Last week all the workshop artists seemed to go on holiday, this week we have tons of stuff, much of it quite good. Of note we have three sheet metal doors in the top ten and the Punk Star Set. Our favorite is the Submarine Metal Door, by La Crampe.
Some readers may have noticed we did not post our Weekly In-Game Skin Review last Friday. We've decided to end that weekly post in favor of focusing on our Top Ten skin pix, our Rust skin art, and to set aside time to explore making skins for other games. xtab's Rust Skin Pix will continue as usual, and we'll see you here again this time next week.
Badtrip released a three piece punk rock set this week, and it's every bit as menacing and anti-social as could be hoped. Skulls and black leather front and back, with lots of spiky metal studs and sullen punk icons. All of the pieces have skulls, but the biggest and best is on the back of the shirt, slightly sunken into the material as if drowning in black.
The set has three pieces, a pair of gloves, a pair of pants, and this here shirt. All are high quality, so visit the artist's workshop to see them all. Note the shirt and the pants are burlap.
Also note another set, the Punk Set by Relic, was released this week, so don't get them confused. The names are similar, but they are quite different in character and style.
An imposing sheet metal door by Badtrip to menace and intimidate unwelcome visitors. Though the dragon seems Asian, it doesn't look like the wise, friendly kind, so people should get the message.
It's a pretty cool dragon, and we particularly like the rusty, cloudy sheet metal background and the bumpy look and feel. But it's SO cool it's bound to attract attention, so plan accordingly.
A snarling Tiki god promises evil to any who dare enter, and it's watching you carefully. The god is made of strips of metal cast in fading blues and yellows with rusty brown highlights and welded to a sheet metal backing. It's an angry god, and its cult is probably well armed and prone to sudden acts of extreme and unspeakable violence. No solicitors, please.
Although the Tiki / Aztec meme is definitely past its expiration date, we cannot turn our back on quality, and this door is just fantastic. We like how the god is built of metal strips, and we really like the way the color scheme uses the metal rust as a highlight. Great work by Brajkula!
Our third sheet metal door this week is La Crampe's Submarine Metal Door. The heavy welds and rivets around the edges are strong, the metal thick, and the construction solid. It's a comfort to think that this powerful door, which once held back the crushing violence of the vast and pitiless depths now holds back the crushing violence of the vast hordes of pitiless savages who surround you.
We love the institutional colors and heavy, realistic corrosion all over the door. This skin could not possibly get any Rustier. Oh, and no, you can't see through the little window.
The Afterburn MP5 is a continuation of Madroce's Afterburn series, begun last week with the Afterburn SAR. We have to admit we weren't a big fan of the SAR, but the MP5 really makes the grade, probably on account of the larger surface area.
The gun sports a heavily faded green and orange color scheme with mix and match metal textures, cracks, and ground-in dirt. Racing checks, flame warnings, and an Oxum's logo complete the picture. The gunsmith-savage who successfully assembled this Frankenstein is to be commended.
And now for something completely different--A purple bunny hoodie by new Rust Workshop artist Pear. It is a heavy hoodie in unfashionable purple with a pair of rabbit's ears in the back, and a cute bunny face on the hood. The ears are laid over a small pack with a cartoonish hand grenade stitched into it, just like school children everywhere take to school every day.
Well, maybe not. Kids, best not take your hand grenade bunny pack to school--administration reaction may be unpredictable and unwelcoming; emergency services may be summoned.
While modern schools may not appreciate depictions of grenades, knives, and other implements of destruction, we certainly do, and we're confident the rest of the Rust community does as well, even if it comes with a purple bunny rabbit. So welcome, Pear, to the Rust Workshop Community.
Freddy continues his popular X-Ray series this week, still in search of an approval. This time it's a pump shotgun with a very rough metal barrel and the series' signature gamma beast. For those unfamiliar, the Beast is some kind of mutated animal or alien monster with a skeletal body, severe overbite, and bad attitude.
The Beast is painted on to the body of the gun with glow in the dark paint so radioactive it'll give you cancer just thinking about it, but Rust lifespans are measured in hours, so don't worry. The bright blue drawing in daylight changes to a vivid electric blue at night, a beautiful and startling effect guaranteed to draw fire from across the map. Dress accordingly.
LittleRanger released two metal tools for the modern Iron Age, the Fenrir Hatchet and Pick axe. Fenrir was a monstrous wolf, the ultimate big bad wolf, really, raised by the Norse gods for reasons only gods can fathom. The god Tyr was the only one who dared approach and feed the beast, and got his hand bit off for his trouble. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!.
The tool set features a stylized version of the ungrateful wolf, silver and snarling against a black iron background. There's a Viking knot at the back of the blade, and the haft is sanded dark wood with tiny runes carved near the top. There's tons of sharp and interesting details on both the hatchet and pick axe. If you want to see the pick axe, visit the artist's workshop and have a look!
Gates of Hell? Surely the Devil can think of something more frightening than a dessicated old goat skull and a handful of chicken bones. We've seen scarier stuff at Disneyland. And no wooden door in Rust is a gate to Hell unless it's on a trap base. More like a gate to poverty, or a room with two small wooden boxes and a handful of pumpkin seeds.
But we're here looking at art, not names. The door is a bit creepy, with its bones and skull and worn metal fittings. The back is a bit more pleasant but features some goat carvings in the corners, which isn't something "nice" people put on a door. As a whole, the door is appealing and unsettling at the same time, with equal attention to luxurious trappings and cultish ornamentation alike.
By Milho Frito
This large wooden box goes with the Gates of Hell wooden door and seems to represent the beginning of a new series by Milho Frito. It's a bit more ominous than the door, looking like the box your wicked stepmother warned you never to open, knowing full well you'll take a peek one day.
The box is demonic without grotesquerie, subtly sinister yet alluring, a silent dare. Beautiful work on the scratched wood, the metal fittings, and the reptile scales along the sides. Lots of fine detail here.