Feb 282013
 
Singed, the Mad Chemist
Singed, the Mad Chemist

Singed, the Mad Chemist has a peculiar way of fighting his enemies, something that his skins ignore for the most part. Regardless, there are still a few interesting concepts that suit his unique ingenuity. If you are going to be chased don’t forget two things: leave a poison trail and check his skins’ review to scamper with style.

Riot Squad Singed
Riot Squad Singed Splash Art Riot Squad Singed Model
Category: Promotional
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Singed as a riot policeman.
Model: Moderate model changes for Singed.
Particles: New colour for Poison Trail.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The left side of this piece is simply nothing, all the action takes place on the remaining two-thirds. The background is a mess of brush strokes: in the middle some sort of building and a few flames are hinted. Singed’s depiction is correct: good proportions, adequate lines and passable shading; though some parts are rather diffuse. All in all, a splash art that is useful but isn’t actually good.
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Conclusion: Riot Squad Singed is a rather reasonable look for Singed that is effective at adapting his bulwark but forces other elements into Singed’s whimsical, classic style. The policeman look is quite nice with a fitting gas mask and reasonable gear. Unfortunately, the grenades are a stretch; especially the large one. As they always end up bursting with chemicals they look like capriciously designed flasks. Still, the new poison trail colour helps give the skin an identity so that it manages to stand out a bit. Overall, it’s a nice skin with a somewhat forceful implementation but appealing in the end.

Hextech Singed
Hextech Singed Splash Art Hextech Singed Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Singed as a steampunk chemist.
Model: Moderate model changes for Singed.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a green chaos from beginning to end. The background is just a bunch of green hues and, maybe, suggestions of tools. Singed’s portrayal suffers from the restricted colour palette: while the lines are mostly adequate the actual look isn’t a captive to emerald tones as depicted. In the end, it’s a splash art that needs a replacement. As it is, it gives an idea of the hextech look but nothing else.
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Conclusion: Hextech Singed is a steampunk re-interpretation of Singed with its ups and downs. On the bright side, the wood and metal gear gives an antique aesthetic that is rather eye-catching. Conversely, the design is a bit exaggerated: the serrated blade on the bulwark and the convoluted container on the back aren’t, ultimately, of much use; just decoration. Still, in general the skin remains original despite its idiosyncrasies and accomplishes an air of technological advancement. If you’d like something different that keeps the mad chemist feel then Hextech Singed is a good choice.

Surfer Singed
Surfer Singed Splash Art Surfer Singed Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Singed as a surfer covered in bandages.
Model: Major model changes for Singed.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A peaceful beach to rest along a good drink isn’t a bad idea. While it looks a bit empty and roughly shaded it’s an acceptable depiction and fitting setting. Singed looks rather comical in this case which makes the perspective, with exaggerated size for his feet, a nice touch. The shading is a bit sketchy like the background and the colours don’t match those used in-game in all cases. Regardless, it’s a splash art that works, not perfectly, but on the whole.
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Conclusion: Surfer Singed is a skin that tries to be funny and while it has a few clever winks it largely isn’t effective. The good parts are few: the SPF of 3 in Taric’s lotion speaks for the quality of his products, the board brand is a nice reference to Bilgewater and the glass has quite an elaborate design. Regardless, the idea of having a scarred chemist at the beach looking like a mummy doesn’t stay funny for long. From the wig to the large flip-flops the intent is evident but it remains that. In general, it’s a skin with a certainly peculiar attractiveness but not really that funny.

Mad Scientist Singed
Mad Scientist Singed Splash Art Mad Scientist Singed Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Singed dressed as a classic mad scientist.
Model: New model for Singed.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background aims to show a laboratory filled with chemical ingenuity but instead we get a blurry industrial complex. The test tubes connected to some device seem whimsical and the wagon passing for table, where Singed works, feels ill suited. Conversely, even though not much is shown of him, Singed looks great. The lines and shading work well to bring to life a demented scientist only concerned with his experimentations. Although mixing chemicals on a bare table is an exaggeration the liquid splashes are eye-catching despite looking a bit too solid. Overall, it’s quite an impressive portrayal but in general a disappointing splash art.
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Conclusion: Mad Scientist Singed is a more traditional take on the mad chemist that, even if imperfect, manages to streamline the best parts of the theme. The large test tubes on the back and inexplicable bulwark are necessary sacrifices to achieve the result. However, the patched tunic, filled tool belt including some strange choices for a chemist and lunatic visage manage a great look. Unfortunately, some things aren’t as good as they could: neither the colour of the Erlenmeyer flask or gigantic test tubes’ content match that of his Mega Adhesive, Poison Trail and Insanity Potion; respectively. All things considered, Mad Scientist Singed is a pleasing skin that delivers an appealing and classic concept.

Augmented Singed
Augmented Singed Splash Art Augmented Singed Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Singed as a chemically-enhanced warrior.
Model: New model for Singed.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In the background, the polluting factories of a city mark its obsession with progress. Everything looks like a silhouette and not even lightning seems to be able to change that. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the effect of the rain is practically invisible. Singed appears running and leaving his classic poison trail behind. The stance is great to show his look and also adds dynamism to the piece; but as he leans so much parts of his body end up concealed. Nevertheless, Singed doesn’t ignore the weather, for the most part: his body shines under the lightning flash while the drops explode on a few surfaces. The shading is very well done, especially the metal, but the cloth seems a little drab. Additionally, his arm looks weird as it seems to lack biceps and the skin colour reminds of wax. All things considered, it’s an interesting and attractive splash art, with some flaws, but good nonetheless.
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Conclusion: A chemically improved fighter is nothing new but Augmented Singed’s choices attain a distinct look; along a not too subtle Bane reference. What is there to see it’s located from the waist up and there’s a lot: the gear seems rather practical despite its complexity as the design seems reasonable for infusing a serum directly to a human body. There certainly is a layer of visual flair but it’s kept at a logical level. In particular, there’s some inevitable decoration but the aesthetic is effective at communicating power through technology. In the end, the look is rather interesting even if it doesn’t astound. Therefore, if you’d like a serious aspect with a layer of modernism then Augmented Singed is a great option.

Snow Day Singed
Snow Day Singed Splash Art Snow Day Singed Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Singed enjoying a day in the snow.
Model: New model for Singed.
Particles: New particles for his Portablizzard backpack and abilities.
Animations: New animation for his Portablizzard backpack and recall.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blurry background barely allows the setting to be seen. There are trees, snow, a burrowed yordle and a flying Ziggs but it seems rather empty while the yordles stand as mere decoration. Singed’s charge is evident but also feels unnecessary. His clothes appear a bit dull as the surfaces look flat due to the shading and his face is also peculiar as it might be too sinister for the context. Singed may be far from a good-natured chemist but his visage seems exaggerated. When taken as a whole, the piece manages to depict Singed in his snow day gear but doesn’t go beyond that. It tries to fit him in a relevant place but the unlinked elements are nothing more than a frame.
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Conclusion: Snow Day Singed is a skin with a clear funny vein but, fortunately, it’s more than that. It also gives a plausible idea of how a person would ready to spend a day on the snow. There is a certain degree of mad genius at work but it all, forcefully, adds up to be more than a mere joke. The clothes and snow gear are reasonable and while they might seem a bit flat when inspected they fulfil their role well. Thus, when the particles are added the skin comes to life with a consistent and distinct style. It’s a very good skin but not perfect: the rackets seem unnecessary and the colour palette could’ve been more varied and brighter. Regardless, Snow Day Singed does what it sets out even if in a convoluted way. It has some rough edges, which are more than just apparent, but in general it’s a great skin for the Mad Chemist.

Conclusion

Singed’s skins don’t always manage to make the most of this chemicals or distinct mind but there are some nice alternatives. Mad Scientist and Augmented Singed are the recommended skins as they not only develop his natural affinity for experimentation but they also ground it with some interesting and appealing concepts.

Additionally, Hextech Singed is a unique steampunk option that will please fans of Singed and may even attract those that like something with a flair of antiquity. Sadly, Surfer Singed is a skin that seems like a good joke but that isn’t that funny in the end. It may appeal to you if you want something decidedly not serious but that’s about it.

Snow Day Singed also follows the funny path but manages to be more than a temporary joke. In spite of a convoluted adaptation it has a unique identity and eye-catching particles. If you can accept its imperfections it’s quite a good choice for the Mad Chemist.

Finally, Riot Squad Singed may be a good skin to catch for the new Poison Trail colour and passable policeman adaptation. Still, it’s not such an accomplishment so as to make it irresistible; except for collectors.

  8 Responses to “League of Legends: Singed Skins’ Review”

  1. augmented singed has new green trail isn’t he

    • Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Augmented Singed brought all new particles for his abilities but they also replaced the old particles for all of Singed’s skins; with a single exception.

      Currently, only Riot Squad Singed has a different colour for Poison Trail.

  2. Could you review Zilean? I want to know if Shurima Desert is worth getting and if Groovy is just plain dumb. Haha

    • Sure, Zilean added to the list; we shouldn’t have armoured bears freely roaming the reviews without a zealous watcher.

      Shurima Desert seems like the skin that innovates the most with Zilean’s look; though it still retains a lot of his classic style. Besides, Groovy sure looks feistily polychromatic; nothing like flower-power and good vibes to win a battle.

  3. Thanks for the prompt Victorious Morgana review! I couldn’t have agreed more xD Think it’s time to update singed’s skins too though. I feel like augmented took a step down while the rest and mad scientist in particular got a lot better. Mad scientist’s shield and design really stand out to me now

    • Maybe, we didn’t feel the differences were that significant. In Mad Scientist’s case the real star is the lab coat. Augmented simply got a layer of polish, apparently. Truth be told, it seems like the base was kept and there was just some superficial refinement for Singed skins.

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