Plate Transmog: Shattered Hand (Alliance Paladin)

Plate Transmog - Shattered Hand - DisplayHead:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Doomed Crown of Lei Shen
Shoulders:  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Valorous Aegis Shoulderguards (Paladin Only)
Back: N/A
Chest:   World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal  Shattered Hand Breastplate
Hands: Vendor - Gold  Gauntlets of Living Obsidium
Waist: Vendor - Gold  Studded Girdle of Virtue

Legs:   Vendor - Honor Points Grievous Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates
Feet:   Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Locksmasher Greaves 

Main-Hand:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Beazel’s Basher 
Off-Hand:  Vendor - Gold  Protector of Frigid Souls

View the whole set on Wowhead.

Okay, so this started life as a golden paladin transmog but, uh, somehow it’s less Jamie Lannister and more “I have a chandelier on my head and I am without shame.”

I’ll admit, though, I’m frustrated about the lack of consistency in the shades of gold. The boots, for example, work on a dwarf because of her shorter stature, but when the taller races are in play I’m not sure the proportions still work. I’m also not 100% about  Vendor - Gold  Protector of Frigid Souls. Ugh.

Anyone have any better ideas? Let me know in the comments.

Mail Transmog: Banded Armor

Mail Transmog - Banded Armor - Female Blood ElfHead: Vendor - Honor Points Titan-Forged Chain Helm of Triumph
Shoulders: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Spaulders of Incoherence
Back: Quest Reward Wolfsfur Greatcloak (Horde Only)
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Banded Armor
Hands: Quest Reward Prankster’s Fingers
Waist:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Banded Girdle
Legs: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Deathscale Leggings
Feet: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Steelmaw’s Stompers 

Main-Hand: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Expert’s Longbow
Off-Hand: N/A

View the whole set on Wowhead.

So again, there’s something a little unfair about tagging an outfit as “Shaman-friendly” when the model is carrying around a hulking great bow in all the example images. But apart from that — and, let’s face it, finding a replacement by way of a large bronze stick with spikes coming out of it isn’t especially hard — this mail transmog set is free of class-specific and faction-specific limitations, thank heavens for that.Mail Transmog - Banded Armor - Back

Quest Reward Wolfsfur Greatcloak (Horde Only)

Okay, apart from that one.

The cloak is a quest reward from Frostfire Ridge, a zone that stubbornly insists on being the stomping ground of the Horde. If you’re Alliance and Durotan’s not willing to give you the time of day, or you’re a Hordie whose already quested through Frostfire Ridge because, well, who hasn’t these days, you’re out of luck.

What can I say, kids? Better luck next time.

Leather Transmog: Peerless Armor

clothtransmog-peerless-humanHead: N/A
Shoulders: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Forgotten Mantle of the Moon
Back: N/A
Chest: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Peerless Armor
Hands: Quest Reward Holdout Gloves
Waist: Quest Reward Beastrider Belt
Legs: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Warbear Woolies
Feet: Quest Reward Overgrowth Cutter Boots

Main-Hand: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Growthshaper Spellblade
Off-Hand: N/A

Check out the whole set on Wowhead.

Have you ever seen that movie, the one with the muscular, bronzed Adonis decked in animal skins, an enchanted sword at his side and a cadre of tamed attack dinosaurs at his back? You probably haven’t, because it is awful and also I made it up, but if you had, you’d know the main character dressed something like this.

It’s a little bit gladiator and a little bit walking fashion disaster. It’s the second of my series of transmog sets intended to be skimpy on both male and female toons and is a great choice if you’re the sort of person who likes wrestling dragons with your bare hands.

For a hint of extra gladitorial badassery, check out the covered face helm the Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Gaze of the Somber Keeper.

Cloth Transmog: Heroes’ Frostfire Shoulderpads (Alliance Mage)

Cloth Transmog - Heroes' Frostfire - Draenei

Sorry, boys. This dress is a hot mess on male toons. If you don’t like it, write to Blizzard and ask for — no, demand — equal opportunity sexiness.

Head: N/A
Shoulders: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Heroes’ Frostfire Shoulderpads (Mages)
Back: N/A
Chest: Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Vestments of the Shifting Sands
Hands:Vendor - Gold Sterile Flesh-Handling Gloves
Waist: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Cord of Meditation (Alliance)
Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery
Feet:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Outlander’s Boots

Main-Hand: Vendor - Gold Searing Sunblade
Off-Hand:  Vendor - Gold Ward of the Violet Citadel

Check out the whole set on Wowhead.

And the persnickety “Mage’s Only” sticker once again rears its ugly head. I was really hoping — praying, even, to the Light and just about anything else that would listen — thatVendor - Gold Frostfire Shoulderpads, available on the Black Market Auction House to any cloth-wearing player with the coin, would share  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Heroes’ Frostfire Shoulderpads‘s skin. But alas, the original Frostfire shoulders are blue, not peach, making this cloth transmog set one more sacrifice at the altar of well-dressed wizardry.

Well, well-dressed Alliance wizardry, anyway, because the Horde version of  Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Cord of Meditation is, again, entirely the wrong colour. Of course, a creative Horde mage could probably find an alternate belt and maintain the soul of the set. If you’re a Horde player who’s not creative, let me know, and I’ll try banging my head against that particular wall myself.

Oh, and  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery is actually a BoE rare drop from a rare that can be found loping around Pandaria, so make sure you know what you’re killing before you start to grind. And yeah, on most toons, you’re going to see a sliver of black where the top of the stockings peeks out from behind the dress. It’s frustrating, but, so far as I can tell, there are no pants available that will be completely invisible with this dress model.

Plate Transmog: Durotan’s Battle Harness (Warrior)

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Head: N/A
Shoulders: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Rusted Bonespike Pauldrons
Back: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Cape of Three Lanterns EDIT: Oops. Try  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Dirl’s Drafty Drape instead.
Chest: Vendor - Gold Durotan’s Battle Harness
Hands: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal  Ornate Mithril Gloves
Waist: Vendor - Gold Girdle of Many Blessings
Legs: Garrison Reward Oathsworn Legguards (Warrior)
Feet: Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Treads of Crushed Flesh / Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes

Main-Hand: Vendor - Gold Greatsword of Forlorn Visions
Off-Hand: N/A

Check out the whole set on Wowhead.

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Yeah, the set looks great on her, too. But that night elf, man. I’m just saying.

I spend a lot of time churning out new ways to create scantily clad women on this site. In my defence, it’s not like it’s hard. Blizzard has graciously given us all sorts of fun gear for female toons to work with. If a woman wants to Brienne of Tarth it up in full plate one day and prance around in a largely impractical plate bikini the next, she can. And it’s awesome.

But what I haven’t done, and what Blizzard makes it very hard to do, is focus on sexy guys. Where are my plate man-kinis, people? I sometimes joke “Write to your congressman!” when talking about how gear displays differently on male and female toons, but I’m actually kind of serious. If guys are your thing and you want something skimpy, your options are limited.

So, every once and a while, I’m going to try to do something about that.

Anyway, anybody who’s quested their way through Frostfire Ridge knows that Durotan is a sexy dude (you know, if you’re in to elaborate beards and wolf stink), so it stands to reason that we’d turn to Vendor - Gold Durotan’s Battle Harness — one of the few pieces of revealing male plate available in game — for our inaugural effort to even the sexy transmog playing field.

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It’s almost like he has a bullseye on his lower back. o_o

Can I just say, Garrison Reward Oathsworn Legguards (Warrior) — a potential drop from a Level 3 Salvage Yard — sits lower on the hips than any plate legs I’ve ever seen? I went with Vendor - Gold Girdle of Many Blessings because it’s delicate to the point of almost looking more like jewelry than your average belt and, depending on the race you’re looking at, the end result is anywhere from attractive to almost obscene.

You’ll notice that this set includes a cloak. That’s optional, but I’ve included it for a reason. The back plate of  Vendor - Gold Durotan’s Battle Harness, as modeled by Wowhead’s male human, is green, which doesn’t exactly work with our vaguely scandelous purple. But it doesn’t not work, either. So if you like the green, or have the hair to cover it, go ahead and skip the cloak. You’re good.

If this set still isn’t showing enough skin for you, the  Garrison Reward Oathsworn Legguards just below the knees. If you’ve got a pair of Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes lying around, you’re good to go.