Two sets this week, and an uptick in tribal / Native American style skins. Our favorite pick this week: Blood Dragon Rifle by JohnnyOldBoy.
Finally, a set that understand the kind of people Rust players really are. It's more a mindset than an actual physical condition for most of you, since real savages probably couldn't make clothing as complex as this.
The set's got a vaguely native American style with spiritual themes and full metal jackets. On the back of the hoodie we see a bird depicted with wings spread, silhouetted in flight against the bright morning sun. On the front are motorcycle chains and Kevlar padding--See? balance! Mankind in harmony with nature and ballistic fiber.
The set comes with pants, of course, and a handsome pair of skull-boots. The pants are camouflage but the hoodie is not, but they seem to match just the same. By LittleRanger in collaboration with Woock.
This set is much more Native American in style and uses the burlap mesh, which is great since that's what you're stuck wearing for awhile after a wipe or involuntary trip to the beach. There's burlap pants, burlap foot wraps, and this burlap shirt here. The artists stuck with entirely natural materials, so this is a great set for role players or clans looking for a memorable and noteworthy uniform.
Aaaaand another tribal style skin, this one Aztec. That's three in a row. It's all part of the cosmic plan. This one's got a kind of Temple of Doom thing going for it, with an unfriendly looking spirit or god with fangs dripping venom and eyes dripping blood, forbidding entry.
The god carving is laid over a rebar lattice, which makes this sheet metal door seem more solid than it really is. We like how this touch of the modern mixes with the ancient, and we really like the character and expression in the god's face. It's cartoony, but not at all comical. Just dark and hungry.
This tough armored face mask and leather cap by Milho Frito exhibits his usual attention to detail and quality. The mask is a combination of different kinds of metal held together by bolts and heavy staples, and cut in an expression of either battle rage or jolly good humor. The sewn leather cap doesn't look like it offers much protection, but seems comfortable enough.
The metals are a bit tarnished, and the mask looks suitably worn. There are three color variations in the workshop, but we like this nickle version the best.
Our second Milho Frito pick of the week. Cobalt crate is a straight forward large wooden box with a clear and sharp Cobalt logo on it. What the company put in these boxes is unclear, but judging from all the Cobalt skins we've been seeing, they must have been the Omni Consumer Products of the pre-apocalyptic world.
The box looks interesting, with plastic and rubber ringing the edges, and bare boards on the top, as though it's been stripped of a protective outer layer. There are two other versions of this box in the artist's workshop, though, one with metal and the other with plastic where the boards are in the red version.
Even cannibals enjoy their comforts, and who would want to travel and be stuck sleeping outdoors without their shrunken skulls and spirit fetishes? We certainly wouldn't. Can't just store them in a bag. Sometimes in the busy and bustle of travel your bones fall apart, or get mixed up with the wrong ones, and then you've got problems. But weave them into your bedroll and they all stay sorted out, and they'll be right there with you if you need them during the night.
The leather texture does seem a little nice. We've wanted to buy a couch with leather like this for years but couldn't quite afford it. We think the material could have used a little dusting up, but maybe these cannibals looted a a furniture store in good condition.
By La Crampe
The Versailles of assault rifles, Glorious is a baroque AK47 in white and gold and red velvet, resplendent and glorious in all ways including its name, which is explicitly spelled out in gold mosaic right on the weapon body in case you forget. You'll be able to see the name for a moment when you reload, so you'll get frequent reminders. The skin is big and loud and not at all bashful--pick it up if you're looking for something flashy.
Our second Veys pick this week, we really think Reptile came out well. It's an armored face mask molded to look like reptile scales. Faux fangs curve up from the bottom of the mask, and leathery ears fold back against the side of the skull. The artist favors a Klimt style mosaic pattern which he employs in some of his best work, and you can see that here in the scales around and below the eyes.
The mask doesn't actually look like a reptile, rather just a reptilian mask. We like that--it was clearly fashioned by people with limited access to modern machinery. There are two versions of this mask in the workshop, one green, the other a rusty red and corroded green metal.
A burning red hot waterpipe shotgun with stylized flames licking up the barrel. It's heavy, primitive, grubby, and very well detailed in all ways, from the rough wood textures to the grit around the rings. It's also colorful, flashy, and...timely since we're all finding ourselves using lower tier weapons for a lot longer in the wipe cycle. A welcome change!
Yes, it is red. Blood Dragon Rifle is part of JohnnyOldBoy's series of blood dragon skins, which include an armored face mask, chest plate, and this here semi-auto rifle. The skin is etched front to back in a fine, swirling dragon motif and symbols, and nothing is left untouched. Textures are realistic and bumpy, highly convincing, and metal tarnish and aging are impeccable. Fantastic work!