So, it's almost been a month since we were given the gift of Skyrim. With that said, there has been a whole lot of time for the great modding community to work on their mods! Now, if you're anything like me, the first few mods you'd be looking for are the texture mods (better facial textures, surroundings, and bodies), and that's exactly what I did.
You can get easy access to community mods at Skyrim Nexus. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are other places to get mods, besides nexus, but nexus offers us lazy skeevers something other sides don't; a download manager. If you're familiar with the Curse Client, used for WoW addons, then this won't be a new thing to you. All you have to do is click on the download link (found in any of the pages in the site), and the manager does everything else for you. Please keep in mind, that not all mods work together, so make sure to read up on the specifics, before installing stuff!
For this test, I decided to run with the following mods:
Now, since the game is still fairly new, you can expect the mods to be somewhat buggy at times. In my case, I experienced a minuscule amount of frame-rate drops, but only during large scale fights, in intense weather conditions. I also encountered an odd bug, with regards to models bugging, and not being rendered properly.
Apart from that, all the other mods worked pefrectly! The blood-spatter seemed more realistic, the environment was a little more detailed, and the NPCs were more detailed too! Just once word of advice before modding: MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR CURRENT FOLDER! Some mods require you to install them the old-fashioned way, meaning you'll have to cut and paste stuff onto your Skyrim folder... and if the mod doesn't work properly, you get royally screwed...so yeah, make sure that you make a backup folder, before modding.
Happy (dragon) hunting!