Eight solid skins for you this week, from humble garage doors to fully automatic assault rifles. Best skin: The Bandit Garage Door, by La Crampe.
A black skull against a red background rides on wings of death straight at the viewer in unmistakable threat—No SOLICITORS, please. The rusty, salvaged metal and overall shabby condition of the door only serve to reinforce the image of an armed and pitiless band of desperadoes who will not hesitate to take everything you’ve got, and everything you’re ever going to have.
We could not ask for a Rustier door than this, with its scrap metal, chains, patches and ragged welds. Creatively strong and superb quality.
By La Crampe
Another splashy BFS gun, this time with a large crocodile in mid-lunge, jaws straining for the unwary prey that ventured too close. The upper jaw runs down the body while the lower jaw of the monster extends down the ammo clip a bit, strands of water and drool between. The rest of the gun is all swamp green cloth and crocodile leather.
Should it win approval, we think Lurk will be popular—Rust players like man-eating beasts. Nice drawing and solid work on the rest of the gun, but we do note there was little attention to the top and back of the gun, which you see whenever you take aim.
Just about every player in this game is a lumberjack, and that’s O.K. (sorry!) The door’s a sawmill and scrap metal masterpiece, with corrugated tin backing, rusting machine parts, and a wide variety of blades and saws that would be great to actually have in the game. Who uses a hatchet to chop down a tree, besides desperate survivors on radioactive, post-apocalyptic islands?
As a collection of metal junk bolted together to help keep out a hostile world, the door looks sturdy enough. It’s also caked in dirt and rust, which we like, and features the careful attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Vitalik.
Is it just us, or is this dragon yawning? It’s printed onto a sleeping bag, after all—could be a bedtime dragon. Sleeping or not, best to just keep your distance and hope it’s not very hungry.
The bag itself is clearly of pre-apocalyptic manufacture, looking like an expensive silk screening job on nylon or some other artificial material. Time and global catastrophe have not been kind, and the bag shows lots of wear in the background.
Note this bag is a follow-up skin of the approved BFS Golden Drake AK from a few months back.
Also continuing a successful series, Jesin added this hammer and an AK to the workshop this week, making four solid skins in his Trophy Pirate series. It’s a pirate theme with a skull and tentacle thing going on, a little bit like Cthulhu or a monster from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The hammer’s got a nice wood finish, with two metal bands and a wrapped pirate flag grip, which you generally won’t see since it’s covered by your hand. But you will certainly see the handsome brass skull and tentacles attached to the side of the hammer every time you put the tool to use. Given how often you need to use a hammer in this game, it’s a good skinning choice.
And this is the AK Jesin released with the hammer. It’s much more elaborate than the hammer, of course, with brass and steel fittings against a fine wood background. A cheery pirate flag is wrapped around the ammo clip, and the brass skull-tentacle thing is simultaneously worn, rusty, and beautiful.
We note the AK and the hammer are working with a different color scheme than the trophy pirate door and box from last month, and the skulls and tentacles are a bit different, too. But the match is close enough, and together the four skins would be perfect for the game’s new attention to watercraft and water bases.
It’s been a little while since we last saw a nice graffiti / urban set, so we were pretty happy to see the Vandal set show up in the workshop this week. It’s the usual vest, kilt, and coffee can helmet trio, and each piece is well matched to the whole. The art’s a soft mix of cartoony monsters displaying a variety of emotions and drug addled expressions. Some are angry, other sick, and still others are rolling their eyes, biting each other, or just freaking out.
It’s pretty happy and colorful for battle armor, all the better to troll and enrage your victims with. Just remember they’ll see you coming from a mile away, so stay alert. If you want to see the whole set, be sure and drop by the artists workshop for a look.
By Relic and Porter
Finally we have an unusually straight up, non-grotesque skin from Shedmon, a brightly colored and highly Rusty sheet metal door that gives no clues as to what lays behind it. The door’s a good match for just about any base in the game, having clearly come from the depths of one of the radioactive monuments that dot the island. Whatever it was protecting is lost to time, but Shedmon couldn’t help but give the door the suggestive “TESTroom” name. Testing what, exactly?