As much as it pains us to say it, the PlayStation 3 didn’t provide the best home for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In addition to late expansion packs and the usual roster of Bethesda bugs, the game was borderline broken on Sony’s popular platform. Things did improve over time, but not to a degree where it could be earnestly recommended.

Indeed, with practically limitless horsepower and a vast array of mods on offer, the PC will always offer the best place to play the sprawling fantasy role-playing game – and these character portraits illustrate as much. Photographed by ordinary players, this touching gallery of images has been collated by Andrew Cull, and is a real sight to behold.

While various mods have been allowed for the creation of these, there’s not a single Photoshop airbrush in sight. But why are we posting this on a PlayStation site? Well, for starters, it’s a slow news day – but it’s also got us thinking about how good a hypothetical The Elder Scrolls VI would look on the PlayStation 4. Yeah, we’re drooling, too.

[via flickr.com, kotaku.com.au, vg247.com]