Category: Transmog

Custom Windows Theme: NightSky

Hello everyone,

This is my first blog post regarding anything related to Windows.  I think it is.

Microsoft released an update back in 2016 regarding adding a background image to the Login Screen. My wishes were fulfilled (I actually submitted feed back requesting this feature when Windows 10 first came out).  I am not entirely sure when I noticed when it got implemented.

Google Images

Use Google Images to find your wallpapers.  Animewallpapers.com is not updated to the modern screen resolutions. Search by your preferred resolution and the words “anime wallpaper.”  Like this… “1920×1080 anime wallpaper”

File Manager

Save your preferred set of wallpapers in a New folder.  I picked a name that would be the name of my Theme. You can always rename it later. You could always back up the images you collect to Google drive and use it on multiple computers.

To easily save the image in the right screen resolution. After you conduct your search click the image you want.  Then Right click the image as seen above.  Then click Save Image as… you don’t need to rename it.

Background

Choose your Background to be Slideshow.  Trust me.  Having it change is way cooler.  Plus if your second monitor is an extension of your primary monitor you will be able to have 2 different wallpapers on each screen.  Pick the folder you saved all your images in and Remove any other folders from the list “Chose albums for your slideshow.”  Don’t delete your Pictures folder in File Manager.

You can adjust the rate the images change.  I have mine at 30 minutes.  You want Shuffle to be on.

For Choose a fit I picked Center.  My second monitor is actually a TV with a lower resolution than my primary monitor. If I had lower resolution wallpapers to match my second monitor’s resolution the primary monitor wallpaper would look pixelated. At Center you preserve the integrity of the image without sacrificing image quality.  Edit: Fit is much better for screens with different aspect ratios and lower resolutions.  I would change it to Fit instead of Center. Either way it looks good.

You also have the option to change your background color.  It won’t matter if your wallpaper resolutions are the matching resolution of your screen.  It is set at Black for this theme.

Colors

For Colors you may automatically pick an accent color.  I don’t recommend this and would rather have a set color.  For this I choose Default Blue.  Transparency effects are On.  I disabled showing the accent color on the Start, taskbar, action center and Title bars.  Default app mode is set to Dark.

Lock screen

For some reason slideshow still uses Picture as your Lock screen.  Pick a picture from a part of your slide show as the Background. Then pick a folder for your slideshow.  You need to make sure to set up both.  Same as Background. If you have multiple folders here it will display all of them so Remove any additional folders.

Taskbar

For Taskbar settings, you could leave everything alone.  I do disable the Taskbar on Multiple displays.  I use my second monitor to stream shows from Netflix, VRV, Directvnow, etc. Having the taskbar on the second monitor is a minor annoyance. Also the primary monitor is lower than the secondary. It’s like up like a ZTE Axon M.

Custom Profile Icon

Click on Windows “Start Button.” Go to your Username. Right click it.  Click Change Account Settings.  Create your picture. Choose Browse for one. I used a picture from the collection I found on Google Images that matches well with my theme.

Once you are done. Go to Themes.

Themes

Save and name your Theme. You could go one step further and change your mouse and how it looks.

Below is the Zip file containing the collection of Wallpapers I discovered and are currently using for this theme:

NightSky-20171129T040601Z-001.zip

Enjoy your new theme with a custom Lockscreen, Login screen, Backgrounds and a custom profile Icon that matches your Login screen.

Here is a Bonus Image I forgot to include in the Zip file.  I can’t use it at work but my theme on the work computer is the same setup.

’til next time…

! Guntitan

P.S.

You can also save your themes.

NightSky Theme

I just figured out that these were once the regular dogs that were here.

My brother wanted me to move servers with him so he paid for my server transfers.  Crazy huh?

I redid the bank alt about 4 times on the new server.  I finally settled for the name Skullcoins (she’s a DK).  Used the same white hair color, face, skin color or as close as I could remember.  Originally I was leveling this Death Knight thinking Doubloon is still on Sargeras and I left her behind.

The Death Knight

The Death Knight

Felt guilty about leaving her but it had to be done.  When I finally got to Stormwind, I purchased x8 inexpensive Netherweave Bags and x4 Frostweave Bags.  Purchased the bank slots and equipped the bags.

I purchased the guild charter and luckily got 4 guildless souls to sign my charter, one was Liddy.  I named the new guild bank <The Nightmare Banker>.  Then Purchased the first 3 guild bank slots.  I’ll probably pick up more slots when I start to make more gold.

I started to put back all the mats, BOAs, etc in the bank and newly formed guild bank.  We were putting things on the AH and moving items between toons.  She started to feel like Doubloon.

Then as soon as I moved over my old bank alt gear to her and equipped them.  She transformed back in to Doubloon.  My bank alt is back.  Same skin, different name and a higher level.  The benefits out weighed the costs.  You now have a better bank alt.

The Bank Alt

The Bank Alt

Professsions

She will cook for you, fish for you, store your goods, organize your bank for you, run to the store for you, etc.  Just like a good house wife. She already comes equipped ready to bandage you with First Aid at level 270 and unlocked recipes.

You can still put Enchanting and Engineering on her.  She will have access to higher profession levels which is especially useful for disenchanting low level mats.

Gear

She will wear the finest outfits up to level 60 or greater which equates to more looks. She can still equip the Diamond-Tipped Cane.  She also has access to pink hair if you are a Night Elf.  My brother recommends leveling your bank alt to level 70 so you can have access to more variation of looks with the gear from Outland.

Travel

She will have a mini sprint called Death’s Advance.  She will also get free ground riding from being a Death Knight.  The Death Gate to Ebon Hold will get you around Azeroth.  She will have access to a bunch of flight points for access to those secret vendors that sell you those recipes and other items for profit.   She will even ride your flying mount because just one more level and she’ll have flight.

If you level the bank alt higher you will get access to unique but useful traveling abilities.

Level 58
Death’s Advocate – A mini sprint which increases your passive run speed by 10% and when activated will increase your run speed by 30%.

Level 61
On a Pale Horse – An ability that passively increases your mount speed by 20%.

Level 66
Path of Frost – An ability which will allow you and your raid members to walk on water.  This ability is so useful my brother actually won the Stranglethorn fishing tournament on a level 70 Death Knight.  He did get a lot of unpleasant whispers that day.

Please see additional information on the original The Bank Alt Post.  I hope you will take the time to redo your bank alts.  It was the most unpleasant experience of my life but worth it.  It was like pulling String of Alligator Teeth out of the Bag of Shiny Things from Dalaran’s fishing daily .

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

 

Shado-Pan Plate Transmog

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It took me a while to figure out this transmog.  2 years in the making haha.  That Shado-Pan helmet looks so awesome.  I never thought I would use it on my Warrior.  My Hunter main has been Guntitan for so long.  I love Guntitan’s transmog and had no intentions of changing it to match the look of this helm.  I originally had no interest in making a Transmog set revolving around the Helmet for my Warrior.  It wasn’t until I found the Vicious Pyrium set that I decided it was time.

First I had to get the Replica Shado-Pan Helmet.  I still need gold for the Jeweled Onyx Panther, Depleted-Kyparium Rocket, and the Geosynchronous World Spinner so I figured might as well do the dailies.  You need to be Exalted with the Shado-Pan before you can purchase the helm.

I crafted the Black Smithing set.  You will need to 74 Elementium Bars and 60 Volatile Fire.  If you need to buy the recipes you will need around 80 Elementium Bars, 15 Pyrium Bars and 16 Volatile Earth.  You could purchase each piece for 1,000 G each.  I have a blacksmith, might as well get the recipes and have the option to sell them.  Long story short, I farmed for the mats and crafted the set.

To farm for Blade of Hanna I was running MC, BWL, and AQ 20/40.  It matches well with the set and has a brown hilt and dark metal blade. It never dropped so I looked for an alternative.

I settled for an easy to obtain quest item called Emil’s Brand, this blade has a light red hilt and a silver blade.  Enchanted it looks like a blue light saber.  The quest chain is in Ashenvale and starts with Reclaiming Felfire Hill.  You obtain the blade from completing the last quest in the chain Insane Druids.

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Helm
Replica Shado-Pan Helmet – Exalted with the Shado-Pan

Shoulder
Vicious Pyrium Shoulders – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Chest
Vicious Pyrium Breastplate – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Legs
Vicious Pyrium Legguards – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Hands
Vicious Pyrium Gauntlets – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Belt
Vicious Pyrium Belt – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Boots
Vicious Pyrium Boots – Crafted – there is an alternative from dugeon drops.

Swords
Emil’s Brand(Quest) or Blade of Hanna(Vanilla Raid – Trash Drop)

Cape (Optional)
Any red cape. I usually turn my cape display off. Capes don’t match Warriors. I don’t recall seeing any Shado-Pan with capes.

Shirt
Red Workman’s Shirt – Even without the chest piece on, the shirt matches well with this set. The overalls give it the gear held together by straps appearance.

 

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Optional

Complete the achievement for the title “Shado-Master.”

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

(I don’t feel like dropping my warrior’s name. It was a collaborative effort between Guntitan who originally got exalted with the Shado-Pan, my DK Empyreal who helped me farm the mats, and my rogue Gearsedge who purchased the recipes and crafted the set)