Lots of sets this week, and good variation on the categories of skins submitted to the workshop. Our favorite: The Tribal Crossbow, by LittleRanger.
A gentleman’s weapon in an age of knaves, luxurious yet tasteful, baroque yet somehow still elegant. It’s owner seeks not to start fights, but to end them on his own terms. An armed society is a polite society.
We think the pearl and chrome contrast will be well received should the skin be approved. Excellent work on the metal etching and mother-of-pearl handle texture. Simple and realistic.
Lil’ Betty is what you get when you cross a rusty chainsaw blade with a flattish monkey wrench. While it will never cut through trees quite like it used to, it can still chop through people just fine. And never mind the rust—that’s a feature, not bug.
A typical Estavos skin, Lil’ Betty is both creative and technically strong. We like the small name plaque near the sword grip, the fading green paint, and the greasy dirt liberally applied to all those hard to clean places on the weapon.
The Annihilation Set is a green cast metal face mask and chestplate combo by Badtrip that makes you look like a metallic scrap zombie on meth after a week of partying. The mask’s mouth is stapled shut, and the eyes look like they’ve both taken a couple of whacks from that spiked mace everyone uses to smash barrels. There’s crudely repaired rips in the cap, and “bags” under the sleepless zombie eyes.
The chest plate is even more interesting, featuring a rusty metal Badtrip skull front and center, and a bony spine in the back. Both pieces have a few anarchy symbols placed here and there, but we think they’re not quite the right aesthetic for this set.
A crossbow seems a little advanced for the kinds of tribes who would carve the totems you find on this skin, but we’ve seen tribal armored doors and assault rifles, so we’re not breaking new ground here. This tribe’s placed a couple of mystic eyes on the front and back of the bow, along with a wavy snake arrow, a duck-faced spirit, and a swirly Starbucks icon on the body. All the icons seem suitably serious and pitiless, so don’t expect mercy from whoever’s pointing this weapon at you.
LittleRanger has taken care to carve the inside and top of the bow, which you see whenever you take aim. We like that touch as well as his usual attention to small details.
Now comes the Gold Relic Set from workshop artist…Relic. It’s a Tiki-style metal face mask and chest plate in red and gold, with a broad toothy smile stretching across a demonic visage. The mask is shocking and funny at the same time, and may cause enemies to hesitate a for a split second, giving you the time you need to line up the winning shot.
Or not. Enemies could also mark you for death so they can take your fancy armor for themselves. Either way, the set is desirable and striking, and we’re sure it’ll be a battlefield hit. We also find the chest plate interesting, with a large Chinese character on the front, but the back of the chest plate could have used something more.
An angry lizard with a slinky long tongue and lots of teeth directs its baleful stare forward, ever ready to spit hot metal death at enemies. Green scales web the shoulder brace, while bony talons mark the grips. The gun is rusty and decrepit, but there’s little doubt it still fires.
Nice work bringing out the 3D on the dragon and its talons and excellent work on the age and tarnish.
TonyaeR and Odissey have a new set of road sign armor for us this week, the Chameleon set. It’s road sign vest and kilt with a coffee can helmet in a red, white and black pattern that’s not quite checkers, and not quite motley. Chipped and battle-scared pieces overlay and are supported by black leather. The armor is straightforward and serious, yet creative at the same time.
You can check out the rest of the set in the artist’s workshop, along with a very large number of skillfully made skins, many of them already approved and available in the Steam Market for Rust. Drop by and have a look!
Here’s a creative metal face mask by RavN that’s not part of a set. A brown and silver color scheme with large eyes and clever metal sculpting make for an owlish visage, just the thing weird naked savages from the future would wear while chasing down their human prey in total silence. And don’t even ask what they do with the victims they capture or kill.
Very nice work on the leather straps in the back of the mask, and of course the metal face mask itself. There’s a gold and silver version of this mask in the artist’s workshop as well, but we like this one best.
And now for something completely different, as is so often the case with skins from Es’Kophan. We have here a cardboard hammer, straight from your local UPS delivery center. It’s cardboard with what looks like a roll of wrapping scraps for a handle, sealed closed with duct tape. It’s not very practical or realistic, but neither is a having a wooden mallet with the power to fix metal walls and doors, so we’re OK on that score. :)
Our last set is by Mishka and Sfonsper, a lumberjack set consisting of hoodie, pants, and gloves in the traditional denim and checkers of the hardworking outdoorsman. This art team is a proven master of textures and they’ve really upped their game recently, as can be seen in the amazing Seaman set from two weeks ago. The fabric, especially of the red vest on the hoodie, is about as realistic as you’re going to get in a rendered game environment, while the pants and gloves are packed with fine detail.
We have absolutely nothing negative to say about this set at all, except to note the zipper on the pants is unusually long, as if to suggest the owner were concealing something quite large beneath.