Minecraft Castle Ideas/BluePrints

  • #21
    I've personally built a legit castle in single player some months ago, and recently began work on a second one on the very same map. I have also started, but not completed, 3 other castles on friends' servers, so I think I can say I know a thing or two about castle building.

    My first castle was pretty much a large square with towers, typical castle parapets, and a small lava moat in between a river at the entrance. I also had a watchtower. This castle taught me a lot of things though, mainly that a plain square was a bland design. After I saw this, I set out to create a similar castle. It is almost complete.

    So anyway, here are some tips I can give:

    1: Get stone. A lot of stone. It requires more than you think. What I do is mine about 6-7 stacks, build, then go back to mining. This way I don't get bored.

    2: Be creative. Like I said before, don't make it a bland design. An idea I find interesting is a castle carved into a mountain. I will be working on this after I finish my current castle.

    3: Search for castle pictures to get ideas, and mix the ideas you find best. For example, you might find a castle with a balcony but no towers, but a castle with towers but no balcony. Why not make both?!

    4: Be patient. Castle building takes a very long time. I don't work for long periods in one time, so my castles take months to complete. I work for an hour or two every couple of days, sometimes even less. Even if you work faster, it will still take a considerable amount of time.

    5: Build it near a scenic location. This is pretty obvious; you're going to want a nice view.

    6: Come up with a flag for your castle! I haven't seen anyone else do this yet, but I personally love this. It creates a sense of attachment and unity.

    7: Don't get frustrated if you make mistakes! For every castle I build, I probably break as many blocks as I place. (Okay, maybe not that much, but you get the idea). You will make mistakes and have to edit/remove them. It's a normal part of building large projects such as castles.

    8: Don't rush! Take your time to make your castle as good as it can be. Try not to take shortcuts that make your castle look incomplete or that require less resources. Stone is practically infinite. When you're done, you're going to want your castle to look like the best it can be, not a half-assed stone structure!

    9: This probably should have been at the top of the list, but plan before you build. This saves a lot of time and frustration. Before you build, simply sketch a small blueprint or something so you know what you're going for.

    10: Start with the easier parts. Don't make a tower before you even make the platform for it! Start with the basic, easy things to build before you move on to the more complex parts. Ideas will just flow in once you have the essentials, and you may even change your thoughts and make more than what you thought you would!

    11: Stick to the project. If you find later on in constructing the castle that you wanted your castle to turn out differently, and it is not easily correctible, don't worry. Finish the castle, and then gather up your ideas for the next castle. You also learn and get more castle-building experience (lol) this way.

    and finally, 12: Have fun! When you finish your castle, you're going to want to remember the sweat and tears you poured into your creation positively.
  • #22
    Wow this helped me thanks. (Took a minute or two to read though :tongue.gif:)
  • #23
    Quote from Cookiepuss

    I always end up quitting the world I am on. I am going to take a much more simple approach, and just build a castle. If you have any ideas on exact blueprints or ideas in general, please tell us. I have a simple idea of what I could do, but I bet people could get much better designs. Oh, and by castle I mean like a towerish place made out of cobblestone and walls. With a courtyard, well preferably.
    Make sure you also explain the steps. I don't have that many resources in my world, so it's not like I can build the whole thing in one day... :wink.gif:

    -Cheers :biggrin.gif:


    heres my castle in progress

    http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/806141-medieval-castle/
  • #24
    Artuskan, could I have the download file for your latest castle of that design? I really like it!

    For the record I'm not using the castle you made, I'm just reconstructing it and doing so will be much easier if I have the actual castle as an example, rather than pictures. Thanks! :biggrin.gif:
  • #25
    For a Simple Castle for Protection use Cobblestone and do a 10x10 cast 4-5 blocks high. IF your not on a survival world and your doing there really is no telling you what you can do cause there choices are limitless. I have Screenshots of my Castles email me at ( [email protected] ) and I will send you a couple of them.
  • #26
    Quote from MAzartta

    First, ask yourself the key questions:

    How big will it be? Will you be able to handle a big project?
    Is it going to be practical or just for looks?
    Is it going to be square? Or based on a real castle?

    Hers some pics of my castle
    D:\My Documents\My Pictures\Fort Dunne.bmp
    D:\My Documents\My Pictures\Fort Dunne 1.bmp

    See how it isn't perfectly square, and how I have used different materials to other people.
    :biggrin.gif: [>>-i>] :wood:


    lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Quote from MAzartta

    I am new to uploading videos and images so this isn't exactly my strong point.

    http://i56.tinypic.com/2u4h6ah.jpg
    http://i51.tinypic.com/xdyp09.jpg

    These should work.

    :sad.gif: [>>-i>] :Notch:


    yeah but it isnt realy a casel
  • #27
    You want a castle?

    Here you go, and don't commit... anything... after you watch it.

  • #28
    Oh come one, somebody say something!
  • #29
    The max size a home really can be is 10 blocks. Then it turns into a base. 100 blocks turns into a castle.
  • #30
    Quote from Dr. Mackeroth

    Oh come one, somebody say something!

    Is that your channel?

    I've subscribed either way!

    Edit: Woohoo, I'm no longer a Tree Puncher
    Last edited by cm182: 2/6/2012 12:23:04 AM
  • #31
    Quote from Artuskan

    This is my fourth castle, which I built on the "World in the Air" seed. They get a little bit more elaborate each time, as I expand on things that I liked in the previous design.



    For instance, my previous castle didn't have docks or a courtyard in front:



    Suggestions:

    1. Do your floor plan on graph paper or Excel before you start building.
    2. Make your floors two layers thick, so you can put down flooring and it won't show through to the room below.
    3. Pick the most scenic spot you can find. You don't want to look out on blandness.
    4. For your parapets, where you have that notched, toothy thing going on, in the low spots, instead of solid blocks, use stone stairs facing outward. It will enhance your downward visibility quite a bit.

    :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone:
    :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone:___________ :Pink: = stairs
    :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone:


    Any chance of getting a schematic/copy of this castle i love it and I'd really want to put it in my world I'll indicate in my world is was made b you and all just love it.
    CHECK IT OUT FOR AN AMAZING MAP DOWNLOAD
  • #32
    I used to have this amazing castle that was based on cobblestone (Outer walls, towers and pretty much everything), wood (floors and some minor areas like bedrooms) and sandstone (bridge for moat).
    First floor: Basic area (pretty clear, used for a bit of storage, furnaces and that, easy to defend from mobs, farm connected
    Second floor: Completely for looks. Seriously, it had a waterfall and stuff. Well- not too useless, it had a door that connected to my entrance to my flying city. :P

    Third floor: Bedrooms and balcony.

    Fourth floor: Entrance to HUGE tower (for a good view) and some enchanting stuff.

    Sadly i couldnt take a screenshot because that map was deleted. I'll go fish inside my screenshots folder too see if i took any.
    Yours epicly,
    ~Joel
  • #33
    People build too many castles...


    Use your
  • #34
    Quote from Artuskan

    This is my fourth castle, which I built on the "World in the Air" seed. They get a little bit more elaborate each time, as I expand on things that I liked in the previous design.



    For instance, my previous castle didn't have docks or a courtyard in front:



    Suggestions:

    1. Do your floor plan on graph paper or Excel before you start building.
    2. Make your floors two layers thick, so you can put down flooring and it won't show through to the room below.
    3. Pick the most scenic spot you can find. You don't want to look out on blandness.
    4. For your parapets, where you have that notched, toothy thing going on, in the low spots, instead of solid blocks, use stone stairs facing outward. It will enhance your downward visibility quite a bit.

    :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone:
    :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone:___________ :Pink: = stairs
    :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone:
    \

    can u make a video of this ir at least a map upload so i can have it and make it myself?
  • #35
    Hey, can you send me some schematics to some of your castles so I can get an idea on how to start? I appreciate it. Thanks!
  • #36
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjuN8sEfBxc :D
  • #37
    LOL
  • #38
    Cool but is there a simple blueprint for a castle?
  • #39
    I always liked to blow my worlds up when i'm done :D
  • #40
    Quote from Artuskan

    This is my fourth castle, which I built on the "World in the Air" seed. They get a little bit more elaborate each time, as I expand on things that I liked in the previous design.



    For instance, my previous castle didn't have docks or a courtyard in front:



    Suggestions:

    1. Do your floor plan on graph paper or Excel before you start building.
    2. Make your floors two layers thick, so you can put down flooring and it won't show through to the room below.
    3. Pick the most scenic spot you can find. You don't want to look out on blandness.
    4. For your parapets, where you have that notched, toothy thing going on, in the low spots, instead of solid blocks, use stone stairs facing outward. It will enhance your downward visibility quite a bit.

    :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone: [] :cobblestone:
    :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone: :Pink: :cobblestone:___________ :Pink: = stairs
    :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone: :cobblestone:
    love your castle, but could you show the interior please?
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