One thing I have always wished Minecraft could include was character classes. I know there are some mods and servers (such as WynnCraft) that accomplish something sort of like a class system, but inherent customization would be nice. WonderCat’s Archer Thing skin can at least let me pretend I have a specific class, while looking awesome at the same time.
This reference may be lost on many of you, but this skin reminds me a lot of Meliadoul from Final Fantasy Tactics. Meliadoul is one of my favorite characters, and as such, this skin instantly became a favorite for me.
In terms of shading, this skin is almost flawless. The only part I have an issue with is her back – it looks mostly accurate, but I am not sure how I feel about the intermittent highlights on each section (torso, legs, feet).
On the subject of her cape, however, allow me to point out that this is one of the very few cases where continuing a long garment down the back of a character actually looks decent. It is believable because cloaks often do split at the bottom.
The problem still remains that the cloak wouldn’t stick to the character’s leg – but, as always, this is a limitation of the model. WonderCat did an excellent job with what she had to work with.
Finally, I should mention that this skin was created for a contest. The contest is hosted by Oblivion_Gamer, and is a series of skin challenges based on the RPG themes of the WynnCraft server (which features four typical RPG classes, as mentioned above). Information about it can be found here.
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:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
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.
What class do you usually play in games that feature a class system? I tend to excel at fighter and mage classes, but rogue/assassin types are my favorite in terms of playstyle (generally). Leave your answer in the comments!