Acrobat Ghost Skin

One last Circus contest skin before the results.  This is the last one, I promise!  There are so many great entries that it is tough not to review them.  User and chat moderator eliya194 of PlanetMinecraft has created a skin of a ghost of an acrobat who has a tragic backstory full of hopes, dreams, and fiery death.

 

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I am not going to review this skin in the context of the contest.  In fact, I’m not even going to elaborate on the rather excellent backstory, though you can of course go check it out for yourself.  I don’t feel that it is a great contender for the contest, though I do think it appropriately fits the theme and meets the requirements.

 

Instead, let us focus on how awesomely creepy this skin is.  There have been plenty of “ghost” skins in the past, but this one is my new favorite – and it is just in time for October, the month of all things delightfully dark!

 

I especially appreciate the fact that eliya used a variety of tactics to let us know that this poor acrobat is in fact a ghost:

 

  1. Gray skin.  Not just pale, not just discolored, but a pale gray.  The flesh looks discolored and perhaps like it has been rotting for a little while, though without any visible signs of complete decay.

  2. Torn clothes.  This acrobat possibly fell into a pit of lions, or perhaps just got caught on an unlucky wire while falling.

  3. Black eyes.  A no-brainer!  What ghost doesn’t have hollow, soul-piercing eyes?

  4. Pale lips.  It is a very subtle detail, but if you look closely, her lips have turned blue.

 

There is one question on my mind, though: where is the wound?  If she is a ghost, she clearly must have died.  Perhaps an internal fracture?  Also, I am not entirely sure what the blue shape on the back of her head is.

 

Shading for this skin is, admittedly, not mindblowing.  It is decent – the chest, stomach, and legs are fairly well shaded for the most part, though the hair could use some work, and the arms are a bit flat.

 

Nonetheless, I love this skin.  Maybe the lack of detail in some areas improves upon how ghastly it feels.  I award the acrobat ghost seven out of ten unfortunate events.

 

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.

 

Okay, I am sticking to my word – no more Circus skins until the results are in.  Let’s shift gears a little – do you have an October or Halloween skin yet?  If so, post a link to it in the comments below!

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