Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Review: Redgrave's King Skin


And you would think, being a medical man, that he would know better
One solid weekend of training and now his First Aid Certificate sits proudly taped to his locker door
Some say that everyone in SL is looking for something. For some, it’s love. For others, it’s sex. For yet others, it’s a simple escape from the drudgery of RL. For me (right now anyway), it’s an older looking skin.

Yes, I’m on a quest at the moment. I’m in my 30s, and like a lot of men here I don’t like looking as if I’m only just moving out of puberty. However, I have found that older looking skins are in quite short supply. I should really qualify ‘older’. For me, ‘older’ in SL means over 25. For a long time, now, I’ve used Belleza’s Jacob skin. He’s young, but if you look closely he’s definitely no teen, and he even appears to have little crow’s feet creeping in (something, I’m glad to say, that hasn’t appeared in RL yet!).

From speaking to other men on the subject, it seems I’m not the only one that feels this way, and that there is a definite demand for such skins. Therefore, as and when I find them, I will be making a marked effort to bring you reviews of ‘older’ skins. This can be a concerted effort, so if you know of any good skins that fit the bill, drop me an IM or leave your suggestions in the comments below.

The very first to kick off this little expedition into the wonderful world of aging is Redgrave’s King skin.

To be honest, this guy is a little bit older than I’m looking for (fussy, fussy me!). I would put him around 40, but ... what a 40 year old! There’s definitely more than a dash of the action hero about this man. You get the sense that every line, crease, mark and imperfection has been earned in saving the world, probably several times, and that he’s diffused more than his fair share of bombs while simultaneously operating an uzi on some bad guys with his left hand and pouring a glass of champagne with his right, all the while making love to a beautiful double agent and making a donation to ‘Save the Pandas’ on his mobile phone.

However, as I couldn’t find a pose that adequately portrayed this scenario, I chose another suitably heroic profession for him, and cast him as a combat medic. As you can see, this is a very detailed and realistic skin indeed. The chest and chest hair seems particularly lifelike, and the abs are defined and manly without being ridiculous. It’s true that this won’t become ‘my’ skin, but that’s only because it’s older than I’m looking for. However, I can’t fault its quality and I know this will be making regular appearances in ESM whenever a heroic figure is needed. Roar!

If you like the idea of ditching the pre-pubescent teen look and being a real man (roar!), head on down to Redgrave my clicking here. You can pick up a bundle for $990L which, considering current rates for skins, I think is rather good. I would like to thank my willing models for the shoot: Cael Caudron as the unhelpful rubbernecker and Roary "Supposed to be Injured but Looks More Like He's Eaten a Jam Donut Without a Plate" Cymru. They both well illustrate the younger bodies (boo!) that populate SL in contrast to the cool, firm maturity (roar!) of King.

"I'm going be honest with you, son. I'm not as competent as this arm band suggests."


  1. haha i am scrolling your blog.I was to busy in rl to do this. But you get a hug compliment about your photo's. And as always a very creative post and comment

  2. "he even appears to have little crow’s feet creeping in"

    Some of us think that crow's feet in the corners of a man's eyes are very sexy. It says that he views life with a wonderful sense of humor. ;)

  3. Great post, enjoy your investigations. It's very hard to find the same in women's skin, and have the skin be over all excellent as well.