About 900 submissions this week in the Workshop. This is down from last week, again. Most probably it means the junk spammers are giving up, because quality work is as competitive as ever. This week we think La Crampe's Army Armored Pants is the best skin, closely followed by the Hunter MP5, by Estavos.
This week Estavos submitted what we think is his strongest weapon skin to date, the Hunter MP5. A cross between a gangster submachine gun and a WW2 fighter plane, the gunmetal is raw and rusty, the stock rough and amateurish, and the paint job quick and dirty. The gun looks untrustworthy, and maybe painful to fire. Excellent work.
The lower half of the Tribal style Nordic Beast set by StabbyMcStabface, the skin features metal plates or pieces of old road signs as lower body armor with Nordic runes to demonstrate how far you've fallen from civilization...and how much farther you may be willing to fall.
The top half of the Nordic Beast Set by StabbyMcStabface, this armor is covered in ancient Nordic runes and looks quite uncomfortable--the sort of thing only dedicated savages walk around wearing.
If you saw just one crazyman wearing this armor and nothing else, you may be worried. But if a whole clan full of them gathered outside your base, it'd be Ragnarok.
This creative conversion of a water pipe shotgun to a gas pipe shotgun by DeltaP42 makes for a colorful and highly believable gun skin. The gun is reinforced in places by rough studded leather, while the paint is peeling off the pipe and especially around the "flammable" symbol. Makeshift, but deadly.
A metal hatchet skin meant to look more like a weapon than a tool, this skin features some very fine, close-up detail. There's a small notch in the slightly rusty blade, a couple of fancy embellishments on the polished wood haft, a rubberized grip, and screws fastening the axe head to the haft. Hefty in the hand, but balanced. By Mental Disability
This armored vest by Vitalik does a great job appearing to be a Kevlar police vest. The strong stitching, realistic zipper, and heavy canvas material go far to reinforce this impression.
We do think Vitalik could have gone a bit farther in detailing the objects and straps on the front of the vest--after all, those things do something in real life (we think, anyway) and it would be good to see them a bit more clearly.
Grafiti King Estavos has delivered another great graffiti skin, this time in the form of a (kinda cute) box monster covered in Urban art and scrawl. Details are different on all sides, and the only thing we could want would be drawings on the sides, instead of just graffiti.
Our official Best Skin of the Week, these pants by La Crampe show an intense and skillful attention to detail few other artists achieve. All materials are sharp and realistic. The pants are worn, dirty and scratched without being ruined or filthy, and the details are not mirrored on the sides.
There is a some controversy on the appearance of armor on a clothing skin, since the skin will not actually contribute to armor in the game. We think it is OK first because most players are smart enough to figure that out, and second because it still only takes a couple of shots to bring us down no matter what we're wearing.