The reawakening of the Rust Store brought more artist skins into the workshop this week, but we're still not up to full strength. Eight skins for the top ten, and the best is the Heavenly Legion Door, by Mishka and MDemon.
The second in TonyaeR and Odissey’s excellent series of Geartooth weapon skins, this SAR shares the color scheme and racing theme of the Geartooth double barrel shotgun with a mix of its own unique and menacing embellishments. It’s got skulls, of course, and flying death-heads, crude stitches, and lots of helpful arrows to remind users from which end bullets emerge.
The blend of racing, biker gang, and survivalist motifs muddy the theme somewhat, but we cannot deny the Geartooth SAR is a fighting mean and Rusty gun, bringing with it the high quality and attention to detail we’ve come to expect from these two talented artists.
Mishka and MDemon also continued their own popular, approved Heavenly Legion Set this week with a Heavenly sheet metal door and box. The theme is bohemian suns and stars in gold against a blue and white background. Angelic faces gaze serenely outward, untouched by and unconcerned with the earthly suffering beneath them.
The door is artfully aged and will look great on just about any base, and we think the box is just as good as the door. The Heavenly Legion armor set is currently for sale on the Rust Store, and you can see it together with the box in the artists’ workshop.
Another ferocious beast-gun by MaryJane420 and Badaxe, this one a big, mean metallic dragon. There’s nothing conversational or cat-playful about this dragon, just scales, teeth and appetite. The rest of the gun is as direct as the beast, a rip-roaring killing machine hungry for battle.
Though the colors are spare, the flat workshop icon doesn’t do the look and feel of the in-game gun justice. The dragon really stands out in the game, very 3D. Pop into the Rust client workshop and have a look at the gun to see what we mean.
The TonyaeR and Odissey team also extended their approved gravel stone idea from earlier this month, producing a stone hatchet and pick axe set with fine sanded wood handles bound in studded leather. The style seems old world but practical, with good craftsmanship and quality.
The pick axe blade is some kind of sharpened crystal that we very much doubt would last five minutes in the real world but works well in a video game, and the stone hatchet blade is even more doubtful as it’s just a pebble conglomerate in a loose concrete blob. But stone tools don’t last very long in the game, so maybe it’s not that unrealistic.
We like the pick axe better than the hatchet, but both skins are pretty good. Drop by the artists’ workshop to get a look at the hatchet.
A sleeping bag made to look like a body bag or very large police evidence bag. It’s watertight black plastic wrapped in yellow police line tape with a long, heavy zipper running down the middle.. Some spots are stretched, like in the bottom left corner, while other areas are loose, giving the bag a highly realistic and used appearance.
We wouldn’t be caught dead using one of these (har-har) bags, but we’re confident the idea will appeal to lots of players in the game. A box of skulls and some body bags in front of an enemy base makes for a potent threat.
A Road sign armor and coffee can helmet set by LittleRanger composed of metal scraps and what look to be zombie-lab signs and symbols. There’s a yellow bio hazard sign front and center that’s not quite right, red emergency directional arrows, and a plate with a ghostly, faded skull on it that’s kind of hard to see. Colors and materials are well matched, and the three set pieces work well together.
The kilt / pants also feature a poison warning but the coffee can helmet just focuses on that weird bio hazard symbol. It’s not a super creative set—just strong quality and aesthetics.
Once a truck door for a travelling circus act, now the loot room door for your local clan base. Evil looking clowns promise cheap tricks and base humor, while a ferocious tiger offers a surly snarl.
We like the tiger’s hat quite a bit, and the rust and dirt streaking the door are about perfect for the game. The door can make just about any base simultaneously more colorful and more run-down, with the sinister circus overtones lending an air of darkness and unease.
RavN released the hoodie and pants for this set two weeks ago, and this week released the gloves and boots. We didn’t previously include the hoodie and pants in the Top Ten, but looking at the whole set together now we must admit it looks pretty good. Lots of small details, a cohesive design and an interesting camo pattern make this the kind of set all you bush creeps and door campers love to wear, especially in a desert environment near sunset.
The gloves in particular are well detailed, which is much more important than it used to be now that you can see your own gloved hands in the game.