This was a great week in the Rust Workshop, with tons of high quality skins vying for attention. And though many deserved a spot on the blog, we could only choose ten. Our favorite: The Medieval Fresco Furnace, by Es'Kophan
In addition to the top ten, I'll be doing a weekly video showing off all the Top Ten skins in the game environment. Unfortunately, this week I did some of the video before the blog and ran out of time to finish before I had to post, so the video shows the Eye of Isis AK instead of the Slaughter Python and the Outlaws set. I'll have my act together next week--promise! You can watch the video here.
First up and top on our list is the creative and astonishing Medieval Fresco Furnace by Es'Kophan. It's a whitewashed furnace painted on one side with flat medieval characters trying to kill a bear, while the other side depicts a prone and helpless solo player begging for help from a rabbit. The whitewash carelessly extends into the lower clay brick portion of the furnace, which heightens the somewhat primitive feel of the work.
The pictures are a bit weird, but so were many pre-renaissance paintings and drawings, and we cannot fault these for quality or creativity. Perfect for a castle base or role-playing environments.
And here's another fancy furnace for you, this one by TonyaeR and Odissey. It's a standard clay furnace reworked into something a bit more upscale in a rustic sort of way, all clad in wood paneling like a barrel, and ringed in fine wrought iron fittings.
The wood and iron veneer is timeless, and could fit in pretty much any historical age, pre or post apocalyptic with ease. Use it to heat your hovel, or provide a touch of warmth and comfort in this cold and unforgiving land.
An odd name for a colorful and creative mask by our resident High Priest of Weirdness, Shedmon. Which detail, exactly, was unnecessary? The hammered metal teeth? The cracks in the paint, or one of the mad and varied colors applied haphazardly across the face? How about the thick wires binding it all together, or the tiny flattened nail heads?
We'll probably never find out, but we do find the mask interesting, creative, and appealing.
Rowboats and speedboats are now available in the game, so Mishka and Sfonsper made this timely set of sea-going clothes for all you aspiring sailors and (let's face it) pirates. It's a waterproof two piece set (three if you include the gloves) of pants and this here hoodie. The hoodie's got a striped sailor's undershirt with an artificial fiber windbreaker on top, and a few pockets, tags and anchor emblems to reinforce the grizzled fisherman look.
The waterproof material on both the pants and the hoodie is very well executed and highly realistic in the game, almost photo realistic. We're not quite sure how this effect was achieved, and frankly, we're a bit envious. This set will look great whether you're in a boat, in the water, or huddling on some wretched iceberg off the coast, out of sight from mainland marauders.
And just as we have new boats to play with, we now also have new hostile aircraft to shoot down. You'd think that after losing so many Chinooks over this incredibly well-armed island of psychopathic killers the crews would be more careful, but no. Some people never learn. You'd also think there would be survivors in some of these crashes, survivors who could be questioned, but no luck yet.
While the Chinooks provide no answers, they do provide plenty of supplies and spare parts, like this tough fuselage door by TonyaeR and Odissey. The artists tried to preserve the look of the aircraft while still fitting the form of the sheet metal door mesh. As with all work from these two, details are plentiful and flaws are few.
Here's another savage and cruel implement of destruction that's also pretty handy chopping wood for the fireplace or...whatever else that may need chopping. The handle's a rough, dark wood wrapped in mysterious spirit leather and fitted with a fine rubberized grip you can pick up at your local hardware store for a $1.99, while the blade is some kind of soft stone painted with a hint of demonic smile. A single black bead in the center of the blade completes the illusion, and forms the eye of the beast.
There is a pickaxe that goes with this hatchet, but we didn't find it anywhere near as appealing, nor did we think it matched the hatchet very well. You can see them both at LittleRanger's workshop, along with tons more high quality, approved skins.
As you can see, it just takes one nuclear bomb to ruin your whole day, and a nuclear plant meltdown can really bring down local rental values. Clearly, radiation is useful, but it's not for everyone.
Estavos intended this door to look like it was originally a wood door upgraded to sheet metal, and then painted over Urban style, camouflage for a tough neighborhood. We think it looks great and makes a near perfect fit for just about any place in the game, but it's possible some newbie players may mistake it for a wooden door.
Teslapunk Hammer is the second amazing skin from Es'Kophan on the top ten this week, and the difference between the two illustrates the flexible creative strength of the artist. The hammer is your standard salvaged hammer, with the handle wrapped in electrical tape and wire and with the head replaced with a pair of tightly wound copper coils. The back of the hammer head has an electrical or magnetic gauge, and you'll see it when you swing at something.
What all this wiring is supposed to achieve is unclear, but we figure it is destructive in nature. Interestingly, the workshop image shows the hammer against a newspaper background with stories about the hammer. While we think the Teslapunk Hammer is a first rate creative skin, the presentation of the skin is probably the best we've ever seen. You can drop by the artist's workshop for a close look at both the hammer and the newspaper.
La Crampe produces some of the most consistently high quality skins in the Workshop, and the Outlaws Set is no exception. It's a rough, homespun mish-mash of materials and over the top, hyper masculine biker symbols and accessories, like metal skull shoulder pads, studded leather bracers, club logos and a barbed wire necklace.
All of this is well executed except the necklace, which we think looks rather flat against the inner shirt Just as well--nobody is crazy enough to wear such a thing, no matter what they're high on, so we'd just interpret it as metal wire sewed into the shirt.
We also note the workshop image does not do the skin justice. There are much better pictures on the workshop page, and you can get a look at the pants that go with the hoodie there as well.
Last is the charming new Slaughter Python, first in what looks to be a new series of Slaughter weapons by Milho Frito. The gun is a non-creative but very finely made Python revolver, all steel and brass with a handsome red leather pistol grip. Rust levels are low but wear is still visible, especially around the trigger guard.
There's nothing particularly unusual about this skin, but strong quality and obsessive attention to small details will always be valuable contributions to the workshop.