This week we noticed three new artist who we feature in the blog. It's good to see some new talent coming into the space. Best skin of the pix is the humble Protector Boots, by T.o.n.y.A.E.R.
T.o.n.y.A.E.R. offers a pair of work boots to the Rust community this week that we would be a happy to buy in the store ourselves. They feature highly realistic leather and extremely fine detail, right down to the rubber soles with grit between the grooves. There's also a tire rubber pad at the back of the ankle, steel toes, zippers and finely stitched straps. Just about perfect work, but they could use a little scuffing up.
An outrageously yellow SAR by Veys that really hits the spot. You can just feel the energy flow as Zeus zaps all the bad guys who refuse to bend the knee before the King of Gods.
One of the reasons we like the gun so much is the way the paint is applied to the weapon. It feels like someone just spread it on with a brush, and if the paint job isn't perfect, well, it's the apocalypse. Nobody's gonna care. The gun is full of nice detail touches everywhere, like the tiny lightning bolt at the end of the gun, which you'll see every time you take aim.
We're not quite sure what Vitalik meant by naming this armored chest plate "Driver Armor", but it certainly seems solid enough. It's two layers of metal riveted together and the back is not just a lazy mirror of the front. The front has some kind of directional arrows on it, but we still can't figure out what he's <ahem. driving at.
The armor is sharp and clear and looks good at distance, but the chains on top of the leather straps seem a bit fake up close. It's an overall strong effort which would look great in the game, but it could use a touch up on that particular detail.
Like everyone else, we like to keep a few serious guns with real stopping power on hand in case the zombie apocalypse kicks off. Fred the Dog has provided a skin for just that purpose, and decorated it with some helpful reminders of what the zombie menace is all about, lest our watchful vigil falter. The detail that really sold us on this skin is the pointing finger at the back of the weapon, which you will see when you take aim.
Oh, that and the severed head saying, "Bwaaar!' over the trigger. That was pretty cool, too.
Number 54 rides again this week, as Milho Frito completes his Racer set with matching riot helmet and pants.
The riot helmet doesn't disappoint, appearing to be made of a tough plastic and decorated in the same style as the hoodie approved last week. There's a checked racing stripe running up the middle, and the helmet sports plenty of winning flourishes, stars, and a nice, thick layer of Rusty grime.
The third piece of the Racer set by Milho Frito, these pants maintain the quality of the rest of the set. Textures are realistic, details are sharp, and there's plenty of dirt. Worn all together, the player will have a really exciting and distinctive look, pretty much making him target numero uno on the battlefield.
Here's a perfectly realistic and Rusty sword skin by TheMarex86. It's a thin piece of wood edged with sharp sheet metal and a thin cloth wrapping on the pommel. No doubt such a contrivance wouldn't last more than a few battles, but it's a lot better than nothing.
We like the way the metal has been attached to the wood, and particularly like the detail at the tip of the blade. The cloth grip looks painful to hold, and the whole weapon reeks of desperation. Perfect!
A surprisingly sharp AK-47 skin from a new artist, BFSkinner. It's packed with detail, and there's no part of the weapon left untouched. It's got an uneven rubber grip, dirty cloth wrapped around the clip and the arm brace, and of course, the menacing running wolf promised in the skin name. A superb first effort, we wish Mr. Skinner godspeed and good luck.
SHZInferno is another new artist on the Rust scene attracting attention, this week with his Armored Vault Door skin. It is super shiny so it really looks different under different lighting conditions. Although it looks like it may be too clean for Rust at first glance, the door is actually fairly battered and dirty.
We would love to see this skin approved because we need attractive looking doors to lure raiders into the new shotgun traps we've been placing in our bases. A door as shiny as this one is pretty much guaranteed to score a kill.
Another week, another dozen psycho masks. By now, they've got to be pretty unusual or disturbing to be worth considering, and we present here one that makes the grade. This psycho mask is brought to us by Mr. Heisenberg, the third new artist we're featuring this week.
This one's got all the right stuff: A black visage, diabolic grin, bloody red teeth, and a glow in the dark emission layer. Pretty much a guaranteed hit in the skin shop, our only criticism is that the skull cap could use more attention.