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If you haven’t heard, go here, and go here.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Yes, after you have quit screaming with your joy-gasm over this change.. a change that Eve players have wanted for years.  It appears that they are going to try to essentially give you a blueprint for the paint job, and when you combined it from a packaged ship (yes, I did say packaged.. if it isn’t packaged it won’t work), it gives the ship a brand new skin!

There are two Blueprints for each type, a single use and a 10x use.  For frigates the cost is 45 Aurum per use, and for battleships the current cost is 320 Aurum per use.  The process takes about a minute on Sisi and costs a little less than a 1000 isk to use a public manufacturing hub.

So far these are the ships being tested on:

  • Abaddon
  • Rokh
  • Maelstrom
  • Hyperion
  • Rifter
  • Incursus
  • Merlin
  • Punisher

And here is what they look like (oh, and if you look real close, you’ll see all those battleships got a bit of remodel on SiSi too.  Now, on top of that, I will rate how well I think these changes are.

Kador Edition Abaddon

Kador Edition Abaddon

The Abaddon has definitely been remodeled, but the you gotta love this paint job.  Metallic Blue with Black Trim.  This thing looks menacing and awesome.  There is some silver/grey on the nose of the ship, but it is hard to see.  However, I would say that this is probably going to be one of the more favored skins out there.  Verdict: Awesome

Nugoeihuvi Edition Rokh

Nugoeihuvi Edition Rokh

Again, the Nugoeihuvi skin really stands out compared to the base Rokh.  I personally think this particular skin looks better on larger ships.. true, it does look like silver/brown camo, but it is distinctive and I’m sure the more imaginative members of Eve will consider the brown the dried blood of their fallen foes.  Verdict: Awesome!

Kursual Edition Maelstrom

Kursual Edition Maelstrom

Sorry, I just don’t see it.  Sure, it isn’t brown, it is blood copper color.. which can only be seen at very close range.  You wouldn’t notice it otherwise.  There is no pattern either, not that you could really see the contrast if there was.  Verdict: Disappointed.

Aliastra Edition Hyperion

Aliastra Edition Hyperion

When you can see it, it looks cool.  However, unlike the Incursus, the change from the Aquamarine/Metal Grey to Black/Metal Grey with Red trim just didn’t do as well.  It is pretty hard to see the contrast under typical lighting conditions and so it just blends into all Metal Grey.  The red trim is so sparce that it gets easily lost and you have to look for it to see it.  Verdict:  Needs some work.

Krusual Edition Rifter

Krusual Edition Rifter

Okay.. if you look REAL closely you can see that the color scheme on the Rifter went from Dusty Brown to Blood Red.. which is very, very difficult to see the difference in, especially when you have other dark colors around.  No pattern either.  Verdict: Disappointed.

Aliastra Edition Incursus

Aliastra Edition Incursus

The Aliastra skin Incursus looks really nice and I really like the color scheme.  Going from the Aquamarine/Metal Grey color scheme to a Black/Metal Grey with Red trim looks really nice, and can be relatively easily seen.  No real design work however, just a simple color change with one trim piece.  Verdict: Awesome

Nugoeihuvi Edition Merlin

Nugoeihuvi Edition Merlin

This ship skin looks really nice and significantly different than the blue/grey of standard Caldari ship.  The Silver/Copper-Brown is different than what I expected for Caldari but it still pretty clean and easy to see.  The pattern design is definately different than the base Merlin so this gets a thumbs up. Verdict: Ugly but Awesome

Kador Edition Punisher

Kador Edition Punisher

Going from a Brown/Gold to a Blue/Gold is significantly different and despite how dark it is, you can still see the blue tint pretty easily.  There is no pattern, but the overall effect still looks good.  Verdict: Sweet!

Conclusion

Who did well?  I think it is a tie between Amarr and Caldari.  The dark, yet somehow vibrant blue looks sweet on the Abaddon and Punisher, while the Caldari get a camo scheme but with color that have great contrast and are appropriate for the environment.  The Gallente did pretty good, but the dark background of space really hurts the visual contrast on the skins.  The race that clearly got the shaft was the Minmatar.  Copper Blood-Red doesn’t look at that much different than brown at any distance and even in the ship hanger is really didn’t come off as “WOW!” like the other ships did.  Hopefully, there are some other ideas for the Minmatar that can be brought up to make them “WOW!” like the rest.

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