I just wanted to share how proud I am of myself for making my first piece of epic gear for Kaliope, my druid. It feels like quite an accomplishment, considering how hard it was to reach 375 in Leatherworking just to unlock the epic recipes. I'm glad that Blizzard gave me at least one item I could make that didn't require a Primal Nether, because I totally don't have one. That would be very disappointing to work hard for the level cap and then have nothing to make. Although I suppose most folks wouldn't bother skilling up if they didn't have something specific they wanted to make.
At any rate, it took me another week to collect more Primal Air so I could make my Windhawk Bracers. I also needed Wind Scales, which I had to farm for. Luckily I found a nice spot in Blade's Edge where I could wander around and kill the wind serpents without dealing with too many annoying adds. Directly to the east of Death's Door is a spot with stealthing spiders, raptors and serpents. They are 65-67, so a level 70 can walk around most of the critters without aggro if they are careful. I liked this place better than most places I've seen wind serpents, because there are more of them packed into a small area. Most other spots I've investigated are very spread out and a low ratio of serpents (Skald/Cosmowrench).
Now I realize I could have just gone to the AH and bought all this stuff, but I just don't like to do that. I'm more of a crafting purist, so it kinda feels like cheating if I don't farm my own materials when I'm making myself a really special piece of armor. Although I have to admit I did cheat a little, I got impatient after farming half the Primal Airs. It doesn't help that I'm also farming Primal Air with Korlyn so she can make Felsteel Whisper Knives to skill up her Smithing. I was getting a little tired of killing air mobs... sorry. Since I needed to do some fishing anyway, I farmed water motes instead. I was able to get some Primal Waters, so I decided to sell those and use the cash to buy the remaining Primal Airs. I still farmed, just not the exact ingredients for my item. Still kinda cheating, but I feel a little better about myself.
On a side note, I took Krystella (Jewelcrafter/Rogue) to Black Morass and finally completed the last step of the Kara chain with her. Much to our surprise, a Primal Nether dropped from the last boss there. It was soooo hard not to roll on that thing! Poor Kaliope was crying in agony for the Windhawk Belt she would have been able to make, but for one Primal Nether :(
So what about you guys... how do you feel about crafting for your own toons? Prefer to farm the mats or just buy them? Feel free to comment about your lost Nethers too, lol.