Friday, May 8, 2015

A complaint post.

     This post is full of complaining and possibly somewhat unreasonable irritation. I don't think it is unreasonable but being the one who is irritated I wouldn't. You've been warned. This isn't a post about the things I feel are wrong with Warlords. Others have expressed those things far better and more eloquently than me: Grumpy Elf and Misdirections to name a very few. This is about one very specific and probably silly thing: Male blood elf models.
    I have been trying so hard to like these new models, I've been staring at them since the patch and trying to find the things I like in them. There are things. They're not 100% bad. But this post isn't even about how much I hate the facial proportions. This is about the fact that in places these models are flat out broken.
     This first one is perhaps a minor quibble, but still something I feel should never have made it into live as it is. This is a very iconic Blood Elf hair style. Lor'themar himself wears it.But the hair clips into the cheek and ear every time they turn their heads while idling. There are several helmets that aren't usable any more due to clipping issues: Veils that clip through the nose, circlets that clip into the forehead, but armor clipping has always been a thing, annoying as it is. This, though, that's his hair, I don't feel like it should clip into him that way, especially not during something as basic as just standing around.

     The next one is the thing that upsets me most. This is a screenshot I took today while Aug was out trapping. This isn't the first time I noticed this issue because I've been staring at it since the beta. It was posted about multiple times in the forums before they ever went live. But every time I go out to trap or do dungeons or anything where Aug does that thing that hunters do and runs and shoots at the same time... I get to see this:
     This isn't okay. It's not something about models moving that way, my male night elf  doesn't have this problem. I don't know if the female blood elves do, but it makes it very hard to enjoy playing my hunter when I keep noticing this. We don't get to have flying mounts this expansion because 'immersion'. What do you suppose this does to 'immersion'?
     This next one is a minor quibble. I've got a little male night elf, Tyndellan. He uses the hairstyle that's equivalent to Tai's. And since the model update it's awesome. His braids sway when he moves and when he jumps they do this:
     When male night elf new models went live and I saw this I was so excited. I couldn't wait for Tai's hair to get this update. Here's a screenshot of what Tai's hair does when he jumps... and when he stands... and when he does... anything:
     Nothing. It's glued to him or something. Which it was in the old models too and which I probably wouldn't mind if I hadn't seen what it could be.
     There is a lot more. I could probably rant on this for a while, but I think this is enough. I will just say though, that we waited longer for our model update than anybody else and I feel extremely insulted that what we got in the end is flat out broken in ways I haven't noticed in any other models. It makes it worse that I looked at the patch notes and didn't see anything about blood elves getting any tweaks at all, unlike the other races who had a lot of minor problems that had gone live fixed entirely by those.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Darnassus Hunter Transmog: Tyl

     Tyl's been going through several different mogs since hitting 100. Most of them just thrown together with things I happened to have. His current mog  was almost entirely an accident, born of pieces I picked up running ICC 25m and the desire to make something around one of the new leafy bow models. It was only after I finished it that I realized that not only does it accidentally match his favorite corehound pet but that he also fits pretty well with his tabard and home city. So here's the Night Elf equivalent of Aug's Silvermoon Archer transmog. A hunter of Darnassus:

     Head: Steadfast Coronet
     Shoulders: Saurok Spaulders
     Chest: Carapace of Forgotten Kings
     Waist: Nerub'ar Stalker's Cord
     Hands: Pulverizing Grips
     Legs: Leggings of Northern Lights
     Feet: Treads of the Wasteland
     Bow: Skettis Bow
     Cape: Sapmaster's Cloak

The gloves could possibly be a better match, but I loved the model for these so much that I had to use them. They just look so right for archery to me. The cape has far more blue in it than the rest but it matches Tyl's coloring and is another piece I couldn't resist an excuse for using even if maybe I could have picked a better match.

Here it is without the tabard:

And from the back:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

100s 5,6 and 7 and some of the other stuff.

     I've been busy in game since the last time I posted. Not long after Rothorin and his priest friend got together and managed to knock out the last two levels they needed.
     I'd leveled him as Brewmaster and been working on setting up his bars and learning some tricks, so of course when I hit 100 I did what I usually do as one of my first tasks(after getting a bunch of garrison stuff under construction) and went to pay the Proving Grounds a visit. I didn't expect it to go well. The only tank I consider myself to be kind of good at playing is a paladin. Imagine my surprise then when I one-shot the bronze challenge. And the even greater surprise that followed when I did the same with silver. I don't even feel like I entirely know what I'm doing on Rothorin as Brewmaster but he had and easier time of Proving Grounds than Rim.
     A few days after I took Tyl through a couple of dungeons to pick up the last level he needed.
     I was happy to finally get him to 100. I still think of him as my Alliance main and it felt wrong having him wait around so long before hitting max level. 
     This left my account oddly symmetrical as far as maxed characters go. Holy Paladin, Beast Mastery Hunter, and Brewmaster Monk on Alliance, Protection Paladin, Survival Hunter, Mistweaver Monk on Horde. My Horde leanings wouldn't let that stand very long and as luck would have it Seish and I finally managed to catch SprYte's Rozae and grab some levels for them. Lots of laughter and ridiculous selfies happened.
     This one is probably my favorite. A rare dropped a cloth dress and Seish talked Rozae into wearing it. Then took a selfie with him and laughed. Nice, Seish, really nice. But somehow amidst all their goofing they hit 100 too.
     Here's another Seish selfie in less mismatched armor, enjoying his newly leveled garrison. The plan is to follow Shoryl's Plan here only with Blood Elves rather than dwarves. Seish is a little bit of a racist anyhow so if he can get away with mostly working with his own people... he will. So far recruitment has been a bit frustrating. He's at 5/25 belfs. Aug is having far better luck at the same project and has 8/25
     And in between that and the increased garrison chores (They add up even if I usually only do profession cooldowns on most of them) I've had a few other happy moments. Seish got the achievement for 3000 quests and not long after finally got his fortieth exalted reputation (I think he's still missing some of the Pandaria ones Rim and Tai did). For one thing... Tome's Cat had a pet shelter post and Tyl was lucky enough to be given this charming fellow: 
     Thanks so much, to Cat and her pet shelter. I promise he'll have a good home. And on a particularly miserable day for me Helke whispered out of the blue to tell me she had a goodie for me. Tai flew straight over to Durotar to meet a young orc who gave him the pet from Sunwell I'd been most excited over.
     Not sure why I was so excited over it... it's creepy, especially with a pet biscuit making it almost life sized. But I still am. Thanks so much for brightening my day, Helke.
     And then I been working on some alts. Not the 90s patiently waiting to be leveled to 100. Oh no... other alts. Poor Vaelanys had been sitting at 75 in Dalaran for probably a year at least. Between his enlightenment buff and a full set of heirlooms, though it took no time at all for him to find himself in Draenor. 
     Why do I need another blood elf Mistweaver? Why not. He lives on an RP server and I love being over there now and again. That is probably the main reason that when I made the mage I will actually finish leveling he went to hang out with Vaelanys on his server. I'm not sure why he ended up being a fire mage, but he did and so far it's delightfully explosive.
Tanesryl. This selfie sums up his personality really well, except that it was before he'd leveled enough to transmog his heirlooms into something more stylish. He looks much better at level 44.

Monday, March 2, 2015

28 Days of WoW Love recap and a couple days of #AzerothMadHatters.

February doesn't seem to have been the best month for me with posting anything, for any number of reasons, but I loved Mataoka's 28 days of WoW love idea. So here's a small and not too screenshot heavy recap of a few of the things I love most in WoW:
     This really silly selfie of Rim and hubby's mage Syri complete with background photobomber sums up a lot of it really well. I love blood elves and paladins. I love the people I get to play with, not just hubby and the people I know in real life, but the wonderful people I've met through the game that I wouldn't otherwise get to know. I love the combination of silly and serious that Azeroth can be. I love transmog and the fact that it lets Rim constantly wear this suit of armor that just exemplifies paladin for me. I love screenshots.
     Of course I also love hunter pets:
And doing old raids for fun.
And mounts.

And now on to the slight more negative things:
AzerothMadHatters(1):
Looting awesome stuff on characters that can't equip it. Aug couldn't equip the Warglaive of Azzinoth he looted for a screenshot. So just enjoy this epic moon shot instead.

AzerothMadHatters(2)
The fact that so many of my male nelf selfies (nelfies?) turn out like this because for some reason closed eyelids don't entirely block their eye glow. It makes timing it for the expression I want at least three times as hard. :( (On a more positive note Tyndellan has some truly awesome fangs and I love that.)

Friday, February 27, 2015

What I've been up to. And selfies.

     I seem to find plenty to keep me busy in game even if a lot of it is running garrisons. Leveling is going a bit slow for some of the things I really wanted to level because some are waiting on leveling partners with less time when I have time. But Aug, who didn't get to see much action in MoP stepped up to get in some solo leveling time. He's 100 number four.
     He's got his level three barn up and running and is having a much easier time soloing it than poor Tai did when he tried. But then he's a hunter. It's what they do. Leveling at a somewhat slower pace made it nice having resources and mission rewards aplenty waiting for him. It took a day to get him ready to go into LFR, though he hasn't been around to doing it yet.
     Ailluuya's been working on her healing... I've been putting in some practice and thought to go do some practice on gold proving grounds the other evening. I've never spent much time in the proving grounds past silver. I'd done a few attempts on her for practice toward the beginning of the expansion, but I tended to panic a little bit and fail around wave five. So I was extremely surprised when my practice run turned into this:
In a single attempt. Practice helps.
   

      I'm still not happy with the blood elf male models. I was hoping right up until I saw them in live that the things I had a problem with would be fixed. I wasn't the only one. In the feedback forum most of the feedback on the male models was the same things I had to say. It's not just the problems with the face proportions and how little they look like they used to. I kept hoping that the things like Aug's sidelocks clipping into his face even when he's just idling and Tai's braids not moving at all and clipping into his chest more than the originals would get taken care of. Tai has the same hairstyle as Nelf Tyndellan does, only Tyndellan's braids move and flop when he jumps and Tai's don't. I'm holding out a little bit of hope that that might yet get a tweak but I'm a bit afraid I'm stuck with the faces that I just hate.
     On a more positive note I found unexpected enjoyment in the Selfie camera. I thought it was such a stupid idea when it was announced. I didn't think I would like it at all, but I've taken so many character selfies. I should have known that it was another way of taking screenshots and I love taking screenshots. So here are a few of my favorites so far:

Seish just getting ready to command some missions. Not sure how happy Zog is with him. I -am- sure that Seish doesn't care at all. 
Ailuuya sadly realized she was too tall to take really good selfies with her handsome paladin follower. She tried anyhow.


Aug and Servius posing for the camera. I think this is my favorite so far. Many many shots were taken to get this right.


Tyl and Snowthorn look pretty awesome (and so serious) with the sketch filter.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This week in screenshots

     You don't want to be the goren that interrupts Rim at a mining node. You just don't.

"Someone get this puppy off my command table!  I need to see the maps... Oh alright, never mind, it can stay." Tai's kind of a sucker for little ones of all shapes and sizes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Male Blood Elves.

     It took me a while to get the PTR working but I finally got to go in and have a look. I looked at Thera too, but plenty of people have gone over the changes to female Blood Elves so I'll just skip right to the guys.
    I -really- want to like the new models. This is my favorite race to play and most of my favorite characters are male Blood Elves, so I feel like I'm trying maybe a little too hard to look at these in a positive light. There are things I love. New animations are more fluid... the run's a little different but not the goofy run the male Night Elves had been saddled with (and which they fixed in the PTR, Huzzah!). The new hands look great, the body is really well done, definitely an upgrade. But the faces... well...
     I understand that they're not done. They're all apparently using the same geometry right now and so I am -really- hoping that all the things I really dislike in this new face will be confined to one option and not over all of them the way they are now. Now we get image heavy, and we'll start with the one I feel most okay with.
     Here's Rim, the perfect knight.
Live

PTR
     He seems close. A little crankier than I think he looks in live maybe but the beard and hair do a good job evening out any flaws in the facial structure, so I think I can live with this for him, though I wish he looked less frowny.
     It's all progressively downhill from here. Here's Laen, the gentle one:
Live
PTR
     I really like his hair. It's beautiful. So very beautiful. But he looks so cranky and arrogant that I have a hard time seeing my Laen in him.
     I can't decide which of these last two bothers me more. Here's Tai:
Live
PTR
     First of all I think Tai's face is my favorite of the male Blood Elf faces in Live. It's certainly the one that's right for him. It looks dignified, strong, not as young as some of the others but still handsome. I like the set of his mouth.
     The PTR version looks nothing like that... it's got the problem all the PTR faces have... which is next to no lips, cheeks that are a bit too wide and a mouth set too far up the face. It doesn't look like Tai. I do like the hair, except for the fact that it doesn't move. Tyndellan has the night elven version of the same hair and his braids sway a little when he moves and actually lift and fall again when he jumps. Tai's never move, they may as well be solid. I hope that'll get fixed before it goes Live but even if it does I don't know if I can live with that face... and none of them are enough different from it right now for me to fix it. I really hope that's going to change.
     And then there's Seish:
Live
PTR
     His hair looks neat. I think that that... and the fact that this one makes it really easy to pick out the stuff that's the problem with all the male blood elf faces in the PTR right now is about the extent of what I can say that's positive. This one makes it pretty obvious to me that I think the eyes are maybe a tiny bit too small. Not a deal breaker by istself. But he's got too much chin. I feel like the nose could be a bit longer and the mouth a bit lower on the face and it would be fine.
     But it's not. He looks insufferable and smug, even beyond the amounts of sort of insufferable and smug that he actually is, and that's saying something. I want to like these models. I'm okay with Rim's. I could work on being okay with Laen's but Tai and Seish... I have a really hard time with. All I can say is that I hope they're listening to what little feedback has been given on the male blood elves and that they'll change up the facial structure a bit for all of them and then make them different.
     I do have to wonder what it is with Blizzard and putting giant chins on everybody. I'm not freaking out right now, I'm reminding myself that they're still working on things and that hopefully they'll tweak stuff to make them better before they go live. I'll happily wait another month or so for that. And they -did- fix the male night elf run, so there's hope.