A whopping seventeen approvals this week, including one armor set and one clothing set. Our favorite this week remains Cobalt Survival Bag, by La Crampe.
Now that you can actually sit in things, Veys' famous Still Life with Roof Camper is one step closer to reality with this rusty old metal chair. Stick it on your roof and sternly survey your empire in...well not comfort but style. Shoot anything that moves. Now all we need is bottle of whiskey we can drink from.
We can't say the chair will look good in any base. It's not going in someone's nice Better Homes and Gardens wood shack, but for your average raider or cannibal den it will fit right in.
Halloween is approaching, and we're starting to see skins to match. Hatchets are pretty traditional--there's nothing scarier than getting chased around by lunatic with a bloody hatchet--so Brajkula made this spooky Soul Collector Hatchet, with the hands of the Damned reaching for help, or maybe to pull more souls into the pit with them.
We think it's the latter. Misery loves company. Soul Collection services by Brajkula.
Here's a skin nobody can claim isn't Rusty. It's a sharpened strip of rusty sheet metal, thin, brittle, and full of diseases you've never even heard of. It's got a big metal wrench wrapped in black duct tape for a grip and suffers from no delusions of grandeur--just ugly and mean as the welfare department.
This pickaxe matches last week's Damascus Steel Hatchet. The flowing, swirly marks on the blade are the hallmark of Damascus steel. The process is lost to time--nobody knows how to make it, but it is very durable. Now people can go farming resources with archaeological treasures of the distant past, blissfully ignorant of their rarity and significance.
The pair of tools look good, but they are not distinctive from a distance. You have to look at them close up to really see their most interesting details. By Sfonsper.
Andrey won approval on his Tribal Stone Hatchet, a tomahawk with native American style drawings and etchings, perfect for role-players and actual savages alike. While there have been many tribal skin approvals in the past, we must say the painting on the stone blade looks quite a bit more realistic than the others. The skin is sharp and distinctive, easy to see and to recongnize from a distance.
Best of all, the red pigments in the blade will flash down in streaks as you smash the skulls of your sleeping enemies. Totally spiritual.
Head Hunter is a pump shotgun from Badtrip that makes ugly look good. The gun is shaded a sickly, faded yellow with crosshatched metal plates decking the top. The crosshatched plates and the rest of the metal work give it a tough boxy look; greasy, grubby, and very well used.
We're not sure what the number 84 stenciled on the side is all about. Racer 84? Death Racer 84? Skull Demon gun number 84? We may never know, but Badttrip has not skimped on the skulls. We've got 'em on the sides and the back, where you'll see it whenever you take aim, which is hopefully quite often.
This ornate chain is badtrip's second approval this week, and doesn't seem to fit his usual themes of skulls, violence and death. Granted, it is yellow, but he also did a red version, so maybe he was just covering his bases.
No, the chair is actually kind of pleasant. A little cold and hard for a cozy little shack, but stone-agers like yourselves can't exactly order delivery from the Pier One catalog. We do wonder what's up with the red gem in the center of the back. Ever see anything like that in a catalog?
A fine war machine by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R., one of the best artists in the Rust workshop. We were afraid War Machine would be passed over, but Facepunch plucked this out of the suggestion pile from a few weeks back and that's good because skins don't get much finer than this.
War Machine is not colorful and flashy, but it's hard to beat the subtle textures and details you see everywhere. Check out the supple leather in the shoulder brace, the wrinkles in the duct tape, the polished wood in the grip, and the the rubberized ammo clip. Most photographs don't look this realistic. Hell, the dirt is so real it is unreal. Amazing work.
The War Machine Chestplate and Face Mask are the only matching armor set approved this week. Many of the same comments we made about the War Machine AK apply to the armor set as well--highly detailed and realistic, super fine textures, and a loving attention to grit and dirt.
The one thing different is that the armor is flashier than the gun just because it is yellow. It also has more room to advertise it's grim, tough purpose, which it hammers home boldly and decisively. Finally, it's got a very UN-T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. mini skull center and top.
This is the armored face mask that goes with the chestplate. While closely following the chestplate's pattern and style, the mask has a few features of its own.
First, note the cap. A lot of artists ignore the cap as though somehow it wasn't more than 60% of the skin. T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. has added those metal ingots you see in the armor all over the top of the cap. It's got multiple pieces welded together, and it has a pair of goggle strapped above the forehead.
Second, note the black leather flaps sewn into the lower cheeks. An entirely unnecessary detail, but a black on yellow contrast which makes the mask seem leaner...and meaner.
Cordite and Patchouli. We can almost smell it from here. Make my Day and Kumbaya all in one package.
BFS has enjoyed a respectable winning streak for a few weeks now, and this gun, drawn from the depths of the suggestion pile several weeks back shows why. This is some good stuff! We like the faded effect from the tip of the barrel to the back, of course, but we really like the soft hippie cloth wrapping the rough wooden pistol grip. Perfect!
Shedmon finally scored an approval this week, and it wasn't for want of trying. We think if he focused half as much on quality as he does on quantity we'd be writing up his success on this blog quite a bit more often.
This is a pretty good waterpipe shotgun, with the chamber appearing wrapped in a heavy spring, the stock wrapped in light leather, and a scaly metal pattern running along the barrel. Wood textures could use a little more love. The gun's not flashy, but it is Rusty.
The Cobalt survival bag, made from space-age materials for stone-age people. The culmination of centuries of science and engineering, Mankind's finest achievement picked apart by naked, flea-bitten savages and squabbled over like chickens fighting for a choice piece of meat. Ah, Rust!
La Crampe does a good job here, with shiny and relatively clean space-suit textures, the Cobalt logo, and the creative application of the vivid silver and blue colors in a sleeping bag. It won't hide easily in the bushes, but it will look great in your base.