The Mask of Hate Skin

With the Emotions Skin Contest still well under way, fantastic new entries are coming in daily.  This Mask of Hate skin by user basicbrick is by far one of the best entries to-date.  Considering that he has a hefty list of contest tokens and even more amazing skins posted on Planetminecraft, this comes as no surprise!

 

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Let me get what I don’t like about this skin out of the way immediately so that I can focus on its awesomeness.  First – the shading on the back of the torso confuses me a bit.  I am not entirely sure what kind of coat that is supposed to be.

 

Second – basicbrick repeats shading patterns very similarly between skins, making them feel too similar for my tastes.  One could argue that this helps unify them as a distinctly basicbrick product.

 

Now that my two negative points are done, let us move on.  Speaking of shading: despite what I said, the shading on this skin is phenomenal.  basicbrick truly knows how to capture the essence of individual forms.  For example – note the difference between the roundness of the back of the head and the flatness of the mask.

 

I also have some appreciation for the inclusion of buttons on the torso.  Otherwise, this skin’s clothing would have looked far, far too plain.  Small details like this turn a decent skin into a great skin.

 

As for the contest: the Mask of Hate fits perfectly.  There is even a great backstory for the character on the PMC page (click the link in the first paragraph to check it out).  My only concern in this regard is whether this should be “hate” or “insanity” – perhaps a non-smiling version would make the mask seem more hateful.

 

Either way, excellent skin.  I award basicbrick nine out of ten emotionally charged masks.

 

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.

 

There are actually a decent number of masked skins on Planet Minecraft and other sites.  Which is your favorite?  Leave a link to it in the comments below!

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