My Favourite Locations in World of Warcraft

My Favourite World of Warcraft Locations

There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!

 

World of Warcraft: Ashenvale

Ashenvale

Classic

 

I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Crystalsong Forest

Crystalsong Forest

Wrath of the Lich King

The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: The Dreamgrove

The Dreamgrove

Legion

The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉

 

 

World of Warcraft: Eversong Woods

 

Eversong Woods

The Burning Crusade

The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Mount Hyjal

Mount Hyjal

Cataclysm

Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Nagrand

 

Nagrand

The Burning Crusade

Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Suramar

Suramar

Legion

Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vale of Eternal Blossoms

The Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Val 'Sharah

Val’Sharah

Legion

 

Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vortex Pinnacle

Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds

Cataclysm

This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.

 


 

How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!

If you liked the screenshots and would like to see more then take a peek at my Screenshot Gallery for more!

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5 TV Shows I Would Un-Cancel

5 Tv Shows I wish I could un-cancel

Grabbing one that I missed in May for this week as it’s something I feel pretty strongly about! Cancelled shows is something that really gets me going. As a Brit, I’ve tuned into a new US show and fell in love with it – only to find out half way through that it’s been cancelled. It’s gotten to the point now where I check new shows for cancellation if only 1 season is listed on IMDB. It’s only really been in the last decade that fantasy and supernatural TV Shows have become popular and before that you could guarantee that any geeky TV Show that came about was likely to be cancelled ASAP. I distinctly remember the excitement of hearing about Supernatural when it first came out, and hoping like hell it didn’t get cancelled.

There’s a lot of shows that have ended, that I will always miss, however, this list is reserved for those I feel never really got a shot, had more to tell or left loads of unanswered questions.

 

 

Shows I'd like to un-cancel - Primeval: New World

Primeval: New World

… follows a specialized team of animal experts and scientists that investigates the

appearance of temporal anomalies and battles both prehistoric and futuristic creatures.

I was sad to see the original Primeval go, so when it was announced that there was a new one in a new country, with all new characters and Andrew Lee Potts’ character would be popping up – yeah, I was super hyped. I loved Primeval: New World and the characters; the cast was fantastic! But I’ve still not finished the final two episodes. It’s a typical case of ‘I don’t want it to end’ which seems to plague me when it comes to the final episodes and seasons of some shows. I had so many unanswered questions already, and from my experience watching the original Primeval I know the season finale is just going to make me scream with the frustration of never knowing!

((Image Credit: Listal))

 

Shows I'd like to un-cancel - The Finder

The Finder

An Iraq war vet suffers a brain injury that triggers the ability to see connections

between seemingly unrelated events, objects or people.

 

This is the only one of this list where I wish I could un-cancel it, but I totally understand why it was cancelled. A spin off from Bones, The Finder had it’s back door pilot in season 6 of Bones. Sadly after filming the first season Michael Clarke Duncan, passed away unexpectedly. He played one of the main characters and was such a big part of the show that no one involved could bare to carry on without him.

((Image Credit: The Finder Wiki))

 

 

Shows I'd like to un-cancel - Marvel's Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter

In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR).

When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear

his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

 

I’m going to be pissed about this one for a long time to come, and like Primeval, I haven’t been able to finish Agent Carter Season 2 yet. I don’t want it to be over. Peggy is fabulous character who deserved much more screen time than she got. At least we got two seasons; some shows have had far worse odds than that.

((Image Credit: Hayley Atwell.net))

 

Shows I'd like to un-cancel - Shows to Uncancel - Constantine

Constantine

A man struggling with his faith who is haunted by the sins of his past is suddenly

thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

 

This is probably one of the shows on this list I’m most bitter about. Technically it was sort of un-cancelled and became an animated show with Matt Ryan voicing the character and made by the same people. But let’s be honest; it’s not the same. I’ve not watched the animated show yet, and probably will check it out eventually but I much prefer live action. Sure the show had some bad points, I got a bit lost with the plot at times, and it was a bit slow going. That didn’t stop it still being awesome, and needing answers to things that happened in the finale. I loved Matt Ryan as Constantine, and have loved him as an actor since I saw him in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour. The crossover with Arrow was bitter-sweet and a highlight of that season for me. I really wish they had given it more of a chance 🙁

((Image Credit: Screencapped.net))

 

Shows I'd like to un-cancel - BBC: Strange

Strange

A defrocked priest’s mission to destroy demons.

And the final one on this list is a fairly unknown British show that I will probably be royally pissed about for a long time. Back in the day when supernatural was far away from being a go to genre for TV shows, Strange popped up with a pilot about demons. The pilot was quite frankly, epic. Mysterious, intrigue, mythology and I was so glad when it got picked up for a full season. And then the BBC messed it up. Not the show; the whole season was great like the pilot. No, there mistake was very simple; they never re-showed the pilot. Many months later when the season began, they decided it would be a great idea to skip the first episode (the pilot) and go straight to episode 2. As you would expect this left everyone extremely confused because all the back-story and how the characters came together was in the pilot. It totally flopped despite how much promise it had because no one had a clue what was going on.

((Image Credit:Richard Coyle.com))

 

 

What about you? Which shows do you wish had never been cancelled? Are they 1-2 season wonders or are they longer running shows you just really miss?

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5 songs that remind me of a tv episode or movie

Songs that remind me of TV Shows & Movies

Oh wow this was a HARD prompt to narrow down. I pick up a lot of music from tv shows and movies, and every time I thought I had this list completed I’d remember another one! I’m sure I’m missing some major ones, and had to physically stop myself going through my entire music library to check for more songs!

 

Fall from Grace

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I love this song, but I cannot listen to it without seeing the end of season 2 scene play out and imagine just how Buffy must have felt. There are no words to describe that pain, and it’s one of those moments when you need to let music do the talking.

 

 

Goodbye to You

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I love Michelle Branch as an artist, and once again Joss and the Buffy team paired up an unbelievably emotional moment with music to express what was happening. The words are so poignant, “Goodbye to you, Goodbye to everything that I knew, You were the one I loved, The one thing that I tried to hold onto” and really capture the difficult decision that Tara has to make to help the one she loves and herself.

 

 

 

Carry on my Wayward Son

Supernatural

I don’t think any Supernatural fan can listen to this song and a) not be reminded of the show and c) not sing along automatically. The band was a bit before my time so I didn’t know them or the song before the show, and I have a very sweet memory of Chris and I bonding when we first got together over this song. We were talking, found out we both loved the show and yeah, the rest is history 😀

 

 

Accidentally in Love

Shrek 2

This song just fits so perfectly with that scene in Shrek 2 and I absolutely love the lyrics and sentiments to it. Sometimes love sneaks up on you, and sometimes you’re not looking for it and you end up just giving in to the strawberry ice cream love.

 

 

 

 

My Immortal

Daredevil

I was a fan of Evanescence before watching this film, however, this song wasn’t one of my favourites. It didn’t do anything for me. Then I watched Daredevil and the funeral scene… and was in tears. The words of the song came to life for me and ever since it has had meaning for me.

 

 

So as you can see songs that remind me of tv shows and movies usually have a specific moment and place in that show/movie. I don’t really tend to have random songs that remind me of shows very much, unless they have a very specific theme. For example, Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down automatically conjures images of Smallville because you know… kyrptonite. It also reminds me of Supernatural because there’s a line in the song that says ‘dark side of the moon’ and that’s the name of an episode!

What about you? Randomness or poignant moments?

 

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Iron (Sha)Man #TransmogTuesday

Week 5 #TransmogTuesday - Iron (Sha)Man

Introduction

Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂

You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.

 

This Weeks Set

Iron (Sha)Man

I totally had no plan for this weeks one to be a bit silly. In fact I had one plan; a mail set. I decided for the first month I’d make my way around the different types each week, and it ended up with mail (unintentionally) being last. I decided to start with a chest piece and came across [wowhead id=75084] and after putting a few more bits together, while browsing for boots I realised that it reminded me of Iron Man’s suit. Ok, so it’s totally the wrong colour but the big glowing circle in the middle gave me the Iron Man vibe. So I went with that for the rest of the suit and had to, of course, use the pun for the set’s name http://www.wowhead.com/outfit=71576/iron-sha-man – however, it isn’t a shaman set. There’s nothing in it that is specifically for a Shaman. So for a hunter you could easily pair it with a nice bow or staff, whatever takes your fancy, rather than the two fist weapons.

 

Iron (Sha)Man Set - Front View

 

Head

  • [wowhead id=56557] / [wowhead id=70049] / [wowhead id=62407] / [wowhead id=58128] / [wowhead id=62423] / [wowhead id=75090]

Shoulder

  • [wowhead id=44685] / [wowhead id=51976] / [wowhead id=51975] / [wowhead id=44353] / [wowhead id=44380] / [wowhead id=44372] / [wowhead id=51997] / [wowhead id=43457] / [wowhead id=36265] / [wowhead id=36249] / [wowhead id=36273] / [wowhead id=36257]

Back

  • [wowhead id=113657] / [wowhead id=119344]

Chest

  • [wowhead id=56556] / [wowhead id=70047] / [wowhead id=58126] / [wowhead id=75084]

Iron (Sha)Man Set - Back View

 

Hands

  •  [wowhead id=68760]

Waist

  • [wowhead id=55887] / [wowhead id=56410] / [wowhead id=67114] / [wowhead id=65832] / [wowhead id=65658] / [wowhead id=133360] / [wowhead id=67242]

 

Legs

  • [wowhead id=62990] / [wowhead id=63654]

Feet

  •     [wowhead id=56853] /  [wowhead id=65322]

Main Hand

  • [wowhead id=72867]

Offhand

  • [wowhead id=113372] / [wowhead id=90087]

 

So, I have to ask – would you like me to try it in red and gold for a proper Iron (Sha)Man? Or would you like to see more comic book style transmogs? I have no idea if these have even been done before, so if they have please drop me a link!

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8 Artists I Want To Commission

Sharing Saturday - Artists I want to commission

I would love to commission a million different artists for work, but sadly it’s not in my budget just now. So this is a list of awesome artists that accept commissions, and hopefully one day I can request one from them! As usual all copyright and credit goes to these wonderfully talented artists. Please do check out their Patreons and follow them on social media if you like there work.

I also have a pinterest board where I’ll be adding any new artists to, so feel free to follow along to find new and amazing artists!

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 Noxychu

PatreonTwitter  |  Deviant Art  |  Etsy  | Twitch

I first came across Noxychu from her work on Wowhead/ZAM and fell in love with her unique and colourful style. Here’s some of my favourites.


Lunar Sparks by Noxychu on DeviantArt


Maiev Chibi by Noxychu on DeviantArt


Frostfire Yrel – altered version by Noxychu on DeviantArt

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Frenone

Patreon | Twitter | WWW | Instagram | Twitch

I can’t remember if I came across Frenone on Twitter or somewhere else; all I can say is that I’m so glad I did! Her work is absolutely crazy gorgeous and every new work or WIP she shares I am drooling over. It was so so hard just to pick 3 pieces to showcase here.

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 Straya Obscura

PatreonTwitter  |  Deviant Art  |  WWW  | FurAffinity

I think another artist on this list shared Straya’s work at some point and it is so utterly unique that I KNEW that one day I would have to commission something from her. What, I have no idea because as you can see from these examples the scope of her skill is massive.


WoW Class Crest: Priest by StrayaObscura on DeviantArt


Ysera by StrayaObscura on DeviantArt


Tian by StrayaObscura on DeviantArt

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Zaelli

FacebookTwitter  |  Deviant Art  |  WWW

There is just something timeless about Zaelli’s art, and the way that you can see the soul of the characters in the eyes of her portraits drew me to her work.


Steller’s Jay Study by Zaellii on DeviantArt


Veliaa and Pepe by Zaellii on DeviantArt


Draenei by Zaellii on DeviantArt

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Kay Nyman

FacebookTwitter  |  WWW  |  Instagram

I met Kay through the Geek Girl Bloggers group and have been happily following her blog and her work ever since! I love her style and the range of different subjects that she features in her art. Right now she’s taking part in #MerMay and her creations are just super!

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Liana Kangas

PatreonTwitter WWWEtsy  | Instagram

Today’s 10/100 of my #100dayproject is my bff witch babe and art twin and future wife, Briana Mora. Her and I both freelance now (yay!) so I get to annoy the shit out of her again!!!! We met when we used to work at hot topic and I was too shy back then and not aggressive enough to try and be friends with her but luckily she probably noticed and showered me with compliments which broke down my shy barrier. Thank you for being so great to be Bri! . Created in photoshop / Kyle Brushes snappy inker and paintbox bristle bomb with gradient map . #noboringmedia #noboringfam #lianakangas #patreon #illustration #portrait #comics #girlswholikecomics #comicart #creativehappylife #creativepreneur #comicbooks #cintiq #Wacom #photoshop #communityovercompetition #abmlifeiscolorful #risingtidesociety #the100dayproject #100daysofportraits #100daysofportraitslk

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Today’s 3/100 #100dayproject is actually a fictional character. I wasn’t planning on doing any but it’s #ncbd and I just read issue 5 of #MotorCrush! You guys… it is SO GOOD! This is Lola, a mechanic! She holds a special place in my heart now bc her character design is /amazing/ and side note, I almost went to an automotive vocational school! (Weird fact about me I guess? My dad is a mechanic. Oh well!) Anyways, go check out @babsdraws @cameronmstewart and @brendenfletcher’S motorcrush series at your local comic shop! photoshop / MattyDraws pencil brush / Kyle Brushes paintbox glazier #noboringmedia #noboringfam #lianakangas #patreon #illustration #portrait #nerd #comics #girlswholikecomics #comicart #girlboss #creativehappylife #creativepreneur #comicbooks #cintiq #Wacom #photoshop #communityovercompetition #abmlifeiscolorful #risingtidesociety #the100dayproject #100daysofportraits #100daysofportraitslk #imagecomics #motorcrushfanart #motorcrushmonday

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ImaginaryKarin

  Twitter  |  Deviant Art  |  WWW  | Instagram

I’ve been following Karin’s pixel art and blog for years now, and have loved watching her work grow in leaps and bounds.


Green-eyed elf – pencil version by ImaginaryKarin on DeviantArt


Inktober/Drawlloween 2016 – 5-8 by ImaginaryKarin on DeviantArt


The Yule Goat by ImaginaryKarin on DeviantArt

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Lady Rossë

FacebookTwitter  |  Deviant Art  |  WWW

Lady Rossë is one of the many wonderful World of Warcraft fanart creators I have come across on Twitter. She has a unique and colourful style, and her chibis are absolutely adorable and so detailed!


Eternal Hate by LadyRosse on DeviantArt


Portrait Maaya by LadyRosse on DeviantArt


AnnVen new design by LadyRosse on DeviantArt

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Do you have a dream list of artists you would love to commission work from? What would you get them to create for you? Do you have an original character (OC) in mind? Or is there a fanart idea you’d love to see on paper?

Are you an artist that offers commissions? Whether you have slots open right now or not, let me know! I want to check out your work and I’ll be doing another Sharing Saturday in the future featuring artists with open commissions slots!

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