This week Medieval gets modern with the Junkyard Samurai Set. Top skin, in our humble opinion: the Aviator Helmet, by Mishka.
You know, the term "urban" sure gets a bad rap. For some people it's all about progress, comfortable living, variety, and upward mobility. for others, well, we get something like this. This door says, young, energetic, bored...violent. Best cross to the other side of the street before you go by.
T.o.n.y.a.e.r.'s graffiti is different.from Estavos's graffiti. It's busier, angrier, and not at all cute. Proudly displayed on the outside of your base, this door will turn it into an instant eyesore, a menace, something to fear. Property values will decline. Expect eviction attempts.
The second skin by T.o.n.y.a.e.r. to make it into the top ten, the Racing helmet uses tire rubber and car parts to turn a coffee can into a clever piece of post apocalyptic makeshift armor that probably won't make a damn bit of difference on the battlefield.
It's Rusty bonafides are without question, and we find it passes the technical test with flying colors as well. And like most of Tonyaer's skins, it looks pretty sharp, too.
RavN has produced an unusual armored chest plate made from junkyard car parts. Racing materials seem to be popular at the moment, and that's what we have here, and maybe a large truck radiator grill. Colors are bright and the entire skin is Rusty with plenty of attention to small details.
The skin also benefits from clear distance visibility, making it excellent clan armor, especially if you're the number 9 clan, or the 9th Circles, or some such.
A handsome and richly appointed large wooden box that has seen better days, like just about everything in this game. Once the darling window dressing of some outrageously over priced luxury travel store, now it's storing makeshift armor and rotten bits of mystery meat in a filthy cave on a radioactive island. How times change.
The skin displays La Crampe's customary obsession with detail in the different kinds of leather, rusty metal and rivets, and large keyhole. It also has the word armor written directly on the skin, which we dislike but many people appreciate. That quibble aside, it's a really beautiful skin that will look great in just about any base.
Mishka brings us an elaborate riot helmet, one that we at first thought was similar to the Rusty Army Medical Helmet, but is in fact far better detailed.
This isn't to disparage the med helmet at all, but wow, this skin is awesome! As with the med helmet, it's got a netting mesh layer over the helmet itself, but then it has the flight goggles, two different leather straps with buckles, a metal patch, and metal rings and holes, all as Rusty as you want along with a strong aura of authenticity.
Here's a sheet metal door by Vitalik that tells unwelcome visitors EXACTLY where to go. It's a wide variety of generic road signs welded and nailed to a sheet metal door, all of them looking like they've been removed from whatever ruin they were part of and carted back to base by crafty and desperate survivors.
Skin quality is sharp and technically strong. We like how it adds color to the game while contributing to the apocalyptic atmosphere. Good luck Vitalik!
Besides the nature of the apocalypse itself, another important question is, "Where did everyone go?" Here's a rock skin with an explanation:
They're all right here. Thousands of them. covered over in the earth and the mud, frozen in time...forgotten...And now, for a couple of bucks you can take one home with you,! Or more accurately, wake up on the beach with one.. Thanks, Veys!
The small wooden box category could use some skins, and Badtrip may have just the thing for us. The box features a clear medical red cross on the top and front so that the dimmer bulbs in your clan will remember what it's for, and hopefully not fill it with raw meat and hemp seeds.
It's also got a very realistic wood texture, all beat-up and aged, a false lock, and two thin cloth straps going all the way around the box. We only have one question for Badtrip: If the cloth straps go all the way around the box, how are you supposed to open it? :)
Lastly we have some road sign armor utilizing the new format, which we think looks much better than the old one. DeltaP42 offers the Junkyard Samurai set which gives a strong impression of medieval Japanese armor without compromising its makeshift, Rusty origins.
The connection to road signs is a bit tenuous, and the armor clearly wouldn't survive a fight in a real samurai skirmish, but it does look sharp. Imagine a large clan all wearing this set, and remember that the Wakizashi is still for sale in the Steam market.
The second half of the Junkyard Samurai set by Deltap42, the Junkyard Samurai Pants lets you get medieval in style, at least so far as is possible on this God forsaken island.
The quality of the set is excellent, particularly with the pants. The leather belt is a bit rough and cracked in places, the buckle tarnished, and the varnish on the wooden slats is coming up in some places. What's interesting is the way the artist shows how the post apocalyptic society could not possibly match the craftsmanship of the medieval smiths, however "primitive" they were.