Jul 262012
 
Xin Zhao, the Seneschal of Demacia
Xin Zhao, the Seneschal of Demacia

Xin Zhao, the Seneschal of Demacia is a warrior at heart who feels at ease in both the arena and the military. His skins reflect this fact as well as many stages of his life as Noxian gladiator, Demacian soldier or any other spear wielding warrior. To discover how Xin Zhao looks in his fighter outfits read further on this skins’ review.

Commando Xin Zhao
Commando Xin Zhao Splash Art Commando Xin Zhao Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Commando as a member of the Demacian Commandos.
Model: Moderate model changes for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Commando Xin Zhao looks like half a splash art but what little is shown is reasonably good. The background, or what little of it is actually drawn, depicts abundant foliage with sun rays. It doesn’t look bad but the inclusion of a sort of fog seems strange; yet it’s passable. Xin Zhao is well portrayed: his clothes show folds, his armour shines under the sun and his stance shows determination. Oddly, the pony tail is whimsically drawn; not to say it’s plain weird. Additionally, he looks maybe too stern for someone standing alone in the middle of a forest. Besides, the limited colour palette brings little variety and while consistent it also feels restrictive. The last straw is how half of the piece is masked as the darkness of a sunny forest. This economy in background use erodes the quality of the splash art and results in an unsatisfactory product.
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Conclusion: Commando Xin Zhao is an alright skin that makes use of a militaristic style but doesn’t exploit it very well. It’s adequate that the skin doesn’t heavily reference modern warfare so that it doesn’t look unfitting for a fantasy setting. The armour does look good, though a bit flat, and the spear design is nice. Conversely, the modern army reference remains as the core concept and so the skin doesn’t convince; truth is, the skin isn’t attractive. Maybe it’s the subdued execution but the fact remains that Commando Xin Zhao looks rather plain.

Imperial Xin Zhao
Imperial Xin Zhao Splash Art Imperial Xin Zhao Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao imagined as a Chinese warrior.
Model: New textures for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Imperial Xin Zhao’s splash art is quite good and eye-catching. The background shows stone statues that provide an adequate setting. Xin Zhao poses dramatically in an excellent depiction. Not only are the lighting and shading superb but also the use of perspective and attention to detail. Unfortunately, Xin Zhao’s silhouette is delineated with a yellow aura. Coupled with the different style used between his portrayal and the background the resulting piece seems made from two different layers. Although this lowers the quality of the piece and leaves a bad impression it still is a good splash art.
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Conclusion: Imperial Xin Zhao is a simple and appealing skin that manages to deliver its concept with just new textures. The skin isn’t stunning but it’s really well done: the armour looks sturdy and believable, the clothes follow the colour scheme and appearance is adapted into that of a veteran warrior. The final result is good but the colour palette ends up feeling too mute and restricted. Imperial Xin Zhao is a nice and cheap skin recommended for fans of Chinese warriors; it’s not great but does enough with its modest textures.

Viscero Xin Zhao
Viscero Xin Zhao Splash Art Viscero Xin Zhao Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao dressed as a Noxian gladiator from The Fleshing arena.
Model: New model for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The splash art of Viscero Xin Zhao is interesting and straightforward. The background is The Fleshing Noxian arena for gladiators. While the setting contains an ample amount of details the drawing is uneven; one example is the border of the platform in the middle of the piece. Fortunately, the oppressive though drab arena is effective at displaying Xin Zhao’s lethality; experienced firsthand by the massive dead warrior. Xin Zhao’s stance and depiction is just as effective: the dents on his armour, the blood dripping from his spear, his defiant expression show how good of a gladiator he is. Still, while the metal is very nicely drawn other parts look sketchy in comparison; like cloth, skin and hair. In the end, Viscero Xin Zhao has an impressive splash art that is brought down by unequal quality.
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Conclusion: Viscero Xin Zhao harkens back to Xin Zhao’s days as a gladiator which makes the skin both suitable and relevant. Furthermore, the style is realistic yet appealing: the armour protects his exposed side, a loincloth his modesty and his spear resembles a trident; similar to a Roman retiarius. In addition to this, touches like the scars on his body, the mail under the armour and the matching spikes on his left gauntlet and helmet add depth without being unnecessary embellishments. In conclusion, Viscero Xin Zhao is a great skin recommended for fans of Xin Zhao and gladiators.

Winged Hussar Xin Zhao
Winged Hussar Xin Zhao Splash Art Winged Hussar Xin Zhao Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao wearing the armour of a Polish Winged Hussar cavalry soldier.
Model: New model for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Winged Hussar Xin Zhao is a piece that prefers to fill the background with a few colours and make it pass for a sky, so as to focus on Xin Zhao himself. As such an outstanding portrait of Xin Zhao is in order but not delivered. In fact, the piece seems to do as much as would suffice to get it simply done. So the horse is well delineated but simply inked, Xin Zhao shows good reflections and use of perspective but the shading makes him look plain. The problem may be that the piece has an acceptable concept but the execution is lacking: the composition is too titled to the right, the colours are dark and mesh with each other. Therefore, this isn’t an horrible piece but it leaves much to be desired to even resemble good.
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Conclusion: Winged Hussar Xin Zhao is a skin based on the eponymous Polish cavalrymen. This stylized version of the Winged Hussars follows the historical look of the armour in general but still adds some extra ornamentation; especially the vambraces and spaulders. Overall, the classic Winged Hussar aesthetic is respected and executed well; in particular the helmet and cuirass. The boots and trousers look practical but the design and colours clash with the armour. It seems as if the skin is at odds trying to accomplish historical accuracy and an exciting fantasy look at the same time. Therefore, the upper body is ornamented while the lower half is plain and one can only wonder why there’s no protection for the hands plus what is a cavalryman doing on foot. Ultimately, Winged Hussar Xin Zhao adapts the look of the elite cavalry, not as effectively as it deserved but, well enough.

Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao
Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao Splash Art Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao in the image of Zhao Yun from the Three Kingdoms period.
Model: New model for Xin Zhao and his spear plus new lightning particle for the spear’s blade.
Particles: New particles for Three Talon Strike, Battle Cry, Audacious Charge and Crescent Sweep.
Animations: New beginning of match animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece’s only background is a distant hurricane on the left. The sudden stop of the horse adds dynamism but hardly compensates for the empty setting. The whole of the piece is presented in motion and that is reflected in both Xin Zhao and his horse. The gusts of wind displayed to reinforce the movement seem redundant and annoying, as they occlude the portrayal, but are tolerable. At least, the equine looks incredible and echoes Xin Zhao’s expression; also nicely depicted. In fact, Xin Zhao’s impeccable armour shines and the clothes twist, like the horse’s neck, to face the viewer; a nice touch that adds immersion to the piece. All things considered, it’s a splash art that readily catches attention and gathers interest on the subject but ends up being just a really good portrayal while it could’ve been much more.
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Conclusion: Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao is a fantastic skin in more than one way despite its price. The armour is lavishly designed but doesn’t cover much of his body or look very sturdy. The clothes are rather simple but the dragon pattern on the chest breaks the monotony. The spear looks practical and is nicely designed so as to match Xin Zhao’s style. Overall, the look isn’t great but it does a good job at representing a stylized warrior. Fortunately, the wind, lightning and tornado particles are a great addition that adds a welcome layer of fantasy. Not only are the particles eye-catching but they give Xin Zhao a distinct identity. Therefore, he certainly looks and feels fantastic but in an appealing way. All in all, it’s a rather good skin for Xin Zhao fans that suffers from a rather steep price. So, if you’d like a dazzling fantasy fighter then this is a good choice; but better caught while on sale.

Conclusion

Xin Zhao’s skins are all variants of spearmen with varying degrees of quality but there are interesting options. The recommended skin is Viscero Xin Zhao as it successfully portrays an interesting and important part of his past. Additionally, Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao is also a good choice that provides an appealing and fantastic wind-powered warrior look.

Winged Hussar Xin Zhao and Imperial Xin Zhao aren’t bad options either: the first lets down with its execution and the second is restricted by it; still they are both good skins at their prices. Finally, Commando Xin Zhao may appeal to fans of modern armies but while it isn’t unsuitable it neither is exciting.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Xin Zhao Skins’ Review”

  1. Tranks for the skins review..!

  2. Im thinking of buying Viscero Xin Zhao, but im unsure if Xin is getting a new skin soon :(

    • A Romance of the Three Kingdoms inspired skin is supposed to be in the works for both Xin Zhao and Jarvan IV. They are intended to be released to commemorate the first year of League of Legends in China; released by the end of 2011.

      Viscero Xin Zhao is quite a nice skin but waiting would be the wisest choice if you don’t want to purchase both.

    • yes i remember when they announced those skins but they are still not released? do u think they have been canceled
      (thanks for reply)

      • They are, indeed, not released yet and there aren’t any news about them either. To be sincere, nothing says that they been cancelled; especially as they seemed to be well received.

        We’ll probably just have to wait for the next year.

  3. how bout the warring kingdom xin zhao?

  4. This page needs to be updated with Warring kingdoms xin

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