Creeper Hunter Skin

Allow me to introduce you to an underdog in the skinning community.  Most of my skin reviews feature established skinners who produce fantastic content regularly and already have a huge fan base – so it is my pleasure to promote the work of Creeperboy112256.  Meet the Creeper Hunter skin!

 

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This is Creeperboy’s third skin submission to PlanetMinecraft, and I must say for a third attempt it is impressive and a quick improvement upon his other skins – so much that it almost seems like it’s not from the same person.

 

Particularly, I like this skin because it is original and yet tells some kind of story.  Upon seeing this skin I immediately envisioned a young man in some kind of tribe or small village training and becoming a legendary Creeper hunter, respected and praised among his people.  A welcome relief from the typical ordinary, bland skin.

 

Aesthetically, I have two favorite parts of this skin – the Creeper hood and the dagger on his back.  Both are excellent touches that add character and context to this skin, largely responsible for the story-telling capabilities I mentioned above.

 

Technique-wise, the shading is nearly flawless.  There is a small discrepency around the knees that I’m not so sure about, but otherwise Creeperboy did a great job here.  Also, try disabling the helmet layer for a little treat.

 

I give this skin 10 out of 10 Creeper-Explosion Homeowner’s Insurance policies.

 

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.

 

Do you think other “hunter” skins would be cool?  The Creeper is undoubtedly Minecraft’s most iconic creature, but I would love to see some others.  Leave a comment below with the one you would like to see the most.  My vote goes to Enderman!

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