Original skins (those not based on another character) have a tendency to have poor character design due to their outfits, color schemes, and overall appearance being generated by someone with little or no experience in character design. This Red Archer skin by Crabbit, however, is a perfect example of a generic skin that manages to avoid this trend.
Creating a character that has no backstory and still giving it personality can sometimes be a tall order. The gold-trimmed dark red robes for this character give it an even more sinister presence than what was already established by the glowing red eyes.
While the dark shading on the robe does make the skin seem overall darker, I do feel that it is a bit heavy-handed. This is my only criticism for the skin.
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.
Always keep any files that will be affected by a skin or mod backed up, just in case anything goes wrong.
I haven’t tried this skin in-game yet, but I can imagine that it would look pretty awesome with an enchanted bow in a castle or dungeon constructed out of redstone blocks and stone. Do you think this skin would be more interesting used as something besides an archer? Let us know in the comments!