Apr 052012
 
Vayne, the Night Hunter
Vayne, the Night Hunter

Vayne, the Night Hunter has an interesting and eclectic choice of clothes available. Steampunk aristocrats, contemporary vampire hunters and some other unusual options are all possibilities. If you need some guidance to cover Vayne’s particular outfits’ selection, read further on this skins’ review.

Vindicator Vayne
Vindicator Vayne Splash Art Vindicator Vayne Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vayne dressed as a contemporary vampire hunter.
Model: New model for Vayne and her crossbows.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is quite pedestrian: it simply shows Vayne aiming her arm crossbow. The background is practically absent; except for some light effects that seem to be coming from nowhere. Vayne herself is not particularly well drawn and the use of colours is bland: even the light reflections on her are subdued and uninspiring. Considering the quality of the Chinese splash art, this piece has no place in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Vindicator Vayne provides a modern look for Vayne which doesn’t appear as out of place as one could initially think. Technically, it does change all aspects of Vayne’s look, even her arm crossbow has a different animation due to its particular design. However, while the concept does suit Vayne it isn’t exactly attractive; the execution could even be considered dull. The overall look of the skin doesn’t effectively deliver the point of a modern vampire hunter. If you do like Vayne’s look you should definitely get it as the price isn’t much of an obstacle. However, some people may not find the look exciting at all.

Aristocrat Vayne
Aristocrat Vayne Splash Art Aristocrat Vayne Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vayne dressed as a steampunk inspired aristocrat.
Model: New model for Vayne and her back crossbow, new texture for her arm crossbow.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In this piece Vayne apparently stands on an alley or street. The background is unclear as if a sandstorm is covering it; though it isn’t affecting Vayne. At any rate, the look of the street doesn’t match Vayne’s aristocratic look. It might have been applicable had she been depicted hunting, but she is just posing. Vayne is well drawn with adequate use of colours and subtle but well placed reflections. Overall, not a bad piece that has some obvious inconsistencies.
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Conclusion: Aristocrat Vayne has a very distinct look with heavy steampunk inspiration. Vayne’s design is quite exotic, even extravagant, and that may not appeal to everyone. Moreover, her arm crossbow is only re-textured; the model is the same as Classic Vayne. In spite of all of this, the skin provides an interesting look for a very attractive price. It may not be for everyone, but those that do like it shouldn’t miss on Aristocrat Vayne.

Dragonslayer Vayne
Dragonslayer Vayne Splash Art Dragonslayer Vayne Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vayne dressed in blue armour shaped in the form of a dragon.
Model: New model for Vayne and her crossbows.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In this piece Vayne dramatically aims her arm crossbow while the head of a dragon comes from behind her back. The rest of the background is minimal: just a stone floor. However, this helps focus attention on the dragon and the fire burning in its mouth. The light emitted by the flames shines all over Vayne and the reflections on her armour are well placed to highlight its design. Vayne herself is quite well drawn; with intricate and detailed clothing. While the focus on the dragon may steal some attention from Vayne, all in all, it’s a pretty good splash art.
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Conclusion: Dragonslayer Vayne is a skin with a conventional concept and an atypical execution: instead of opting for heavy dragon-shaped armour Vayne wears light dragon-inspired armour; maybe too light. The appeal of this unusual execution is what will actually decide if the skin is worthy of a purchase. The actual execution is quite good: not only does her helmet and back crossbow match as dragon heads but her boots and plates also evoke a dragon look.
Regardless, the colour scheme seems a bit off as it’s easy to imagine red, black or brown dragons but blue dragons are rather rare. Therefore, if you, on the one hand, think that Vayne is showing too much skin for a blue dragon warrior you’ll probably have some justified qualms about getting Dragonslayer Vayne. On the other hand, if you think that light armour is better suited for a crossbow wielder and have no issues with her lack of frontal protection you should consider getting Dragonslayer Vayne.

Heartseeker Vayne
Heartseeker Vayne Splash Art Heartseeker Vayne Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vayne dressed in Cupid-styled clothes for Valentine’s Day.
Model: New model for Vayne and her crossbows.
Particles: New small bolts from her arm crossbow for her auto-attack. New big bolts from her back crossbow for Condemn and auto-attack during Final Hour. New hearts effect when using Tumble.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art shows that a complex and rich background doesn’t necessarily detract from the champion depicted. The different focus applied to the background flowers clearly marks them as the frame of the action. While Vayne does share the picture with Dr. Mundo, he is inactive and laying on the floor with one of Vayne bolts. This bolt marks Vayne’s presence on him and moves the attention back to her. Vayne enjoys a high quality portrayal with great use of lighting and colours to enhance the appearance of the different materials that make her clothes. Moreover, the piece also tells a little and fun story while providing a good display of Vayne’s look. In summary, an excellent splash art and one of the best in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Some skins throw realism out of the window and concentrate on delivering a funny concept; Heartseeker Vayne is one such skin. The execution is quite good, with lots of details and high quantity of hearts in display. Moreover, her new bolts and Tumble hearts push even further the heart theme. It’s a real pity then that Vayne’s appearance doesn’t resemble the style depicted in the splash art that well; especially considering the wonderful and superior look portrayed in the splash art.
In the end, the decision of whether Heartseeker Vayne is worth purchasing lays only in how much you like the actual execution of her Valentine style. If you like her real, in-game Valentine Day look then you’ll be getting a skin that is a step above others in quality. If you think that the concept is too much of a stretch or that the execution falters in comparison to the promise made by the splash art, then no amount of new particles will make Heartseeker Vayne any more acceptable and you may want to pass on it.

Conclusion

Vayne’s wardrobe is the very definition of diverse. Fortunately, that doesn’t apply to quality as all of her skins are quite good. Depending on what you are after, different skins will appeal to you. If you want a skin that is above usual offerings Heartseeker Vayne delivers if you can stomach the infusion of hearts. For something more traditional Dragonslayer Vayne and Aristocrat Vayne are available; however, both have their share of peculiarities.

In essence, Vayne’s has quality skins on offer in the technical aspect; it’s actually the concepts and executions that may not appeal to everybody. Therefore, when shopping for clothes for Vayne, it’s more a matter of liking the execution of the skin and ignoring the splash arts’ allusions.

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

  1. Aristocrat vayne is a reference to bayonneta ^o^ atleast the look and hairstyle is undeniable ;)

    • Well, Bayonetta was released before Vayne and her aristocratic style so it’s a possibility. Still, we only see a passing similarity. For instance, Bayonetta seems based on fantasy while Aristocrat Vayne on steampunk. It could be a reference anyway but we don’t see it clearly.

  2. Are you gonna review the skt t1 skins?

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