Transmog Spotlight: Thranduilor (aka LEE PACE)

Thranduil from the recent Hobbit movies is an utterly perfect character to emulate for a Fabulor transmog. Haughty, arrogant, confident...and above all else, an overwhelming sense of superiority. Does a more appropriate character inspiration for Fabmog even exist? I think not.

Something funny about this transmog - even though it's absolutely based off Thranduil, I actually didn't try to match either of his two iconic movie outfits (his shimmering metallic robes and his gleaming silvery battle plate). Instead, I tried to capture his personality. Ornate, elegant white steel with soft, regal gold highlights. Streamlined, nothing too bulky. Sleek and round lines - no spikes or skulls here!

I DID try to capture some of the feel from his battle armor, though, which is why Fabulor's shoulders, chestpiece and legs all have the same style of overlapping metal plates that Thranduil wears when he's going into battle.

Thranduil doesn't use a shield, but Fabulor does, so an appropriately decorative, shiny selection was required. As for his weapon, you may be surprised I went with such a simple model, but after careful consideration I decided that the blade's gentle curve and lack of a handguard were the most important features to emphasize.

Head: Rhinestone Sunglasses (Blingtron 4000 or Auction House)
Shoulders: Justicar Pauldrons (Gruul's Lair)
Cloak: Icy Cloak (Tailoring)
Chest: Chestplate of Arcane Volatility (Twin Ogrons, Normal difficulty)
Tabard: Golden Lotus Tabard (Exalted with Golden Lotus)
Hands: Gauntlets of the Heavy Hand (The Butcher, Normal difficulty)
Waist: Sunsoul Girdle (Salvage Yard)
Legs: Ravenskar Legplates (BoE)
Feet: Mosscrusher Sabatons (Brackenspore, Normal difficulty)

Weapon: Viking Sword (BoE)
Shield: Protective Barricade of the Light (Vendor)

Finally, why the Rhinestone Sunglasses? Well, the movie fans have really latched onto Thranduil, and there is COUNTLESS fanart and cosplay of Thranduil sporting pink shutter shades and being called "Party King Thranduil". And honestly, this is way too funny not to run with.

Now yes, TECHNICALLY you can't actually transmog into the Sunglasses. Which is a shame! But that's okay. I just wear them whenever I can, including during ready checks, so my entire raid team gets to see Party King Fabulor.

I've only accidentally done a fight while wearing them once (so far). But hey. That's the price of looking good.

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    I like the shields from the Shattered Sun Offensive for a lot of paladin transmogs, and I think that the yellower model would work well with this look too

    January 29, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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    OMG that last shot is money!

    January 29, 2015 at 9:32 AM

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    So fun!

    January 29, 2015 at 2:48 PM

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    LOL I spent most of that post thinking why have you spelt Thranduil's name WRONG...

    My face is covered in slapmarks from all the facepalming.

    But, I am embarrassed to say that I did find Thranduil enticingly attractive, though I did like his darker shaggy look in Twilight also... YES I DID WATCH IT.

    Though you are right, Fabulor is a perfect character to transmog for Thranduil. I almost transferred the infatuation... almost.

    January 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM