Looking at skins in the Rust store, we're struck again by how much more vibrant and appealing they are in the workshop and in the game itself. We're sure Facepunch will one day address the disparity, but until that day you can count on this blog to give the skins a proper showing.
All the skins approved this week are fantastic, especially the Metalhunter series by TONYAER. But our favorite is the Furious Raider Riot Helmet, by Vitalik.
Three pieces of the Metalhunter set by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. were approved this week, the pants, the boots, and this hoodie. it's very realistic and modern in appearance, with a some details and dirt thrown on so people know they're not in Kansas anymore.
The hoodie's got a grubby yellow vinyl texture with elbow pads and the unnecessary belts and straps that have proven so popular since the apocalypse. The inner shirt has a metal chain necklace crossed over itself, and we wonder how you could get it to stay in place without crossing it under your arms. Imagine walking around like that for a day.
Comedy aside, this is one of the finest sets we've seen yet. There's a loving attention to detail and dirt that only a true Rust survivor could imagine, well worth considering for a clan uniform.
Here's the pants that go with the hoodie and boots. Details are as sharp and clear as on the rest of the skins in this set, but the pants are quite a bit cleaner than the shirt. The material on the back pockets is scrunched up, like they were a home-spun repair to an old garment.
We also see there's knee pads over the knees and not the thighs or calves like many other artists portray., which is common sense. Finally, there's a functionally pointless chain running from the side pocket to the middle of the belt in the back that will be right there whenever you sit down.
The last piece of the set (that got approved) is the boots, which are also the best piece. Excepting the amateur repair in the side, these boots are almost photo realistic. The stitched up slash and mild dirt keep them Rusty, but you can just about see the Walmart price tag when you blink.
If you want to see the entire set in all its glory, be sure and drop by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.'S workshop for the full treatment.
Talented new artist Sfonsper finally scored an approval with his wildly popular Elder's Metal Facemask. The skin garnered 14,000 views on the workshop and tons of comments, so it is safe to conclude that ugly is IN. It's a combination of metal plates and braces with a leather chin strap and rusty mouth grill through which you can bark orders: "Move!" "Sit there!" "Silence!"
Or you can simply say nothing as you stand over your victims, watching them die. Lots of possibilities here!
The Wild Tiger MP5 puts a smart, bold style to a weapon we're coming to like in the game. The mellow black and yellow stripe pattern is shattered by the lighthouse painted barrel grip, which draws the eye and makes an otherwise ordinary weapon flashy.
The skin's also got plenty of dirt and rust, making it both good looking and Rusty, a well deserved approval for Badtrip.
T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.'s fourth approval this week, a semi-auto pistol with a nasty venomous snake drawn over the body. We're not sure what kind of snake, but it looks bad, and there's no hospitals on the island. The trigger forms the lower mouth, so the snake is caught in the act of the strike.
As with pretty much everything from this artist, quality is superb from the fading paint to the electrical tape wrapped around the grip. We only wish there was something interesting on the back of the gun, which you see when you take aim.
A dark and shadowy horseman hurls bolts of blue energy from on high, casting down all who oppose him. Bwahahaha! We're not sure what he'll do once he's in charge, but ain't gonna be tea parties in the palace garden--note the flailing skeletons and the bloody rags around the ammo clip. By Fred the Dog.
Another highly popular skin made it into the game this week, this time by szINFERNO, a relatively new artist who has produced several very high quality skins and is finally winning some recognition. The raider hatchet is probably his best skin to date, and exhibits a strong and accurate attention to detail.
The blade is badly chipped and damaged--almost ruined, really- but we'd wager it can still split a sleeping Newman's skull like a watermelon. The handle's well aged, wrapped in fine leather, and carefully bolted to the blade. But the real cherry on top is the piecemeal skull on the back of the blade. This hatchet's not just for chopping wood.
This unusual sheet metal door by Vitalik is sure to be a hit, and we can hardly wait to install it in our base ourselves. It's got oddly shaped metal plates carefully cut by the island's worst metal smith and riveted to a sheet metal backing. The plates buckle and warp in a few places, and there's touches of rust here and there, but it looks sturdy enough.
It's a very striking door, and sure to draw raider attention, so keep it inside until you're ready for a fight.
Originally entitled the Hell Roaster bucket by Keke, the name was softened to the Roasted Bucket on approval for the store, which is a curiously diffident gesture for a game featuring full frontal male nudity, cannibalism, and bloodthirsty pvp savagery unknown to almost any other game.
The helmet is a good example of this artist's cute, angry, and semi-serious style, with blazing eyes, a furious, gaping wide "mouth" and demon skull painted on the back. It's a highly enjoyable visual humor, and he's got a lot more where this came from--Drop by his workshop and see for yourself.
This simple country wooden door is a bit atypical of Mishka's usual work, which focuses on sharp, realist weapons and clothing, usually in bright colors. It does, however, share Mishka's eye for quality and detail, which you can see in the peeling paint, rusty nails, and streaks of dirt running down toward the ground.
It will make any country home look, well, not exactly inviting, but rustic and more homey, at least for ten or twenty minutes before someone burns, shoots, or blasts it off its hinges.
Last but decidedly not least is the Furious Raider Riot Helmet by Vitalik. Though it may look something like a cross between an evil Wall-E and a side show juggling act, a pack of raiders in your base wearing these riot helmets would not be funny.
The sublime creativity put into this otherwise humble riot helmet is delightful, from the tilted eye-slats to the long row of goblin teeth beneath. Best skin of the week!