Seventeen approvals this week, including some more unusual designs, like the Eightball semi-auto pistol and the Dark Flames AK. There were also some more humble picks adding to player's tool and clothing choices--these are always welcome!
A first approval for M.B.M Industries, this unusual revolver skin features a pleasing black and silver color scheme decorated with delicate curlicues and accents, a far cry from the fire breathing dragons and bloody, lurid skulls we usually see on Rust skins. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but we suspect this revolver skin will sell quite well.
Kosem has produced a cheerful bucket helmet that will appeal to a certain kind of player--you know who you are-- and yet is entirely believable and perfectly suited to the game. Though it may scream "shoot me!" quite loudly, it does makes the world a nicer place to live.
Graffiti King Estavos, widely known for his Urban series of gangland style skins, is also the artist behind the Tank series. This crossbow is his most recent approval.
Made of wood and painted a thin army green, the skin has strong detail in several places. We like the black duct tape on the brace, but we also think it could have used something more on top, where the player looks to aim.
The latest addition to the Urban series of graffiti skins by Estavos, the Urban Armored door features a toothy monster face with a mouth that can be opened from the inside of the door so you can see who's ignoring the "get out" message and shoot them. Note the door looks different on the inside than the outside--visit Estavos' workshop to see it all.
Here's a pleasantly decorated small wooden box skin by Mental Disability. Helk mentioned in his comments during the approval process that he considered the box OK, but not great, mostly because he doesn't like the underlying mesh. We think it is fine--a bit plain, but fine--and a LOT better than the miserable little box it replaces. Pretty good detail, a bit scratched up, and no flaws.
A rusty sheet metal container door by Robj. We like these ideas since it is obvious where a player could conceivably source such a door and attach it to their base. It will certainly look good in the game and on the right kind of base.
Because the inside of the door is a copy of the outside in reverse, Robj avoided "mirror writing" by making the door text a palindrome--all the letters look the same from either direction. Of course, another way to handle this is to simply make the inside look different from the outside.
The Rolls Royce of primitive stone pickaxes, this skin features an animal (or maybe human) jawbone attached to a thick wood stick by carefully stitched leather straps. There is an ominous tally count scratched into the wood behind the bone blade, and we doubt it is for marking time. Another excellent skin by DeltaP42.
This skin gets our official "Best Skin of the Week" seal of approval. Rarely does any skin receive so much attention to detail, or fit into the game so well. Half welding mask, half riot helmet, the mask is scratched and pitted all over. It's got a leather hatband, eggshell cracks in the visor, nuts and bolts, drawings and lettering...Just keep looking and you'll find more detail.
Viewed straight on, the mask is downright menacing. If only we had chainsaws in this game! by Steve Dredd.
The second of artist Keke's Chrome series, the Chrome SAP looks sharp...and just about factory fresh, which met with some controversy on the workshop. We think that's OK, so long as the preponderance of the skins are Rusty. After all, this gun could have been sealed or packed in oil for the last couple hundred years--who knows?
Keke's got an interesting workshop which trends to the eclectic--well worth a visit. We will certainly be following him in the future.
The thumbnail image does not do justice to this finely detailed pickaxe skin by Nevil112, one of the best Rust skin artists in the Shop. The blade is scratched and the metal just a touch rusty. The plastic grip is a bit smudged. Overall, the pick gives the impression of a very sturdy tool. It's just a pickaxe, but it sure is nice to have such quality art detail even in such humble tools.
Here's a pair of well detailed street fightin' gloves courtesy of Father. We like the black leather texture, the vinyl knuckle pads, and the fine stitching in the brown palm leather. The gloves look used, worn, and highly realistic. Can't ask for much more. Congratulations, Dad!
The second Robj skin approval this week and the second miner hat skin to win approval ever, this one deserves it. The cap leather is dry and cracked, the lamp metal couldn't get rustier, and the fuel canister looks like it could leak oil and set your hair on fire at any moment. It ain't glamorous, but it's as Rusty as it gets.
Dark Flames won enthusiastic approval this week, with Helk calling it one of the nicest skins he's seen. We certainly agree. It's oily, grubby, Rusty, and looks like it was painted by a lowlife savage who likes shooting his gun into the sky, hoping to hit the sun. But then, what other kind of people are you going to find in Rust?
The artist, Veys, maintains a somewhat eclectic workshop with taste running to the colorful and humorous. He's responsible for last January's Flower Hat, which we thought was brilliant. Drop by and check it out!