Lots of color this week, presented in styles that live up to the spirit of the game. Our favorite: Furious Raider, by Vitalik.
First up we have the Metalhunter Hoodie by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. The hoodie is part of an amazing six item set including gloves, boots, pants, armored vest and kilt, and this hoodie here.
The level of detail on this hoodie and everything else in this set is astonishing, and there's a creative use of patches and chains that remind us of flashy, low-tech MTV videos from the 80's, but in a good way. Be sure and stop by the artist's workshop to see the whole set--you're in for a treat!
We're not sure how savages living in straw huts are supposed to make a gun like this, but we gotta admit it looks good. It is a molded metal demonic spiderweb design with attendant black widow waiting for a meal. There's also a large spider head with fangs at the back of the gun you'll get to see everything you aim at some helpless newbie to remind you that life just ain't fair, so it's good you've got an assault rifle.
The gun is part of a three item Spider King set by Andy-Boo and JohnnyOldBoy, which includes a similarly grotesque armored face mask and hatchet. The hatchet in particular is fine work--drop by their workshops and see.
This riot helmet by Vitalik tops the charts this week for creativity. The faded red and gray helmet with metal reinforced visor seems myopic and comical, at least until several guys wearing these helmets break into your base and cart all your hard work away. The slatted eye goggles project a blind and uncaring feeling, like an evil Wall-E, and the way they are slightly tilted looks crazy and greedy. That, and the long row of stylized teeth beneath them.
Deathcharger is a salvaged assault rifle carefully painted over in the shape of a skeletal dragon by a highly talented artist, full of character and emotion. Too bad he'll probably get his head blown off by another post apocalyptic savage in a tussle over a sixty year old can of beans.
The skin is an excellent example of Veys' flowing, dreamy style of art, with a touch of Van Gogh for thickness of paint and a little madness, too. It's not a very realistic skin, but it is a beautiful one.
Does anyone know a hardware store where we could pick up a hatchet like this? Our neighbor keeps coming in our backyard uninvited, and we'd like to stick this in a post or a tree out back so he could see just what kind of people we are.
Of course, a new hatchet wouldn't look like it had chopped through chains or bathroom doors like this one does, so it wouldn't carry quite the same level of menace, but we're sure he'd get the message. The spot of blood on the handle speaks volumes, though--wouldn't want to forget that detail.
Superb work on the damaged blade, the stylized skull, the fittings and reinforcements, and of course, the little spot of blood. By szINFERNO.
Think they'll listen? We don't either. This door won't survive more than a few minutes at the hands of a competent raider, which is too bad given the door's rustic appeal. Sure, the paint's peeling and the window's all boarded up, but that just adds to its grumpy old man charm.
Mishka showcases his door on his workshop in a cute little noobyshack he built for the purpose. It looks great, but from a strictly gaming perspective, we wouldn't advise building something like this unless you're fond of sunrise on the beach.
Vitalik's second highly creative skin this week, the Puzzle Door is a sheet metal door with closely fitting but irregular plates of metal riveted together to form a sort of low security jigsaw puzzle. It's not super realistic, but given metal cutting tools and some time, we might make something like this ourselves, if only by accident.
As with most skins by this artist, there is a subtle attention to detail which makes the quality really stand out. Note the warps in the metal, uneven rivets, and the spots of mud at the bottom of the door. None of these details are there by chance, and each contributes to the overall sense of shoddy work and primitive craftsmanship.
Uh...treasure of what? New artist Freddy presents a decaying pump shotgun, with rotting wood and rusting metal painted with undergrowth, roses, and skulls. It's a lush, sleepy skin, beautiful and tainted, alluring yet poisonous.
But we have questions. Where's the treasure? We've looked all over the gun, but we can't find any. And what's that red stuff coming out of the skull's eye? And most importantly, what, where or who is Kahoolawe?
We may never know. But Freddy likes making these kinds of sickly sweet skins, perhaps he'll explain in future works?
JohnnyOldBoy has offered up another toothy armored face mask for players who like to terrorize their victims before dispatching them to the beach. This one has a grooved metal cap and twenty four golden teeth all neatly arranged in the front of the mouth like a jackal, or some kind of demon.
Which makes us wonder if there are many orthodontists in Hell. A lot of these demons have great teeth, all nicely lined up and fitting perfectly in their beastly mouths. Someone's got to be doing all that work, right?
Badtrip's second Venom series weapon, this one a semi auto pistol with clean institutional lines much like his earlier AK of the same name. We like the color and choice of materials quite a bit, with a soft metal body and vinyl grip wrapped in finely stitched cloth. The gun's well-worn and Rusty, just the way we like 'em.