Twenty approvals this week and three sets of skins. In a close decision ,the most creative skin of the week is Pink Grunge, but the highest quality skin, and therefore our favorite, is the Refined Hatchet by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.
A weapon of the sort used by urban pacification patrolmen and checkpoint soldiers of the past. Once a carefully maintained military assault rifle, this weapon has passed through many hands. Cleaning and maintenance have been shoddy, repairs inexpert, and parts substandard.
Now you can stick it to the Man in classic grunge style with the Anarchy burlap headwrap by Gigertag. It's got a heavy wool cap with a red and black patterned bandanna to hide your face so you won't be identified by the police after all the fun. Gigertag goes easy on the wear and tear, but it is still visible in spots like the hem of the cap and the dirt smudged on the cute little Anarchy patch in the front.
The store icon for this skin did not work out at all, showing just the cap and not the bandanna. If you're interested in this skin, please be sure and stop by the workshop to get a proper look at it.
New artist JesinShow picked up an approval after only 8 skins on the workshop, and we think we'll be seeing a lot more from him. The sword features a reverent line of crosses running the length of the blade, a cloth and string wrapping over the pommel, and a mysterious inscribed "gem" at the crosspiece.
We like the careful attention to detail, especially in the cloth wrapping. Note the subtle texture pattern in the material, and it is only worn in some places, but not others. Excellent quality.
Krovv scored a three set approval this week with his Desert Patrol roadsign armor. All three pieces are camouflaged for the desert environment, looking like they were hand painted by someone eager to stop the painting and get on with the patrolling.
The vest is composed of machine parts, leather straps, and the side of a barrel. Rust drips from some of the panels, and the others are as grubby and battered as you could hope for.
Next up is the worker set by Madroce. Colored a bright safety orange, you'll be visible from across the map to friend and foe alike. Foe, mostly. The hoodie features some harness safety straps in the front.and a skull and crossbones patch on the shoulder to mark you for death. Good, clear work on the straps and undershirt.
These are the pants that go with the Worker Hoodie. They feature a groin harness system for heavy lifting, a leather belt, and plenty of pockets. The material has a stiff vinyl appearance, covered in a layer of stubborn oily dirt--just the sort of thing you'd expect to find at the bottom of an old trash barrel or radioactive rubbish pile. Perfect!
Now you can make your grim bunker base even grimmer with this ugly, forbidding armored door by Andrey. The door is so uninviting and discouraging that raiders may just move on and blow somebody else up.
Well, maybe. But it doesn't hurt to try. Skin quality is top notch, nothing splashy but super Rusty. Excellent work on the rivets, hinges, and faded paint.
A handsome double barrel shotgun by Mishka that we think is going to be a hit in the Store. Both barrels are engraved wrought iron, elegant, and the stocked is carved and wrapped in pattered cloth. Some pieces of the firing mechanism are highlighted in brass.
While the gun is well-aged, it is a handsome weapon and a fine skin. Rusty, but beautiful.
A seriously Rusty sheet metal door with a large skull and crossbones front and center. There's also a big yellow X drawn under the skull to help people get the message.
Put shotgun or flame traps behind these doors on the outer portions of your base to train witless raiders not to open them, then put your loot room behind one deeper in your base. Once bitten, twice shy!
This bright red large wooden box makes for a nice, standout box that's easy to find or refer to in a large clan, particularly during an emergency like an online raid. "Where are the guns? Where's the ammo?"
It's in the fire hose box! Bright red, can't miss it.
The faded red color is perfect, and we like the safety stickers, the metallic textures, and the mild wear and fading paint. Great work by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.
A leather hoodie with double gold necklaces and four pieces of flair pinned to the front to advertise your dedication and enthusiasm for the job. Leather is a strange choice of material for a hoodie, but they are definitely made and sold, so...OK.
We think this hoodie could have used some more dirt and wear, but is otherwise a respectable addition to the pool of approved Rust skins. This is the second approval for the artist, shzINFERNO, and though his workshop doesn't have a lot of skins yet, it shows promise.
Love this hatchet, and glad it got approved. The level of detail is simply amazing, and everything stands out bright and clear. About the only negative thing you could say is that it's too clean, which is true, but there is still a little tarnish on the back of the blade and some roughness on the bottom of the handle.
This is T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.'s second, well-deserved approval this week. Great work, keep it up!
The bone hatchet is really a stone hatchet, but we don't think most players will mind a little artistic license when they see what they get--a macabre tool crafted from the upper jaw of some animal (likely human), and a thighbone (also likely human) stitched together with heavy red leather.
It's a convincing tool born of ingenuity and desperation, the start of your journey from naked savage to AK-toting raider and explosives expert. By JohnnyOldBoy.