The newest patch of World of Warcraft included lots of new stuff.  Many of the character models have been given an update.  This isn’t really “news”.  We’ve been hearing about this for a while now.  Everyone who cared to could easily view a preview of the new character models via YouTube and various blogs.  That being said, it still feels a bit strange to log in and see that your character looks a bit different now.

In this blog, you will see a “before and after” of what my WoW characters used to look like… and what they look like now. At the moment, it feels a bit strange and unfamiliar.  I believe that I will get used to the new look after I play some more.  The “before” screenshots were taken on September 19, 2014.  The “after” screenshots were taken on October 17, 2014.

My Tauren seems to have aged a bit.  She also has ears now!  I’m not sure if the Tauren have gotten slightly smaller, or if the new “starting screens” just make it look that way.  Taurens now have a much more “humanoid cow” look to them.  It is a big improvement (but the changes did freak me out a little bit at first.)

My Undead no longer looks terrified and miserable after realizing she has become one of the Foresaken.   She’s become confident and started using mascara.

My Orc has undergone a huge transformation!

My Pandaran looks exactly the same.  This was to be expected.  The Pandas weren’t getting a model upgrade. They didn’t need one.

My Night Elf has had some subtle changes made.  The ears look a lot better than they used to. Her hair has gotten a bit darker.  I’m not sure yet about the eyebrows.  I mean, they seem a bit more under control now than before, but they also reminds me of insect antenna.

The facial markings are much more clear and easy to see.  To me, it kind of looks like the first photo was taken freshman year of high school, and the last one is her yearbook photo as a senior.

Oh, no!  I forgot to take a “starting screen” screenshot of my Human!  Instead, I’ll have to use an in-game screenshot that was taken the same day as the rest of the “before” photos.

My slightly older looking rogue, with the suspicious expression, has gotten younger!  She’s got a trendier haircut and an innocent, wide-eyed, expression.  To be honest, I’m not very pleased with this change right now.

I also forgot to take a “starting screen” screenshot of my Draenei.  So, here’s a “before” from the same day as the other “before” screenshots, but from in-game.  I wish I would have thought to take the helmet off! That would have made the changes much more obvious.

Right now, I can’t be sure if her eyes look more “cheery” now,  or if that is nothing more than the way this helmet makes them look. She’s got blue eyes now, instead of white.  Beyond that… well, I guess I’ll have a better idea of what changed after I get back in the game and take the helmet off.

Did the Dwarves actually get smaller?  It seems so, judging from nothing more than the old and new “starting screens”.  I’ll have to wait until I get back in the game to see if that is so.

Even if the height of the Dwarves is the same as it used to be – there clearly has been a big transformation made!  Her skin tone is less pale.  Her hair is somewhat less orange.  She has an entirely new face!  My first impression is – I love it!  I’m looking forward to see if the two, long, braids that go down her back still float in the air when she casts certain spells.

My Gnome is a Death Knight – and she is absolutely adorable!  Her eyebrows have changed.  She went from a blank, dead, expression, to a somewhat quizzical one.

Her hair looks much better than before.  It looks less like cotton candy now.  Her eyes seem to glow more than they did, but I think that might be due to her slightly darker skin tone.  When I rolled this character, I intended to make an adorable Death Knight.  It is nice to see that the changes kept her adorableness intact!

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