We have work for you this week from a few new artists and some of the best of the old. Be sure and check out the Oink SAP, and the Highway Menace Hoodie, which we name number one for the Top Ten this week.
A lovingly detailed bandit hoodie, part of a three piece set by Nevil112 and Krovash. The set is enormously popular in the workshop, having racked up thirteen thousand views in under a week, and it's easy to see why.
The leather of the hoodie has been reinforced with a hard plastic or perhaps kevlar material, and comes equipped with some extras like a lock and chain necklace, miscellaneous leather straps, and an extra helping of road grime. Nobody can accuse this hoodie of being too clean.
The rest of the set measures up to the quality of the hoodie, and it's definitely one of the best skins of the week. Be sure and stop by Nevil's workshop and check out the pants and the boots, too.
Essentially part of the Highway Menace set by Nevil112 and Korvash, these gloves enhance your post apocalyptic bandit credentials with their rusty rivets, heavy reinforced leather, and all-around aura of casual violence.
The artist employs a couple of different types of artificial material on the palms and wrist, and the gloves are also given the same kind of padded armor treatment you see in the hoodie, pants, and boots. Stitch work and aging are perfect in every detail.
A turquoise engine of death with engraved blue flames licking up the barrel. There's a screaming face set in the back of the gun to (we suppose) inspire more violence--it's fun to shoot other players, especially if they really don't want you to. Everything's about as greasy and aged as you could ask for. By Madroce.
Where would Rust be without macabre face masks formed of the softened bones of countless sacrificial murder victims? Demon is certainly doing his part to make sure we'll never find out with the Bone Lord, a metal face mask decorated with bits of human face bones stapled to the front, and spine and rib bones stapled to the cap.
An incongruous zipper runs from ear to ear over the cap. it's hard to imagine what for, but it adds to the sense of horror, like you're looking at a sewn up cadaver. It's one of the more unpleasant skins we've seen in the workshop--can't wait to see more from this artist!
New Rust workshop artist SerQ, in collaboration with Seee and KeSS, debuted this week with the Notorious Hatchet, an elaborate wood and metal hatchet. The blade is hammered steel, and the wood is sanded and bound in leather. There's a pleasing design at the back of the blade where the wood meets the metal.
It is a very good looking skin that could use a bit of rusting up to really bring it into sync with the game. We ordinarily wouldn't feature a skin so clean, but the quality was so high for a first try we didn't want to let it pass without mention
The touch of Death wrapped in gossamer linen dyed a royal purple. The artist, T.O.N.Y.A.E.R., does a nice job providing the illusion the wrappings are transparent, and we love the way the skeletal hands match the contours of the weapon, especially the final accusatory finger pointing straight at he for whom the bell tolls.
We like a skin that's straight and to the point, so long as it doesn't break off against your enemy's armor. This sword by ES'Kophan is so rusty it's a wonder it doesn't crumble to dust when you pick it up, so it's got that element of skin creation well covered.
And it's got other elements we look for, too, like creativity, strong execution, and an emotional connection with the viewer. The weapon is wrapped in some kind of plastic tape, painfully thin, and the owner has expressed himself, laid bare his soul with one simple word, one plea to the heavens against a vast and uncaring world full of enemies taped artlessly to the blade: Die..
We can only hope you're as moved by this poetry as we are.
Speaking of creativity, have you ever seen anything quite like this? It's a...um...pig. It may be mechanical or partly mechanical, and it has vampire fangs. And a dog collar. It also looks kind of pissed off.
The legs of the...animal carry down into the trigger, and there's a row of staples running the length of the barrel. It's worn out and Rusty and weird, and it's one of the best skins we've seen in ages. The artist is Serq in collaboration with KaSS, and this is his third skin submitted to the Rust workshop. Wow.
For those interested in something a bit more conservative yet still pleasing to the eye, why not have a look at Milho Frito's latest SAP, Soul Taker? It lies somewhere at the intersection of Fallout and Versailles, a baroque post modernism in red and gold, all worn and rusty and beautiful.
Though old in appearance, it looks elegant yet lethal, the kind of weapon you'd bring to a duel, if you had two of them..
Last we have the Junkyard Samurai Mask by DeltaP42. It's a heavy looking coffee can mask molded and painted in the shape of a fierce samurai. Black bamboo slats have been carefully screwed into the top of the helmet, and the leather headband is in good condition with fine stitch work. The rest of the mask is pretty beat up, though, with lots of gouges, dents and rubbed off paint.
Anyone wearing this mask in hopes of finding honor or fair play on this benighted island is in for a disappointment, unless they're already an honorless dog hoping to delay an enemy's strike long enough to get in the first shot.