Key people were away from work at Facepunch last week, so there were no new skins added to the store last Friday. Figuring their skins wouldn't be noticed or approved during the lull, workshop artists also took some time off, so we had a very light week on the workshop. Finally, we're taking time off around here, too, so there will be no video this week. Just seven skins struck us as strong enough for the Top Ten, so...here's the top seven for you.
Fortunately, they're very, very good! Best skin: Dragon Cave Furnace, by TonyaeR and Odissey.
Although there weren’t a lot of submissions to the Workshop this week, we do have the spectacular Dragon Cave furnace by TonyaeR and Odissey. A matched pair of metal dragons belch fire at the furnace mouth, eyes a-flaming glow with their bodies wrapping around the back side of the furnace. They rest against a burgundy background with bronze fittings, and all this sits atop hand made clay bricks at the base. It’s elegant and fierce, just the thing for a high stone castle on a lonely mountain peak.
Another excellent skin by Vitalik, the name pretty much says it all. It’s a metal chestplate for the crazy-brave with a target riveted on front and back. The construction looks like a large metal plate cushioned with tire rubber to make the armor, while four separate, concentric rings of metal form the target. They’re uneven and scuffed-up, but a lack of dents suggest they’ve never been hit by a bullet.
But don’t worry—if you wear this, we’re pretty sure your armor will face the test. Be sure and carry lots of meds.
A tough, heavy bedroll that looks like something you’d see in a WW2 movie, or maybe M.A.S.H. It’s nylon and leather and a hodgepodge of other materials, like pieces of gas mask sewn into the pillow. A pair of leather belts run horizontally across the top as though the bag was part of an emergency supply drop.
There’s also the first aid words and logo on top of the bag that we don’t think quite fits. Usually there would be an army or aid agency logo. Sleeping bags aren’t first aid. But that negative detail aside, this is a very strong, very high quality, and interesting skin.
By TonyaeR and Odissey
Badaxe continued his baroque Victoria line of weapons this week with this luxurious crossbow. A mildly tarnished copper and brass alloy against a black iron background provide highlights Queen Victoria would surely have approved of, especially since her name is carved into the side. The Victoria series’ trademark mother-of-pearl inlay can be seen on the grip and shoulder brace.
There are now three weapons in this series, an SAP and an approved AK which has strong interest in the workshop and store. We like the AK and the SAP, but we feel this crossbow is the strongest of the three since the baroque, noble style fits the weapon so well.
Speaking of baroque, La_Crampe follows suit with the Blood Diamond Python, a fancy black and gold python studded in rubies that would have made king Louis XIV proud, if they had pythons back in his day. It’s the kind of thing a professional gambler with debt problems might carry around in case he runs into any old acquaintances or disaffected poker buddies. Always look like you’re loaded with cash, even and especially when you’re stone cold broke.
Here’s a simple sheet metal door by Relic and Porter that we think really hits the spot for Rust. The surface of the door is different pieces of corrugated sheet metal that combine to form a baleful rusty red skull. It’s exactly what you’d expect to see on some outback bandit base—nothing fancy, just an evil-looking skull painted on a shotgun shack door.
Creative work on the skull and the mismatched metal plates. We also like seeing the underlying wood planks peaking out at the bottom of the door.
Another beast gun by MaryJane420 and Badaxe, this one the Brass Lion AK, featuring a…brass lion on the body. It’s mean and strong and ferocious enough, with a tiny ruby eye and big, big teeth. The lion stands out against a greenish metal background that seems rich at first glance, but on closer inspection looks almost like metal foil or a bad plating job.
This doesn’t make the gun look bad at all, but rather cheap yet interesting, especially where the metal stands in contrast to the rubber in the grip and shoulder brace. Note the lion is only on one side of the gun.