This skin by HazelOrb is of the Orange Knight from the game Castle Crashers, published by The Behemoth. This game, created by Newgrounds.com founder Tom Fulp and artist Dan Paladin, features adorable but deadly little knights, each with different abilities.
An interesting problem arises with this character. First of all, its source material features a very small, condensed figure, which would normally be easy to convert into pixel form:
However, due to the size and shape of the Minecraft model, features must be extrapolated and exaggerated. As such, this Orange Knight skin may not look exactly like the original from the game, but nonetheless is immediately recognizable
HazelOrb seems to have quite an understanding of how to properly shade the Steve model. One of the first things I look for in most skins is whether or not the back of the model is awkwardly shaded, as this is a common weak point among less experienced skinners; Hazel has no problem here. In fact, the shading all around is perfect.
I have no complaints for this skin. It’s a great choice for anyone who loves the game, or simply likes the color orange and wants to look awesome. The Orange Knight is awarded ten out of ten clocks.
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.
Do you play Castle Crashers, or are you a Newgrounds fan? If so, who is your favorite character (from either the game or the website as a whole)? Leave your answer in the comments. Mine would have to be Spike Valentine’s Lucy.