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.


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.