Apparatchik's Apparel

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The Heavy after wearing his new shirt

The Apparatchik's Apparel is a community-created cosmetic item item for the Heavy. It is a long-sleeved shirt with rolled up sleeves, which replaces the Heavy's default shirt.

This cosmetic item has four styles, each one applying a different pattern to the shirt. The default style, "Outdoorsmen", applies a checker pattern. The second style, "Blood Bin", replaces the default pattern with a horizontal stripe pattern. "Investor", the third style, applies a vertical stripe pattern, and the fourth, aptly named "J.R. Gyle", applies an argyle pattern.

The Apparatchik's Apparel was originally contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name "Lumberjack Shirt".


Main article: Styles
Apparatchik's Apparel Outdoorsmen.png
Apparatchik's Apparel Blood Bin.png
Apparatchik's Apparel Investor.png
Apparatchik's Apparel J.R. Gyle.png
Outdoorsmen Blood Bin Investor J.R. Gyle

Update history

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • The Apparatchik's Apparel was added to the game.

June 28, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Apparatchik's Apparel was added to the drop system.

July 11, 2012 Patch

August 3, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added 'Arm Tattoos' equip region.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed 'Scout or Heavy Shirt' equip region and added 'Shirt' equip region.

June 11, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed several cosmetic items not cloaking properly for the Spy.

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

Unused content

  • This item is set up for paint to be applied, but the ability is turned off.


  • "Apparatchik" is the Russian word for an operator of a mechanical device ("apparat"), as well as slang for a Communist bureaucrat or agent. [1]
  • The J.R. Gyle style is a pun on "argyle", a pattern typically made up of criss-crossing diamonds.
  • In Rugby, the Blood Bin is a temporary substitution for a visibly-bleeding player who must leave the field of play for first-aid treatment.



  1. Apparatchik on Wikipedia