Only two small sets to showcase this week, but lots of high quality independent work. Our favorite: the Vaccine Box, by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.
First up we have the Cobalt Handyman Armor set, which includes a kilt, a helmet, and this vest. Formed out of the high tech and extremely expensive remains of humanity's proudest achievement, the vest is made of metal plates and heat shielding material, and not well suited to the task of protecting a combatant in the endless turf wars of the post-apocalyptic era.
A lot of attention was paid to the leather straps and strings and welds, as well as to the dirt dents and scratches everywhere. We really like how the set incorporates elements of the environment into its design. It's a perfect Rust armor set.
Our second set this week is the Clown set by Vitalik. It's a simple two piece set of pants and this hoodie.
While we are not quite sure how this set will be received by Facepunch, there is no denying the quality of the work. The hoodie looks lifelike and realistic, with faded colors, clashing materials, oversize buttons, and big, amateurish stitching.
Will wearing something like this make you a target? You betcha. But what a great clan uniform it would make! Taken down by a pack of clowns. Infuriating!
Finally some answers to the Big Question: Where did everybody go? Could this box be a clue, or is it just another milestone down a long road of failure? Perhaps, one day, the devs will tell us.
The box looks innocent enough from a distance, but up close it hints at death. There's warning labels, and evidence of reinforcements having been stripped off in a hurry. The box looks as though it's traveled a lot and taken quite a beating in the process. Humanity's last hope? Or final refuge of a tiny, selfish elite?
A remarkably menacing armored metal facemask made in collaboration by veteran workshop artists Nevil112 and Relic. The mask features a metal skullcap lined with low hanging quality leather and a chin strap.
The face is sculpted in a vague human shape, if you crossed a human with a Mack truck, that is. The mouth is a radiator grill backed by chicken wire, the eyes reinforced metal plates, and the nose is flat, and heavily armored. Wearing it couldn't possibly be comfortable for very long, but the mask could clearly make a difference in a firefight.
Bfs knocks another one out of the park with this super popular AK skin in a shocking shade of violet. It may be a werewolf, or maybe some kind of mutant, radioactive wolf, but it is probably just the dog that took you and your raid buddies by surprise and ate all your c4.
The skin was wildly popular by Workshop standards, scoring 10k views in less than a week. We think it is a good looking, colorful skin but wish it was a bit dirtier. But that's just a quibble--we're sure tons of people would be very happy to see this skin in the game. Good luck!
Another skillfully detailed and decorated crossbow skin comes to us now, this time by new Workshop artist Freddy.
Much like last week's approved Mad Crossbow, every inch of this crossbow skin is carefully detailed. Eagle wings are painted on the front of the crossbow facing the enemy, and a wide variety of colorful yet faded native style art and patterns line the weapon.
Curiously, the featured warrior woman is probably the weakest element on the skin, unnecessary in our view but perhaps other will like it more.
One of Fred the Dog's rare non-weapon skins, the Rocket Scrap pickaxe takes advantage of the new Launch site and gives us a believable and good looking salvaged pickaxe skin. It looks like some kind of fuel piping bound together with tape and leather, and sporting a jagged piece of metal as the axe blade. It's a bit clean, but that's not such a stretch if the materials were pulled from the guts of a carefully stored rocket engine.
If you look closely, you'll see the material binding the handle to the blade is copper wire, a nice detail. We're happy Fred is branching out to other kinds of skins, and we hope we'll see a lot more in the future!
Remember those raiders who hit your base and took everything but the kitchen sink? Well, they got that now, too. We're speaking figuratively, of course, but this hammer is an example of someone who's really hit bottom and putting everything thing he can find to use.
The hammer looks to be a chunk of kitchen wall or sink divider that's been torn out and stuck to the end of a plunger. It's got tiles on both sides and seems to be made of concrete with metal plugs stuck into the sides. Nobody would want to lug a rock like this around with them in real life, but it is pretty interesting and cool in the game. By Veys.
T.O.N.Y.A.E.R'.s second skin on the Top Ten this week, the Scrap Tanker door is a sheet metal door with a large variety of metal scraps, warning signs, and rebar welded to the surface.
There's not much else to say. Its not a particularly creative door, but like everything from this artist it is extremely well executed. That, and the door looks tough.
Our final entry for the Top Ten is the Furious Fox by Veys. it's a snarling, charging fox, with long, stylized fur, angry eyes, and lots of sharp teeth, covering the weapon front to back.
It's a strong, aggressive looking weapon, even though foxes aren't very fearsome (unless you're a chicken), but most people will think it's a rad-wolf or something a bit more dangerous. That aside, it's a very pleasantly drawn skin in Veys' characteristically loose, expressionistic style, and we're sure his fans will be very pleased.