Today's theme is Tough and Ugly, which covers most of the skins that won approval this week. And we think the toughest and ugliest skin was Heavy Industry by Mishka, with honorable mention for Vitalik's Clan Leader Mask.
The Nation of Japan won a couple of approvals this week, starting with this fierce samurai mask by Deltap42. It's a coffee can helmet bent and painted into the shape of a samurai mask, Rust style. The owner must be a ronin, because he can't seem to afford to upkeep his equipment--paint is fading, leather is cracking, and there's signs of rust here and there. But it is OK for a samurai to be poor, so long as he upholds Bushido.
Death before dishonor!
The second Japanese approval this week is the Shinobi Cowl by Melloe. It was submitted all the way back in December 2016, and recovered from the bottom of a radioactive junk pile by diligent Facepunch scavengers. The cowl can make you look like a true Assassin of the Night, a shadow, a breath of wind. We think the skin is good quality and dirty enough, but could use a little Rustification.
Of course, you will need the rest of the outfit to really make it work--here's to hoping we see more approvals along these lines in the coming weeks.
Here's something a bit less ambitious for the modern survivor: A bucket helmet made of old road safety cones by Vitalik. It looks like it is two half-cones stapled together with a ring of metal along top to hold the whole thing together. There's a large metal patch bolted to the back, and copper strips on top. The whole contrivance is so goofy that people will be embarrassed to be killed by players wearing it, so you should wear one.
We love these kinds of practical skins working with common materials within the context of the game. Vitalik has got a lot of ideas like this, drop by his workshop and have a look.
Vitalik's second approval this week is the Clan Leader Mask, a no-nonsense armored metal face mask with a skull like visage and flaming cap. Details are strong--there's bare metal work around the nose and a demonstrative pair of slashes across the right eye, as though the armor deflected a blade of some kind.
Tough and Ugly, what more could you want?
Vitalik's third approval is the Hunter Hatchet, a highly realistic metal hatchet with a rusty red painted blade, smooth wooden handle and rubberized grip.
As with all Vitalik's skins, there's serious attention to detail. The wear on the blade is perfect, with the paint entirely worn away at the blade's edge, then appearing in ragged patches as distance from the edge grows. There's a seam in the back of the blade, a hole in the bottom of the handle for hanging, and small piece of blue tape wrapped around the handle near the blade, just to break the monotony.
This metal face mask submitted all the way back in May by Mishka is an excellent example of this prolific artist's skill and eye for grunge. It's a rusted, paint-spattered mess with a partial leather cap stitched, strapped and bolted to a rough cloth interior.
The leather straps are cracked , the stitching is frayed and the bottom of the face grill looks like it was dragged across asphalt then run over by an APC. Perfect!
We featured this box of trash in our blog earlier in the week, and are happy to see it the game now. It looks nice from a distance, but awful from up close. Not the sort of thing you'd want in your nice, clean modern house, but perfect for your base.
The gouges in the metal and wood, the chicken wire and the badly stenciled writing are very Rusty, but the suspicious corrosion on the lid is the best. What, exactly, was in this box before you found it? By Mishka.
This shotgun is a straightforward collection of machine and weapon parts combined to form a more or less working weapon with a sloppy application of paint to finish the job. Blue flames, peeling and fading away.
The gun comes with a demonic face on the back of the weapon, something you'll see every time you take aim, a finishing touch and trademark by Madroce.
Madroce's second approval this week is the Glory SAR, a steampunk-ish semi auto rifle, a luxurious piece of junk that is either a collection of fine old gun parts or a poorly repaired fine old gun.
whichever way you decide to view it, Glory is sure to make you feel rich among the ruins, like you're just slumming it on the island for a couple of months rather than barely scraping by, one false move ahead of Death.
Milho Frito also scored a couple of approvals this week, including this bolt action rifle, the Sandwar
Painted a warm desert brown, the gun will provide camouflage as you track and snipe unsuspecting players from a concealed, elevated position, or better yet the safety and comfort of a tall desert tower with a commanding view of half the map. And just so you don't forget what the game is all about, the artist has placed a cute little death's head at the back of the rifle.
The whole gun is appallingly dirty, maybe even toxic. Nobody is going to accuse this artist of factory fresh skins!
Black and Red make fine colors for villains, and with a weapon named Soul Taker, what else could you be? Gun them all down, armed and unarmed alike and reap their souls like autumn leaves. Soul Taker's bold colors and wicked strong lines will bring out the worst in you and your clan mates, so get out there and start collecting skulls. By Milho Frito.