Another week, another ten. This week, we think the Lone Wolf Crossbow by szINFERNO is the top skin of a good lot.
First up we have the Blacksmith set by Nevil112 and Relic. At the moment it consists of a burlap shirt and pants, but we're sure approval will be quickly followed by accessories like gloves and boots.
The shirt is a tough-looking burlap shirt with rigid leather plates that reminds us more of a highway bandit than a blacksmith, and we figure that's pretty much who would be wearing the set if it wins approval,, since far more people are bandits in this game than blacksmiths. The pants match the shirt with more armored plates and some padding along the inner legs.
Both shirt and pants are stylish and technically solid. Drop by their workshops and check it out to see the set as a whole.
The name alone almost makes this skin worthy of approval, but fortunately it's also got mojo. It's a piece of metal pipe with what looks to be a plastic rib cage wrapped around it--someone must have found a toy Halloween skeleton in an ancient Crackerjacks box. It's also got a bird skull tied to the blade and a bloody red hand print on the handle, under the plastic skeleton rib cage. We like the red hand print.
Although all this is quite terrifying, we cannot find any shrunken heads or desiccated cat's feet tied to the pick. Perhaps in a future hatchet or hoodie?
First--we just want to get this out of the way--a wood hatchet is going to last about 10 minutes chopping trees, even if it has a nice metal edge to it. But this is a video game, so no problem.
Beyond that, this tool is something of a mystery. After having contacted Fred the Dog and asking him point blank what the image on the blade is, he replied that he couldn't really say and it is a bit of a Rorschach test..People had to make up their own minds.
Challenge accepted! Our guesses:
1) The current President of the U.S.A.
2) A self-portrait
3) One of Garrry's avatars
4) A drooling Chihuahua
We're sure you'll have your own ideas. Besides the test, we find the hatchet to be pretty good quality, and particularly like the metal framing the wood blade The electrical tape looks good from some angles, and a touch flat from others.
We don't know about you. but we prefer to let our enemies bleed out for awhile, forlornly hoping for rescue or perhaps to get back on their feet and for us not to notice. We like that it is possible to get back up after you've been downed. It gives hope, and it is hope that keeps people from typing "Kill" in the console, and it is hope that keeps our enemies writhing sweetly at our feet.
Little Ranger, however, seems to be of the "blow their damn heads off" school of thought. Quick Death, and all. Little Ranger gives 'em both barrels and starts looting without rubbing salt in the wound. Us, we thing you gotta stop and smell the roses.
While we cannot approve of the message, we cannot fault Quick Death for ambition or skill. The barrels look to be reinforced with muffler mesh, the grip wrapped in old leather, and the whole thing as scratched and faded as could be hoped for. There's a lot more like it in the artist's workshop--drop by and have a look!
This grim sheet metal door by Vitalik is the sort of thing you see on the backs of abandoned, boarded up shops, car repo lots, and certain kinds of lowlife nightclubs. You all know the type, don't deny it.
Which makes it a perfect fit for Rust. Filthy reinforced sheet metal plating, some functionally useless but psychologically distressing rusty barbed wire, and a bloody hand print near the door handle. Strong detail, strong execution.
A new, high quality revolver skin by DeltaP42, Gambler's Debt sports a flashy, high-contrast paint job in red and black, with playing card suit symbols drawn on the cylinder. Curiously, there's a prominent tic-tac-toe board on the side near the firing pin--not sure what that has to do with gambling but it seems to fit with the theme, so it's all good. The cloth wrapping the grip appears to be a gambler's gray suit material, which is a nice touch.
This creepy black and gunmetal silver assault rifle by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R features a big, toothy...um...we don't know what, with a scaly tale that runs all the way down the shoulder brace. The creature's head is embossed in the metal of the rifle body, while the tale scales are artfully embedded in the wood of the brace. Wood and metal both are skillfully aged and textured.
Very dark skins like this one are not flashy in battle, but they are interesting to look at during quieter times in the game. If you're less into terrorizing your enemies than impressing your clan mates an artful skin like this may be for you.
Following the Reptile we have the Woodman by T.O.N.Y.A.E.R, a fine hatchet you might see hanging on the wall of a wealthy gentleman's country club, if, that is, they were into death and skulls as much as the average Rusty player.
It's got a polished hardwood handle with dirty red leather grips and a stylized skull riveted to the blade. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but it does look good, and helps give your clan an aura of respectability, if you can imagine such a thing.
szINFERNO really knocked the ball out of the park this week with the Lone Wolf Crossbow, all dark wood, and crosshatched metal with a stylized wolf etched into the body, red eye ablaze. It's a handsome, flashy weapon tailor made for those who hunt alone.
Besides the wolf itself, work on the shoulder brace is particularly sharp, and though the metalwork would be a bit beyond your average irradiated cannibalistic survivor, it is still dirty and old enough to fit well in the game.
Finally, we have the Deadman Door, a collaborative effort by Andrey, Estavos, and RavN. The door is a study in corrosion and rust, so far gone you'd be tempted to think you could just kick it in yourself--but you'd be wrong. This is a video game, and the door is exactly as strong as every other sheet metal door in the game. At least until someone blows it off its hinges.
Although the door has the aesthetic appeal of a rotten turnip, that's an achievement. The door is junk, scrap, a waste, and pure Rust. We hope to see it in the game soon!