After some of the comments and the pictures in the soon-to-be-gone Vanguard forums I thought I had better give the “attractive female avatar” effort another try.
I suppose what I really need is somebody to setup a “Hot or Not” site for people to which people can submit screen shots of their Vanguard characters. Then I could submit my own attempts and see how they rate. (Does that mean that art and beauty do not exist in a vacuum, that it is all relative?)
In the absence of VanguardHotOrNot.com, I will put up my best attempt at an attractive female avatar. I found that some of the races were easier to work with than others. Half elf went the best for me, with Thestran Human in second place, and had the bonus of starting in a full set of armor (which you quickly lose as part of the story). Here she is:
Not exactly a Lineage II level character model, but the sword she is holding is about the right size. (You lose the sword too.)
I think the body proportions settings are the most risky when making an avatar. A wrong move there can really make your character very hard on the eyes.
I actually went up a notch on visual quality to take this screen shot. As a comparison, here she is at the lowest visual quality setting, which is what I have to be in to play if there are any other players around:
After I finished creating her I mistakenly played with the lupine character race and now I am afraid I will never get the vision of the Pre-Op Big Bad Wolf with Dolly Parton knockers out of my mind. Why oh why did I move that slider all the way to the right?