I've been trying to gather mats for my Greensteel weapon all through this life, and have pretty much been AHing what I could, and as I had it to buy a mat at a time...until I asked in trade channel that is...
Two people I have to mention:
Windywillow - I needed 2 or 3 base mats to complete my blank, and Windy not only gave me these, but ALL of the Medium mats for Tier 2 as well. She wouldn't even take any payment.
Pawnme - I had started to get a couple of large mats together, and asked in the trade channel if it was being optimistic to ask for a large ingredient (just one) for an Upgrade Tome of Move Silently (+1 to +2). Pawnme asked me for a list of what I needed and gave me (for just that little tome) ALL of the mats I needed for Tier 3.
I am now the proud owner of a Lit II Greensteel Repeating Crossbow, and look forward to shooting many a mob in the face with it. A relative DDO newb is VERY happy indeed.
I am very hopeful that in the future, I will be able to help these players in some way to show my lasting appreciation, and will try to respect their amazing generosity by passing on to new players any extra mats I have in the future.
Once again, thank you both.