The LR-300 has come to town, and everyone's making skins for it. We compare four of them for you this week, but we'll leave it to you to decide which is best. For us, the Valentine Hoodie and set take the prize by a mile!
First up we have Milho Frito's incomparable Valentine set, which consists of boots, this hoodie and pants, which have to be seen to be believed. The set matches the artist's earlier approved Fetish Balaclava, which you can purchase on the Steam Market to complete the set. While the set is not everyone's...ah, cup of tea, we imagine it's purchase will be a matter of some urgency to a certain subset of players.
Quality is off the charts outstanding, even for a Milho Frito skin. If you wear this stuff in game, expect yourself to be target numero uno in firefights!
Santa Muerte is a garish and feverish burst of colors and patterns. Our Lady of Death peers out from the body of the gun, beckoning, and she's not taking "no" for an answer. Although the grip is decorated in spiderwebs and a mustachioed skull watches at the back, the skin is not a Halloween contest submission--it's just your day to day homage to Death, whom all Rust players worship whether they know it or not.
Under all the paint materials seem rough and primitive. The grip is unpolished wood and much of the metal looks like painted over rust, like the artist is trying to hide the corrosion. Nice effect, and very solid work by Freddy.
This two sided armored door mixes Veys' creativity, Cobalt design themes, and Rust paranoia for a humorous and functional "get lost" front door. The sliding panel on one side shows the astronaut's eyes, and on the other side the words "Never Trust".
Very good advice. And if you're knocking on this door, remember the astronauts eyes can be replaced with an SMG muzzle break in the blink of an eye.
Evidence of yet another secret Cobalt project has surfaced, this time in the form of a heavy lead-lined box. Looks like rocketry wasn't the company's only line of work. TVs and refrigerators, perhaps? Yeah, we don't think so, either.
The passage of time has faded the paint and scuffed the edges, but the box is in otherwise good condition. Whatever was in it has long since been sold to highest bidders, but it makes a good storage solution if you don't mind a few stray rads.
It's nice to feature a cheerful skin from time time, and take a break away from all that awful violence. This armored door, for example, extols peace, love, flowers, children, sunshine, and happiness--all good things that don't involve shooting, bleeding out, and death. Sure it's an armored door but you can't be too careful around here.
We find it telling the artists didn't choose a wooden door for their message of love. Why?
First, happy messages are like a slap in the face to unhappy people, and they are liable to bring a flamethrower with them on their next visit. Second, the griefing potential of placing this door on a take over base is fantastic, and the grief-door has got to be tough.
The latest addition to KeKe's graffiti strewn Survivor series of weapons, the LR-300 has plenty of surface space for his grim, frantic, and funny art style. The gun may seem simple at first, but look closely. All kinds of things are going on at a small scale, and the longer you look, the more you see. He's got several other skins like this one and many have been approved, so you'll be able to find them on the Steam market. Be sure and drop by his workshop to see them all!
Sometimes a simple direct design approach can yield very pleasing results, like we have here in the Inkline LR by Zufick. Spray painted a vivid turquoise blue with black accents, Inkline is sleek, lethal, and easily recognizable at a distance. The gun has proven fairly popular in the workshop and drawn lots of commentary--we think it will do well in the store, too.
And by way of comparison, we have Madroce's Royal Water V.2, with a more "professional" paint job in aquamarine and forest green. The gun has been wildly popular in the workshop, proving a skin doesn't always need a gimmick to draw attention. It's also less Gangsta in style than the Inkline, with cleaner lines and smooth gradation between colors.
We really like the hard steel textures in the gun, and the way paint becomes more worn and sparse at the back of the weapon. Feels like the real thing!
Our final pick, and fourth LR skin skin this week is Blind Murderer by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. This one's painted army green with very aggressive, amateurish white striping, as though the owner couldn't wait to get out in the field and kill something. Although the paint job is made to seem sloppy, details on this gun are in fact very sharp and carefully applied. Note the realism of the rubberized grip texture, and the selective wear on the X's of the ammo clip.
So...which LR300 is the best? It's hard to say. If you're looking for something fun it's the Survivor, hands down. If you're looking for something rough and Gangsta, choose the Inkline. For something professional with gleaming sharp detail we think it's a toss-up between Blind Murderer and Royal Water.