Well-dressed for a date with Algalon

When word went out that we were toying with the idea of doing Herald of the Titans in TTGF, a few thoughts immediately went through my head after I volunteered my priest, Grendan. I originally volunteered as shadow with a holy offspec as necessary, but now I'm just going to be holy on Algalon.

Which means my raid doesn't have to put up this this looming behind them.

Which means my raid doesn't have to put up with this looming behind them

  1. A holy priest? What am I, a madman? I haven't healed since playing a holy paladin in T11.
  2. What am I going to wear?!

Luckily, I can fix the second one. Grendan is a Scroll of Resurrection-boosted tauren priest, which meant that unlike usual (where I have to bemoan the fact that I did a lot of quests pre-transmog because now I can't go back and get those rewards) he had literally the entire game open to him to choose from. So I set myself a little challenge - other than the few green drops I legitimately got from killing things, to make a transmog outfit entirely of quest rewards. Mostly I didn't want to spend too much time on my Herald in old raids and dungeons and such when I could be spending time on him trying to actually gear him for the fight with Algalon - this is basically a little challenge to do in between gear runs.

One bad mothaSHUT YO MOUTH

Well, not only am I a mere five pieces from geared, last night I grabbed the last piece of his transmog outfit. Huzzah! This comes from all over the place, and unfortunately includes a few Horde-specific pieces, so it's not universal.

The hobo transmog game

Your local auction house's discount section is now your new wardrobe.

Yesterday, while bored, I played around with my newly-85 shaman's wardrobe a bit. I knew I was going to be entering dungeons with him soon (more for the JP than anything) and wanted to transmog his gear, as the level 85 greens and blues he came out of Twilight Highlands with were a bit... boring? His own selection was a bit low on variety (basically his level 80 gear and then some random junk I kept in case I decided to ever go enhancement), so I decided to play a little game: the Hobo Transmog Game. Now you can too!

  1. Go to the AH.
  2. For every moggable, visible piece of gear - if you don't usually use visible helmets and cloaks you might want to do so for variety and lulz - bring up that category on the AH, with the only criteria being a minimum of Uncommon quality.
  3. Buy the cheapest item. Don't look at it. Just buy it.
  4. Collect your new 'outfit', go to your friendly neighborhood ethereals, and transmog yourself into it.

Hobo pants!

This will often cost you no more a handful of gold (or less if you get lucky!), but it has all kinds of benefits.

  1. The results are often pretty humorous.
  2. You'll get to see items you might have never considered for an outfit otherwise.
  3. Occasionally you get some really neat matches - for instance, my shoulders and my cloak actually match really well, despite being totally random choices nearly 40 item levels apart, and could easily be the foundation of an orangish-gold "real" transmog outfit. The Mail Combat Headguard is also a really neat headband-style helmet, suitable for a lot of shaman-ish mogs.
  4. You might be providing gold to some lowbie trying to sell some random greens or something.
  5. Now you have blog post fodder.

Just for fun, after chatting about it on Twitter with Rades, I decided to see what would happen if he took his normally impeccably-dressed death knight for a spin. The results are... not totally awful!

Morgion looks like some kind of Undercity guard.

Those are actually some really neat axes - Morgion, in that outfit, would look like an NPC that I would not be totally surprised to see inside of an instance, or perhaps a questgiver of some kind.

So! Go forth, make hobo transmogs, take screenshots, write blog posts. Let's make the Hobo Transmog Game a thing! A fun thing!


Well, we all know my fashion sense is a little lacking (in-game as much as out, perhaps), but I do love a challenge. That's why I signed up for the Transmogolympics over on Amateur Azerothian. It seems like it'd pretty fun if you like mogging - creating nine outfits for the "medal events," plus a flagbearer sporting the tabard of the faction you've been randomly assigned (for me, that's Thunder Bluff!). No repeating race/sex combinations, either. Time to spend some quality time with MogIt and Model Viewer to produce outfits for:

  • Archery — an outfit built around a bow
  • Cycling — build a leather or mail outfit to compliment the Mekgineer's Chopper/Mechano-Hog
  • Discus — build an outfit around one of the discus shield designs
  • Equestrian — build an outfit to compliment one of the horse mounts, obeying faction restrictions (I know just the dead horse I'm going to flog for this one)
  • Fencing — build an outfit around the one-handed sword of your choice
  • Javelin — build an outfit around the polearm of your choice (gee, I wonder what I'll pick)
  • Hammer throw — build an outfit around the two-handed hammer of your choice
  • Wrestling — think less "Greco-Roman" and more "WWE" - take one of the championship belts and design an Azerothian pro-wrestler
  • Freestyle — build your own NPC!

Bag space intervention

And this is just part of the big picture


First off, I blame Rades.

After seeing his post about Goblinventory I couldn't very well not give it a try, so that's just what I did. It's quick enough - especially now that they have a 'show/hide all' button so I was able to just hide my entire duplicate bank and inventory - and produces a really nice-looking page of your inventory. In fact, here's Zulfon's.


The Bloodsail Sash is listed as a consumable for some reason. It doesn't even have an on-use effect... But this isn't Goblinventory's fault - it's actually categorized as a consumable by Wowhead, andb the reason for that is because that's what WoW thinks it is. I don't even know sometimes.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (But Mostly Statistics)

† If you've never seen the Acherus Knight's Girdle in action: it takes the texture of the top portion of whatever leg-piece you're using. It does produce a very, very faint line which you can usually only see on armor with no waist, like in this screenshot; for all intents and purposes, the Acherus Knight's Girdle is an invisible belt. This is a godsend for transmogrification.

†† Why yes, I do have two bags no longer available in the game, thanks for noticing.


  • I don't know why I have two Violet Signets; in the time since I took this inventory snapshot, I've deleted one of them.
  • If you look carefully, the set of armor I was using when I stopped raiding ICC is in there. Part's in void storage, one very important piece is in my bank.
  • My entire set of Bloodsail Admiral gear is also in there. I used to have a Speedsteel Rapier/Blackwater Cutlass to go with it, but both of the swords seem to have vanished.
  • I also don't know why I have all those tabards. I'm pretty sure I can dispose of the Northrend and city tabards by now, except Silvermoon City (I actually am working on that rep still). I occasionally wear the Sporeggar tabard to raids.
  • I love Master Builder's Shirt; it is, as far as I can tell, one of the only black shirts without any fancy-schmancy doodads on it, and which actually looks black. I'd like to have the Sawbones Shirt, but I've been farming it for two years. It isn't gonna drop. Also wouldn't complain about Precious' Ribbon.
  • I've got a chunk of a Sulfuron Hammer in there; I'm just missing 5 Sulfuron Ingots, all the Dark Iron and Blood of the Mountain, and the Eye of Ragnaros. No biggie, right?


I seriously need new bags. Netherweave? Really? I have a 525 tailor - this is just sad.

Now that's an axe

Zulfon 'wielding' Bloodmoon

I've been swapping between a few transmogrification weapons lately. I tend to go back to the Burning Crusade era, as some of the weapons that previously just looked outlandish and clowny now look kind of cool and exotic and just plain neat - heck, consider two-handed axes, the example I'm showing above - out of one expansion, we got the Crow Wing Reaper, the Axe of the Nexus-Kings, and The Blade of Harbingers. However, I had my sights set a little higher: namely, the pinnacle of axe-spec blacksmithing, Bloodmoon.

With a little help from my guildies tonight, as well as two straight hours of running around Outland sucking up clouds, I was able to pull it off, and now the weapon that goes with one of my almost-complete transmog sets (which Narci has been very patiently assembling for me because she is my transmog fairy) is complete, and it looks damn good. It's like someone decided that what axes really needed was more axes. The fancy moon symbol is pretty neat, as well. What can I say - it's just a fine-looking blade, and not one I've seen anyone else running around with (nor, for that matter, have I seen any Stunheralds lately). While I'm kind of sad that the specialization recipes are totally unlearnable now, I'm kind of happy that I have this pretty unique two-handed axe for transmogging purposes down the road - and that I can check one off of my list of end-of-expansion goals.