If you played the Gears 3 beta, you undoubtedly earned yourself a few weapon skins. I was particularly fond of the 'Flaming' variant, which gave your weapons a wonderful molten glow. A whole range of unlockable skins can be found in the full game, from 'Gold' variants to 'Onyx' options, that require you perform a set number of kills or executions before they can be unlocked.
However, if you're in the mood for a quicker albeit more expensive cosmetic upgrade, Epic have announced 21 premium skins will be available upon release to download for an as yet unspecified price. These range from standard visual switches like Deadly Cute (hot pink gradient) and Garish (flower print), to the more visually extravagant Thunderstorm and Team Pulse (red/blue depending on team). Me, I'll be opting for a Tiger Stripe skin. Because nothing's more deadly than a gun painted like a tiger. [MTV]