TF2 Heavy Skin

This Team Fortress 2 Heavy skin by Boomer of Planet Minecraft marks the fifth addition to the Team Fortress 2 fan skins review series.  It is easily the best Heavy skin available.




As always, let us begin with a comparison to some source imagery:




The translation of details is fairly accurate, though the boots could be more prominent and the vest could come down slightly lower.  I feel that the mouth should also receive more attention, but this could be a stylistic decision.


As for quality: overall this skin is decent.  Its shading is a bit simplistic and flat in a few areas, but it appropriately defines the structure of the model and adds some definition.


Installing the Skin


For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on  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.


Always keep any files that will be affected by a skin or mod backed up, just in case anything goes wrong.


If you haven’t already, check out my reviews on the Medic, Scout, Soldier and Spy skins and stay tuned for the rest of the TF2 classes!  Some of the remaining classes don’t have particularly great skins available, so if you are a skinner and have one to share, post it in the comments below!

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