Let’s ignore the fact that I am a huge Chronicles of Riddick fan for a moment. This Riddick skin by HazelOrb is awesomely accurate to the character played by Vin Diesel. There isn’t much detail to translate, since the outfit chosen for this skin consists of a simple pair of black jeans, a black tanktop, and his signature sunglasses.
The shading on this skin is what makes it truly phenomenal. Perhaps the simplicity of the outfit allowed all of the focus to be on realistic shading, or perhaps HazelOrb is just awesome. One quick look at this skinner’s other work strongly suggests the latter. Either way, his clothes and muscles are perfectly defined with the few pixels allotted by Minecraft skins.
My only complaint about the shading is on his back – I understand that the dark strip in the front was meant to define his pectoral muscles, but it continues to the other side, which just doesn’t fit. If this was addressed, this would be a completely flawless skin in my eyes.
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.
What movie-inspired skin is your favorite? Let us know (with a link) in the comments below!