I'm sure many players will be building Tier sets for their new look, but I think some folks will want to break out of that mold. Whether it's about role-playing their toon or just striking a different aesthetic, there could be room for some crafted goodies in the mix. For me, I actually prefer some of the simpler models over the elaborate raid art. Plus, some of the basic gear gives you an opportunity to build a look with a unique personality. As I was flipping through some of the official hunter and druid sets I really had a hard time finding something that I really felt excited about. Maybe I'm just too girly for the artwork that has predominated WoW, but most of the tier sets were just meh to me.
On the other hand, I've always had some personal faves in the crafted gear. So I thought I'd put together a set of posts that showcase the attractive and more interesting items from various professions. In this post I'm going to talk about Leatherworking. Since my main is a druid, this is the gear she'd be looking at. Also, Leatherworking covers four different classes so I think it has the largest pool of potential shoppers.
First, I'd like to call out a few awesome helms that would be fun to build a gear set around. First, we have the Wolfshead Helm, an iconic item from classic WoW:
Next I'll draw your attention to an item from Burning Crusade, the Stylin' Purple Hat. There are actually a few variations on this look, but these "pimp" hats are so unique that I think they have a lot of potential to build a look around:
Another fun hat to use would be the Comfortable Leather Hat. This is a very nice, fishing-style hat:
Finally, I found this really pretty bandit hood, also from Burning Crusade . The Windscale Hood would look amazing with an appropriate Rogue set that's lacking a good helm:
Moving on to some of the "sets" that Leatherworkers can make, most of these are not full armor sets. This might be a problem for some players, but I think most could be paired with some neutral items for a solid look.
The first set I want to highlight is the Warbear Set, which consists of just two items. But what items! For any guy out there who likes his gals a little tough, this set is going to draw attention. You can see in this image that you're getting a very skimpy top with a bikini bottom. Pair this with some black boots and gloves and you have a really good "trashy" look ;)
The next set I want to show you is the Voodoo Set. There are four items in this set but you really just a robe and a mask. These two items are so distinctive that you don't really need more pieces to achieve the look. If you've ever wanted to look like the pygmy gnomes, this outfit is for you:
Another very unique look can be achieved by using the Ironfeather/Windhawk sets. The Ironfeather set is a tunic and shoulder piece, seen here:
If you're a pre-WotLK Leatherworker, you can mix in some items from the Windhawk set such as the bracers and belt. Or for a slightly different look, you can add the Feathered Breastplate. Here are some pics of those items:
Another dominatrix-inspired look can be achieved by wearing the Wicked Leather set. There are a good number of items in this set, although I personally didn't think the belt matched very well. If you agree, you can swap in the Guardian Belt or Dark Leather Belt (Guardian is the one pictured).
A classic rogue look by reader-request is the Stormshroud set. Sadly the boots that match this set are no longer available in-game. Also, most of the drop recipes are no longer dropping. However, if you can find an old-school LW to make it, you're in business. I've paired the set with a plain BOE shoe (Dandred or Aboraz):
I also found a few random items that I thought might be useful to include in a look. The first item is the Black Whelp Tunic that would be helpful for a rogue set (or other "ninja" style set):
The next top is one that I have always loved. I made it for Kaliope when she was a wee lass and I was sad to give it up. The Moonglow Vest is a pretty purple top with a nice slinky look to it. If you want to show off your curves, this top would be a good place to start:
Another piece that could be helpful when building an outfit is the Deviate Scale Gloves. These gloves have an attractive fingerless style with a pretty purple design. They could be a good accent piece for an outfit that has bulky, unappealing set gloves (namely, all of them):
The above items are all leather gear that would be used by Rogues and Druids. Leatherworkers can also make mail armor for Shamans and Hunters. Sadly there's not as many fun items in the mail catalogue, but there are a handful of looks that can be achieved with mail.
The first item I was to share is another of the "stylin" series. This is the Stylin' Crimson Hat, a recolored version of the leather hat that's available for mail wearers:
One of the mini-sets that's available for hunters is the Felstalker set. This is from the Burning Crusade era and has three pieces. What I love about these items is their vibrant red color, something you don't see much of in the hunter tier sets:
Two sets from classic WoW are the Heavy Scorpid and Tough Scorpid gear. These items use basically the same artwork, with the Tough Scorpid being a slight color variation on the look:
Another set that I personally like is the Black Dragonscale set from classic WoW. You get enough items here to make almost a full look:
A couple of mini-sets from the Ahn'Qiraj era are the Sandstalker and Spitfire gear from the Cenarion Circle faction. The Sandstalker in particular is a very eye-catching aquatic color scheme paired with seriously skimpy styling:
Finally, I spotted this tunic from the WotLK collection that I thought had a nice design to it:
This is just some of the more unique and interesting pieces I found in the Leatherworking catalogue. I hope it gives you some ideas for sets you can build that fall outside of the overblown "buff" look that most of our Tier armor tends to follow. With Transmogrification you can finally say something meaningful about your character and who they are. I don't know about you, but I see a lot more personality in some of these items than what we get in the official armor sets.
Feel free to post your own ideas below and make suggestions of other items I've missed. We can even add them to the gallery!