Two strong sets this week by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. and LittleRanger. We think the Cobalt Space Sleeping Bag is the best skin for quality, creativity, and game lore, but all the skins in the blog are very strong this week.
This is a sleeping bag made of space-age materials, which is quite a bit more advanced than a bag made of stone-age materials, which is where we have returned. We think it is safe to say Cobalt did not make sleeping bags for the Moon, so this bag must have been made from precious, irreplaceable space suit materials found at their ruined facility.
It certainly looks warm. The skin is a bit clean, but that fits the idea--material ripped straight out of the cockpit, untouched by the passage of time.
By La Crampe
Now here's something a bit more in the reach of modern technical capabilities--a Maori War Chest for the modern stone-age family. Actually, that's not entirely fair... to the Maoris. It would take ages to figure out how to weave bamboo fabric so skillfully, or to build the molds and pour the iron for those handsome metal disks inset in the box. And don't even get us started on the intricate patterned carvings in the wood frame.
Please don't get us wrong--we love this box and really hope to see it in the game. Sure, there's no way gun-toting cannibals like yourselves could make it on their own, but maybe they picked it up at a ruined IKEA.
An armored chest plate covered in hardened leather dyed a proud and ominous shade of red. The leather is on the outside of the armor, not the inside, so it's for show. And what it is showing is a fanatic focused on violence. Don't run up to him and ask if he's friendly.
This highly popular armored chest plate goes with last week's wildly popular Blood Dragon Mask by JohnnyOldBoy.
This second large wood box by Vitalik is a little more within the crafting capabilities of the people trapped on our little island. It's a simple wood box plated with sheet metal and painted blue. It's got a cheery little fire drawn on the sides, and the word "wood" tacked on top in case you can't remember what the fire drawing represents.
It's a rare box skin that's got the word "wood" on it, and actually looks good. Tons of players complain that they want to see skins with contents words on them because they think their mates are too dumb to sort it out. Most such skins are low quality, but here at last we have convergence!
On the heels of his highly successful Metalhunter set from last week, T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. and OddyseySuper have released a new stop sign armor set. It's a collection of junk, not nearly as solid-seeming as Metalhunter, but embellished with scary drawings, warning signs... fish-net...whatever materials could be found.
The second set we saw and liked this week is the Mad Armor set by LittleRanger. It's a somewhat eccentric wooden stop sign armor set embellished with skulls, rainbows, child palm prints and motorcycle chains. No, most stop signs are not made of wood, but just...play along here. it's only a mesh.
LittleRanger's work has a certain balmy polish to it. Everything looks dirty and old, but kind of nice just the same, like with this vest. The rest of the matching set looks just as good, and includes a coffee can mask and a kilt.
Owned by a succession of Bond villains before finally getting picked up at a yard sale by Dr. Evil for three bucks, this chair has survived moments of unimaginable violence and emerged unscathed. Now it makes its way to your base where it will bear witness yet again to more evil schemes and extreme violence.
Badtrip made two color versions of this chair, but we like red the best, because red is a better color than yellow, obviously. The chair manages to look aged but cleaned up, and makes a great throne upon which you can survey your empire of dirt in fashion and in style.
If you're not so into a Doctor Evil lair, how about Game of Thrones? Veys offers up this rusty (bloody?) chair that nobody would ever want to sit in, let alone fight Machiavellian wars for years on end to win. Still, it will look great in your throne room if you have one, and we can imagine a screen shot of a room filled with corpses, with a single character sitting in this chair surveying the damage, ideally while wearing JohnnyOldboy's Blood Dragon Mask or something similar.
So...we like it! it's nasty, but it provides tons of screenshot and role-playing possibilities. Good luck, Veys!
Following a hiatus of several weeks, Milho Frito is back with Desolation, a riveted copper and iron weapon of war. The red cloth wrapped around the stock compliments the metallic red copper in the body, and the black iron contrasts well with both.
Milho Frito made two versions of this gun, one low contrast with blue cloth ("tempered"), and the higher contrast version you see here. Both are examples of this artist's mastery of the medium. If you aren't familiar with his work, be sure and drop by his workshop. Great stuff!
And finally we have an excellent tribal style stone hatchet by Andrey. The artist does a very good job of making the hatchet blade look like stone with chalk or pigment markings. The wood is rough and the cloth is carefully decorated with the markings we typically associate with hopelessly primitive, pre-modern savages.
Quality is solid, but we are unsure of the chances of approval. One one hand, it is a stone hatchet, not an AK, so competition in the space is not as tough. But on the other, we have seen quite a few tribal stone hatchets, and some have already been approved. Will Facepunch approve another?