The arrival of boats in the game has pushed skins in a pirate / ocean direction, with three such skins on the top ten, and many more in the Workshop. Our favorite: Greedy Pirate Door, by JohnnyOldboy.
Never let it be said that JohnnyOldBoy's work is too subtle, subdued, or boring for Rust. When he decides to make a skull-door, he doesn't just stick a skull on a sheet metal door, he slaps a silver skull on it...with sharp metallic carnivorous demon teeth and bronze medusa snakes crawling out the back, reared and ready to strike. All this on some kind of stylized pedestal, like an island amid a sea of tentacles reaching high like storm waves.
A striking mishmash of materials from bone to steel, with a highly visible bronze zig-zag pattern on the blade and a curious leather wrapping around the hatchet handle. It's this leather wrapping that's most interesting. If you look closely, you'll see a caveman style story about hunters, travel and fishing. The story is quite extensive for a hatchet-wrapping--you'll have to read it for yourself to work it out.
The zig-zag pattern on the blade and the leather wrapping on the handle make for an unusual skin, in that it's got something to show both close up and from a distance. Be sure and drop by the artist's workshop for high-resolution pictures of the wrapping.
By TonyaeR and Odissey
Last week, they released the pants and a long sleeve T-shirt, which were all right but nothing unusual, but this week they released a Junkyard Lord Hoodie and this here Balaclava. The hoodie makes the set much more cohesive and useful in the game, but it's the Balaclava that makes it cool.
Broken glass goggles and an inhuman, wide mouth lend a cold and somewhat desperate cast to the mask, and taken together with the pants and hoodie, you'll look like a proper post-apocalyptic scavenger, uncaring and so, so lethal. How would you like to see a pack of these guys zerging your poorly defended base?
Here's a new garage door for you, straight from the back of an old truck or shipping dock. It's got rings and straps for securing cargo and a laconic "keep out" stenciled unprofessionally across its face, with dripping paint and fading letters.
The primitive keep out message suggests it was added sometime after the door was first salvaged. It's fitting, but entirely unnecessary--welcome mats haven't been big sellers since the apocalypse.
Very fine work on this door, very Rusty. We like the grain of the metal at the top of the door where the roll-up housing begins, the heavy rows of rivets, and the strategically placed dents and scratches.
The Spec Ops tool set by Badaxe is an example of high quality but relatively unimaginative skins that we feature from time to time on the Top Ten. They're carefully and finely detailed skins without any sort of unusual twist or gimmick to grab your attention. And that's OK--some people like their liquor unmixed and straight up, just keep 'em coming.
This tool set has a pickaxe and this here hatchet, both with a heavy nylon grip, steel blades, and tarnished fittings. You can drop by the artist's workshop for a look at the pickaxe.
At last a door for all the peaceniks reading this blog. It's a wooden door with Rust graffiti scrawled all over it, front and back. A large peace symbol painted in the center lets everyone know you're friendly, and there's lots of little flower prints stenciled into the back of the door to remind there's more to life than breaking into your neighbor's house, crushing his skull with an ice pick, and stealing everything he has.
The door's got tons of Rust references disguised as graffiti scrawled over it, and it'll take you some time to find it all. We love the door, but unfortunately it's just a wooden door, so you'll have to rely on your powers of persuasion to keep the wolves at bay. When they come, try playing music into your microphone to calm them down. It soothes the savage beast.
Another skin by Badaxe, this time in collaboration with Maryjane420. It's a semi-auto rifle with a shark and metallic waves across the body and barrel in bas-relief. An anchor drifts below the shark on the ammo clip. There's also double anchor emblem etched into the top of the gun just after the sights, which you'll see every time you take aim. Bloody teeth complete the picture at the back of the gun.
It's an unusual SAR, very colorful in a Rusty kind of way, and strong on details and textures.
Now comes a recyclables box for everyone who likes to keep their evil lair, cannibal den or fortress of darkness tidy and environmentally friendly. Even your dimmest clan mates will know the contents of the box are bound for the recycle machine, and will hopefully make the trip for you and get ambushed there in your stead.
The box is painted a grubby, but cheerful institutional green, with three prominent recycle symbols on the top and the bottom. It's nicely worn and beat-up, but we think it could have used another recycle symbol on the side to help identify it in a loot room setting.
The Salvaged Sleeping Bag by LittleRanger is an emergency relief bag that's got all the calamities covered--fire, death, plague, fallout, beheading...and perhaps alien invasion.. it even includes yellow cautionary striping on the side so you don't get run over by a truck at the refugee center. And just in case, there's leather straps on top that could be used as patient restraints in case of emergency surgery or amputation.
Always be prepared.
Last we have another ocean themed weapon, one "Sea Monster Python" by Jesin. We'll overlook the fact that pythons don't live in the ocean, and just note the handle's got a variety of tentacles writhing about a water-warped handle. Strange Damascus steel swirls climb the trigger guard and barrel, which is painted golden yellow.
The tentacles have a nice, 3-D feel to them, and the gun is pretty easy to make out at a distance. But we must point out that the skin's strength is all in the handle, which your hand mostly covers up during game play.