Back in the saddle. Here's the top ten, and we name Frostwolf our official number one skin of the week.
BOOM! Estavos presents us with a new satchel charge skin. Given the seriously unreliable nature of the, ah, entry device, you'll probably have plenty of chances to get a good look at it before it finally goes off in your face.
As always, Estavos pays attention to the entire skin, not just the front or top. Evil-cute detail on the bean can grenades in the pack, but detail on the back may be wasted. Is it ever possible to see the back of a satchel charge in the game?
A clever and Rusty idea by Duret, this is a reactive target with a painted manhole cover (don't think about those words too hard) as a firing range target. We can totally see people using it as a target, and then getting killed by one of their ricochets. Then again, in a world where lifespan is measured in minutes or hours at best, it's probably not a serious concern.
A nice armored facemask by Vitalik, this one features an armored metal front mask over a leather backing and straps to hold it in place. Solid wok on the stitching and studs for the leather, and a neutral, enigmatic expression for the mask.
A very impressive conversion of a riot helmet to a sort of construction hardhat by TonyAER. The rusty visor is excellent, and the added nuts and bolts positively Frankensteinian. (yes, I just coined a new word. It's mine--don't anyone else use it.)
The only detail we don't like is the leather strap leading to the Minion monocle in the center of the mask. The strap doesn't stand out well enough, making it seem painted on if you look too closely.
There is a growing trend for artists to wrap an image around a weapon skin and then extend the theme in some way to the rest of the skin which we don't particularly care for, but a lot of people really seem to like it. This Tommygun by Fred the Dog is an example of that, but we like the way he extended the them and colors to the rest of the gun. It looks like it spent many years underwater, and then was somehow found and restored to working condition.
Cuntbucket has departed from his Hunter series of weapons with a new "Nomad" line of weapons, parts and accessories. The skin successfully conveys the idea that the gun is salvaged, but well maintained. The barrel metal has a slightly soapy look, but the effect doesn't go so far as to seem unrealistic. The metal in the stock has a different look, which is a nice detail.
A couple of the leather straps seemed a bit painted on, but this is otherwise a pretty strong skin.
This isn't the sort of shirt a desperate survivor is likely to be able to make from scratch, but the world today is full of printed shirts, and so would be the apocalyptic future. These sorts of skins are not approved very often, but we think it would do well in the store. It would be fun to see a few of these kinds of skins in the game. By StabbyMcStabface.
Cuntbucket hits our top ten a second time with this richly decorated bone knife. The detail on the knife is very fine and worth looking at close up.
Now one thing that troubles us is the whole idea of such a knife. It's not healthy to spend so much time on a weapon--carefully sewing and wrapping the cloth, sharpening the blade, admiring it in the sun...not the kind of person you really want to meet, or worse, be captured by.
Veys presents a great AK47 skin with Frostwolf, a crazed, white wolf theme that covers the weapon front to back with a white and blue color scheme. Every inch is detailed, which we like a lot, and there's even a wolf print in the back of the gun.
We also like the presentation of the skin in the workshop, and we think you will, too. Be sure and drop by his workshop to check it out.
An oddly appealing blend of U.S. and native American art and symbolism, by Mental Disability. Great texture and detail all over the revolver, and distinctive and easy to spot from a distance. Been trying, but can't think of anything negative to say about this skin :) Good luck!