This week we have two strong sets by La Crampe and El Fideo Rubio, as well as high quality hatchets. First place is a tough choice, but we're gonna have to give it to the Dread Death Mask. It's... well, you'll see.
War Story is a lean mean killing machine, Death in black and orange, marked with screaming skulls and stern falcons, reminiscent of native American or Southwestern art styles. It represents an evolution in Madroce's art style that we think will prove quite popular, and an impressive twelve thousand viewers in the workshop would seem to agree.
A metal face mask lined and crowned with carved white bones in an awful, death-like grimace. We doubt they're made of ivory. The face plate is covered in a brown, fraying leather of unknown origin.
You don't see this sort of thing every day, thankfully, but those of you with more macabre tastes are likely to get your way--this is a highly creative skin, very popular, and approval chances are good. By JohnnyOldBoy
You really gotta be crazy to drill into an old hand grenade. This one has screws embedded in the skin of the weapon to add shrapnel to the explosion. The fuze assembly and safety lever are heavily corroded, and you'd be lucky if it didn't break off in your hand.
It's a dangerous unexploded munition that should have been disposed of decades ago. But it wasn't. Welcome to Rust!
Here's a beautiful hatchet with fine stitched black leather wrapped around both the handle and the blade. Don't know why you'd wrap the blade in leather, but it sure looks sharp!
The artist, T.o.n.y.a.e.r., has really learned how to make a good skin. If you look at the leather in the handle closely, you can see it bunches up slightly against the wood, which really makes it look like the real thing. Every other detail is equally strong--you're gonna look great while you chop that wood!
La Crampe has bee MIA for a few weeks, and now we know why: He's been making this phenomenal set! It's a roadsign vest and kilt decorated with the bones of slow or poorly armed humans, all neatly tied down and displayed like a bug in a collection case.
The kilt is especially ghoulish, with a skull and jawbones on the front and a rib cage on the back. There are a few places where the bones bend rather unnaturally, but maybe they've been soaked in vinegar. Or something. Witch doctors must have their ways.
This is the second half of the Apocalypse Set by La Crampe. Together they form a stark warning of just how far you and your cannibal buddies are willing to go.
The kilt has less surface space for skeletal remains, but the artist still finds room for a couple of hands and jawbones. Quality in the leather straps, rivets, buckles and metal plates is top notch, which is as to be expected from an artist of La Crampe's caliber.
This is a stone hatchet converted into a macabre bone hatchet, complete with fossilized teeth. It doesn't look human, but it's hard to tell.--not like that would stop any of you from buying it.
JohnnyOldBoy invested his usual strong creativity and skill in this skin, and it shows. The hatchet is weird, but believable, and details like the leather straps, bloodstains and gouges in the bone are sharp and clear.
El Fideo Rubio, in partnership with Phas brings us the Rock Championship set, a three skin set of Rusty sportsfandom featuring...the rock all you beach loving Rust players know and love.
The humor is a bit subtle, since most people will see the colors and style and figure it's just sportswear, but it is more than that without hitting you over the head. (Har! get it? Rock? Hit you over the head? Ha ha.) The artists have done a fine job with graphics, style, and materials, and we hope to see the set in the game soon!
These are the shorts that go with the tank top and the riot helmet in the Rock Championship set. Not much to say other than to point out they're colorful yet Rusty, and they'll make people want to shoot you even more than usual. We got a laugh out of the hand print on the back of the shorts--nice touch.
The third piece in the Rock Championship set, the Riot Helmet fits in well. There's a metal plate on the crown of the helmet, perhaps to patch the crack where a big rock was slammed down on the head of the previous owner.
The entire helmet is scratched and battered and scribbled on, a real mess and Rusty as you like. Note the man riding a pig on the side. Excellent work by El Fideo Rubio and Phas.