Seventeen approvals this week, which is a good thing since there are so many excellent skins to choose from. Best skin: Padded Armor Trunk, by La Crampe.
Milho Frito's Racer Pants are now in the game as a set with his excellent Racer Hoodie. Now you can pretend you're not actually a hard-scrabble survivor eking out a desperate, hand-to-mouth existence--you're a pro race car driver! The fans will be here any minute looking for autographs...
We're happy to see Vitalik's popular Roadsign Door win approval this week, misdirecting and confusing hapless Newmans around the world. It's a sheet metal door with road signs welded and nailed to it as reinforcement. A clever idea and a well-executed skin perfectly in tune with the spirit of the game.
Next we have the Junkyard Samurai Set by Deltap42. The set uses the new road sign armor format, but that's about all it uses, since there's no road signs on this armor at all. Instead, it's formed of what looks to be varnished wood slats attached to a thin metal backing, which certainly wouldn't stop a hard katana thrust, let alone a bullet.
Then again, road sign armor doesn't seem to keep you alive much longer than clothes, so you may as well look good. And that's just where the Junkyard Samurai Vest excels.
The lower half of the Junkyard Samurai Set by Deltap42. Quality is excellent, with a worn and cracked leather belt, tarnish and rust on some of the metal pieces, and wood varnish wearing thin in places.
Worn together with the vest, the set makes for a good and Rusty version of a Japanese samurai. You'll be the envy of your server, so expect to be shot and robbed frequently.
if you want to complete the look, you can pick up the Japanese Wakasashi in the steam market here.
Here's a road sign vest that puts the new road sign armor format to work in a Rusty and realistic way. It's got plates of badly scratched and tarnished metal held together by rivets and leather straps, and looks like it just rolled off the set of a Mad Max movie, which means it matches the style of the game perfectly.
The artist, Teddy, has an extensive workshop that shows a steady progression in creativity and skill over time. Well worth a look!
The Epidemic made the cut this week, putting the highly popular assault rifle skin into the hands of eager Fred the Dog fans everywhere. A zombie gun in a game without zombies, you can certainly pretend as you mow your fellow Newmans down without mercy, pity or remorse. Just make sure you shoot 'em in the head so they stay dead.
We like the creepy zombie hands on the body of the gun, the disembodied head that says, "bwaaar!", and find the color scheme has grown on us over time. But the best part is the zombie finger at the back of the gun, reminding you where to take aim.
We don't see a lot of SMG approvals, so it's nice to see the Engineer SMG make it. A collaborative effort by El Fideo Rubio and Phas, the skin appears at first glance to be a bit simple, but is in fact full of Rusty details. We've got a curious design on the back of the gun, faded and peeling. There's grit in the grooves, scratched paint on the body and an overall toy-like aura that belies its deadly nature. The ammo clip could have used more work, but it's an otherwise strong skin.
The Small Medical Box is the fourth small wood box skin to be approved for the game. Though humble, pretty much everyone needs to make small boxes early in the wipe cycle, so a little variety here is welcome. This is also the latest entry in Badtrip's Rusty Army Medical Corps series.
We think Badtrip did an excellent job on the box, giving it a turn of the (last) century feel with the tan cloth straps and faded red cross symbol. The straps, however, tie the lid down, so it may be hard to open in an emergency. :)
John Sick is a new Rust workshop artist with only eight completed skins, so hopefully this approval is a sign of good things to come. The helmet has a heavy yellow plastic shell with a very thick visor in front. It gives you the feeling it's designed to withstand some VERY heavy blows, and it looks like it has taken a few in the past.
Good detail on the heavy screws, the air grills (not sure why it would have those) and the rust in the cracks and seams. Don't get the idea, though, that you can survive a rocket blast while wearing it.
Carve up your victims with this handsome black studded leather bone knife by Robj. The black leather wrapping the knife is clean and sharp, detailed with loving care. And if you look closely, you can see faint blood stains on the tip of the blade.
Mind you, the bone knife isn't a late game weapon, but you can make one in ten minutes on wipe day to run around naked on the beach, slitting throats and murdering sleepers amid laughter and merriment. Add a splash of color like the Flower Hat and you'll be quite the sight.
An ancient Saturday Night Special, the sort of gun left in a drawer forgotten until it's too rusty and unreliable to save your life. This one's been amateurishly repaired and maintained by many owners. Best of luck.
Bang rocks with the remains of some poor wretch who expired pointlessly on this godforsaken island in the distant past, secure in the knowledge that someone will probably bang rocks with your skull sometime in the distant future for much the same reasons. Don't worry, you probably won't mind. This guy doesn't seem to.
Mossy Fossil is another creative skin from Veys, who maintains a great workshop full of accolades and approvals. Be sure and stop by--you won't be disappointed.
A delivery truck door, wrenched off its hinges and hauled back to base in the (probably vain) hope it will stand stern between you and midnight murder.
We like the hinges and vertical reinforcements running the length of the door, as well as the arcane safety stickers and serial numbers. As with most his work, Robj has put considerable effort into Rusting up his skin, applying scratches and wear and tear in all the right places.
If you want to buy a hatchet skin, you can't go wrong with the Replacement Blade Hatchet. As far as we can tell, there is absolutely, positively nothing wrong with this skin at all. It may as well be a photograph.
And well, there it is. It's perfect. Good job, Demon!
KEEP OUT. Seriously. You're not wanted in here. See all that steel and armor? Take a hint. And if you DO try and get in, well, we'll be waitin' for ya.
We wrote this one up in our top ten post a few days ago, and are pleased to see the approval. It's an armored chestplate made from junkyard car parts--a race car, to be specific, and a truck grill, and...some wire mesh in the back. It's an appealing and authentic slab of metal armor, post-apocalypse style.
The skin is also bright red, which makes it both an excellent clan identifier at a distance, and a prime target for enemy snipers. Perfect for a large raid, not so good for sneaking around in the woods. By RavN.
La Crampe has won approval of this (once) handsome steamer trunk, the sort of thing a wealthy lord or lady might bring on safari or a pleasure cruise of the Greek Isles. It's got a padded but frayed exterior bound in tightly stitched leather and secured with a large iron lock and keyhole.
It's a gorgeous skin that the...lower classes like yourselves don't deserve in your base, even after it has been scuffed and beaten by the passage of many years.