A lot of good skins this week, especially doors. Doors offer a nice, big canvas to paint on, and they make a huge difference to base aesthetics, but not all of them are going to be approved. Nevertheless, here are the four best doors we could find. Our favorite this week: The Ritual Face Mask, by Mishka and Stonemason.
Andrey, Estavos, and Hatson collaborated on this fine matched pick axe and metal hatchet set we feature today. The tools have got hand worked leather, dark wood handles, and bands of what looks like rattlesnake skin near the top and bottom of the handle. Though the blades are mildly worn and tarnished, the tools are handsome and well made. Drop by any of the three artists' workshops to see the hatchet, and a lot more!
Next up we have the Northern Forester set by Mishka and Sfonsper. It's rugged, cold weather clothing, real mountain man stuff--you can practically smell it through your monitor. Both the hoodie and the pants look to be pre-apocalypse manufacture, but leather straps and patches have since been added.
The pants feature a couple of leather patches above the knee and a prominent fanny pack / cod piece that's bound to draw plenty of commentary from your fellow players.
This metal face mask has a deceptive wood appearance, with a leather cap and crude, caveman finger paint on the face and forehead. It's not a friendly face by any means, and is the sort of thing you find staring down at you in silence as you struggle with your bonds. Pray what comes next is quick.
We love the quality here, and find the mask Rusty, primal, and savage, a perfect fit for the game. Although the mask looks like it may belong to the Northern Forester set, it does not. It's a collaboration between Mishka and Stonemason, and stands alone.
Here's a tough looking wooden door for your personal castle, reinforced with metal studs and braces in the front, and a wooden crossbar in the back. A simple pattern in blue paint marks the front, and the door looks like it's been through a lot.
Unfortunately it's just a wood door. Though it may have survived fire, flood and siege, modern explosives will blow it down in seconds. These doors are good when you're just starting your base and need something to keep out the wolves while you smelt up some metal frags. Just don't rely on it for long.
Named for the roving bands of masterless samurai who plagued feudal Japan, Ronin is a quick, hard hitting tool of destruction on the cheap. The crossbow sports a braided design hung in red cloth, once luxurious but now a bit down at the heels.
It's got its share of dirt and tarnish, but the weapon is not beyond redemption, much like the ronin of its name--taken in and polished up, it will provide a lifetime of service.
Another beautiful sheet metal door by Vitalik, the Artist's Door looks like the continuation of last week's Blacksmith Door, a similarly fine wrought iron door straight out of a hardware store circa 1974.
This door's got similar features--a pleasing wrought iron pattern in outdoor shades and hues like you might see on a garden gate or backyard patio. The frumpy paint conceals decades of dirt and rust, but will do more to brighten up your grubby man-cave than just about any other skin you could buy.
The spirit of Salvador Dali haunts the Workshop these days, mostly flitting about Shedmon's shop, whispering in his ear and guiding his hand. Shedmon's work ranges from hopelessly weird to divinely inspired, and we are blessed today by the Gods and the Muses.
At first glance, this looks like a metal door with a skeleton strapped to the front with chains, but on closer inspection you'll see the skeleton is metallic and riveted to the door like a steel crucifixion. The arms are crossed in front of the body with fingers pointing in either direction as if to say you'll find nothing good behind this door.
Very creative. We think the door behind the skeleton could have used a little more detail, but that's just a quibble. If you're looking for attention, hang the Wrong Way door outside your base.
Our fourth door this week is Alive God by Jesin. It's a bit similar to some of the Aztec and Tiki skins we've been seeing recently, but in more of a native North American direction...or maybe a Tibetan one. We see elements from both, but either way you go it's tribal and spiritual and all that kind of stuff.
Golden spikes or teeth will make raiders question just what kind of spirits lurk within, but we fear the richly decorated door may draw them in. Plan your traps accordingly.
And now for something completely different, Badtrip presents the DoDo Hatchet, slightly reptilian stone DoDo bird head on a stick. It's got a tough beak and an enigmatic Mona Lisa smile, like it's got a secret and the joke's on you.
While you won't keep it forever, this stone hatchet's got enough soul to help see you through your wipe or beach reset back to the metal tool fast lane.
An emergency sleeping bag in the colors and materials we all identify as "survival", this bag made it through the apocalypse filthy but intact. It's clearly pre-apocalypse manufacture, with the mysterious word Pandora running down the middle.
Maybe whoever first opened these emergency supplies ought to have thought twice. This bag is paired with the Pandora large wooden chest, and we all know what happened when that box got opened, so watch out. If you want to see the companion box, drop by Estavos' workshop for look.