With an older golem skin that has nearly 5,000 downloads and was in the top 1,000 most-used skins, it comes as no surprise that this Rusty Iron Golem skin is doing well. User juirox is a seasoned skinner with a slew of fantastic characters, showcasing great technical prowess.
This rusty construct looks like something that was forged in the furnaces of an adventurer, then lost in the ocean for years. It is covered with what looks to be seaweed, definitely caught on it from struggling to escape the ebb and flow of the endless waters.
juirox’s shading skills hardly need emphasizing, but for the sake of completeness – each individual rivet on this golem’s exterior is individually shaded to perfection. The detail and texture of the rust is entirely believable, and in combination with gratuitous use of the helmet layer, a strong sense of depth is established.
I am not entirely sure what the two orange objects on the back of the skin are. I assume they are golden bolts or something similar, but it is not immediately obvious to me. They look great aesthetically – I would just like to understand fully what they are meant to be.
Other than that, no complaints about this skin!
I award juirox ten out of ten useless, rusted cog wheels.
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.
Golems are nothing new to the Minecraft skinning community, but I find this to definitely be one of the best. Do you think there is a better one? Leave it in the comments below and I may review it!