I wanted to say that unlike those subs that you remember, now I make skins with entirely different way.
I try to do UV-chop and delicate texture work on all latest skins. Not the best maybe, but it's my top quality for now.
And I don't use ported animations. If you look at my subs starting with VSS - I port everything myself and choose never used animations for CS 1.6 section. Well, there may be seen well-known anims among them, but I port them myself and fix all of them via blender, adapting all animations for chosen weapon to avoid clippings and other things.
And I agree with you about simplicity. I don't like naked guns, but I don't overweight subs with unnecessary things any more. Just trying to make subs look unique.
Starting with upcoming DEAGLE Mega-pack with 16 best deagle animations- I'd start adding right attachments. I'm waiting for 2 super animations now that are private and not submited anywhere, as I don't want to release it without them.
I guess - my last subs, if not to count Knockout AWP, are my top quality works. I don't think I'd improve any further, as I have not many ideas to implement. CW weapons are not endless ) ...and I'm satisfied with my works. I understand now that those skins where we were fighting in comments - were really bad. I deleted mostly all of them in my collection. Now I replace them with present works that I finally like )