Having trouble with your Parthenon? Does your university lack a certain Dorian aspect? Is your White House inexplicably missing something? The solution to these problems, my fellow Minecraftians, is columns.
How they work:
As you can see in the first image, a column placed by itself has a cap on the top, but not on the bottom. For a stack of any other number of column blocks, the texture is determined as follows:
->If there is a column block directly above the block, but not a column block directly below the block, use the "bottom column" texture.
->If there is a column block directly below the block, bot not a column block directly above the block, use the "top column" texture.
->If there is a column block above and below the block, use the "middle column" texture.
->If there is no column above or below the block, use the "top column" texture.
This allows a single block to use three different textures and to create nice-looking columns no matter how you place them. (It's similar to the way redstone changes its shape when placed next to other redstone.)
The blocks have a column texture on each vertical face and a smooth stone texture on the top and bottom (similar to the texture of a stone slab). They're kind of like wood blocks in this way. In fact, I just reskinned wood blocks as column blocks to generate those screenshots.
You could, for example, replace the Sandstone texture or one of the dyed wool textures you don't care for with the Column texture. I mean, if you wanted the visual effect without needing a proper recipe for it.
**** yeah, just turned my yellow wool into a column. Feels good, man.
It's an interesting concept for a block, indeed; I'd just be afraid it was a bit too "niche," really. I can't imagine that there are too many places where the block would look nice; the only place they'd look good is in structures made of stone/cobblestone. You probably couldn't make it look good in a wooden structure, nor could you with a brick structure or a sandstone structure. I suppose that's what texture packs are for, though.
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