xtab's Weekly In-Game Skin Review

At xtab we're adding another weekly blog post reviewing the newly approved skins in Rust. 

Here's this week's approvals. Facepunch approved 12 out of an incredible 1800 submitted. Congrats to everyone who won approval, and good luck again next week!

Rust Skin Pix

An incredible 1800 skins were submitted to the workshop last week, and once again, we promise to bring you the best of the best.

Weekly Workshop Skin Review

We didn't have a "target rich environment" quite like we did last week, but we still had no trouble finding ten excellent skins to showcase for this week's Rust skin review.  

We are most interested in skins which look used and rusted if they come from the pre-apocalyptic past, or makeshift and handmade if they are made from new materials.  Skins like this fit the theme of the game and meet the Facepunch art guidelines.  They are Rusty.  

First up, here are the xtab releases for this week:


Saturday Night Special: Easy to build and somewhat unreliable, this little semi-auto pistol still packs a strong punch. Fits in your pocket, feels good in your hand.

Bronze War Mask:A bronze face mask, skillfully cast from metal mold. The design is enigmatic, but fierce.

Bronze War Plate: A bronze chest plate, formed by metal mold and access to a few pre-apocalypse tools. It's heavy and tough, and just may save your life in a fight. Just don't fall in any water.

Cobalt and Chrome: A wicked fierce war mask fashioned from a sheet of cobalt and car bumper chrome welded together. Sure, the cobalt is supposed to be poisonous, but you're unlikely to live long enough for that to matter.

Tribute Coffer:Found stuffed with bars of soft yellow metal, bundles of green bank notes and bags of mysterious white powder, this ornate box can be put to use storing VALUABLE things, like street signs and wolf skulls. There's a lot of salvage out there!


And now...Ten Rusty skins:


LCD Marine SAR: This semiautomatic rifle is packed with detail.  We love the glow-in-the-dark LCD counter, the scratched paint, and the corrugated metal parts.  Perfectly Rusty.

Salvaged Barrel Door:  Wondering where all those barrel parts go after you bang them open? Now you know. The blue portion has a cute little biohazard sticker, too. Get your Tetanus booster, lately?

TecSemi: This semi-auto pistol is probably the least Rusty skin we've chosen this week, but it's certainly not factory fresh, either.  It's got a nice, clean, molded metal appearance, heavy and solid in the hand.  

Where Eagles Dare: A camo metal face plate, very S.W.A.T. or Special Forces in style. It could use a little wear and tear for Rust, but is otherwise a very well done skin.

Uprising Hide Poncho: Wow!  Someone finally did something fantastic with a hide poncho! Lots of fine leather with detailed stitching and leather fasteners.  The skin also shows a lot of wear and tear, which is what Facepunch likes to see, improving approval chances.  

Recycled Garage Metal Door: This skin is by far and away the ugliest skin we saw this week. A wretched slab of rusted out corrugated sheet metal--just the sort of thing you see some grim, 3rd world industrial park or prison.  We love it!

Combat Boots: Vitalik offers up another excellent skin this week--combat boots.  Notice that the artist did not simply slap a pattern over the mesh.  Rather, there's separate attention to the top of the boot, the sole of the boot, and the ankle.  Stitching is carefully placed, and a lovely spattering of muck was added to the toes.  

Camo Netting-Woodlands: We're surprised to find the community overlooked this interesting skin in the workshop. It's a hide poncho, camo style, with a netting effect applied to the entire skin.  Looks very military / survivalist in style.

Arctic Strike Gloves:  A pair of weathered black gloves with the fingertips removed.  The roughened material and frayed stitching really helps you look like the grizzled cannibal survivalist you always wanted to be.

Fire Jacket: Why didn't we think of this?  This is a Vagabond Jacket with yellow safety striping like firemen and paramedics wear. While it is a violation of the Geneva Convention to shoot medics and rescue crew, you probably shouldn't count on other players to hold their fire...





Weekly Workshop Skin Review, January 3, 2017

There were a lot of good skins in the workshop this week, but we couldn’t write about them all, so we narrowed the selection down to the ten best skins.  It wasn’t easy, but... we did it!  

First, here’s this week’s xtab releases:


Homemade Handgun: This homemade handgun is built with a combination of real and toy parts which fit together surprisingly well. The gun is as deadly as it is cute--handle with care! 

Rusty Survival Hoodie: A well-preserved button-up nylon hoodie, comfortable and warm.  The back is emblazoned with the logo of some long lost pre-apocalypse business called "Rusty Survival".  Camping supplies, perhaps?

Bloody Sword: A makeshift short sword still wet with the blood of its most recent victim.Who's next?

Master Blaster: A homemade submachine gun, clanky and prone to jam, but kicks like a mule and fires FAST. Master Blaster's got a real cool paint job, too. BIG fun!

Ranger’s Camo Hat: A hat of the sort worn by old world military scouts. It is well preserved, and the logo of whatever long lost army it represented is still clipped to the side. 

Salvaged Submachine Gun: Just barely held together with chewing gum, bailing wire, and duct tape, This Thompson submachine gun may be more dangerous to its user than its target. Best of luck. 

Spitfire Pump: A pump shotgun emblazoned with shark mouth and RAF colors. Puts the fear of God in 'em. 

Gold Digger: A steel pickaxe with a blonde wood carved handle. Originally marketed as a gold prospector's tool, these days it will find better use mining for a more volatile kind of yellow mineral…

Homemade Shotgun: A collection of toy and deadly serious real parts, this pump shotgun actually works. Just don't squeeze the trigger too hard. Bang bang! 

Makeshift Short Sword: A short sword made from a strip of a rusty garden fence tightly bound to some vending machine parts. It's very, very sharp.


And now for the ten best workshop skins of the week:


Metal Shutter Door: If you’re looking for something to make your base seem even more grim and apocalyptic, this skin is for you. It FEELS like a cheap sheet metal door stripped from a third world industrial park or storage unit. Perfectly Rusty.

Sleazy Rider: Holy crap, this is a good skin! We love the undershirt, the biker logos, and the overall appearance of wear and tear.  

Combat Pipe Shotgun: Zufick offers a fine waterpipe shotgun this week. The barrel looks like a motorcycle muffler or some other kind of auto part.  The wood in the stock could use a little touching up to give it a more realistic feel. Regardless, it gives off an awesome mean and angry vibe.

Kryss: A Kryss is a wavy short sword or knife historically associated with Indonesia and similar cultures in Southeast Asia.  This one is actually a longsword in the game, but no matter--the skin looks great! Perfect for running down the beach stabbing nakeds on wipe day.

Ol’ Greasy: An excellent semi-auto pistol from Subza with a racing theme to the gun.  All the colors are subdued and the pistol grip is wrapped in tire rubber, which contributes to the gun’s Rustiness.  We very much hope to see this pistol in the game soon!

Wasteland Ghoul: This semi-auto rifle is about as realistically ugly as it’s possible to get.  The wood is scratched, the metal is all battered and rusted, and there’s a ghoul’s head carved into the back of the gun, which you’ll see every time you take aim. Nice job, Fred the Dog!

Leather Vest: A weathered old leather vest, (Hide Shirt in the game) with a stuck zipper and a highly realistic leather appearance.  A step up from naked savage, but not by much. 

Army Black Boots: These boots are the most highly detailed and realistic we’ve seen on the workshop yet.  There’s a rip in the left boot to show the steel toe, and even the soles of the boot are worn and dirty.  We can see nothing wrong at all with this skin.

Hide Poncho--The Skin of the Black Dragon: Putting aside the animal the artist imagines the skin coming from, this is an excellent hide poncho skin.  The cured reptile skin texture is convincing and fits the game well.  Now all we need are reptiles in the game.  @Devs: Could we please get some crocodiles in the rivers?

Harem Pants: These are hide pants in the game.  There’s crude stitching on the belt, a faded casual pattern on the legs, and the hem is a bit tattered.  It makes you look like you’ve been on this little island a long, long time.

Weekly Workshop Skin Review

This week marks the beginning of a new xtab blog offering, the Weekly Workshop Skin Review. Each week we’ll feature around ten workshop skins which caught our attention and that we’d like to see in the game.  Here’s this week’s picks, in no particular order of preference:


Skull Crusher AK-47: A well detailed AK with a glowing red hot tip. The left side of the gun features a nice screaming skull decal, and there's good detail in all the right places.


Boltface Metal Facemask: Um...Wow.  Just wow.  I don't think we need to say anything more about the Boltface.


Drag Dealer SAP: The engraving on the handle is pleasing, and there is good attention to the trigger and the back of the gun (which the player sees when aiming.  The grip could use a little more attention, and we also think the artist meant to call it the "Drug Dealer SAP" :)


Coalmine Mystery Pickaxe: This popular pickaxe features a convincing wood handle and a glowing, red hot tip.  The top of the blade is well detailed, too.  Note that the red tip glows in the dark, so other players may notice you working at night. 



Vintage Hatchet: Do they even sell hatchets this nice in real life? Upscale Newmans will certainly be happy to own such fancy hatchets. But in keeping with the look of the game, we think the Vintage should be scuffed up a bit more.



Paint Can Protection V. 2: Excellent work in all ways. Clever choice of paint company name, perfect details and colors, and convincingly Rusty. We don't even have any snarky criticism for flaws, because there are none.


Shinobi Cowl: The highly popular Shinobi Cowl. This burlap headwrap really does look good when viewed in the client. The workshop image doesn't do justice to the quality of the work. We see no flaws, but we would like to know what that character means on the forehead.


Hazard Barricade: These barricades should look pretty good in the game, even if many Hazard barricades are placed close together. The skull decal should also help to drive home the idea that trespassers will be shot.


Rustic Box: The game could use a nice small wood box skin. This one is pretty well detailed, but the rope handles on the side are not very convincing.  Nevertheless, this is one of the best small wood boxes we've seen.



Dirty Military Boots: Very solid quality boots which will add to the choices players wearing camo sets have.  Scuffed up and Rusty.


And the winners are...

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Rudolph's Revenge Christmas Skin Contest. Big thanks to everyone who entered the contest, as well as those who helped out with logistics and promotion.  In particular, we would like to thank Rustafied for their invaluable support,and of course Facepunch for their wonderful game.

There were far, far more worthy entries than we have prizes. The contest was a rip-roaring success --162 contest entries-- but only room for three winners, plus the people's choice award.  So if you don't win, don't be disappointed, and look on the bright side--now you know how to make skins for Rust!

If you do win, send us an email at xtab@xtabxtudios.com and give us your contact information so we can send you your prize.

So without further adieu, here are the contest winners:

First Place:  Grandmother's Gift Barricade, by Krovv



Second Place: Christmas Holiday LWB, by AstonAndrey




Third Place: Christmas Elf Long T-Shirt, by Killerbl


People's Choice award: Frostbite Facemask, by Exenoxx


Honorable mention number 1: Ice Tooth, by MDemon


Honorable Mention number 2: Christmas Tree--Wooden Door by Killerbl


Judgement Day

The deadline for new entries in the Christmas Contest passed on Dec 2 at midnight +12 GMT, and judges are now looking at all the entries carefully.  There were a grand total of 162 entries, many of them quite good. Big thank you to everyone who submitted a skin and made the contest a big success!