We compare two armored sets for you this week, both very high quality by some of the best artists in the Workshop. Actually, everything in the top ten is from top artists. Our favorite: War Machine Mask, by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R.
First up is the Radtown Patrol set by Vitalik. It's a two piece mask and chestplate set of what looks to be soft, heavy metal (probably lead) recovered from a nuclear site, painted institutional green and riveted to a sheet metal backing. the shoulder straps warn of radioactivity, but some people just don't listen.
Details are sharp and clear, and the armor is obviously salvage even from a distance. A perfect bandit clan uniform.
If you liked the chest plate, you'll love the face mask. The same dark green metal from the chest plate has been laid over a metal backing covered with black vinyl. There's a wicked gouge in the nose patched with electrical tape, and the skull cap is a worn and menacing black and yellow. It's real Mad Max and Rusty as Hell. Top notch work by Vitalik.
Our second featured set is also a chest plate / face mask pair by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. which we present next to the Radtown set for the sake of comparison. Both are truly excellent sets that we'd like to see approved, but that's not so likely since they are both they same meshes.
War Machine's colors are yellow and black, with extra leather straps, spot welding, heavy staples, and little metal bits and bobs everywhere. There's a skull stamped on the metal near the neckline to remind you that you're not in Kansas anymore, and stenciled military style numbers on the back to suggest the armor wasn't found in some Wal-Mart ruins.
This is the other piece of the War Machine set, and just like with the Radtown set it's even better than the chest plate. Note the off-center stenciled numbers, which make it seem as though the mask was cut and carved off a larger chunk of some machine or vehicle. The mask looks tough, like it really could stop a blade or bullet, and it's got the battle scars to prove it.
Be sure and check out the top of the mask, too. It's a hard cap covered with metal studs, very convincing, with a bonus pair of goggles strapped on. While we think the Radtown patrol mask is a fantastic skin, we have to say we prefer the War Machine mask for the sheer level of creative detail.
If you're gonna make a skull mask, you had better make a good one, or you'll have no hope competing against the likes of Radtown or War Machine. Fortunately for Nevil112 and Relic they did a pretty good job, so they have a shot at the prize.
The skull seems a bit...inhuman. It's close, but not quite. A pug nose, too many small straight teeth, and lots of painful dentistry. Some kind of post-apocalyptic mutant? Or a member of the race that wiped out humanity? Could it be...They Live?
Think this warm and durable bedroll is enough for chill Rust nights? You know nothing--it's cold up in the true North, or on of the newly buildable icebergs. Now, add a campfire and a redhead to share it with, and maybe you'd be all right. At least you won't be bored.
The bedroll sports a couple of leather pouches, travel netting, and a rough canvas texture. It looks like it could be home made, or perhaps just old and well used. Either way it's a proper fit for the game, and will look good both in your base and out in the field.
Bite into the skulls of your enemies with the Survivor hatchet, a Rusty wood and steel tool with character. Marked with sharp teeth, evil eyes, and angry, frenetic scribbling, you know you're looking at another creation by KeKe.
As with all this artist's work, you need to look closely to really see it. The hatchet is packed with tiny details, some funny, others kind of ominous. Be sure and check out his entire workshop if you're looking for an eyeful.
A beautiful and highly creative rocket skin made of barrel slats as though slapped together by desperate but clever survivors. It looks great, but requires a suspension of disbelief many people cannot muster--ever see a wood cannon? Neither have we. For that matter, when was the last time you saw a barrel outside a chic modern furniture store?
But if you can get past the wooden rocket launcher thing, it's a pretty cool skin, very distinctive and attractive. We particularly like the contrast of the barrel wood against the electronic firing controls, and the carbon scoring at the barrel mouth.
A bolt action for the desert hunter on safari looking to bag a Newman or two and take home a trophy skull. It's a handsome weapon, dressed in canvas and khaki and steeped in African symbology. Of course, it's got a couple of unwholesome symbols etched on the stock, like a biohazard symbol, but it is Rust we're talking about here.
BFS made two similar skins this week, a pump shotgun named Rotgut, and this Gnarly MP5. Both are fantastic, but we thought this one was Rustier, so we chose Gnarly for the top ten.
The two guns feature cartoony zombies in green and purple with large Gollum eyes, rotting flesh, and detaching body parts. Barrel metal is very rusty, so it looks as though the owner knows a lot more about art than weapon maintenance. We don't think we're alone in hoping to see this skin in the shop soon.