I always thought that there were some good ones from the original game, and they have a nice lifelike quality. But most of them have a purposely goofy, tongue-in-cheek look.
I mean, top left? Third from the right, top row? Not exactly the faces of vehicles for serious, thoughtful gaming.
The new portraits are aesthetically pleasing and take themselves seriously without being overly broody(like a few of the IWD2 ones, yikes)while still having personality. The deliberately hand painted look with the new ones is good. I dig them. Reminds me of the "Girl With a Pearl Earring" and Dutch painting of that era in general, actually, a big favorite of mine(heck, I own a reproduction) .
But there's no accounting for taste, obviously. Thus, custom portraits.
I agree that the EE one is a dead fish.
Edited by Panteleimon, 18 August 2014 - 01:37 AM.