One of my favorite skins has always been the plain 'ol tiger skin: it's a vibrant orange pelt with a pale underside and black stripes. There's nothing fantasy about this appearance--it's very true-to-life, and very beautiful (to me, at least!). However, up until Cataclysm hit, it was only available on the old-world cat models, which I despise--they've got stranged pinched-in faces, and I just can't get along with that!
|The basic "cat" model.|
So one of my biggest wishes, as a hunter, has always been for a Saber cat with that gorgeous tiger skin.
Until the Shattering came, there were a great many pets that we didn't have access to--they gathered dust in the data files, viewable by ModelViewer and not much else. All that changed when the world (of Warcraft) was torn asunder; a great many pets emerged from the woodwork--or changed color.
|Just look at that "pelt!" (Lo-res image)|
|...And those eyes!|
I love the vibrant, realistic colors on this skin, and I love the huge muscular saber-toothed model, and with them combined I think he just comes out gorgeous. The pattern his colors take are also very well-done, in my opinion, with natural sort of fur-texture etching--he's just really nice to look at!
|Shango in the Molten Front. He almost looks made of fire!|
|Oh, and he's big!|
As a Cat, he has the strongest damage buff a solo hunter can get, plus he's Ferocity--meaning that for doing your dailies, he's very useful. You don't need an excuse to break him out of the stable! He's also, on the practical side, somewhat harder to lose track of in a fight than other, more dull-colored kitties; his very vibrant orange ensures you'll always know where exactly he is at a glance.
|"Ochre" in his natural habitat of Awesomeland.|