xtab's Rust Skin Pix

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.

xtab's Rust Skin Pix

This was a great week in the Rust Workshop, with tons of high quality skins vying for attention. And though many deserved a spot on the blog, we could only choose ten. Our favorite: The Medieval Fresco Furnace, by Es'Kophan

In addition to the top ten, I'll be doing a weekly video showing off all the Top Ten skins in the game environment.  Unfortunately, this week I did some of the video before the blog and ran out of time to finish before I had to post, so the video shows the Eye of Isis AK instead of the Slaughter Python and the Outlaws set.  I'll have my act together next week--promise! You can watch the video here.

Do’s and Don’ts for the Aspiring Rust Skin Artist

We look at every single skin submitted to the Rust Workshop, and think it’s time to weigh in and give the aspiring Rust skin artist some basic Do’s and Don’ts, in hopes that we’ll see new artists emerge making more awesome skins for us all to enjoy in the game.


Don’t: Brand new
Don’t make skins that look like modern or factory fresh. The factories, knowledge, and manpower needed to make such things were destroyed in nuclear fire, or maybe a terrible plague. We don’t know yet, so just remember that the old world is gone, and it doesn’t make sense for players to be running around with shiny new toys. But if you insist on making something pre-apocalyptic in style, think how it might look if it had been found after a long time in storage, or under a radioactive trash heap.

Don’t: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Don’t Make skins which are sci-fi or fantasy in character. This means no glowing magic swords, aliens or ray guns. Facepunch generally seems to be heading towards maintaining the game’s post-apocalyptic style, and will usually (but not always!) reject or ignore such skins.

Don’t: Tell
Don’t Tell. If you write “Ammo” on a plain green box, you are telling us what it is. If you make it look like an ammo box, you are showing us what it is. It is OK to have text on a skin if it makes sense. That ammo crate may have military lettering stenciled on it with words and numbers because that’s what real ammo crates look like.

Don’t: Quantity
Don’t Focus on quantity. You can only produce so many quality skins per week. If you overproduce, you are hurting the overall quality of your skins and your audience will be less loyal and pay less attention to your stuff. Only you can decide how much to produce, so ration your work time wisely. Don’t even think of slapping a single texture over multiple meshes and posting them to the workshop. It is the easiest thing in the world to scroll past blocks of spam like that. You have to earn people’s attention.

Don’t: Re-post
Don’t adjust and repost something that has already been rejected, especially if it was rejected with no comment. If you really think it will help then go ahead--but you’re likely just spinning your wheels.

Don’t: Steal
Whatever you do, don’t steal someone else’s skin and post it as your own, even with modifications. Don’t steal textures from the Internet. Don’t steal someone’s trademark. If someone glances at your skin and is confused and think it clearly looks like this logo or like that CS:GO skin, then it’s probably going to get treated like a violation or a copy.

Don’t: Senseless Glowing
Glowing items don’t make sense most of the time. And they make your customers a target.

Don't: Mix Tiers in Sets

This means you don’t want to mix burlap skins with cloth skins,  match up a long sleeve T-shirt with urban pants, or make a coffee can helmet together with a metal chest plate.

Don't: Be Sloppy

People do things like apply rust to one part of a skin but not the rest, or leave obviously damaged or temporary textures in place when they upload to the workshop.  When you finish a skin, take a few minutes to check it out carefully before posting.

Don't: Deceive
Make skins that are appropriate for the mesh. This means that if you're working on a wood door mesh, don't make it look like a sheet metal door. This rule is pretty flexible, though. It is OK to add a little armor padded to clothing if that's what you're going for, since it's probably not going to seriously confuse anyone.  Just use your common sense.

Don't: Pester or Troll
Don't make a nuisance of yourself. Life is short, and there's no reason to work with people who give you grief. Don't constantly tweet and tag the devs, troll the forums, or otherwise misbehave on social media. You'll only get blocked, banned, or ignored. Disagreement or complaint is one thing, hassling and trolling another.

Don't: Flags
Avoid national flags and the Rust logo. Although you may use them, these skins are rarely approved.


Do: Post-apocalyptic
Do make skins that could be made in a post-apocalyptic environment. Think Mad Max, The Road, or Fallout. Something terrible has happened to the world and all the survivors are left to live on their wits, luck, and good aim. Skins should look like something a clever person could cobble together from scraps or pieces of old world technology. In general, skins should be a little dirty, worn, and beat-up. Rusty.

Do: Backstory
Do give a little backstory and a creative name. This helps people fix in their mind what your skin is all about. Calling a bullet ridden sheet metal door the “Red Sheet Metal Door” isn’t very exciting, but “Salvation Door” makes people think of frantic gunfights and desperate last stands. If your English or your writing skills aren’t very good, ask a friend to help. Avoid poetry. You know who you are.

Do: Show
Remember show and tell in school?

Do: Quality
Do focus on quality. Consistently producing quality work is the best way to get noticed. Although there’s about a thousand new skins added to the workshop every week, the vast majority of them are, to put it politely, drek. If you’re producing quality work, you’ll get recognized. We love finding talented artists producing quality work. And we’ve been seeing an increasing emphasis on technical quality. Flawed skins don’t get approved.

Do: OpenGL Normal Map, Spec/Gloss Map Workflow

Do: Fill Holes
Fill Holes Do make skins for meshes where there's only one or two (or maybe zero) approved skins.  Facepunch is looking to fill these holes with approvals, and competition is light.

Do: Collaborate

It’s OK to collaborate and share revenue with another artist.  Sometimes you’ll get inspired by someone’s work in another game.  If you want to use that art, or something very close to it, you’ll need the original artist’s permission. Remember that you can offer to share revenue with another workshop artist.  It is also OK to purchase stock art and creatively apply it to your own skin, as long as you can show you comply with the license.


Lastly, Do ignore any of these do’s and don’ts whenever your Muse commands--really high quality and creative skins will always be considered--but Don’t cry when you get rejected. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.

Note: these do's and don'ts are solely the opinions of xtab xtudios.

xtab's Rust Skin Pix

Three armor and facemask sets for you this week, all in the top ten and here for you to compare. Solid sets each and all, but the Morgenface Set by TonyaeR and Odissey is our favorite.

xtab's Rust Skin Pix

We have a more primitive line up for you this week, with far fewer doors and no high end weapons.  Top spot was a toss up between Life Taker and Nitromaniac, but we're going with Life Taker, by Shedmon.

xtab's Rust Skin Pix

A good mix of skins and styles this week, with strong quality. Our favorite: Cargo Truck Garage Door, by StabbyMcStabface.

xtab's Rust Skin Pix

A lot of good skins this week, especially doors. Doors offer a nice, big canvas to paint on, and they make a huge difference to base aesthetics, but not all of them are going to be approved.  Nevertheless, here are the four best doors we could find. Our favorite this week: The Ritual Face Mask, by Mishka and Stonemason.