We had a lot of direct competition this week by highly talented artists using the same mesh. Here we compare a few of them to get a feel for different tastes and styles. Our favorite skin this week is the Silent Death AK, by La Crampe.
A small wood storage box that would be at home in just about any base. Inspired by the Rust Ration box, the Miltan Food Box speaks to an emergency of some sort in the distant past when such boxes were common. Thankfully, the contents were well packed and preserved down through the many decades since the apocalypse, so you can enjoy them in the present.
An uncharacteristically "urban" skin from T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. The art mocks the hallowed apocalypse our forefathers struggled so hard to attain with graffiti, supply drop cartoons, and piles of skulls heaped at the bottom of the door, which appears to be a bomb shelter or safe room vault door.
Note the front and back of the door are not the same, which is always good to see. We think this could be a popular skin, since it combines gallows humor, urban art, and strong technical skill all in a single, Rusty package. We very much hope to see this one approved.
Wood hammers seem to be a popular skin for artists recently. Here JohnnyOldBoy throws his...hammer...into the ring, stamped with one of his trademark demon skulls and capped in black iron.
We like it--the simple black and brown color scheme along with the metal caps and skull help remind you that you're not playing this game to sing Kumbaya with your neighbors--you're playing to send them to the beach.
By way of comparison we also have the Supreme Hammer by LittleRanger. The two skins could not be further apart.
The Supreme Hammer is a much "nicer" skin, with polished, light colored wood reinforced by three metal bands in a sunrise pattern. There's also a couple of cute band-aids stuck to the head and handle, as though someone were patching up their tool's nicks and scratches and sending it off to play. This is not to say the hammer isn't Rusty--it's as banged up as any other good Rust skin--it's just not as patently unfriendly as the Dead Hammer.
Darkflames is a lurid oil painting with a submachine gun as a canvas. Hot death races from the back of the gun to the front, eager to claim another victim.
Nobody can call this gun plain--it's over the top with heavily saturated color, perfect for showing off but not so good for hiding in the bushes. We like how the artist made sure to paint the gun from all angles, including the back and front, and just as important: Darkflames is Rusty as Hell.
Hmm. Red, white...and black. Those colors happen to be the flag of Yemen, but since that country burned up in a flash of radioactive Hellfire like the rest of the world, we suppose they could represent the post apocalyptic world well enough.
But perhaps it's just a superficial resemblance. The hatchet is a composite hatchet, made with three different kinds metal stapled together and attached to a wood handle composed of two rough sticks bound together with electrical tape. It's a wonder it doesn't fly apart after just a couple of whacks, but that's the magic of video games for you.
Again in contrast we have the Abolisher by Badtrip, which is a grand name for such a humble tool. The blade is a simple gunmetal gray, chipped and worn in places, while the handle is decked out in such finery as to turn the ancient Persian sultans green with envy. We don't know where such a thing could be found, but we suppose it could be stolen from a museum exhibit.
Once again, the difference between two takes on the same mesh is striking. On one hand we have the primitive composite hatchet, and on the other hand the Sultan's personal wood chopper, Rustified. Which one would you choose?
Our last comparison is between assault rifles, the Silent Death AK by La Crampe, and the Beast of the East by Freddy. Both skins were made by talented artists with unique outlooks and styles, and both are quite good.
Silent death is a reptilian weapon with a golden viper emblazoned on the body amid a vaguely medieval Chinese atmosphere. We don't know what kind of snake it is supposed to be, but it looks like the bad kind. The metal of the grip and the shoulder stock are painted to resemble scales, and colors are feverishly bright and vibrant. People will notice this weapon.
Did someone mention China? The Beast of the East depicts a different kind of Chinese monster, this time a dragon hurling lightning bolts and casting down its enemies with magic and curses. It's violent and stormy, but not evil like Silent Death.
Both guns are very bright and colorful, but Silent Death's strength is in the colors and presentation, while The Beast of the East is all in the image of the dragon. Beautiful skins, but very different styles.
Our last skin is the Star Bedroll, a pleasantly decorated blue bedroll with the word "star" painted at the bottom, and a pretty little star in the middle. The star is probably painted with radioactive material since it glows softly in the dark, but you can be at peace since you are very unlikely to live long enough to worry about cancer..
Although simple, this is a pretty creative skin, and it fits the game well enough. It's humble, homey charm will warm your base on cold winter nights.