TF2 Spy Skin

The Spy from Team Fortress 2 has always been my favorite character (visually, at least).  User Tiff presents us with her TF2 Spy skin – a fairly basic skin, but one of the only well-done Spy skins in existence.




For starters, if you’ve read any of my skin reviews for a fan skin, you know that accuracy is one of my biggest concerns.  This Spy skin is definitely accurate to its source material:




Virtually the only part of this skin that is different is that the color of the tie is more saturated – and of course the eyes are more obvious, since they have less room to be subtle.


It is true that the shading on this skin is conservative (to put it nicely).  Nonetheless, it works with the pattern of the suit.  Viewing Tiff’s other skins, it is obvious that she does not lack the ability to shade, so I’m going to assume this is a stylistic choice.


All in all, this is the best TF2 Spy skin available, and it is done pretty well!


If you are a TF2 fan, be sure to check out the other TF2 skins I have reviewed as well.


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.


Now that we have a few good TF2 skins reviewed, can you think of any interesting uses for this skin and its siblings?  Perhaps…  The TF2 Dustbowl map posted back at the start of April?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!

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