Thirteen approvals this week, among them the popular Epidemic Roadsign armor, the Sacrificial Bones, and the Dreaded Overlord Mask. But the surprise best skin of the week: The Undead Bedroll, by new artist AlmaTadema.
The tricky thing in Rust art is making something look like crap while somehow retaining quality, a balancing act Vitalik consistently gets right. This skin is a good example: armor made of black and yellow alternating metal plates attached to a corrugated metal backing. The workmanship is shoddy and amateurish, but has good colors and still manages to seem solid and tough.
The armor is also quite distinctive and visible at a distance, making it useful for a clan uniform, and low-key enough not to draw extra interest or fire.
This handsome bolt action rifle by Mishka exudes a certain ornate 19th century majesty, a showpiece that hung above a fireplace for a couple of centuries before it was found and "restored" by our modern survivors. The combination of the carved wood highlighted with brass trimmings is pleasing to the eye, especially as offset by the red leather fastened to the barrel and grip.
Wildly popular in the Workshop, the Overlord Mask by JohnnyOldBoy easily won approval and will probably be the number one seller all week. It features a grim and haughty skull visage, scratched and dented from many battles. Everyone want to be this guy, pitilessly mowing down enemies with his AK, terrifying and (hopefully) untouchable. Death himself.
Wow! You'll never find a finer axe in the game no matter how many more skins are approved. Now, we know they don't sell things like this at Walmart, or probably even stores where the super rich shop, but just look at it!
The quality and detail of the leather on the grip is superb, the wood polished and perfectly realistic, and the carvings in the brass and steel stand out strong. And all Rusted up by Badtrip, just for you.
The Epidemic Roadsign Vest and Pants by Fred the Dog won approval this week, forming a set with the Epidemic AK. It's stop sign armor made from legacy road signs, truck parts, and bits of string and wire, all somehow persuaded to stick together strongly enough to be useful in a fight. Nothing on the armor looks remotely new, and worn as a set you'll look like a walking junkyard, primitive but lethal.
These are the pants that go as a set with the Epidemic Roadsign Vest and AK by Fred the Dog. It's all truck parts and no parking signs, a perfect pile of junk. We particularly like the leather straps and tire rubber in the back of the armor, and the strip of spiked metal just above the belt.
Anathenn scored two primitive approvals this week with his Sacrificial Club and Sacrificial knife. If you're gonna be a bloodthirsty cannibal, you should look the part, and both of these skins help get you there.
The club has got a crude, grinning face carved into the bone where you can clearly see it as you beat sleeping nakeds and chickens to death on the beach. It's also got a couple of faces carved into the knobby end of the bone, the better to draw the attention of the Gods.
This is the bone knife by Anathenn that won approval together with the bone club. So if you prefer stabbing over clubbing your victims to death, pick this one.
The weapon features a trio of skulls running up the blade and ending in a sharp, bony point. There are more skulls carved into the knobby end of the handle. It's horrible. Imagine laying on the altar, waiting for a bloodthirsty cannibal priest to stick this thing in you...
The Yellow Race Boots add to the growing collection of Racer themed skins by Milho Frito. It is impossible to find fault with the astonishing level of quality on this skin. Between the careful stitching, the laces, the shoelaces and metal brackets you've got boots that look like the real thing, all properly scuffed up and dirty lookin'.
If you are interested in picking up everything in the set, just look for them on the market.
This is the sort of thing they've got hanging at your old high school: ugly, sturdy...institutional, and quite possibly locked in flagrant violation of fire code to keep students sneaking out at lunch time.
We like the corrugated base plate, the rust streaks, and the pointless safety stickers decorating the top and center. T.o.n.y.a.e.r. has done a fantastic job capturing the aesthetically displeasing spirit of the door, and it is sure to look, well, not great but certainly businesslike attached to your base.
The Undead Bedroll, not a coffin but a sleeping bag skin by new Rust Workshop artist AlmaTadema. It's always good to see new talent come to the game, and this creative and high quality skin is an excellent first approval.
The bag is not simply covered with cute stylized skulls, but they're patched and sewn into a rough cloth backing with a very visible raised appearance. They're painted skulls, and you can see amateurish imperfections in the paint, which is excellent detail. Fantastic work for a first, or any time approval!