The Blue Knight Skin

HazelOrb continues the line of Castle Crasher knights with the Blue Knight skin.  This is not a simple recolor, but rather is made from scratch using the Blue Knight as a reference.

 

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The characters from this game translate exceptionally well to Minecraft’s visuals, so I am in full support of having all of the Knights turned into skins.  Hazel did just as great of a job with this skin as the last.  It is immediately recognizable as the character it is meant to represent:

 

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As before, Hazel exhibits a masterful control over the skinning process with great shading and no wasted pixels.  As an artist myself, it is in my blood to critique; try as I may, however, I simply cannot find anything negative about this skin.  I award Hazel ten out of ten crashed castles.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Series of skins tend to do well on Planet Minecraft.  Notable examples in the past include League of Legends skin packs and Naruto series.  What series is your favorite?

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