New artists continue to be drawn to the Rust Workshop, and we feature two of them in the blog this week. Our favorite skin this week is the Polynesian War Axe by StabbyMcStabFace.
This is a rough longsword by new Rust artist Syndrome of God (he seems to like swords) that looks more like it was forged with primitive tools than scavanged from the past. There are five skulls or demonic faces stamped into the blade, and the pommel is wrapped in cloth. We don't think a sword of such poor quality would stand up in a real fight, but it'll chop up the unprotected bodies of your more unwary neighbors just great.
If you ever wanted to be a knight in shining armor, here's your chance! Of course, it is more like knight in rusty road sign armor streaked with dirt and grease, but times are hard.
The vest is the central part of a three piece set by RavN, the other pieces being a kilt and a coffee can helmet. Wear the complete set and cut a gallant figure as you stride across the ruins of a proud and sinful past to do right and justice upon the benighted people of this fallen world.
Another creative skin by SerQ, the artist behind last week's Oink SAP, it appears someone cranked the pitching machine at the batting cage to 11 with tragic results. The helmet looks serviceable, maybe, but we can give it the benefit of the doubt.
The illusion of the ball stuck in the helmet is pretty good, but that's not the only feature we like. There's metal patches, cracks and holes all over the helmet, plain and easy to see at a distance. It's faded, chipped, and Rusty, couldn't ask for more!
This SAP by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. features a venomous snake drawn across the grip and barrel, mouth open and ready to strike. The snake follows the contours of the gun rather than simply being drawn flat on the body and the lower jaw is the gun trigger--nice touch.
There are two color variations for this SAP, but we think red is best. As with all this artist's work, textures and materials are highly realistic and Rusty. Check out the tape wrapping the pistol grip and the fading paint near the end of the barrel and you'll see what we mean.
At first glance, this trash box seems nicer than most people's homes, but on closer inspection you can see the wire mesh and welds, the uneven stenciling, and the scrapes and gouges in the wood and metal. It's the warm brown and yellow color scheme with a touch of green corrosion that plays the trick--first you see it, then you smell it. A fine place to store enemy skulls. By Mishka
We've always had a soft spot for the steampunk style--lavish, baroque, and decadent. The launcher looks like it was once a cannon in the Spanish royal navy, full of corroded copper and brass, emblazoned with flourish and flair. Mishka appears to have thinned the cloth around the breach and grip, and somehow turned a filthy metal tube into a faded but handsome weapon of war.
Mysterious new artist Sfonsper appeared suddenly this week, offering a complete set of Steampunk style armor for Rust. We think it is probably too clean for the game, and also doesn't really fit with the theme because it doesn't look salvaged or cobbled together from old junk.
However, the quality is unmistakable, and has drawn a lot of views in the workshop, so we decided to feature it here to help draw attention to this new artist. We hope his future work is just as good, only Rustier.
StabbyMcStabFace presents one of the best hatchets we've seen all year--and there's been some good ones. The haft and blade are decorated with the enigmatic faces of evil gods or spirits, presumably thirsty for the blood of their next sacrificial victim.
The skin age and wear is perfect. The pigments in the metal are fading, and the handle looks like it's been bleached white by the sun. The leather in the handle looks tightly stitched and new, but the blade is quite rusty.
Here's another hatchet in a completely different style by Milho Frito that could not be overlooked (hatchets were popular this week). It's a fancy ebony and brass design set in a dark wood handle with a black leather grip. It's part of his new Soul Taker series of skins, and shares the same luxurious colors and embellishments.
Like most his skins it's beautiful and elegant even though it is aged and worn, a trick Milho Frito manages to pull of better than just about anyone.
Next up in Milho Frito's Soul Taker line of weapons and accessories is a sleek black AK-47, rusty and worn around the edges but still a fine-tuned and beautiful instrument of death.
We love the mix of red, gold, and black, the materials and design on the stock and near the tip of the barrel, and the golden cross at the back of the weapon, which you'll see every time you take aim. Textures are sharp and clear--we hope to see this skin in the game soon!