A whopping twenty approvals this week, the week Rust officially leaves Early Access. Our favorite: The Aztec Gold Chest, by La Crampe.
A solid gold lid framed in hand carved jade--those Aztecs actually had to make something with all their shiny gold, and why not make a gold box to hold...more gold? Too bad the stuff's worthless after the Apocalypse. What are you going to do with a soft yellow metal that can't form tools or weapons?
Why, appease the gods, of course. This box has got at least five different gods on it, all in some state of panic or nervous breakdown. We're not sure what's wrong with them, but you can help by filling the box with tribute. Who knows, it may bring you luck!
By La Crampe
There's been a run of anarchy skins in the Workshop recently, and Facepunch chose to elevate LittleRanger's Freedom SAR to the ranks of the Approved. Freedom is appropriately ragged and makeshift, with cloth and wire barely keeping the weapon together long enough to strike a blow for the common man. The ammo clip's got a big, sloppy anarchy A drawn in dripping paint, and the body has a clenched fist drawn above it.
The only trouble with this gun is there's no authority to fire on, no Man to stick it to, except maybe your local large bully clan. But if you kill them all, don't you take their place? Where then, the revolution?
Here's a...brutal door by Mishka and Stonemason, behind which the most dreadful things happen, but little sound escapes. It looks like it has a heavy wooden core with layers of rebar and sheet metal reinforcement. An old window slot was covered in armor, then barred up, then armored again. No admittance, seriously!
This door would be a nice choice on many kinds of bases, except maybe role-playing shops or town buildings. Tough, ugly, and Brutal.
A boonie hat with a wide leather brim and snakeskin hatband. The front has a glorious Hell's Angel's winged skull in silver grinning out at the world, while the hatband keeps spare arrow heads and bullets at the ready. We're not sure what it all means, but it's definitely a fashion statement.
Originally named "Holy Father" in the workshop, this Python was a minor hit with the players and scored a lot of views and favorites, so Facepunch gave the gun another look and liked what they saw.
The Holy Python is a simple metal and brass combo in pleasing contrast, with tall crosses etched along the gun barrel and cylinder. There's also one more cross on the hammer which you'll see when you take aim to remind you that you're among the Righteous, and all these sinners you're shooting at deserve what they get.
Mishka released and won approval on a pair of stone age tools made from stone age materials, in this case the tooth of a giant, prehistoric "fish" that was bigger than a shipping container. The wood of the handle is wrapped in hand woven cloth and elaborately carved to make a fine, tribal style tool to see you through to metalworking.
This is the pickaxe to match the Megalodon Hatchet, and it carries a sharper, more carnivorous tooth that looks like it would really get the job done on rocks or sleeping Newman skulls. Together, their breezy creativity will help ease you through the dark night of wipe day morning, or involuntary beach holidays.
Shedmon's luxurious Phantom Revolver from back in December got approved yesterday. It's beautiful and fancy in gold and rich velvet reds, almost too pretty to be a weapon. Fine tracings cover the gun, with a lovely design on the back of the hammer you'll see just before you shoot someone, like a kiss goodnight.
Here's another furnace skin from La Crampe, this one a fired clay furnace with wrought iron ("forged iron") trimmings and a few very nice details you have to look closely at to appreciate. There's the smoothed bricks at the mouth of the furnace, a manufacturer's stamp on a brick and an ash collection plate, and finally a metal mesh side window that lights up when the furnace is in use.
La Crampe rarely produces more than one or two skins a week, strongly preferring quality over quantity. This is a very sharp furnace skin, but the artist already has two others of equal quality and creativity approved. You can see them in his workshop, and you can always buy his old skins in the Steam Market
Estavos produces a lot of violent urban street gang skins, and woe to the police up against a street gang armed with the Warhead LR-300. This gun's seen many battles, and has the scratches, dents, and makeshift repairs to prove it. Crude graffiti decorates both sides of the weapon, with a grinning shark mouth on one side, and what looks like introspective poetry on the other. A bloody bullseye graces the back of the gun below the sight, like the full stop at the end of a sentence.
Here's a full approved set from T.O.N.Y.A.E.R. and Odissey and we're here to tell you it is trash. Pure junk, but we mean that in the most complimentary way. The set is a road sign armor set which includes a kilt, coffee can helmet, and this here vest. It also includes a nifty pump shotgun using the same colors and themes as the armor.
You don't see any actual road signs on this armor, but there are metal plates and pieces of what look like refrigerator parts, bicycle chains, and sports equipment all rusted up and exquisitely detailed. Taken as a set you'll look like a player in some violent post-apocalyptic contact sport, which is in fact exactly what you are. Especially when holding the shotgun. Drop by the workshop to check out the full body photos.
And the crown jewel of the set, the Looter Leader Shotgun. A big Lucky 13 is is crimped and fastened to the stock to tempt fate, while a flattened bean can serves as the top of the barrel. There's bottle caps and soda tabs everywhere, with a cute, dead smiley face at the front of the barrel, just under the muzzle. We like that--if you can see the dead smiley face, you're not going to survive the shotgun blast.
Andrey's Elegant PIckaxe is a stylistic match to his earlier approved Duelist Revolver. The revolver is no longer for sale in the store, but you can always find old skins in the Steam community market.
The pickaxe has got an etched metal head with a ruby at the top and a fine, carved wooden handle. It's a bit...out of place for Rust, but we suppose not everything of the old world has to be in ruin or decay. That said, do you think they sell ruby pickaxes at Home Depot?
This hatchet by Zepp is an unusual mix of modern machine manufacture and metallic tribal art. There's an owl in the hatchet head, and a fire breathing dragon on the blade. A leather and metal design winds up the handle, partly covering the original rubber grip.
This is a very creative and attractive design for a tool you use throughout the game. The dragon will look great chopping wood or enemy skulls, and you'll see it every time you take a swing.
A colorful Koi fish swims through a quiet, flower strewn pond like a Yakuza tattoo, peaceful and menacing at the same time. You can imagine gangsters painting their weapons like this, vicious and languid like cats before the hunt.
Koi will turn your ugly pipe shotgun into a thing of beauty, and it will be very satisfying to blow your enemies apart with it by surprise. Patience, and the swift, sudden strike.
By Freddy and Krueger