Kasper, the Darksteel Desecrator Skin

Part of the long passed Underground Creatures Skin Contest, this skin by Animal_Juice tells the tale of a creature forged beneath the deepest reaches of bedrock in the Minecraft universe.  Meet Kasper, the Darksteel Desecrator.

 

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This creature’s backstory tells of a tale in which many miners met their doom, having their souls drained and bodies left to the silverfish.  With highly contrasting bluish grays and vibrant reds, this skin is a terrifying sight to behold in the midst of night or deep down in a dungeon.

 

One of my favorite aspects of Kasper is its use of layering.  When Minecraft updated to include layering, I expected many horrible skins to emerge using it improperly, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Kasper’s layers create an offset solid outer shell to protect (and emphasize) the resonating material underneath.

 

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.

 

Always keep any files that will be affected by a skin or mod backed up, just in case anything goes wrong.

 

I felt that this was one of the most memorable skins in the Underground Creatures Skin Contest.  What were some that stuck out to you?  Leave links to them in the comments below!

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