Okay – BlackFlash keeps posting epic skins, but I am going to try to stop reviewing all of them. Today, let us look at another entry into the Circus skin contest – Pierre the Magnificent! This skin by Vanillamint is nothing short of absolutely adorable! The contest draws to a close on Wednesday, so be sure to give this skin a diamond on PMC if you like it!
Pierre may look fluffy and innocent, but the fact is… Pierre is just fluffy. Warning: if you are sensitive to animal cruelty, skip down to the next paragraph. He was taken in off the streets by a circus, but instead of being treated as a loving member of his new family, he was, as the creator puts it…
… “brutally forced into a red frilly thing.”
As terrible as this is, Pierre exacts his revenge daily by destroying all frilly objects in sight. As such, I suspect many of the performers were forced to change or alter their regular costumes.
Moving on from Pierre’s tragic story, let us instead look at his fanciness!
This skin is very bright. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely stands out in the typical Minecraft environment (which is medium-dark and saturated with color). The detail in the fur is moderate, but the tail and “frilly thing” both look fantastic. Easily my favorite detail is Pierre’s face – his eyes, though a mere few pixels, contrast excellently and somehow look more detailed than they can possibly be.
Shading-wise, the washed out fur in the front bugs me a little. It is a great tactic, undoubtedly, but I feel that the shading on it should be slightly more noticeable – as it stands you have to look very close to even notice a shift in the tint. The other parts of this adorable cat are shaded well, though, giving him decent texture. The only area I question are his ankles and wrists – the strip of dark pixels seems out of place.
Pierre is a wonderful skin all-around. He also fits every criteria of the contest, and I think has a fighting chance to land a decent rank. There are many other strong contenders, though, so he will need some luck.
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.
If you enjoy Pierre, be sure to drop a diamond on the PMC page. Being such a late entry, he will need all the attention he can get. The contest will be closing on Wednesday, so stay tuned for the results and my analysis of the three winning skins! For now, leave your predictions for the contest results in the comments below.