Nov 292012
 
Pantheon, the Artisan of War
Pantheon, the Artisan of War

Pantheon, the Artisan of War is a warrior from every angle, even his skins. All of them represent a warrior, whether fantastic or historical, with different equipment but the same Pantheon underneath. If you want to make a good impression when falling from the sky, take a shot at his skins’ review.

Myrmidon Pantheon
Myrmidon Pantheon Splash Art Myrmidon Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Pantheon dressed as a Greek myrmidon.
Model: New textures for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blurry and reddish battlefield behind hints at instead of showing bloodshed. Therefore, it ends up like a mishmash of red tones that suggests instead of providing a frame. Pantheon is quite well depicted with excellent shading but proportions that, at moments, seems awkward. This may be due to the low perspective that tries to make him look imposing but might make his head too small and his legs too large. Regardless, it’s a very good portrayal of Pantheon that stands in polar opposition to the unclear background.
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Conclusion: Myrmidon Pantheon is an interesting re-texture that provides a distinct look for the Artisan of War. In spite of being only a re-colour, the high contrast and bright hues make Pantheon quite attractive though too familiar to look at. To be fair, not much can be said as it’s quite simple yet striking. As far as re-textures go, it does enough with very little but it could’ve certainly been more.

Ruthless Pantheon
Ruthless Pantheon Splash Art Ruthless Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Pantheon styled as a fantasy warrior.
Model: Minor model changes for Pantheon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: For all intents and purposes, this piece lack a background. The colours that fill the space are in no way a setting and completely ineffective as a frame. Pantheon’s depiction is passable as the shading isn’t very attractive due to dull colours. Besides, he isn’t very well drawn as the peculiar delineation of muscles makes evident. A crack on his shield is the only detail that adds some depth to the piece. Regardless, it’s clear that it’s a splash art that is way past its due time.
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Conclusion: Ruthless Pantheon is a clear He-Man homage that doesn’t look bad nor that good either. The weaponry and helmet are what distance him from the source as both armour and clothes are practically borrowed from He-Man himself. However, the combination of Spartan and He-Man styles brings inconsistent visuals as they don’t mesh that well. Overall, it’s a classic fantasy take on Pantheon and while it doesn’t stand out it’s hardly a bad choice.

Perseus Pantheon
Perseus Pantheon Splash Art Perseus Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Pantheon as a heavy armed tribute to Perseus.
Model: Moderate model changes for Pantheon and new model for his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is little more than some rocks and a stone tile floor that could indicate a cave. At large, it’s an unclear setting that seems to be consumed by darkness. Pantheon has his own share of problems, as well: the use of light in his depiction is good but the shading, in general, is lacklustre; to the point where his armour looks like skin. Furthermore, there are obvious problems with proportions: one foot is huge, the other invisible, his legs are short, his body is deformed, his head a bit small and his arms not long enough. Overall, this is a disappointing splash art that has an interesting concept but an execution that falters.
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Conclusion: Perseus Pantheon is a peculiar skin as the Greek hero was supposed to slay the Medusa with a sword and a shield; along magical helm, sandals and knapsack for the eventual escape. Therefore, the armour and trident are an odd choice, in particular the trident as it’s the symbol of Poseidon; who may have something to do with Medusa’s aspect. Nonetheless, the helmet looks good, the sandals passable but the armour plain on the back and unattractive on the front. Fortunately, the shield is nicely designed with a Cassiopeia pattern. All things considered, it’s a skin with an interesting concept but an execution that could’ve been better

Full Metal Pantheon
Full Metal Pantheon Splash Art Full Metal Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Pantheon as warrior made of metal.
Model: New model for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece doesn’t show much background and, to be fair, doesn’t need to. Still, the strokes of colours that try to frame Pantheon are inadequate at trying to provide a setting. Therefore, all that can be said is that Pantheon is under the rain, somewhere. At least, Pantheon’s depiction is superb: the design of the metal plates that make his body is carefully done with great attention to detail and admirable shading. His body looks a bit dark, like his left arm but in general it’s an excellent portrayal. Unfortunately, his red cape and rags look coarsely drawn; which is puzzling. All things considered, it’s a great depiction of Pantheon that stands surrounded by lesser quality art.
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Conclusion: Full Metal Pantheon aims to turn Pantheon into a warrior made of metal. Sadly, he seems to be wearing a suit of armour with an air akin to the Tin Woodman. In fact, the concept is attractive and has great potential but the particular design chosen makes him look weak and messily crafted; as if he was patched in several places with suboptimal parts. On the whole, it’s a skin with a lot of potential but the execution pales in comparison with the great expectations set by the splash art.

Glaive Warrior Pantheon
Glaive Warrior Pantheon Splash Art Glaive Warrior Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Pantheon in the image of a Dacian knight.
Model: New model for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: New particles for Heartseeker Strike.
Animations: New animation for Spear Shot.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Blurry backgrounds aren’t always inappropriate but in this case the lack of clarity simply can’t be attributed to dust or speed. The background suggests a battlefield, near or in a city, but it’s too diffuse to clearly distinguish anything. This low quality creeps on Pantheon and blurs his right leg, as well as making his cape a bit rough and his body drab. Luckily, he rises with good depictions of his helmet, shield and spear. Regardless, it’s a piece that provides an interesting composition but not enough quality to effectively back it up.
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Conclusion: Glaive Warrior Pantheon is an interesting skin with an attractive yet classic look but an uneven execution. The armour looks rather simple and the clothes underneath are just plain, yet the helmet and cape are attractive and suitable. Additionally, the shield and glaive look rather good with complex designs but muddy colours. Actually, the general subdued colour palette stands in stark contrast to the bright classic particles for Aegis Protection and Grand Skyfall; which makes the particles look inconsistent. Furthermore, the glaive has a strange design that makes the blade and dragon head have opposite directions. As Pantheon wields the glaive so that the dragon head is vertical, the blade looks upside-down. In the end, Glaive Warrior Pantheon is a skin that suffers from an irregular implementation but ends up being appealing.

Conclusion

Pantheon’s skins are firmly centred on warriors and among the multiple references some skins work better than others. Glaive Warrior Pantheon is the recommended skin due to its traditional yet attractive Dacian design. Perseus Pantheon is an interesting Greek-inspired alternative as long as historical accuracy isn’t an issue. Ruthless Pantheon stands as the best of the cheaper options; especially for He-Man fans. However, Full Metal Pantheon and Myrmidon Pantheon are lacklustre in their execution and hardly the best choice available.

  2 Responses to “League of Legends: Pantheon Skins’ Review”

  1. Hey, thanks for the great Pantheon review, I loved it. Just ashame that Full Metal Pantheon got such a low rating, since I have him and I love to play with him and his amazing splash art. But maybe its just me who thinks its attractive ;)

    Anyway, thanks again.

    • It’s nice to know that you liked it.

      We agree that Full Metal Pantheon’s splash art is incredible but the in-game model is leagues away. The concept is great but the execution is sadly lacking: it seems as if he looks brand new in the splash art but used and patched up in-game.

      Maybe when Pantheon gets a visual upgrade Full Metal Pantheon will be reborn as he deserves.

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