Jul 102012
 
Tryndamere, the Barbarian King
Tryndamere, the Barbarian King

Tryndamere, the Barbarian King has several outfits and swords available. Some are inspired in historical warriors while others are influenced by fantasy. Whether you like history, fantasy or a mix of the two Tryndamere provides good options. To know more about them, read further on this skins’ review.

Highland Tryndamere
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Tryndamere dressed as a warrior from the Scottish Highlands.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Highland Tryndamere is a splash art that shows its age. The background is unclear, some rocks seem to be behind Tryndamere but there isn’t much detail or room devoted to the setting. Besides, the black space around the background suffocates the piece. Tryndamere barely keeps afloat among the drab colours and dim, almost whimsical lighting. His clothes are well delineated and the reflections add depth to the depiction; metal is particularly well drawn. Regardless, this is splash art that for every hit has a miss and ends up being just average.
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Conclusion: Highland Tryndamere is an unpretentious but practical look for Tryndamere. His helmet is proportioned without exaggerated ornaments, just like his clothes and leather armour. Even the sword, though long, seems easily wieldable. While the realistic approach is nice it also lacks appeal. Besides, the mute colours hardly help the matter. This all makes Highland Tryndamere seem opaque in comparison with the flashy portrayals natural of a fantasy game. In the end, Highland Tryndamere is a nice skin, especially if you prefer a plausible representation, but one without much lustre.

King Tryndamere
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Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Tryndamere dressed as the King of Freljord.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: King Tryndamere’s splash art is a nice and adequately regal portrayal. The background is an adequate setting and the constant snow storms of Freljord make the lack of detail acceptable. Tryndamere is well dressed in royal armour with a crowned helmet. The materials depictions vary in their quality: the cloth shows folds but looks simple, the hair flows but seems too thready, the fur simply disappoints as it doesn’t even look as such and lastly the metal is well outlined but lacks polish. Overall, this is a nice piece that does it job quite well but isn’t close to excellence.
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Conclusion: This skin represents Tryndamere as King of Freljord and is thus a nice bit of lore applied to his looks. The royal attire fits Tryndamere well and the mix of armour and clothes is balanced; still the winding belt looks unnecessary. There’s a good mix of colours that help differentiate armour and clothes apart. The sword if oversized and unwieldy, as it should be expected, but it also has a nice design with ample decorations and even dents on the edge. King Tryndamere is a good looking skin which, added to the satisfactory lore reference, makes a product worth recommending.

Viking Tryndamere
Viking Tryndamere Splash Art Viking Tryndamere Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Tryndamere stylized as a Viking warrior.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Viking Tryndamere’s splash art goes for a clear and distinct style which shines in some parts and lets down in others. The background paints a good setting but it omits details with simple blurs. It seems as if a good base was laid but wasn’t capitalized on. Tryndamere is well depicted but with a few problems. On the one hand, the metal shines under the light and the fur is convincing. On the other hand, the hair looks like threads and the obscured metal of the sword and boots look like stone and wood respectively. All things, considered this is an alright splash art but at times it seems hampered by the technique chosen.
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Conclusion: Viking Tryndamere is a gritty take on Tryndamere in all aspects. The theme is consistently displayed: his skin is dirty, the helmet has long impractical horns, his arms are uncovered to show his muscles and tattoos; he even looks angry. It’s not just his attire but also his heavily dented and huge sword as it seems to include a normal sized one as fuller. Strangely, the armour and clothes are lavishly decorated; which is unexpected of a fierce warrior that would eschew decoration. All in all, Viking Tryndamere accomplishes what it sets out to do. If you want a fierce look for Tryndamere, Viking Tryndamere works but note that he doesn’t omit embellishing himself.

Demonblade Tryndamere
Demonblade Tryndamere Splash Art Demonblade Tryndamere Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Tryndamere as a nightmarish demon warrior.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: New particles for his fury, Bloodlust active, Spinning Slash and Undying Rage.
Animations: New animation for his joke, taunt, laugh and Mocking Shout.
Sounds: New voice-over for Tryndamere.
Splash Art: This is a piece with a very effective composition but with serious perspective problems. The background is minimal and barely sets a place for Tryndamere to unleash his fury. The depiction of Tryndamere goes for a specific style that does complement the demonic appearance well; the sword’s guard is particularly well drawn. Besides, the stance and the trail of the sword as it slashes the ground further the unrestraint fury theme. Unfortunately, the shape of the sword’s blade is horribly depicted. Moreover, Tryndamere’s body and clothes superimpose in unbelievable ways as well as being disproportionate to each other. Demonblade Tryndamere’s splash art has a good concept and composition but its realization leaves much to be desired.
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Conclusion: Demonblade Tryndamere is the pinnacle of fury set free: nothing about this skin fails to convey the point of a warrior dominated by his rage: the dirty rags, spiky hair, his lifeless eyes they all show a Tryndamere that has left everything behind except battle. The sword deserves special mention due to an excellent design that is both savage and attractive. The guard is a work of art: from its mouth it expels the blade and at the same time holds Tryndamere captive with its corrupting tendrils. The new animations are a nice addition but it’s the particles that better support the concept with the splendid voice over. For Tryndamere fans this is a great skin but, considering the cost it’s recommended only for the most devoted.

Sultan Tryndamere
Sultan Tryndamere Splash Art Sultan Tryndamere Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Tryndamere dressed as a Turkish warrior wielding a huge scimitar.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: New particles for Spinning Slash.
Animations: New animations for auto-attacks’ critical hits and sword drag while walking.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece paints an interesting scene of Tryndamere conquering his enemies with horns blown on the left, loot on the right and an abdicating ruler in the centre. Unfortunately, the background’s general lack of clarity makes the setting difficult to discern: is there a road going up a mountain or a fortress wall behind the troops? Tryndamere looks imposing due to the dual effect of perspective and style. The clothes are finely depicted with multiple, different textures visible and detailed decoration. However, the legs look a bit blurry and the oversized scimitar seems shorter and wider than it truly is. Regardless, the portrayal is excellent with great use of shading to convey light sources; like moonlight and fires. Overall, a very good splash art that would be excellent if it weren’t for its misty background.
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Conclusion: Sultan Tryndamere has a distinct and interesting look: the clothes, coupled with the helmet, and the characteristic moustache work well to portray the image of a classic Ottoman warrior. Additionally, the sword, though oversized, does convey a mix between a kilij and a scimitar that matches the style. Compromises had to be made to adapt the style to Tryndamere: armour is lacking and the sword looks fantastic; still, the overall look is reasonable. Moreover, the deadly fame of Ottoman warriors isn’t a bad match for a raging barbarian. On the whole, the skin provides an appealing and traditional Turkish style that can be enjoyed by fans of historical warriors and Tryndamere alike.

Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere
Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere Splash Art Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Tryndamere in the image of Guan Yu from the Three Kingdoms period.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: New particles for his fury, Spinning Slash and Undying Rage.
Animations: New recall and critical hits animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background presents a snow-covered land with, perhaps, an invaded fort. It’s mostly a guess because everything is so diffuse that it’s difficult to identify any elements except for Tryndamere. The Barbarian King receives an impressive presentation but one that is also uneven. One look reveals excellent shading and reflections for his armour and sword as well as for his clothes. However, the lower body looks dull and his left arm covers most of his body due to a ostentatious pose. Therefore, it’s difficult to get a clear image of how he looks like. The glowing eye may also be a bit too much as it suggests some demonic energy coursing through him. While it could simply be an effect of his rage it’s the only indication which, added to the lack of context, makes it an unclear element. All in all, it’s a adequate presentation for Tryndamere but one that doesn’t display him in the best of ways.
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Conclusion: Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere implements its concept rather well though in a conventional way and without any extra effort. To start with, the beard and armour resemble the popular depictions of Guan Yu to an extent though he preferred to wear a robe over his armour. While there’s a lot of ornamentation and a reliance on bronze his appearance doesn’t stand out apart from depicting the famous Han General. His great sword is also decorated though Guan Yu favoured an also imposing guan dao. That could’ve been implemented as he could wield the weapon in the same manner and just leave the pole behind it. However, that would’ve meant readjustments were needed for some animations to prevent clipping. The new particles and animations feel like decoration as they neither further the theme nor add anything visually striking. Then, what we are left is a furious barbarian adapted into a Chinese warrior paying homage to Guan Yu. The result is good but brimming with untapped potential. Even as a traditional Chinese warrior Tryndamere doesn’t feel particularly exciting or interesting. Ultimately, fans of Tryndamere or Romance of the Three Kingdoms will find that the skin is satisfactory but classically uncompromising in its choices.

Conclusion

Tryndamere has relatively few skins considering his popularity; fortunately, the handful he has are quite good: King, Viking and Sultan Tryndamere are the recommended purchases. King is based on lore and a clean monarchical look, Viking provides a hardened as well as adorned historical style and Sultan adapts a characteristic Ottoman warrior into raging barbaric form.

That’s not to say that Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere isn’t any good as it fits well among the available alternatives. It doesn’t make the most of its concept but it’s still an interesting take on the Barbarian King. While a bit of a letdown it’s certainly worth considering.

Finally, Demonblade Tryndamere is a very good skin but its price makes it worth recommending only to hardcore Tryndamere fans. It doesn’t offer as much as recent legendary skins but the result is good and distinct.

  4 Responses to “League of Legends: Tryndamere Skins’ Review”

  1. are you gonna add his new skin?

  2. Is Demonblade Tryndamere a reference to Nightmare from Soul Calibur?

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