Halloween approaches, and we're starting to see creepier skins get approved. We also have two new sets and two LR300 skins. Our favorite is Bulletstorm, by Veys.
This axe is the first skin of the Spider King set by Andy-Boo and JohnnyOldBoy to win approval. The set consists of stop sign armor vest and kilt, an AK-47, an armored face mask, and this here hatchet. It's all silver and black, with very bumpy, very palpable spider webbing in bas relief. Wood textures are fairly rough, metal is worn but shiny, and the only bit of color is a red back widow hourglass on the AK.
The whole set tries very hard to be as menacing as possible, and largely succeeds in a comic-book villain kind of way. Should more pieces get approved, it will make a good uniform for aggressive clans, and those who enjoy mocking their dying victims.
The centerpiece of LittleRanger's newly approved Savage set, this hoodie is a mix of post apocalyptic road-warrior "fashion" and ancient tribal symbology. Bullets and chains wrap round waist and wrists where feathers and beads would traditionally be found, but a stylized bird spreads its wings on the back. There's a tough looking Kevlar vest strapped to the front but don't be fooled--there's no armor bonus in combat.
The pants that go with the Savage Jacket. They're a set and they work well together, but they're quite different with the tan tribal style jacket contrasting with the camouflage warrior pants. The knee pads look useful and tough, but there's a pair of straps running under the crotch that look seriously uncomfortable, to put it mildly.
The second set to be approved this week is the Rising Ember set by Fred the Dog. It's the Mad Max / street punk / race car driver combo you've always wanted but never dared ask for.
We can piece out the story. It appears the vest was lifted off a dead racer's corpse but never washed. This was to cover up bloody injuries and taped ribs visible on the inner shirt, which is the Mad Max part. The back of the vest has a greaser-Elvis-switchblade vibe, but let's not go there.
In spite of appearances, this is a burlap shirt and pants set. Protection is weaker that with regular shirts, hoodies and pants, but burlap is much cheaper and available to everyone right from the start. So it's nice to see burlap getting approved--common, easy to make skins available early in the game.
These are the pants for the Rioter's set. We like these better than the shirt--they're stylistically more creative and lend a lean and hungry look to the set. It's the dangling charm at the right hip and the horizontal stripes on the left that do it for us.
The odd racing theme is continued in the lower legs, which is good news since cars will likely enter the game at some point soon. Maybe these racing skins will come in handy!
One of our favorite skins this week, Blood Dragon Rifle by JohnnyOldBoy is etched front to back in swirly dragon symbols and motifs. There's a steel dragon riveted like a jigsaw puzzle to the side of the gun, a dragon's head in the back, and lacy flames lick the ammo clip and metal barrel alike.
This artist loves to make tough, aggressive, and frequently grotesque skins. Which is good, since a lot of Rust players can be described in the same terms. And if that describes you, then be sure and drop by his workshop to see more--you won't be disappointed.
A waterpipe shotgun by Vitalik that fortunately has nothing to do with racing or cults. Just an unhealthy fixation on fire, with the barrel painted red hot and brightening to yellow as the flames climb up and lick around the chamber.
Textures for barrel paint, wood, and electrical tape wrapping the stock are particularly realistic and well detailed. This is a solid waterpipe skin, very welcome now that primitive weapons are seeing more use in the game.
Two skins were approved today for the newly skinnable LR300, an uncraftable weapon that can only be found in the loot crates of heavy military machinery that shoots back. Although it is uncraftable, you can still skin it using a repair bench.
Wild is a desert / safari design by Badtrip. It's simple but sleek with a faded paint job and heavy layer of dirt. Looks like it's been out in the bush bagging two-legged trophies for quite awhile. Go bag some yourself!
Bullets flying in, bullets flying out, hysterical screaming skulls spitting bullets: Veys' most recent creation. This is the second LR300 skin approved today, and it is clearly the more creative of the two. While Badtrip's skin was somewhat understated, this one's over the top and screaming death death DEATH!!! You gotta look at from the side in good light to appreciate its subtle beauty.
Death is what most people are looking for in this game so long as it's someone else doing the dying, and this skin delivers. We particularly like the skull and crossbones at the back of the gun, which you see when you take aim.
Remember that if you're a casual player it will be difficult to acquire this gun. You have to get it from a big military vehicle kill or perhaps an air drop (unsure at the moment).or pry it from the cold dead fingers of an enemy. Once you have it, you can skin it at any repair bench.
An armored face mask with the front of a skull in place of a metal plate. But it is not just any skull.
Bone is no substitute for metal, else head shots would ricochet instead of exploding like a grapefruit, which is what they do. So this skull must be from something other than Man, and if you look closely you can see this is the case. The nose is too small, the eyes too large, and the teeth too many. Demon? Alien? The missing link?
Whatever it is, we know it is ugly and tough enough to use as armor in a gunfight. Good clan uniform for those who do not wish to be asked how friendly they are.
Graffiti bases get another box, this time by xINFERNO. It looks like a miniaturized cargo container tagged by the local crack crew, and will fit in pretty much any of your chaotically organized bases. Nobody can accuse the box of being "pleasing" or "in good taste", but placed with some of the Urban skin series by Estavos, junk chairs, or crude pictures of human reproductive organs and sheet metal backgrounds you can achieve a rundown, urban blight atmosphere with ease.
King Louis would have been proud. Which one? Well pretty much any of them, but we're thinking the 16th--the one about cake and rolling heads. The gun looks like the gilded furniture in the palace of Versailles, all white and gold and wildly over-decorated. Poor taste aside, it is Glorious.
It even says so right on the side in case you can't tell just by looking at it. Every inch is decorated in baroque swirls and curlicues, rich and effete but deadly just the same.
Finally we have the Cannibal Survival Bag by La Crampe, which is a great addition to your early filthy hovel or smokey cave, or perhaps your altar to the gods of death and decay depending on personal taste and style.
Bones and shrunken skulls are sewn into a leather bag with an artful and cheerful eye. The craftsman enjoys his work. The leather background is well made and rather luxurious, but what kind of animal did if come from? Ever see a cow on the island?