Redarrix chooses Lifelong Protector
AIGHT EVERYONE. I’m sure you all saw this choice coming from miles away lmao. I’ve picked Lee’s wedding dress skin.
Fun little story to start off this shilling: I actually acquired this skin the day before I acquired Lee herself; My first month in GFL was just a lot of RF crafting, to no avail, to obtain her, while I watched practically everyone else I knew, that was playing at the time, pull her with omega ease. Maybe whaling for this skin was the catalyst I finally needed lol.
While I cook up my full thoughts, tell me guys, what do you think of this glorious skin?
I can talk about Lee’s ass all day, everyday. For reference, this is the figure Adam was talking about:
I was saving up for a graceful shilling, but since you insist so much: let the hornt flood gates open!
I don't think I can adequately put into words just how much Lee's ass makes me awooga more than anything else in the entire game.
This skin overall really exaggerates just how huge her butt is. They look so full and slappable, whether the slap be from my hand, my own face into them, or [REDACTED], everything would be an amazing experience. I would love nothing more than to [REDACTED] onto that behind during our [REDACTED], whether that be while doing [REDACTED], [REDACTED], or any [REDACTED] that allows a nice grip on [REDACTED]. Then, I would die for the chance to get to [REDACTED] my [REDACTED] between [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] one out of me with those [REDACTED] mountains, giving them a glorious [REDACTED] [REDACTED] when I [REDACTED]. I'm sure they would make for amazing pillows as well, getting to sleep on those must result in the greatest night's sleep ever. Overall, Lee's ass is just a complete incredible package. Anything you think you can [REDACTED] for, Lee's ass obviously would excel at. I bet she could even [REDACTED] like a champ if she really wanted, but of course she's too classy to [REDACTED]. At least, for anyone but myself hehe.
Oh my, I got redacted so much I feel like this is black ops document style.
So, I think the time has come for me to drop my load. Let's begin shall we?
I'll start by talking a bit about Lee-Enfield herself. While I'm not a big gun fan IRL, the Lee-Enfield is one of, if not my favourite gun, even prior to starting GFL. It had a combination of things I was interested in thanks to video games: It was a part of the WWII arsenal, I am quite the fan of bolt action rifles, and it's a British weapon. So naturally, when I was considering getting into GFL by looking at what guns were available, Lee caught my immediate attention.
At this time, I wouldn't say she was my "love at first sight" or anything, but she was definitely my biggest interest in obtaining character wise. Then came the moment she did become that: when someone told me about this skin. In my friend group at the time, it was well known that I had a huge thing for wedding and bridal attire. So seeing this skin was when I truly fell in love.
So started my month-long journey of pain as I failed again and again to roll Lee-Enfield while seemingly everyone else in my friend group got her without even trying. Several of which got her as their very first 5 star character. It was agonising to see when I was the only one who cared about her this much, but I persisted regardless. Not even the seven goddamn WA2000s I rolled before getting her stopped my resolve.
Like I mentioned in the story at the start, in a way I can thank this skin for potentially being the catalyst that finally got me her. I rolled Lee the day after I obtained it, it felt truly incredible, like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. After that, I actually didn't use this skin on her until I oathed her. Felt kind of appropriate after all, with this being a wedding themed skin.
Needless to say: Lifelong Protector is my favourite skin, but you all probably knew that already lol. Let's close off story time for now and discuss the actual skin.
o let’s get something also mentioned earlier in the air immediately: this ain’t a wedding dress innit lol. It’s more akin to what Adam said: Bridal themed lingerie. Which maybe is part of why I love it so much? I also have a thing for lingerie after all heh. If we’re being specific, it’s like a wedding themed leotard, accompanied with thigh high boots, sleeves, a veil that looks like you couldn’t see through it, and half of a gown that seems to be trying and failing hard to conceal her huge ass.
In a skin theme that can often result in a lot of similar dresses (let’s be real, there’s only so much you can do with a traditional ‘wedding’ theme), you can’t say that Bridal Lee doesn’t stand out. Without accounting for damaged art, it’s one of the most sexually suggestive bridal skins. Hell, it even looks like you can see a bit of a camel toe if you look close enough. If we’re being brutally honest, it’s not really a fitting skin for her. Lee is very modest and stoic, something like this should surely be way too lewd for her to even consider wearing.
Whether or not this fits her thematically though, is irrelevant. Cause it’s just hot lol. In a way, I feel that’s part of the charm. It’s something so unexpected for Lee that it results in it being even hotter. Try to imagine someone like DSR-50 in this skin instead, yeah it’ll be hot but she’s such a lewd doll to begin with that it’s probably expected. But with Lee, it’s so surprising that it adds to the appeal.
Putting aside all of that, onto the dress itself. Despite it not being a wedding dress, it’s still absolutely beautiful. It’s surprisingly complex for a type of outfit that’s normally relatively simple bar some patterns. The leotard is adorned thematically with gold accessories, I particularly am partial to the ribbon going around her hips and complementing her alluring figure. I don’t quite understand where the large primarily red ribbon that flows behind her is coming from, but I really like it all the same.
Of all her skins, this is the one that really shows off Lee’s killer figure. I already spoke about her uhh ass earlier, but her whole curvature is just to die for. Every single part of her is divine, but it’s clear this skin aims to amplify the ass and thighs in particular. Good lord, does it succeed too, those thighs oh those thighs.
I feel some would probably call this skin overdesigned, and not gonna lie I’d probably agree with them to some extent. I’m not typically a fan of overdesigning, but in this case I don’t mind it. Mainly because the end result is so gorgeous that it’s not like it’s even a bad thing.
Now, the L2D animations. Being one of the first L2D skins that the game offered, it’s naturally not as advanced as some of the newer L2D skins that we get these days. But still, they’re overall really nice animations. They’re mostly fairly basic and generic, being typical talking animations, but seeing Lee smile so much brings tons of joy to my heart. The one where she pats her chest and comments on how she’ll treasure the uniform deepy, it just melts my heart anew each time I see it. Of course, she also comes with a fitting salute. Gotta act proper and ready for orders even when you’re actually ready for a sortie in the bed.
So is there anything I don’t like about this skin? Yes, there is. I kinda really don’t like the L2D component of her damaged art. The damaged art in itself is fine enough, I don’t really have much to comment on here since I’m not much for damaged art in general anyway. She definitely looks proper damaged, that’s for sure, with the dress practically torn to shreds.
Fun fact btw, this skin actually has different damaged art depending on whether or not L2D is enabled. In the non-L2D version, her crotch has most of the clothing torn away, the goods only protected by the big ribbon. Let’s all thank the big ribbon for maintaining Lee’s modesty. In the L2D version though, since the ribbon moves, the bottom of her dress is understandably intact.
This isn’t why I dislike the L2D portion of the damage art though lol. It’s because I think it simply looks bad due to its gravity defying nature being made so apparent. This problem is had with her big ribbon in the standard art but otherwise it’s ok. Here though, not only her ribbon but also her veil, hair, and practically any hanging part of the outfit is up in the air. The animations themselves are alright, showing some typical movements you’d expect of her trying to cover herself up and whatnot. But regardless, I simply am not a fan.
Given how little I care about damaged art anyway in general, this is far from a big negative for me. For most skins, I judge them primarily on just their regular art anyway. I may be biased in Lee’s favour, I don’t care. I love this skin and think it’s absolutely incredible. It was the first time I whaled on GFL and now almost 3 years later from that point, I don’t regret it one bit. I think this skin will stand forever as my favourite skin in GFL. The only real chance of it being dethroned was if Lee-Enfield got another skin, especially a summer one. Such a skin might just stand a chance.
Let's set the trend of dropping my weird personal GFL trivia and stories at the top of the list. I have duped Lee, sitting unlocked at level 1 in my armory, and she's been there for almost a year and a half. I haven't raised a dupe of a 'standard' DPS rifle in the length of the game (ignore my grape collection please), so I legit have no idea why I'm keeping this spare Lee about...double so before Lee skins aren't likely in the pipeline, and I'm not dropping B-cards on them. There is just this poor Lee, alongside a Contender and AN94, just a misclick away from being accidentally scrapped, and I don't know why she's there.
I bring up my random dupe less because I dupe as much for skins as I do for meta nonsense, and of the two Lee Skins, this would be the one I'm saving her for. It's a good enough skin, it's aesthetically consistent, and mixes enough elements of Lee's original design with the new elements to give it a distinctly 'Lee' feel, which is good. Accent colors, her garter, ribbons, etc. Also scoped lee, very nice. No need to get blood on your 'dress' when you can shoot from 500m.
I admit, prior to this skin, the idea of a bridal leotard never really crossed my mind, and absolutely points to an original (insofar as I know) idea. Beats the pants off Lee's other skin. I don't think I'd say this is overdesigned, to speak to Red's point, I think the design is just slightly at odds with itself, in that ,the back, that is to say the train/veil/etc, are all designed as though Lee's wearing a far more traditional wedding dress, and would fit right in with one of those, and then there just isn't a skirt to go with them, so it gives a bit of a conflicting set of messages. Even the top 2/3rds of the leotard don't immediately scream that it's not going to be what you expect, so there's a real surprise when, suddenly, thighs.
While I'm all for thighs, thighs are good, I end up a bit wishy washy on this skin. It's a well done skin, the art is great, but I admit it doesn't quite fit lee in my head. Also my roommate has been talking to me about classic anime for the last hour and now I feel like her default pose is straight out of yu gi oh and I hate my life.
Red raises his gun and aims at Sheele's face
Ceia chooses Korvantunturi Pixie
So your first whale was for Ceia; was he famous back then?
I’ll eject Matt later. So, this was the first video i saw of suomi's xmas live2d
I saw her and fell in love on first sight, then immediately wanted to pull her. Fortunately, i didn't have to wait for long (6 months lol), so i saved some money and threw in some gems to pull for her, and retarded me at the time was like: hey, let's pull for both EN and JP (i was playing jp at the time too)
holy shit my singaporean accent was so thick at the time LOL.
So, fast forward a few years, I still love suomi's xmas live2d the most, among
us her 3 live2ds, swimsuit suomi scratches her boobs too much, wedding suomi produced this emote:
As for personality, I guess I can say it's her soft personality: shy, and she keeps secrets that she wants to share to the world, but is afraid to share them. Well, that was me back in 2016-2019: shy, have lots of secrets to myself, afraid to share with anyone. I think I've grown up and matured a lot since then, and I hope she's proud of me from what i've achieved in these few years.
Well, I hope one day I'll find a girlfriend or girl bestie that's shy and both of us can open up to each other and mature together, but that's beside the point. Cheers to anmi for drawing suomi and making her come to life in her live2d, if it wasn't because of suomi and this game and what i've done so far for it, I think I might still be stuck in the hole I was in back in 2016.
I’m not gonna laugh because what you said is exactly what I want in life. That hit me so hard on so many levels, Ceia, jfc. Thanks for ruining my feelings.
As said at the top, the skin that made me spend. So I guess I have Suomi to blame for duped FALs. I'm with Ceia that this is her best skin by far, although I only have this one, so perhaps a bit biased. Oddly, I don't really care for Suomi's default art all that much, this Skin brought me around on her by far. Design wise, I'm absolutely a sucker for the fluffy edging, and the quasi-layered skirts, and the white/blue color scheme I think suits Suomi fairly well, even if I'll be damned if I can actually explain why I feel that way. She spent a good deal of time as my adjutant actually, and of all the dolls I have a soft spot for, Suomi probably tops the list from that alone.
I think I'll largely borrow from Ceia's , in that part of what draws/drew me to this skin is that it comes off as much softer than her base art, which feels very harsh, I guess is the best word for it. She's 100% the sort of person I'd IRL get on with really well and we share music taste, which is neat. All in all, I would hug Suomi, whale for skin, it made me suffer, it was worth the suffering.
I want to preface my comments here by saying that I really like all of the Suomi skins we have. Like they are all super nice. That being said though, this is probably my least favourite of her three. That isn't anything against the skin, it's just a thing with me. Two of my biggest interests skin-wise are swimsuits and wedding dresses. Suomi's other two skins are a swimsuit and a wedding dress. I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this.
Anyway, just talking about this skin here, it's still great. It's a fitting skin for the Christmas season and is simply so cute and comfy looking. A beautiful light blue and white colour scheme throughout the entire outfit, both fitting and calling back to her original art. Looks really soft, perfect for warming up with cuddles. Also cute butt. This is not something unique to this Suomi skin. I just wanted to say she has a cute butt.
You’re welcome. Also Haku, you thought I was revealing my true personality? This is my true personality:
Now that I silenced the whole room, time to deal with Matt
Ejects Matt. Matt was the impostor
Docanon chooses Sangria Suculenta
There's not much I can say about just how absolutely breathtaking this skin is for me. It just accentuates how beautiful she is for me.
Fluffy fur trim.
It's more like the skin is less what I like about her, and more her personality. She's a very stern, serious professional, but getting this skin (if you decide not to OATH) reveals her post-OATH line (via coding bug i suppose), it reveals how she wants to be a person you can rely on. And very much, you can rely on her.
As for the skin itself:
Weird as it is to say, I like her hair style, and the hair bow she has actually accentuates it for me. The dress itself is absolutely beautiful, the flower imprints on it are a beautiful catch, and the dress itself accentuates her modest figure. I find her to be enticing, but more elegant than anything. More thoughts on seven, I want some time with Groza now.
CNY groza just exudes sensual vibes and elegance. She's totes the lady who enters a party with an impacting dress, with a confident pose, and a poker face, that draws the attention of everyone. She knows all eyes are on her and she doesn't shy away. I find it rather amusing that her CNY skin seems to be more elegant than her anni skin, or at least it seems so to me. Prove me wrong Doc
Sheele chooses Conveyed Feeling
Well, that’s certainly one way to introduce a skin lmao.
Tbh I feel it’s universal to assume [REDACTED] in[REDACTED] your waifu [REDACTED] on your honeymoon would feel amazing.
But did she [REDACTED] you even once? Imagine neko23 goes “what is it, darling” before [REDACTED] you with a big [REDACTED][REDACTED][REDACTED].
Actually imagine your first waifu becoming [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] your second waifu in front of you;
Crally knows da way
RIght, we were supposed to shill this skin, so let’s get to it before degeneracy reigns again;
Not much to say, I have a soft spot for neko23, for having been with me since the start of the game, becoming my first dupe despite Destination explicitly telling me not to dupe back then, and having very pretty skins. Back when Vivi banner came, 15 months ago, I rolled hoping I'd drop either her or Vivi. To my dismay, I had no such luck, and so, up to this day, she is the only neko23 skin I don't have, despite being the best one imo. Her animation is also superior to her halloween one.
And sheele's right, [REDACTED][REDACTED] her on our post wedding night would be poggers
The final piece of my MK23 collection, wedding Darling is probably the skin I like the most, both damaged and normal. She dodges the Calico bride problem with shading in the skirt, and a pink middle layer, and the heart pattern on the edge is superb. Personality wise, she's probably got a bit to much peppy for me to say I'd want to spend forever with her, but to a degree, MK23 actually kinda reminds me of an IRL friend (who's also into pet names......and cats...this is getting worrying). Somehow I've never noticed she'd heterochromatic until now, and I approve of this design choice. I still haven't figured out where she hides the gun in her normal art, but that's okay.
With Adam, animations are solid for this skin, 100%, used it as a rotation adjutant for a while, she's very cute.
I’ll just pretend I saw nothing and shill: Definitely by and far my favourite of Mk23's skins. Spent the tokens I needed to in order to get it guaranteed, do not regret it at all. Again, I don't think I really have much to say here that hasn't already been mentioned. The light pink colouration through the entire getup is super cute and charming. I love all the little bits and pieces to it, like the bouquet, the heart earrings, the necklace, and now to the little bow she even has on her tail. Beautiful all round.
Haku chooses Wish Protecting Maiden of Shadows
Full disclosure, I actually stalled on choosing this skin not because I dislike it, but I was breathing pure copium while waiting for the possibility of a lore accurate beach 40 skin to be released in the meantime. Just the original TL name of the skin, WIsh Protecting Maiden of Shadows, is such a fantastic reference, if not outright explicit about her role in the story. I feel like she is always a lowkey fan favorite, and I'm more than glad we can continue to see her influence on 45 in the story, as well as MICA acknowledging her as a proper UMP sister in celebrations.
It's interesting how she plays the cello in the orchestra set, but here in the band she plays the drums. I thought it was weird at first, but it really does fit her personality. She is a cheerful, sunny girl who marches to the beat of her own drum. It is specifically this desire for free will that motivates her to sacrifice herself for her sister. As edgy and cliche her backstory may be, it was written so powerfully that even a summary made me cry. I am a sucker for tragic characters like that - she did the best she could, and even then when life fucked her up, she still had the selflessness to wish on a better life for her younger sister.
Her dynamic with 45 is truly precious. Usually, we hear her referred to as "45-nee", the older sister, but to 40, 45 is the younger sister. In short, 40 is practically the only unconditional ally that 45 can show her fragility. UMP40 gets a different artist for her skin, this being one of the times where the change in artstyle really stands out. Despite being based on the same frame as 45, depictions of 40 vary wildly with artist. Especially with her magazines. In any case, they managed to keep her sunny eyes, the brightness that really makes UMP40 herself. Similar to her sisters, she has the same subtle bunny ribbon, which naturally fits in with her hairstyle.
As for the skin, it might be me, but I feel her gentle smile is directed at someone. Specifically 45. From my little knowledge about bands the drums helps the band keep in rhythm. So my read from this is different from Haku's: I don't see it as 40 wanting to march on her own speed, but rather as a way to help 45 march on, much like we see 40 nudge (or shove if you may :heh:) 45 toward a better path for herself in DD and later on, pseudo-40 does the same.
Right, I'm supposed to shill the skin.
Haku mentioned her white, and I find it interesting that her white is a muted palette. If you look at 416, you get a sharp white, that almost ensnares your attention. 40, on the other hand, has a more muted colour. One could say it's because she is a ghost, but I don't to be bonked by Haku at 7 in the morning :heh:
So I'll just say she has this tone because it's a gentler tone. It gives off to me a warm and comforting vibe. Her ribbon is on the smaller side, so the bunny appeal is diminished (and by consequence the sex appeal that bunny costumes have). Fortunately, her tights remained, for the happiness of us tights enthusiasts
Fun fact: ironically, 40 has been with me in a peculiar way. The Haunted House event was my second event in this game, so she was one of the first dolls I farmed, outside of CT. But because she is so out of meta, I never got the chance to raise her. Despite that, I refused to core her, because I wanted one day to raise her, and give her a chance. Perhaps now I'll finally do it, and finish DD while I'm at it. I stopped months ago because of pepega teams, but never came back to it. Maybe because I don't want to see her getting shot.
Somehow I nerded almost as much as Haku, I feel as if I'm about to NTR him.
I didn't expect to nerd this much, Now I must get drunk and compose a poem for my mournful flower.
While I ignore the whispers of unilluminated people, I shall break up the 40emotes.
Crally chooses You Who Takes the Step
Crally fell in love with the bride, the NTR energy here is stronK.
Hey I own one myself.
The one who showed the skin back then was no other than our own Destination. I was like, "holyshit G36C is soooo pretty." Then I went on a journey to roll her skins with tokens. Yukata, Halloween, all failed. When I saw this skin on the shop, It was a no brainer. Plus, quoting Desti, "G36C has the [REDACTED] hips." The big sister is the wife, but the little sister is more attractive.
The big sister is for wholesome nights, the lil' sister is for [REDACTED] nights.
Go on, dew it. I’ll oath Springfield on Stalin’s birthday.
I actually know almost nothing personality-wise about 36c, just that her Halloween skin is horny on a scale that doesn't quite work when typed out like it does spoken. Her base art has much more of a sensual vibe than her family tree, which makes sense I'd say, given not being an Imoko daughter.
This one is much the same, there's a fair bit of 'this is what you're getting to enjoy tonight' in that expression it seems. or maybe it's midnight horny talking. something something something pretty sure she caught the magic boobs, or maybe my memory is bad.
Her chest is as large as it ever was, just more [REDACTED], [REDACTED], and bouncy, and you can never fault her hips. Fun fact: the story behind the skin itself shows G36C actually not comfortable in this dress.
more reason for me to take them off for her
Oh boi. First of all Crally, thank you for picking this skin. I get to talk about another of my favourite skins now.
So short story time, I waited a year just to oath G36c using the ring that comes with this skin package. I saw it and was just totally captivated. I was already a big G36c fan anyway, then this skin just elevated it. Adam mentioned the whole "Lee dress" idea, which I assume he means to categorise wedding dresses that are more lingerie than dress or something. I have to both agree and disagree on this. While I get that G36c's dress is definitely more sexual in nature than some, it still looks like it could theoretically be an actual wedding dress.
Anyway, it's amazing. I love it. G36c simply looks gorgeous and I join Crally in unified simping for it.
One thing about G36C, look at her eyes. Parsley's so-called called lazy eye. That's one eye that asks you to please her, the “lewdy” eye of some sorts. And the art is much much more improved from the default G36C. Everything on this skin just looks perfect, like, the coloring, the body shape of G36C. It's very mature but still shows G36C as G36's sister vibe. Somehow it's lewd and at the same time less lewd than G36's. Like, less adult-like, while G36C's are more teenish.
Which reminds me, Desti, why did you buy the skin?
She looks so hot. One word: thighs. And I'm a sucker for thigh highs+ garter belt. There's a reason why almost every girl I draw wears thigh highs. (I haven't tried pantyhose yet).
The degenerate conversation returns, stronger than before.
No you won’t. Here’s my alternative name for this skin: You Who Took a Step From Her. Now spend the rest of this shilling thinking about this.
Destination chooses Queen in Radiance
Damn, I was about to steal the opener from you.
If you know da way, you bow to the Queen.
You will not take my opener.
You will not take my woman.
No, you shall NOT!
Well, so much for a proper opener worthy of Springfield. Let’s get the shilling well at least.
Queen In Radiance is not my oldest skin, but it is and always will be my most favourite by far. I was a young, unwise player, struggling to clear Deep Dive, when the Radiant Collection rerun started and I thought, "How much could I lose?"
I lost enough.
WA2000 may have came first to get my attention. But Springfield captured my loyalty. A gentle, caring, hard worker, Springfield's support for her Commander is unwavering. The fact that she came to me in bad times was the icing on the cake. Even if I needed to spend 156 runs for her special ammo, despite all the better advice I was given to not raise her, I looked at Springfield and decided, I will. I would. And I did.
Weird trivia and hot take in one time! While I don't think I'd work with Spring in a relationship, The fact that she's a baker does mean that she's a person I'd love to get to know, because baking is incredibly satisfying, and I want more people to share that weird hobby with. also a second oven goddamnit. Unlike a lot of people Springfield is not a gun who jumped out at me, she just sorta passed in and out of my interest, until the massive community horny for her appeared. Her design is always immaculate, I can't really fault any of her skins on design elements, and this one is probably the best of the lot okay that's a lie, Damaged Christmas has some powerful energy to it. That's a great dress, well designed, it fits Springfield to a t, and puts more emphasis on her elegance over her mom-ness. The only skin that uses her bayonet, which is an interesting one, no idea why, but as a weird nerd of weird things, this is an approved idea.
Soulmuse chooses Battlefield Patissier
Granted, I also assumed Super Sass was the protag, as one does from looking at her art. While the game cheerfully dispatched that notion, at the time I enjoyed it well enough, got a head start on my dislike of 416 and her attitude, and was having an alright time for myself. Of the characters they throw at you right off, very few really stuck with me. Nagant revolver/1911/P38/etc were whatever in my books, mostly still are, and the higher rarity characters I'd pulled didn’t really stick, being 9A (who was rather off putting to be honest), and Mosin, after 416. My acquire order, oldest to newest, for reference. Obviously missing a bunch of low rarities that I’ve cored and never gotten back.
See for yourself.
Not-first but written first: On that vein, and considering how much I said about the skin, it might actually surprise you(readers) to know I don’t actually have this skin myself, having been short of tokens when it first ran (a common theme of early skin batches, I had not yet sold my soul to the whaling gods). With G3 mod on the horizon, I couldn’t quite justify spending my early few B-cards on it, when as much as I love this skin, her Mod skin was coming and free, and if I’m being entirely honest, Ceia and Sheel are entirely right, the Mod skin is superior. Even as a duper, duping a G3 hasn’t yet made it onto the list of things to do.
Matt chooses Model Warrior
Soup chooses The Wonderful Adventure of Swan
Now, I have Etrikia to thank for this knowledge, but apparently C-MS's skin is designed after a famous irl hobo from China (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/handsome-chinese-vagrant-draws-fans-homeless-chic-1915812.html), The Independent Handsome Chinese vagrant draws fans of 'homeless chic' Identity of 'Brother Sharp' – dubbed China's coolest man – remains a mystery.
Wait a sec I have great news: there is this thing in her hair. What could it be?
Okay, I actually have a good explaination for this, but it's going to lead into like 3 different tangents. I remember my Swedish friend (who got me into GFL originally) told me something along the lines of 'C-MS is named after a children's book in Sweden' and likewise with Five-seven's skin being named after a Belgian childrens book. I asked them again and they were happy to remind me:
Me: Which story did the C-MS skin take its name after?
Friend: "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (C-MS’s original TL is “The Wonderful Adventures of Swan, while the EN name for her skin is Wonderful Adventures of Goose). Most iconic visual depiction being based on the bit where Nils flies on a goose. Was even on the backside of our 20 krona bill until revision in 2015, with the front side having author Selma Lagerlöf".
That's indeed a goose if I've ever seen one.
They added: "And 5/7's 'adventures of fenfen' may be a play on adventures of Tintin, as they are both Belgian. So all the skins of that set probably have same naming convention". Guess the dog became a ferret in that case:
The story book thing is a cool lore I didn't know. Also:
Adamasturia chooses Funeral Array
The whole Shilling crew stares at Sheele at a loss for what to say.
So, about time I shill for this skin. But before that, story time.
As someone who played a lot of shooters before joining GFL, it's rather impossible to not know AUG as a gun. The gun itself was designed with a futuristic style in mind, which caused a huge impact when it was released. How does that affect us? Well, its style, and success, is what made it such a popular gun in media, especially in shooter games. I have mentioned before there are a couple of guns I particularly liked to use back in my Battlefield days, and AUG was one such, so I was quite happy when I found out AUG was a character in GFL, and a very beautiful one at that. Fast forward some months, and AUG was one of the first dolls that caught my attention before I joined GFL, among
us with Mosin, Vivi. 12 and 94. Unlike those three though, AUG took a fair few months to come to me, since she was the only one locked behind mica's farm plan. But then, Isomer arrived, and with it X95; AUG did.
It was love at first sight. The predominance of black in her attire contrasts sharply with platinum blond hair. The laces at the hem of her dress are simple, but give her an air of elegance, which matches perfectly with the way she speaks. Her black jacket and gloves give (at least to me) a black ops vibe, and given her team's role on chapter 8N, add up to her appeal. Her high boots, letting us only get a glimpse of her thighs, add a sorta sensual touch to her, while keeping her classy. To finish off, the flower hanging on the left side of her hair, adds an air of delicacy and ephemerality to her, that matches up her soft spoken voice lines and her interactions with IWS2000: They always seem laced with melancholy at how ephemeral life is, especially a doll's life. Needless to say, she hit all the right places in me, so of course I'd insta 100x5 SL10 oath her right?
I always felt guilty that I never had room to level her, not with seriously wanting to rank Isomer, and later SC. Because of that, my corpsedrags and CRs never had a spare room to her, even though I wanted to give her the spotlight she deserves, despite being a very suboptimal unit.
Right, I was supposed to shill this skin, not her default
Fast forward to 2.06 release back in September, and we were graced with the surprise that Medieval batch was coming to EN briefly after being released on CN. I was in love with that batch. Mosin (the skin who was also an option as my fav skin) had a significant upgrade from her anni skin. Her facial features were much more smoother, and much more healthy.
That said, AUG on the other hand, was a L2D skin, which meant either I luccsacced, or hoarded 8 BCs to get her. Needless to say, she was but a distant dream. Despite getting 416 on anni lucky bag, and R93 on summer rolls (since I wanted cute Z62) I didn't have high hopes for AUG. I had around 2600 tokens back then, so I was confident I could roll Mosin, even if I had to do so with exchange tickets. On the actual day of the banner, I had a good start, rolling right off the bat Gareth M1897 and then another M1897 skin with Mosin. I could have stopped there, but since I was on a luck spree, I decided to keep rolling.
At around 1000 tokens, I was graced with yet another Mosin skin, and I had a choice: I could either keep rolling, in a feeble hope of getting AUG, or BC another M1897 and be done with the banner. I noticed I only had 4 furniture pieces left, so I decided to roll till I got them or get 200 exchange tickets to get those. So, when I rolled her at 1600 tokens, I couldn't believe it. I exchanged the tickets for the last piece of furniture I was missing and another M1897 skin to get a third BC.
I instantly oathed her.
The idea of a melancholic, romantic beauty that proteccs me, while also showing me her vulnerable side in our intimate moments, is far more valuable to me than any hornt R93 could jiggle my way. LWMMG may be my first love in GFL, and Mosin the reason I rolled for this banner, but AUG was the only one doll I insta oathed without even thinking. The idea of sharing an umbrella with her, on a rainy day, with just us two walking down the street and soft lofi music on the background completely captivated me. AUG had successfully become my knight in shining armour, and I gladly offered her my heart.
To me, the apex of her appeal, besides her post oath line, is when she says "I like rainy days. The rain lets my expression look...more natural.", and seeing her say this on the Epiphyllum flower field while lightly grizzlying is the perfect image of "sad beauty", which makes me want to serve and love AUG all the more.
Please stand by while Soul computes that both are voiced by Azumi Waki:
It has been computed.
The SC background is 100% a good match for AUG doing AUG things, and her love of rainy days, even if for slightly different reasons is something I can get behind. Honestly though I really want to rant bout Nier/2b comparisons and how they still fit this skin, but will restrain myself Funnily enough I think AUG's melancholy is a good representation of her state in the game, a melancholic look back at a simpler time in GFL, before stat inflation, and armor spam overran the lands, and she was in fact the funeral bearer for her enemies. ...and this got weird and dark all the sudden whoops. I'll point out a bit of I guess irony here, that AUG is more set up to need the knight in shining armor, even in her knightly armor, than being one something something, AUG would make a solid female lead in a romance movie that's going like 500% on the troping.
AUG looks like a battlefield angel here, not gonna lie. (For some reason, I associate this skin with Yuko a lot. Cough cough Aug gu).
I think this is one of the rare few skins that sort of gets the look of armour right. Armour's bulky and definitely not form-fitting like it is on NTW or Mosin's from the same banner. AUG along with M1897, to me, have the same feel in that they feel like women in shining armour, not cosplaying girls. The effect is kind of lost the further down you look at AUG's legs, narrowing down to impossibly thin calves and feet, but... Eh.
Well, AUG actually has the womanly charms to put the 'woman' in man. Soft, yet eye-catching; it's little wonder Adam picked this as his secret favourite... He wants AUG to step on him.
Since this shilling is closing up, time to wrap this convo up. But before that, Adam wants to say something
And with that line, we end this shilling convo, and this shilling edition. Now, Commanders and Shikikans, did you expect all these skins to be here? Were you surprised by some of the panelist choices? Let us know in the comments.
Also would like to thanks my friend Kabr for patching up this beautiful cover for this panel in such short notice. xoxo
On behalf of the Shilling Crew, we want to thank you all for joining us on this ride so far. Until next time (Which will be Anni panel, soon™).