This week's approvals bring us a variety of skins, including two AK's and a semi-auto pistol by La Crampe, which we dub Skin of the Week.
Cuntbucket won an approval this week on this battered, yet handsome MP5. The metal has a soft "soapy" appearance in places, which is a fine effect to apply if it's not too heavy. Colors match well and we like the bullet holes in the metal stock.
The one thing that we think is a bit weak are the leather straps wrapped around the stock--they lack definition, and that makes them seem unrealistic. But that doesn't detract much from an otherwise solid offering.
There's a name for you. An ominous black AK47 with polished wood grips, studded black leather wrappings, and desperado style drawings scratched into the metal. It's a lean, mean, rabble slaying machine, on sale now for a buck ninety-nine.
The artist, DeltaP42, has an eye for rust and decay most other artists can only envy. Rabble Rouser is no exception, and is certainly one of his best skins to date.
A humble pair of steel-toe leather boots, perfect for tromping through the wilderness or climbing in through an open window in some newbie's base. They have a pleasing design and color scheme, with lots of sharp, clear details. and textures. We can see nothing weak or unrealistic about the skin, so good job, Demon!
@Facepunch: It would be interesting if boots offered a small speed boost in the game. At the moment there's little reason to wear them besides aesthetics.
Now you can look raggedy and impoverished on the cheap--burlap pants are one of the few clothing items you can afford on wipe day. It's good to see burlap pants get an approval, since this is only the second approval in the category..
The level of detail is high: Rope belt, tire rubber padding on one leg, leather straps and patches, and attention to the backside. We think the rope belt is a little fuzzy and unclear, and the pants material seems a bit dense and stiff, though. By Cuntbucket.
La Crampe has won approval on this strong SAP skin with his usual sharp attention to detail and eye for Rust and makeshift repair. Note the metal clamps supporting the barrel and the twine around the grip. There's an interesting cross-hatching design under the barrel and on the back of the gun, which players will see every time they take aim. The entire gun is worn and scratched up, which is what Rust is all about. Excellent work!
Fred the Dog scores an approval with the Doombringer AK, a dark gray assault rifle with a drawing of some kind of creepy undead on the body of the weapon. The paint is applied realistically to the gun, the wood grip and stock piece look salvaged, and we very much like the metal on the stock itself.
That said, we're not really into these kinds of drawn designs, but that's just our taste; they have proven immensely popular in the workshop and store, and will likely win a lot more approvals in the future.
A quality, Rusty sheet metal door skin by T.o.n.y.A.E.R. Nice work on the corrugated sheet metal, peeling paint and rust as well as the supporting corner pieces and braces opposite the door handle. All of this is good.
What we don't like is the chem icon smack in the middle of the door. It gets the idea across that it's a laboratory door, but a real door wouldn't be labeled like that, so it breaks immersion a bit.
Looking at this skin, your first impression is that it's too clean for Rust, but that's really just the polymer body of the weapon. The rest is rusty and stained, just as you would expect a modern manufactured weapon to be after the passage of many years. The canvas wrapping around the stock is probably the most interesting detail, and we also like the perforations and rust around the trigger guard. By Krovv.
An Eoka pistol, selflessly produced by Zerro, an artist relatively new to the Rust workshop scene but with three approvals under his belt...and only six submissions.
We say "selflessly" because, let's face it: not too many people buy Eoka skins. Only madmen and newbs rely on an Eoka to defend themselves, and even they only try it once or twice.
The quality of the skin is good. There's a Nordic or Celtic pattern carved into the grip and body, and more carving on the rim of the barrel. The wood is polished, but the metal parts are scratched and Rusty.
This skin is the latest in a string of approvals for salvaged doors, not all by the same artist. Brajkula wins this approval, delivering a simple, Rusty sheet metal door without a lot of detail, but also without any flaws whatsoever. Glad to see this sort of skin making it into the game.
Demon (formerly Mdemon, then MD, and now Demon) has delivered a masterpiece monstrosity, the awful Flesh Facemask.
It is a human face stretched over a an armored mask. The skull cap has also got more human skin sewn into it, with an almost pathological attention to detail. It's horrible, and will no doubt prove disturbingly popular.