Ring Leader Skin

Thanks to the ever-lovely pop reel on Planet Minecraft, I am discovering great new skinners every day.  They seem to have diversified it a bit, which is always nice.  Today I bring to you user electric with her skin, the Ring Leader.

 

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First off – that hat.  Meggles is the original creator of this hat, and it has been around the block a few times (with the permission of Meggles, of course).  Seriously, this hat is on tour – I have reviewed two other skins that use it, and I am sure countless others do as well.  Not without good reason – it is an epic hat.

 

Moving on, I must first say that I am usually not a fan of the overly bright and fluffy pink style of art.  I feel that it is drastically overused and used in the wrong context in most scenarios.  Despite this, electric’s Ring Leader gets away with it fairly well.

 

This character is dressed in fairly fancy attire, with stark black buttons, shoes, and belt contrasting her otherwise near-white color palette.  The detail in the clothing (i.e. the folds and shading) is decent, but could use some work.  The repetition of colors is greatly appreciated, though – black and red both make a few appearances, breaking up the pink.

 

Ultimately, I award this skin eight out of ten pink fluffy objects.  My only gripes for it are that it needs some more attention to the shading, and of course the usual of having a long article of clothing down the back stuck to the legs.

 

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:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. 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.

 

Are there any styles or color schemes that you simply cannot stand?  What are they and why?  Post them in the comments below!

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