TF2 Soldier Skin

User TheViridian brings to us another excellent Team Fortress 2 skin in my series of reviews for fan skins of this game.  This time, I present what I feel to be the best depiction of the TF2 Soldier on Minecraft.

 

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To be honest, I enjoy this skinner’s work more than PotatoLogic’s (check out the Medic and Scout skins), who I am also a huge fan of.  While I appreciate Potato’s artistic license for each skin, TheViridian stays true to the original model with greater accuracy:

 

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The only difference I can see between this skin and the original is the lack of stubble.  It is a rather characteristic element of the Soldier, but let’s just pretend he decided to shave this morning.

 

TheViridian’s shading on this skin seems flawless.  I cannot find a single pixel that seems out of place.  If anything could be changed it would be the strip of darker pixels on each arm, presumably in place to indicate a fold or wrinkle in his clothing; it is just barely too pronounced.

 

Otherwise, this skin is another excellent homage to TF2 and I commend TheViridian on a job well done!

 

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.

 

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

 

TheViridian has many other fantastic skins uploaded.  Which one is your favorite?  Leave a comment below letting us know!

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