The Python is now skinnable with no fewer than twenty quality Python skins vying for approval, and we showcase our favorite three here for you in the Top Ten. Best skin of the week: Breath of the Dead, by JohnnyOldBoy.
Our first Python review is Breath of the Dead by JohnnyOldBoy. It's a fancy high powered revolver, iron black, ivory white, and laced in gold. Skulls are stamped like biker gang badges in the grip and cylinder, with another etched into the metal barrel. We think we saw this gun at a pawn shop next to a check cashing place downtown (please don't ask what we were doing there), but it was polished up better than Breath of the Dead.
A flashy gun for duelists and lone wolves, the skin's got just the right level of rust to fit the game without spoiling the tacky splendor of the weapon. Excellent work!
Superficially similar to Shedmon's successful Phantom, The Royal Shot looks like a fancy but serviceable sidearm from the earlier part of the 20th century. The white Bakelite handle contrasts nicely with the gold filligree design over black iron. The gun seems aged like it's seen action, but remains in good condition.
We like this gun better than Phantom mostly for the quality of detail and subtle aging. We don't mean to disparage Phantom, but The Royal Shot is a stronger skin.
Badtrip took one look at the python mesh and brought out the Black Mamba, a gold and silver python clad in snake scales from barrel to grip. Widely considered one of the most aggressive and deadly snakes in the world, the dreaded serpent is the perfect model for this powerful weapon. You'll feel like Death himself carrying the Black Mamba, ever ready to deliver the fatal sting.
OK, maybe that's taking things a bit far, but Black Mamba is an awesome weapon skin, and we're sure you'll love the fine details, textures, and technical touches it features.
Hey, everybody look! A gun skin that's not a python! Old school, we know, but good quality, and painted in soft yellows and browns in a pleasant tribal pattern to help you get in touch with your spiritual side in a murderous kind of way. The gun seems so mild and harmless that you could imagine it sold at music festivals alongside the patchouli and cheap turquoise jewelry. In some parts of the world it probably is sold at music festivals.
OK, so there are a few guns that aren't pythons in the workshop. This one's a semi auto pistol by LittleRanger in faded red and gold. It's got the skull and crossbones stamped to the sides and the trigger, and the whole package is thoroughly Rusty. A bright blue strip of electrical tape's been wrapped around the trigger so your finger doesn't slip at the moment of truth.
Here's a small wooden crate by Badtrip for early game ammo, arrows, broken stone hatchets and pumpkin seeds. It's military green with faded white stenciling and a light chain link mesh overlaid on top. Safety striping along the edges reminds soldiers the contents may be dangerous, so best not leave it near the campfire.
Excellent aging and fading, with strong attention to detail right down to stitching in the canvass straps and screws in the metal clamps. It's nice to see good skins getting made for this neglected mesh, especially since the default skin is so boring.
KeKe offers another graffiti gun to expand his collection of apocalyptic, post-urban warfare skins. The Zone represents a different direction for this artist, who specializes in highly detailed visual dark humor, which you can see in his Survivor series of skins in his workshop. The graffiti style is still there, but it is more pissed off and serious than Survivor, like the damn amphetamines are wearing off and by God someone's gonna pay..
Skins don't come much Rustier than this. With sloppy paint, angry graffiti and a heavy layer of dirt, we think Zone is a near perfect LR-300 skin.
Gorka is a two piece set of artificial fiber windbreakers consisting of a pair of pants and this hoodie. Colors are woodsman browns and greens with lots of pockets and support straps.
While the set wouldn't win any fashion awards in the real world, it fits well in the world of Rust, making for a good outfit for players who don't wish to call themselves out in desert and temperate biomes.
Odd name but good skin for a tool pretty much everyone uses in the game. Sfonsper has added ridges to the shaft and wrapped heavy, worn leather around the grip and the top of the blade. The blade is capped in bronze or gold, and the artists' trademark Damascus steel swirls can be seen in the metal. You can also see the rainbow hues of tempered steel at the tip and top of the grip.
It's a motley collection of colors and features that work well enough together for a pleasing whole. The tool's a bit flashy, but rock mining's not a stealthy activity.
A golden ram skull with too many teeth stands ready to batter down trees, doors, locked chests enemy skulls, and any other objects to your will. Loops of...something...trail down the handle, which is a semi-rough cedar wood or maybe oak.
There's excellent work here in the 3D bas-relief effect of the ram against the blade and handle, and a nice stylized illustration that's clear at a distance. note the tiny rams head at the top of the hatchet where the shaft joins the blade.