The castle is 99% complete, with aesthetics and lighting being the only finishing touches needed. The world save now comes in at over 20 MB in size, mostly due to the addition of new outposts I created for harvesting more iron, coal, etc. The moat and outside landscaping is also complete.
I added a minecart transportation tower attached to the castle across the moat, with tracks leading to three different locations including the original house built in this world; there are about three kilometers of track in total. I'll try to add one more update to this post to complete it, showing a video tour of the castle and one of the minecart tracks. I expect I'll have to do more than one video because of the sheer size of the structure, as 10 minutes won't be enough to show half of what I've built.
I need some ideas for structures to put inside my castle! I've already added a kennel for my wolves, so anything that is medieval-ish and would fit (please, no taverns or stores) would be a welcome suggestion.
The building itself is now complete. What remains are aesthetics (signs, pictures, pathways, etc.) and landscaping (outside moat and leveling more land, inside flowers and trees). I've updated the save file (now approximately 10.5 MB in size) and have even more pictures to share.
ASIDE: The orientation (north, east, south, and west) I use is in relation to the layout map at the bottom of the post. In reality, the structure was built with the main entrance facing east, so the save file's building signs display the proper directions; i.e., the "west" barracks shown on the layout are labeled correctly as the north barracks.
This is a shot of one of the barracks. Both barracks are identical.
Here's a picture of the feasting hall. There are food prep areas at the end of each row of tables.
Here's a ground-level shot of the main courtyard and the main hall. Both watchtowers can be seen behind the main hall.
Here's the top level of the main entrance tower.
Here's another shot of the main courtyard and main hall, taken from the top of the main entrance tower.
This is looking southwest from the top of the main entrance tower.
And this is looking northwest from the top of the main entrance tower.
Here's a first-floor shot inside the main hall, looking towards the throne area. No throne has been constructed as of this writing.
And here's a second-floor shot inside the main hall, looking towards the throne area.
I decided to share the world save so anyone can see just how big this castle is. You can downlaod the ZIP file from my web site, linked at the top of this post. Enjoy!
I've finished clearing the rest of the land and laying my sand and dirt. "Self," I asked again, "are we going to provide an update for the forums?" To this my self replied, "F*** yes! We've been working like a dog all day long -- why wouldn't we update the post?" And so here we are, with another round of pictures to show off the progress of my massive castle and courtyard; in each picture, I'm standing on top of the east courtyard tower. The east courtyard's groundwork is complete, as the sand I needed to fill it in was found on a nearby island. The dirt outsie the main walls is also finished, as it's already overgrown with grass completely around the castle.
The first picture shows a view to the northeast, where the north wall is almost completed, and the east wall and east tower's first level (and stairs for the second and third floors) are finished. The island overhang is where I've been mining my materials for the last hour or so. It's the remnants of the same large island covered with trees shown in the first two pictures in Update II. It's taken a LOT longer than I thought it would to clear this hill.
The second picture is from the same vantage point, only pointed slightly to the southeast. It shows the southeast outer wall tower base laid out, ready for construction to begin. In the midst of the corners of the tower can be seen the staircase leading up to the second level.
This third picture is looking straight south. It shows the groundwork for the feasting hall and the east-southeast outer wall watchtower. Also shown is the groundwork for the throne room in the main hall, behind the unfinished floor of the main hall. I see a lot of furnace time creating stone bricks in my future...
The final picture shows a view of the main courtyard and the west courtyard tower, along with the west- southwest outer wall watchtower. The arch passageway from the main courtyard to the west courtyard is complete, as it will connect the west courtyard tower to the third level of the main hall when that is finished. Beyond the archway, you can see the command tower in the west courtyard; it stands at five levels tall, and each south outer wall watchtower stand at six levels tall.
My next update will show a few inside pictures of the barracks and the various towers, as well as some pictures of the walkways between the inner towers and the walkways with crenellations between the outer wall towers.
As I've completed the tower to the right of the main gate, the inner courtyard wall, and east courtyard tower, I decided to give an update to show what lies ahead for me as I complete the east courtyard and east and southern walls. In this first picture, you can see the small hills I'll have to level and the amount of water I'll have to fill in with dirt, sand, and more dirt.
As soon as I finish the clearing and filling of water, I'll construct the east and south walls to the southeast outer wall tower. At that point, I'll be able to fill in the surrouding terrain with some grass and make sure that my castle is completely enclosed. After which I'll begin the work on the main hall, which I'm not looking forward to since I'm going to have to create a lot of pillars and a few levels of stone to complete.
"Self," I said, unamusingly, "If we finish the outer wall within the next two days and the main hall gets at least a level finished, can we take a hard-earned break?" My self, feeling superior as usual, replied, "Not a chance. If you get that far, then I expect you'll finish the project within 48 hours. So get back to work, you pansy!"
I spent about six hours today leveling a large hill that sat right in the middle of the east courtyard and the east side of the main courtyard, about where the east courtyard tower sits. I asked myself, "Self, why are we wasting so much time clearing this stuff? Can't we just use TNT instead?" And my self replied, "We need the materials to build the tower, dummy."
So here's a few new pictures! this first one is of the main courtyard looking straight south from the fourth level of the main entrance tower. In the distance, you can see the beginning of the floor for the main hall. It's difficult to convey just how time-consuming this process is, as I have to dive in and out of the water, constantly refreshing my air as I drop dirt blocks to support the sand, grass, and stone blocks that constitute the ground level.
Here's the main courtyard again, this time from the east courtyard tower looking north. Lots of creepers were spawning in the main courtyard, so I took the picture from the top of the tower instead of at ground-level.
Finally, here's a view from the tower just to the right of the main gate, looking southeast. You can see the completed east barracks just beyond the unfinished inner courtyard wall. And there's the east courtyard tower, halfway completed. The foundations for the arch/walkway between the east tower and the main hall have been laid; I filled them with dirt instead of cobblestone because I didn't think that it was necessary to use that much cobblestone (since all the walls are already two squares thick).
When I get the chance, i'll take a couple shots from directly in front of the castle so you can see the crenellations on the tops of the walls that form the wider walkways. In most of these pictures, you can also see the merlons on the top of the walls are staggered. I did this intentionally, as to create a small variation in the structure.
A week or so ago, I had decided I needed to build a castle. This couldn't be any ordinary structure; this had to be an immense, epically MONSTROUS castle. So I set about the task of finding a layout or blueprint of a castle when I ran across this image in a Google search:
"Well..." I said to my self. "Self, you can't make this on a 1:1 ratio because there are half-squares used at all sorts of funky angles. And circles. You'll have to convert it to a 2:1 ratio instead." And so I did. Each square on the grid represents a 2x2 Minecraft square. If you count the grassy areas outside the walls between the towers, that means this map displays a 188x120 Minecraft map. "Self," I said again, "this is going to be PERFECT."
My first task was finding a moderately-sized and semi-flat area to begin clearing and measuring out the structure. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like journeying far from my current home (which is far enough away from my spawn point as it is), so I steeled myself for the task of leveling hills and altering waterways to accomplish my goal.
Then the construction began. Since I decided to only measure out the rough area of the structure, I was busy clearing all terrain which stood in my way whilst I was constructing this monstrosity. A week in real time had passed; almost a month in game-time had passed. Since I wasn't using any cheats or hacks while building this in survival mode, I was approximately half finished when I snapped this picture:
That's the view from the tower just to the left of the main gate, looking (according to the layout) to the southwest. You can see the low-laying barracks and the west courtyard tower, as well as the west and southern wall sections. There's a dungeon/mine in the west courtyard tower basement; it's a natural cave that extends (as far as I've discovered) as deep as level 15. I have yet to continue my spelunking activities, as the cave is quite the labyrinth and I've gotten lost once already. There are plans to create signs helping me guide my way around the cave.
Since this picture was taken, I've almost completed the north wall (except the easternmost section and tower), and started the flooring for the main hall/throne room. The main courtyard is finished with the exception of the east wall which leads to the east barracks. I plan to finish the outer wall in entirety before I commit to completing the main hall.
I'll update this post in the coming days and weeks as I continue progress. I plan on "sprucing up" the castle with stone blocks replacing some of the cobblestone in the various walls and towers. I'll also post some pictures of the interior of various sections, (hopefully) ultimately culminating in a video presentation of my beast of a castle.
Dang, I really wish I had the resources to create something like that, because all I have is a few randomly scattered shacks :sleep.gif:
It just takes time and determination. I really don't have the resources, either; I'm just mining them as I go along. It may not have been the best idea in hindsight, but I'm getting close to finishing the entire structure. (It's probably about 70-75% complete at this point.)
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New world save and added minecart transportation tower. Added signs everywhere in the castle showing where you are and directions to adjoining towers and halls. All external landscaping and moat is complete.
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