Hmm. No AK's, no masks, no armor...looks like the Meek have inherited the Earth! Of course, in Rust that just means the Strong blew themselves to radioactive bits, and people hiding in caves got to keep what was left.
Fifteen skins approved this week, most of them quite good. We're glad to see some of this less glamorous stuff get some love--the game needs the humble as well as the great.
For those looking to put a little zing in their morning coffee, we have the Radioactive Water Purifier by Jean-Luc Picard. The Captain has been hard at work on other skins as well over the last few months, including a Biohazard refrigerator we'll probably be featuring in next week's picks. To check it out in his workshop, make it so.
A bullet ridden sheet metal door, army style. There was a similar door approved a few weeks ago, but we like this one better. It's Rusty, ugly, and most probably of modern manufacture. Steve Dredd has a quite a few other skins of middle-good quality in his workshop; of particular interest are his container doors and Blue Tarp Skirt.
Stone pickaxes aren't glamorous but you find yourself using them over and over--why not pick up a skin for them? This Uprising pickaxe is suitably barbaric. The handle is rough wood wrapped in cloth, and the top is decorated in primitive looking images and writing. You'll look like a perfect savage out there, banging on rocks or people's heads. You can check out the entire Uprising series of skins at Fred The Dog's workshop.
We probably would have called this the Gangsta Gun, on account of all the graffiti, but Estavos named it the Bandito SAR. It's a semi-auto rifle covered in graffiti, with plenty of skulls in all the right places to let people know you mean business. Colors are a bit on the gray-brown side, but that's also good urban camo. Congrats again, Estavos!
Estavos also picked up another Tank series approval with this MP5 skin. Not his best--we far prefer the Tank Pump Shotgun and especially the Tank SMG over the Tank MP5--and the MP5 is the dead last gun we'd bring to a firefight (@devs: c'mon give it some love), but others may disagree.
See? another humble tool wins approval. This is a stone hatchet skin, with what looks to be a bone handle and a coconut or maybe mango seed blade held together with leather straps. No, we don't believe this would work very well either, but it does look pretty good. Why is the artist, and he has several other quirky items to look at in his workshop.
A straightforward large wood box, painted a light charcoal gray and labeled weapons on the long and short sides of the box. The artwork is businesslike, Rusty, and to the point, but we otherwise see nothing to distinguish it from similar large wood box skins.
If the box appeals, the artist, Muzz :D, has a complete line of these boxes in his workshop.
Ah, now HERE is a fine skin by TheMarex86 that we featured a couple of weeks ago and are delighted to see make it into the game. It is a longsword mesh with a cloth wrapped pommel, thick blade, and unfinished handle to drive home its improvised nature. Sharp and elegant details make this skin the one to beat for all future longsword skins.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but while this amateurish IED is not a hand grenade, It ain't no firecracker, neither. The artist, Kamiling, stays true to the satchel charge's kitchen sink chemlab roots and keeps it simple. Note the cute C3 designation on the front.
Mental Disability wins another approval this week, this time an Eoka pistol. Nice, sharp details. The gun is a curved piece of wood bound to a small metal pipe by metal wire. The grip is made of the hide of some kind of unlucky or slow animal, and there's a nice skull and crossbones carved into the side.
If you haven't visited his workshop yet, you really should. It is PACKED with creative, high quality skins on par or better than this one here. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Truly, the Rust gods have smiled on Raven Roxie, who scores an approval on her second try, giving her the workshop's top approval rate, a stratospheric 50%. In the immortal words of the artist, "It's a vending machine! And... It's ♥♥♥♥ing black! :D"
And there you have it.
The Desert Hunter by Why is a grungy camo-yellow semi-automatic pistol with pleasantly peeling paint and fraying tape on the grip. there are tiger stripes painted on the top of the barrel which almost give the impression of grooves cut into the metal. Overall a solid effort and strong skin.
Originally titled "Error", this beat-up vending machine features a mocking blue screen of death that really is quite funny, but you'll have to look at the sub photos or visit Приятная компания's workshop to see it, since the main photo doesn't show any text.
The rest of the skin is beat up and Rusty, just as you would expect, and would look right at home in a transient motel or junkyard.