Please note that as of June, 2008 Blizzard has expressed renewed interest in the detection of applications such as “Model Edit.” Use these beautiful modifications at your own risk.
It has long been a topic of much chagrin among Druids that our forms remain static and, in the opinions of some, ugly. The Bear Form model first seen at level 10 is the same model seen at level 70. One community member identified as Andrige has done more than complain about this issue. He’s gone through the extraordinary effort to create several beautiful new skins for each race’s forms, basing them upon the existing models (a limitation he hopes to circumvent in the future) and created a video of them being used in game.
While the use of these models would be a violation of the Terms of Service (and thus, I wouldn’t recommend it), it is still an amazing showcase of talent and dedication. I have to say that the award for "most improved" goes to his version of Tauren Cat Form, whose newly closed mouth and darker fur make it appear far more majestic than before. A close second would go to his alternative version of the Tauren Lynx model. I also like his Tree of Life models. I’ve never understood why the models for other combat-based forms are differentiated between Alliance and Horde, but we both look like rotten broccoli in Tree of Life.
Let’s hope that Blizzard takes notice of this community contribution and, rather than diverting resources to preventing it from being used or punishing its creator, instead appreciates the sentiment behind its creation: a love for the game, love for our characters, and a genuine desire to be improved upon aesthetically. In the author’s own words:
My hope is that this will make your Druid more enjoyable to play as well as giving the Developers a hint on that they’re in everyone’s eyes by now… slacking. I hope they’ll get this and perhaps give us some professional models that we all know they’re capable of, it just seemed they forgot us in the hurry of making cool tier sets and new content…
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