown in the outfit, because I was tempted to use different, entirely gold pieces for the gloves and boots, but in the end I decided a blend was better. Hearing you reinforce it makes me think I made the right choice with this particular outfit — so thank you! 😀

  5. Iaksones says:

    Good outfit! Heavy armor outfits are the best.
    I like everything about this, including:
    – the helmet choice
    – pretty closely matching the leather portions under the metal in the chest, leggings, and gloves
    – how the dwarven shoulders and leggings work well for this character (look silly on my men of Dale)
    – the uncommonness of the chest piece. I’ve got one in my storage, waiting to be used. I think I might match it with the captain helegrod legging dyed white (except its a bad clashing of chainmail and scale).

    Looking forward to seeing more creations!

    • Thank you very much Iaksones and welcome! 😀

      I think the gold scales on the arms of the chest piece will help unify it with the captain Helegrod leggings and it will look great, you should go for it!

  6. Higiri of Gladden says:

    Do you remember where exactly you got that helmet?

    • Hi Higiri, unfortunately I don’t recall exactly where this one dropped. If I had to guess I would say level 51 – 65 zones. It might be helpful to check the auction house too, as people know its a desirable cosmetic and will put it up for sale.

      There is a helm with the same appearance called Head-cage that drops from Igash in the Grand Stairs, which you may be able to solo farm.

      I also have a funny feeling that you can get the same looking helm from a reputation barterer somewhere as well. I want to say maybe in Ost Galadh or Thangúlhad, but I’m not 100% sure. I’ll update if I can confirm that.

  7. Dainskaldir Ironskull says:

    Hi, can you tell me what is the name of that Helm and did you find it in Moria?

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