The Circus contest strikes again with a… Surprisingly creepy skin, albeit a well done one. Why is it that so many people interpret the circus theme to be something dark and/or creepy? Not saying it’s a bad thing – I love it – but Puppit the Puppet by legoskeleton01 both looks a little creepy and has an unsettling backstory.
Puppit’s story is that he only comes to life at nightfall, after most people have left the circus. Those who are unfortunate enough to stick around typically face certain doom. No child has ever met Puppit and lived to tell the tale.
Now that you are acquainted, let us take a look at Puppit’s interesting shading. I would first like to point out that this seems to be one of the only skins ever to actually account for the finer details of body shape. I understand that he is a puppet, but his shoulders, pelvis, and chest are all very well defined. I would appreciate seeing more of this in human skins, though of course not to an extent that makes them look like a puppet.
Otherwise, his shading certainly gives him the appearance of a puppet. It compliments his detail well, which is sparing but efficient. My favorite touches are his cheeks (EXCELLENT use of layering!) and his archetypal circus puppet hat.
This skin would definitely land among my top five picks for the Circus contest. It is creative, more unique than most entries thus far, has a great backstory, and exhibits wonderful technical skill. I award Puppit ten out of ten innocent items from childhood turned creepy.
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.
Which of the entries to the circus contest do you find to be the creepiest? We had an angry clown just recently, but I definitely think Puppit trumps that. Leave a link to yours in the comments!