This Ent Skin by Dollars is an exceptionally well crafted skin that is perfect for those who have always wanted to have the experience of being a living, walking tree. Dollars is quickly becoming one of my favorite skinners, as you may have noticed from my review of the Bigby Wolf skin earlier today.
Ents are mythological creatures of the woodlands in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. They are extremely long-lived, and according to lore, very patient and cautious. Tolkien was not the first author to write of tree-like giants who could speak and move, but the race of Ents did indeed originate from the Lord of the Rings series.
It is no secret that Dollars has a great eye for detail and an excellent sense of modeling. Ents are inherently rather simple creatures, so any specific details that can be inserted add much value. In this skin, the moss and striations in the bark are what add interest.
In terms of shading, my favorite part of this skin is the ent’s chest. This is simply because it appears to stick out from the model due to being a much lighter area contrasted against an increasingly darker lower torso. This was a great use of pixels. Otherwise, the shading accurately describes the model.
No complaints for this skin. I award Dollars ten out of ten Marches of The Ents.
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.
As I mentioned above, ent-like creatures are not exclusive to Tolkien’s lore. Aside from the most obvious recent example of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, who is your favorite ent-like character (or race overall)? Share it in a comment, and be sure to include what series they are from!