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DW7 Cao Ren De-Fuglified
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Published: December 16, 2010
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Cao Ren's DW7 costume has nice armor, some questionably oversized upper body proportions, and a hideous face model. Hence, this quick attempt to improve him. I pleasantly surprised myself with this concept. I'll do a cleaner version with more tweaks when I get my hands on a high-res source.

Original image courtesy of Famitsu

Changelog:

- Gave him a DW4 face transplant and enlarged his head.
- Spliced on Xu Huang's DW6 helmet tassel to add height and decrease that pinhead effect.
- Trimmed down his shoulder line, pauldrons, torso curve, and pants.
- Slightly widened his waist. Combined with the above tweaks, this makes him look less waspish.
- Flared the leg guard to balance some of the shoulder width.
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Xaldin007's avatar
Seriously, why can't Koei just let you design Cao Ren's look for now on? The changes are few but it makes a world of difference, nice show.
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RydainHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I understand that they were trying to give him a more intimidating presence, which I can get behind. (Much as I loved Understated Ren, he wasn't that distinctive to the general fan base when compared to guys like Xiahou Dun and Zhang Liao.) I don't see why they felt the need to make him so top-heavy and ugly in the process. Who were they trying to impress? People hot for Dong Zhuo who wanted someone else to squee over? I don't get it.
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I'm just glad Sima Yi got away with little change. Still, the lack of purple and his hat bug me. >_> But his fan is badass now. :D

And at least Lu Meng got a good one. They've been doing good with him since DW6.
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TenryuuHobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats.
You managed to save the fucked-up face design and I'm actually not minding the strange armor now.

When I look at this, I can smile.

When I look at the original I'm having a cat-like reaction of 'do not want - go away!!!' bristling and at least mentally hissing.
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RydainHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I'll be drawing him this way as well, shield and all. I'm right there with you. I get attached to my favorites because of their established personality and style. I want to enjoy seeing that built on, not cringe in embarrassment whenever they come onscreen.

It's a shame - this costume could have blown me away if the design team bothered to comprehend what made Cao Ren so memorable in his prior incarnations. Sadly, I suspect that the dour face is part of a grouchy, angry personality shift that wouldn't have matched up with his previous looks.

At least I still have Lu Meng, Xiahou Yuan, and Old Man Archer.
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TenryuuHobbyist Digital Artist
We can still hope and pray that the design is the only thing they managed to mess up.

Given how they pimped Meng to be the new symbol of sexiness, I still can't believe some of the designs...

It's like every 10th or something is a full hit and jackpot, half are 'okay' and the remaining stuff is split in 'meh' and 'OMFG!!! MY EYES!!!'

I knwo I'm being evil here, but I'm starting to wonder if I couldn't design something better for ALL of the characters.

The only one with a full fail desing so far is the new kingdom of Jin.
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