This is the first full week we've had furnace skins and pretty much everyone did one. So we showcase four of them here for you to compare. Our favorite skin: Apostate, by LittleRanger.
Madroce released a pleasant hoodie and pants set for players who do NOT imagine themselves mad dog killers, cannibals, or ice cold assassins. It is moderately worn and grubby but nothing is completely new in Rust, of course. Just a simple, high quality set for clan or lone ranger alike.
A web work of belts, support straps and netting crisscross the set in high detail. It looks tough and protective, and we think the set would provide good inspiration for future rad suit clothing, should it come available for skinning.
Now if you do imagine yourself a mad dog killer, cannibal or ice cold assassin, don't worry, we got you covered. On this score, we always have you covered. This mask hides your hides your face and lends a cruel and Rusty iron visage to heighten the terror of your victims, so it's more mad dog type than cannibal or assassin.
The set comes with shirt, pants, roadsign vest and kilt, and this here facemask. The facemask is excellent, but a touch too medieval for some tastes. All the other individual pieces are also very good, but taken together there's not enough contrast, and makes you look like a dirty brown hobo knight. Maybe take this set one piece at a time.
Also in the mad dog department we've got the Deathcore LR300 by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. and OdisseySuper which features a lurid skull splashed across the chamber, trigger housing, and ammo clip. It's also got military colors and a constellation of stars on the stock as though post apocalyptic savages were trying to remember the colors and symbols of the past.
The weapon looks like it's been though a lot, fixed and repainted several times with increasingly primitive and inadequate tools. Wear and rust are visible all over the gun without detracting from the strength of the skin. It's a great skin for a powerful weapon, and that big skull should be visible from far away.
LittleRanger submitted two skins we feature on the Top Ten this week. The first is this simple sheet metal door with a dimpled metal face rimmed in heavy clamps.
It's the sort of tough door you find in the backs of fleabag motels or nightclubs, blocking the exits as the hallway fulls with smoke. Thick, crudely reinforced windows and cheap repairs complete the picture. It's not coming down without a fight.
LittleRanger's other submission is Apostate, a luxury waterpipe shotgun, beautifully detailed with a brass chamber and improved barrel. This gun actually looks like it may shoot without blowing up in your face.
While the tech upgrade is nice, what's really awesome is the weird stretch of leather (or some other material...) across the stock holding a metal skull in place on the right side. Don't know what that's all about, but it probably has something to do with the name of the weapon.
Very, very good work here--this is a top flight skin.
This is a one-off (not part of a set) coffee can mask by Madroce that imparts a creepy, insect-like spikiness to your face. The beat-up yellow and black colors enhance the effect, but it's really all about the jagged black metal spikes coming in from the sides.
Weird, but creative and cool. Don't believe for an instant such a design would help in real life, but this is a video game. You'll be fine until the second head shot strikes home. SPLAT!
Furnaces from here on out. The first is an all metal furnace by Vitalik that once again exemplifies the artist's eye for highly detailed simplicity. It's all riveted metal plates with a heat dissipating grill on top and what looks to be a road safety girder wrapped around the bottom.
All the metal is blacked and streaked with soot, and everything is crude and uneven. It's a highly believable post-apocalyptic artifact, civilization on the comeback.
Another Madroce skin (he's on a roll). This one's a primitive furnace similar in concept to La Crampe's Cannibal Furnace in the Rust store now, but much cruder and much fouler. The Cannibalistic Cooker name is no accident and pretty much says it all. Bad Things go on around here.
Skulls ring the top of the furnace, which looks to be made of layers of caked on mud with bones pushed in and baked into place. One larger skull holds place of honor above the furnace mouth. Must have been someone special.
Big points for creativity, not so much for technical, but we think the creative far outweighs the technical in this case. This thing is creepy, much like a lot of Shedmon's work. You needn't take our word for it--just drop by his workshop and have a look. You'll see.
We think much of Shedmon's inspiration is drawn from Lovecraft or the world of insects, where true horrors can be found. That link goes to the insect pit scene in King Kong--view at your own risk. "Get it off my face!!" Ugh.
On a far more cheerful note we have this cute skull chef furnace by Badtrip. Cute's a relative term here--it is a skull, but the chef's hat is charming in a Rusty sort of way.
The furnace has a chef's hat and white painted skull face enclosed in mossy bricks. It's fairly aged, with cracks and dirt and lots of moss, so it fits right in most bases. Biscuits, anyone?