A whopping seventeen approvals this week, including two excellent sets by MDemon, Nevil112, Relic, and RavN. Our favorite is the Vaccine Box, by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R..
The vest is made of what looks to be rocket heat shielding and structural plates. You can see faded Cobalt logos and icons on the back and shoulders, and the entire set is covered in dents and dirt.
It would be interesting if complete, skinned items like the Cobalt set could be found in the purple boxes around the launch site. Players wouldn't be able to make them without owning the skin, but dropping a skinned item every now and then seems like a good use of art assets with minimal impact on artists' income.
This is the pants/kilt which goes with the Cobalt armored vest. A primitive mix of radioactive rocket skin and radioactive animal skins, the pants actually look tough enough to stop a blade or maybe an indirect bullet, so long as the blow doesn't land where it counts most.
The second set that got approved this week is the Sky Seal set by RavN. This set is visually more appealing than the Cobalt set probably since the artist had more creative freedom with the design.
It's a black and gray S.W.A.T. sneaky creepy around at night kind of design, only Rusty. The outer shirt is camo for dark urban locations, and it's covered by what looks to be a bullet-proof utility vest. Don't bet your life on this feature. There's also lots of heavy stitching and grubby rubberized pads all over the set.
Taken as a whole it's a good set for hunting your fellow Newman at night, but it's also great for rooftop campers, window snipers, pickaxe raiders, and bandits and murderers of all stripes. Since that pretty much covers everyone in the game, we guess it's safe to say it's a great all-around set. Get yours today!
The Sky Seal pants are unusual because they're not just something to match with the hoodie--they're actually good. They feature more of the same pads you find on the hoodie--especially and thankfully in the places where it counts the most--muddy legs, and best of all a large Bowie knife strapped to the right thigh.
Although you can't actually use the knife to slowly slit open the throats of your sleeping enemies, it's the thought that counts. Bring along a bone knife and you'll be all set.
Aaaaand the boots. RavN manages to apply a little style to the standard Rust boot, covering the steel toe with rubber, narrowing the top of the boot, and applying a generous helping of muck all over the boot to match the legs of the pants. Nobody can accuse this skin of being too clean.
Mishka scored an approval with this decrepit yet oddly appealing armored concrete door. It's an armored door for game purposes, of course, even though it looks like poured concrete over a steel frame.
We're not really sure where you find doors like this in real life, but we'd guess abandoned prisons and military bases, grim bunker hideouts operated by Russian mobsters, and even grimmer black CIA rendition sites. You wouldn't want to be locked behind this thing, but you'd feel awful secure knowing your loot was.
The big rip in the bottom of the door is a nice touch, revealing the wire mesh used to set the concrete. The sloppy paint is also skillfully executed, and the black marks on top creative, but we're not quite sure what to make of them. Scorch marks?
Speaking of mobsters and grim, dark dungeons, we've got another heavv, tough, and ugly hideout door. But just like "if you're a famous smuggler, you're not doing it right," this door does draw the eye. Seems like overkill, and it's got that suspicious sliding slot window at eye level. You don't see that feature advertised in issues of Better Homes and Gardens.
Then again, maybe you don't care what people think goes on behind that door. Maybe, just maybe, you want 'em to come knockin'. 'Cause by God you're ready for a visit! What's the password?
With just a quick glace at this rusty old SMG by Keke it's easy to dismiss it as amateur graffiti art on a simple background, but...slow down and take your time.
All of this atist's work has a certain angry, manic, and comedic air. Check out the face on the back of the gun, or the haloed devil, the fire, stars, arrows and skulls. It's a cloud of scribbles and doodles all against some excellent and highly convincing rusty texture work, and taken as a whole, complete picture, it really works.
A metal face mask to match TONYAER's extensive Metal Hunter series of clothing and armor. The clothing set looks rather modern, but with a few Rusty touches that places it well in the game. With the addition of the mask, wearing the set will make you look like the villain from a teen-age slasher flick (take your pick), which we figure is exactly what most players are aiming for. Your search is over.
The mask consists of a heavy metal mesh connected to a hard metal and vinyl cap. The mesh is dented and broken in a few small places, but the overall appearance is something quite tough, but probably not tough enough to take a bullet. The mask is an excellent example of this artist's impeccable attention to both technical and creative details.
Badtrip released and got approved a pair of Tomb Tools, handsome wood and stone cutting tools so you'll look good when you're out in the cannibal infested wilderness risking it all for firewood. Each tool is stamped with a prominent skull, so you'll remember you're not in Kansas anymore.
But where in Kansas today could you find such beautifully crafted tools? The axe is a work of art, with a polished wood handle, two metal segments gracefully joined in a gently curving line, and a thin black leather grip that you just know would feel perfect in the palm of your hand.
To be honest, there must be stores where the super rich shop that we don't know about where you can get stuff like this, But we've never seen any. Getting one with a skull stamped on the blade would be tricky, but we're sure it could be had for a price.
The Tomb Pickaxe is every bit as beautiful as the hatchet, but much more obviously worn down. The blade is dull and pitted, and the handle looks like it may have suffered some water damage. Maybe someone left the door open on the rich guy's tool shed. Maybe it belonged to George Bush.
But all kidding aside, these are great looking skins. For purists they won't make a lot of sense, but for everyone else they're a big step up from the basic tools.
Now here's something a little more believable. The mesh is a salvaged ice pick, but the idea is clear: Pipes and parts from one of mankind's great achievements bound by copper wire to a nasty bit of jagged metal.
Humans have always been highly adaptable animals. If the need is to reach for the moon and stars, we build spaceships. If the need is to split your neighbor's skull open so you can take his meager stores of dried radioactive dog meat, well then we build ice picks out of spaceships
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change." --Charles Darwin
This battered large wood box by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. may once have contained humanity's last great hope for averting the apocalypse, and it contains some of our hope that the devs may yet shine some light on what happened to the world. We're happy to see it approved--now maybe we'll get some more clues!
The box looks like it contained medical or vaccine supplies, and it looks like it's taken quite a beating over the years. Were people fighting over it? Did someone try and break in? It does look like it was reinforced, which is unusual for a vaccine box. If so, why would someone withhold a possible cure from everyone else?
The final approval of the week is the Aztec Jade Hatchet by La Crampe. This artist often produces exquisitely detailed and interesting skins, and this stone hatchet is no exception. Have a look at the wood of the handle and the decorative cloth and leather wrapping round it.
It's perfect, and all features stand out sharp and clear. It's also a bit clean, but the primitive materials make that less an issue than it would be for modern artifacts.