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Character Viewer Updated: Female Dwarf!
You can see the previously released models here. The character viewer update also added icons for the Blood Elf and Draenei models.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve updated the model viewer on our website with a look at one of the revised characters you’ll see in Azeroth and beyond with Warlords of Draenor. Meet the new and improved female Dwarf.

It was a challenge for our character artists to find a balance between the classic female dwarf model and the expressiveness of her fluid new animations, but we think the updated model says “descended from unyielding stone” as much as “griffon-riding, ale-swilling, loud-living hero.”

We’ll continue to unearth more of Draenor and the shiny visuals coming to World of Warcraft around the release of Warlords. Keep your magnifiers and spectacles ready!

New Orc Model Skin Colors
A few people were excited by the wording of the new Orc Female model post yesterday, so Bashiok made it clear that players won't have access to brown skins at this time.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
oh wait, green and brown-skinned, long-tusked heroine.
This is in reference to the brown skinned Orcs of Draenor, who will be using the new updated models as well of course.

We know there are a lot of requests for additional features and options, but as stated in this article "we made the decision early on to stay focused on improving what already exists in-game, and making sure we really nail it.

That said, we’ve also read your great ideas and feedback about features that you’d like to see as character customization options. Your collective voice matters to us, and we’d love to bring some of the coolest ideas to life someday if we can."

New Orc Female Model Feedback
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Can we please get rid of the corn row buzz cut thing? I would think my orc would know how to keep parts of her head clean shaven she has been keeping it clean shaven for years.
They're actually shaved lines, not braids. In some of the shots you can see they're not exact and not symmetrical, and that's intentional. Chris tweeted some backstory, and the intent is to give a bit more of a savage-warrior type vibe.

https://twitter.com/artofcgrobinson/...22244587466752

I painted in some shaved lines, like she shaves that area of her head with her axe as a sign of her kills. as an example of where we're making small adj. to give characters more depth without (hopefully) deviating too much (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Looks good, only quibble is the tusks, seem too thin. In the kiss pose they look like little mustachios
We're actually animating those for more range of motion with the face, so they're scaled down in that pose, not all the time. (Source)

Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes - February 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Missing Battle Pets and Mounts
  • Battle Pets and mounts that went missing since the patch should be restored on login.

Classes
  • Death Knight
    • Resolved an issue where Death Knights that had not completed the starter quests Where Kings Walk or Warchief's Blessing were able to attack NPCs belonging to their own faction.

Creatures
  • Resolved an issue where tracking for Honor Point awards on the first kill of rare spawns in Krasarang Wilds were not resetting correctly at the end of each day.

UI
  • User Interface Add-Ons are now able to send and receive friend invites with a note over Battle.net®.
    • Send event: BNSendFriendInvite(,)
    • Receive event to see the note text: BNGetFriendInviteInfoByAddon()

Isle of Thunder
  • Key to the Palace of Lei Shen should now have a chance to drop from rare spawns and golden treasure chests once more.

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved a crash that could occur if network connection is lost while loading into an area or instance.
  • Resolved an issue where the client was crashing while using certain User Interface Add-Ons.
  • Resolved an issue where the loading bar does not go away if the user cancels a cinematic while it's being streamed.

Connected Realms Update 2/20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 27th during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Alexstrasza and Terokkar
  • Exodar and Medivh
  • Frostwolf and Vashj
  • Gorefiend and Spinebreaker/Wildhammer
  • Gundrak and Jubei'Thos
  • Mug'thol and Dragonmaw/Akama

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, March 6 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar/Gorgonnash/The Forgotten Coast/ Warsong
  • Drak'thul and Skywall
  • Elune and Gilneas
  • Eredar and Wildhammer/Spinebreaker
  • Ghostlands and Kael'thas
  • Thunderlord and Azgalor/Azshara/Destromath

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.

  • Borean Tundra and Shadowsong
  • Ghostlands and Kael'thas
  • Scarlet Crusade and Feathermoon

The connection for Sisters of Elune and Cenarion Circle has been delayed. We'll provide an update at a later point in time.

* Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.

Battle.Net Shop Updates
The Battle.Net Shop was updated recently to list 3 Games and 8 Services, while only 2 Games and 7 Services are listed. This is likely another step towards Warlords of Draenor pre-orders and Level 90 Boosts!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Character Viewer Update -Female Dwarf, Orc Models, Feb 20 Hotfixes, Connected Realms started by chaud View original post
Comments 119 Comments
  1. moveth's Avatar
    That face. Why. Also omg. The file names on those pictures.
  1. Destil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    That face. Why. Also omg. The file names on those pictures.
    "Hello darkness, my old friend."
  1. Grimbold21's Avatar
    I love the male dwarf, but geez what have they done to the female dwarf face?!

    That mouth.....it's huge
  1. Titanic's Avatar
    Hell yeah Blizz!! Way to update the model viewer with the LEAST PLAYED MODEL IN GAME!!! Also, gross, guess you can only polish a terd so much
  1. Axaron's Avatar
    Why would they not use the updated models for the storefront pictures?
  1. brandileigh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    That face. Why. Also omg. The file names on those pictures.
    Yeah I was excited for dwarf lady now I'm kind of horrified.

    And so apparently the web team cannot count?
  1. Zero_Raven's Avatar
    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/warlords...or/#characters

    I'm pretty sure that draenei and blood elf portraits weren't there 3 hours ago... Or am I crazzee person ?
  1. StationaryHawk's Avatar
    I don't know about anyone else, but I like it. It's about what I expected for them. They're tough, hammer-throwing, beer-loving women.
  1. Alth's Avatar
    Dem teeth lmao
  1. Aeluron Lightsong's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Hell yeah Blizz!! Way to update the model viewer with the LEAST PLAYED MODEL IN GAME!!! Also, gross, guess you can only polish a terd so much
    Hmm...seems someone is...bypassing a ban.
  1. Immitis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Hell yeah Blizz!! Way to update the model viewer with the LEAST PLAYED MODEL IN GAME!!! Also, gross, guess you can only polish a terd so much
    as blizzard has said before they are updating all the models at the same time.

    just because a model is played less or more doesnt effect how soon it gets done. art doesnt work like that.

    they arent going one by one they are doing all of them all the time all at once.

    male human is like the most played race. well maybe they are having problems figuring out how to nail the human. maybe something happened internally, perhaps the main human guy lacked a bit of inspiration one day and that slowed down his work a bit.

    you cant shove art on a conveyor belt and just smash it out. thats not how art works.
  1. SanityGdiaf's Avatar
    Oh sweet jesus... the first dwarf female remodel was enticing to play and this new one looks like crap. Definitely not race changing to fem dwarf now. She honestly looks like a female shrek. Not even Fiona. Just Shrek.
  1. Holywraths's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Raven View Post
    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/warlords...or/#characters

    I'm pretty sure that draenei and blood elf portraits weren't there 3 hours ago... Or am I crazzee person ?
    well i guess they will after all come out with new model at launch for both then =O
  1. Sky High's Avatar
    that first pic thou.
  1. Immitis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Holywraths View Post
    well i guess they will after all come out with new model at launch for both then =O
    no. the only models confirmed for launch are the finished ones.

    male dwarf
    female dwarf
    male gnome
    male orc

    all other models are unfinished. they are not promised to be at launch.
  1. Keristrasza's Avatar
    She looks fine, imo. Sure she's not amazing like the Orc female (Whom I'm surprisingly impressed with considering up until that moment I hated orcs, especially the females) but she is far better than what we currently have.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Raven View Post
    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/warlords...or/#characters

    I'm pretty sure that draenei and blood elf portraits weren't there 3 hours ago... Or am I crazzee person ?
    Also, no they weren't there. They were updated the same time the female dwarf was added.
  1. ben-'s Avatar
    The female dwarfs breasts arent big enough. They have shrunk even since their first culling . I like to play female dwarves, and these arent as good as the first version they showed.
  1. Zephre's Avatar
    The female dwarves facial animations look terrible, but who cares it's not like anyone plays them anyway.
  1. Aryiez's Avatar
    At first glance the fem dwarf looked really nice but that mouth, those emotes....stuff nightmares are made of. I thought their mouths were much smaller than that.

    Love the fem Orc and male dwarf, hate the nose on the fem human, totally different than the in game model.

    Holding my breath on the trolls. Vol'jin model is totally creepy with his top teeth coming out of his nose and no upper lip.
  1. Leshya's Avatar
    I think the model looks great, as well as the animation stills. She looks awesome. I'd definitely play a female dwarf now.

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