Nice wood!

Posted in Blog, Feral on Mar 12, 2008

I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it, as Phaelia already summed it up, but since I’m feral again, I couldn’t help getting ridiculously excited. In my first “real post”, I mentioned the druid Dire Bear form as a monstrosity who hasn’t changed since Level 10; fortunately, I’m not the only person who feels that way. Andriges has reskinned each of the druid’s forms (with careful and exquisite details paid to the Tauren models especially) and put them together in a convenient .RAR file for anyone who’s interested in re-modeling their furry friends. I highly recommend you go take a look at them if you haven’t; besides adding fun glow effects, more distinctive tribal markings and making the colors more uniform and appropriate, he’s added “alternative” models for the existing forms. Am I interested in using a worgen form instead of my sleek and sexy feline? No—but being able to attack upright and with a weapon seems like an interesting idea. Similarly, while I’m equally excited about the new cheetah skin (complete with stirrups, it looks), I’m also a little in love with his Stag being used in place of travel form.

Andriges has not only managed to simply reskin and resynchronize each of these particular forms, but he’s created a new transformation animation as well–something akin to a Rejuvenation spell topped with a periodic Lifebloom tick. You can see this new animation, as well as the new application of Faerie Fire (which hits with an explosive green bang) in the video he created on the site I linked above.

Because of the total cool factor (and stupid grin that materializes on my face), I’ve decided to use his fabulous new skins he’s created in all my little cartoon images that feature animal forms from now on. Give the man credit where he’s due, folks—I find it amazing that one person could make all those changes and an entire design staff at Blizzard hasn’t. Then again, we’re talking about the company who reskinned Pre-BC armor for dungeons in The Burning Crusade rather than creating something new and different. Go figure.

 

4 Comments

  • At 2008.03.12 09:31, Phaelia said:

    “Then again, we’re talking about the company who reskinned Pre-BC armor for dungeons in The Burning Crusade rather than creating something new and different. Go figure.”

    I actually really liked this. ^_^ It let me wear gear sets I never collected on my Druid the first go around (like full Stormrage for instance) and, in general, I liked the new color schemes. They saved their “new” artwork for the tiered sets and let us wear the older sets in the interim between instancing and raiding.

    • At 2008.03.12 09:59, Runycat said:

      @Phaelia
      WTB armor that doesn’t look like bark, bones, or totem poles.

      • At 2008.03.21 11:02, Urthona said:

        @Runycat

        You’re no fun. Bark, bones, and totem poles look great on Tauren. I’m really happy they designed a set that’s meant to look great on our massive fellow druids and not elegance incarnate on Night Elves. After stuffing them into awkward shapes wearing Pre-BC gear and dressy epics, I’m glad they left Darnassus behind and used Thunder Bluff as a point of departure.

        I think we can all agree that having more options and more art is a Good Thing, and while I’m not thrilled with how Zul’Aman badge gear looks on my night elf druid, I have to admit the same designs look simply amazing on Horde. I just feel bad that my Horde shaman and priest won’t be 70 in time to collect the gear that would be FigurePrint worthy.

        I’ve had a bear(lol) of a time trying to find a raid team, so I’ve resigned myself to collecting the old – and new – sets of dungeon gear. I’ve got 3/5 Wildheart reskin, 5/7 Stormrage reskin, 4/5 Wastewalker, and 5/5 the new Moonglade set. Right now, though, I’m wearing the FULL badge leather caster set, and it’s the most strange off the batch. Luckily, I have outfitter swap my clothes when I swap my form. It’s a fun substitute when you can’t wage war to at least play Barbies.

        • At 2008.03.21 13:53, Runycat said:

          @Urthona

          You’re right; I am highly unfun. =D To be fair, I haven’t been a fan of druid armor skins since…well, ever. The only set I thought looked reasonably interesting was Tier 3, and I have to admit I’m looking forward to an interesting reskin for the recycled Naxx in WotLK (if I can somehow keep myself sane enough to continue raiding). While T6 was at least better than T5 (despite the fact that it does look like my toon stapled a dead bird pelt to her tits), I think what I’m missing is that whole ZOMG AWESOME appeal that, say, the Onslaught set has going for it. If you’re a prot tank, you sure as hell look like a prot tank. A tin can of promised doom, if you will.

          Our proverbial coat-rack looks a little more “shaman-y” than I’d like, I suppose. I’d expect a shaman to look more like a totem pole than a crested-blue lightning storm, but how far can you go with bark and antlers? Maybe Blizzard’s running out of ideas.

          While a lot of the Zul’Aman gear looks ridiculous, I was actually a fan of the resto shoulders that had the glowing voodoo skulls glaring off to the sides or even that rockin’ DPS mask that has the tusked-Shredder look. I certainly had the LOL R U KIDDING initial reaction, but now that I’ve seen it around more, there are a lot of neat details on each piece that I hadn’t noticed before.

          I suppose it’d just be neat to have an edge to our gear. I realize we’re not supposed to be the sinister, slinking masterminds of nature, but enough with the flowers and leaves. I’m with you on getting rid of the embroidery, but I was hoping for something more badass on a whole. Teeth. Claws. Sharks. You know, something.

          How do you have enough bank space to keep all your gear straight? I have a hell of a time (especially with my Brewfest outfit >_> and non-combat pets). Keep leveling, imo. The shaman and priest T6 (and equivalents) look spectacular.

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