Sep 252012
 
Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper
Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper

Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper isn’t a vampire but comes really close with his blood magic. The hemomancer can dress in wildly different outfits: some further his refined look while others rely on his vicious power. Read his skins’ review to figure out whether Vladimir is able to make his elegance and sadism co-exist.

Count Vladimir
Count Vladimir Splash Art Count Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vladimir styled in black: black clothes and hair.
Model: New textures for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Among a graveyard Vladimir poses totally clad in black. The mist on the graveyard is appropriate and, considering it’s during the night, the lack of visibility is understandable. However, this results in a background that looks repressed and lacks relevance; not to mention that the left area is simply a patch of black. Vladimir’s portrayal is unconvincing: the cloth looks drab, the metal alright and his visage bored. On top of that, the floating blood ball feels solid and massive instead of liquid. In conclusion, a low quality splash art.
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Conclusion: Count Vladimir is a plain re-texture of Vladimir, the result is a stern visage and leather clothes but it hardly amounts to anything significant or even attractive. On the contrary, it seems to actually give a simpler, less interesting look that makes a purchase rather questionable. Still, fans of black leather may find the style appealing to their tastes.

Marquis Vladimir
Marquis Vladimir Splash Art Marquis Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blonde Vladimir wearing elegant embroidered clothes.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: While the night is a good excuse to have a dark background the lack of clarity makes the setting difficult to discern. The characteristics of the gothic city behind Vladimir are mostly obfuscated but at least he’s clearly depicted. His clothes look good but there are too many folds which seem artificially placed. Besides, the texture of the materials makes them look like plastic; the same can be said about the leather, hair, skin and blurry blood. The composition of the piece isn’t bad but the implementation disappoints.
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Conclusion: Aristocratic elegance is quite suitable for Vladimir and Marquis Vladimir allows him to enjoy the pleasure of wearing an embroidered coat in addition to fine trousers and boots. The exquisite clothes and hairstyle provide a refined style that makes violence inappropriate and unbecoming of such stature. Therefore, while this skin gives him an impeccable look it also makes the visceral blood magic rather unsuitable. Regardless, the contradiction between looks and actions adds depth to the experience and helps make Marquis Vladimir a unique skin with an interesting, old fashioned feel. The Crimson Reaper is a refined predator and Marquis Vladimir is a great exponent of his nature and so highly recommended.

Nosferatu Vladimir
Nosferatu Vladimir Splash Art Nosferatu Vladimir Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vladimir with the aspect of a classic vampire.
Model: Minor model changes for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Over an old wall covered in webs a mysterious shadow advances. With claws forward it seems to approach its destination like a predator its prey. The setting provides an excellent frame for Vladimir and his depiction is really interesting. He seems to have been surprised just before attacking his victim and stands in the very moment when deciding whether to proceed or shift his attention to the new presence. The portrayal also helps: the skin is pale and shiny while the clothes are mute and simple. Actually, the cloth looks a bit sketchy at times but overall the look is good. On the whole, a very nice piece that perfectly capitalizes on its promising concept.
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Conclusion: Nosferatu Vladimir is minimal in terms of changes but the impact of those minuscule changes is astounding. The end result of changing Vladimir’s head, hands and altering the clothes is that of a classic vampire that is as appealing as it is nostalgic. Nosferatu Vladimir capitalizes on the core of Vladimir just like the film did in 1922: it’s a different take on the traditional vampire. Merging both concepts it’s not just fitting, it’s natural. Nosferatu Vladimir is an excellent skin despite its minimalism and makes clear that a good enough concept can transcend a limited execution.

Vandal Vladimir
Vandal Vladimir Splash Art Vandal Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vladimir dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: When darkness isn’t enough to cover a background, smoke will do. That is exactly what happens in this piece: the smoke cover is so thick that the city and riders behind are almost imperceptible. Vladimir’s depiction is alright yet his stance is a bit strange: he seems to be leaning to a side but his body contorts in a rather unnatural way. The motorbike looks good but just like Vladimir or the background the quality isn’t good. In conclusion, it’s a splash art that can and should be much better.
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Conclusion: The look of a punk biker is definitely well executed, albeit with a rather plain outfit, yet the concept of a biker gang appears ill suited for Vladimir. Not only does his classic self dress like a noble but his skins usually capitalize on elegance and refinement. Consequently, the punk style brings an unclean informal style that ends up feeling forced onto Vladimir. Alternatively, the style goes well with the use of blood as a weapon: they both are explicit ways of showing internal aggression. Therefore, Vandal Vladimir is a strange skin that suits his ways but not his style.

Blood Lord Vladimir
Blood Lord Vladimir Splash Art Blood Lord Vladimir Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Vladimir wearing an engraved armour with a super-natural aspect.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and emotes.
Animations: New animations for his emotes and death.
Sounds: New voice-over for Vladimir.
Splash Art: Blood Lord Vladimir’s splash art is just a portrayal of Vladimir. The background tries to convey the image of a gothic castle but it’s as obscure as it is plain. Conversely, Vladimir’s armour is quite a spectacle framed by an impressive vessel covered cape. In contrast to this, in-game the armour looks much simpler and the cape only has a black-red gradient on it. Additionally, the blood ball looks flat and unimpressive. Still, the jewel in the breastplate looks eye-catching and Vladimir’s intense stare coupled with his red eyes and pale hair make for an interesting style. In conclusion, this is an uneven piece that while concentrated on doing only one thing doesn’t actually perform it well.
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Conclusion: Blood Lord Vladimir is an impactful skin thanks the raw breadth of changes on display and a letdown because of their quality. The new model is quite elaborate but doesn’t compare to the notion given by the splash art. Regardless of that, the model looks monochromatic and doesn’t deliver the idea of pure power that the skin constantly boasts about. In particular, the voice over is so focused on presenting Vladimir as an unstoppable force that it becomes empty and boring. It turns into a constant reminder of Vladimir’s alleged might while losing the charm and plays on words of the classic voice over. In addition to this, the new blood particles are attractive even though they look more like mists instead of streams of blood. To sum up, the problem with Blood Lord Vladimir is that its concept of an all-powerful armoured blood mage isn’t effectively implemented. Considering its price, it’s a skin better appreciated by Vladimir’s most dedicated fans.

Conclusion

Champions usually have several interesting options available but in the case of Vladimir the best ones can be the most unexpected ones. Marquis Vladimir is the recommended skin as it capitalizes on Vladimir’s noble aesthetic. For a more roughed up look Vandal Vladimir is a fitting alternative while dedicated fans will find Blood Lord Vladimir an interesting, even if unconvincing, option.

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

  1. Zero you can make Brand skin’s review..? Plz… :)

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