Though a fairly old skin, Captain Seighter the Skeleton Pirate by ScarletBox is easily the best skeleton skin I have encountered in my time playing Minecraft. It was created for the Under the Sea contest a couple of years ago, placing fifth with a final score of 134.
The Captain has a compelling story detailing his epic battles during life and curiosity for adorable sea-creatures after death. Basically, it is summed up thusly:
Ezterno (his first name) was the leader of a great and nearly invincible pirate group. He was defeated by “the good guys” and wandered the sea for fifty years until he found his skeleton. With the help of some affectionate sea-creatures, he was able to gain full use of his body when he took it over despite the serious damage it had taken. Now he wanders the sea in search of a worthy opponent.
Behind Captain Ezterno Seighter is an interesting concept and well thought-out approach to the theme of the contest. He symbolizes all aspects of the deep waters; the ecology, the life itself, the social construct of pirates and naval combat, the various colors of the sea, and of course mystery and death, two concepts largely associated with what lies in the unknown depths.
My final verdict on this skin is: it blows my mind. Its concept is so incredibly deep, and its shading is absolutely flawless. Plus, the level of detail is just perfect. My only complaint is that it didn’t place higher in the contest!
ScarletBox is awarded ten out of ten Skeleton Keys, and Captain Ezterno Seighter is awarded ten out of ten improvised limbs. Hats off to both of you!
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.
Which was your favorite skin in the Under the Sea contest? It has long since come and gone, but nonetheless produced some of my favorite skins. Feel free to browse through them here, then post yours in the comments section!