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Heaven_Lord
Level 73 : Legendary Prince
Hey,

Before beginning, please excuse me for my approximate English, i am a french builder.
(With an edit for English clarity by DutchGuard)

In this tutorial, I am going to try to give you the best possible advice on how to build a medieval-style castle.

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-scelljpgStage 1: The inspiration
The first stage consists of looking for images of existing castles and of finding the style which you would like to give your castle. It will give you some good ideas of what you want the final product to look like.
It would also be smart ot decide on a medieval texture pack at this point.

For example:

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-scelljpgStage 2: The plan
When building on a large scale, it is important to draw a top-dpwn view of the castle.
Draw the outlines of the castle, the various towers, the inner courtyard, the main entrance, etc.
Once you think that your plan is complete, reproduce the plan on minecraft in life-size, to a scale you like. You can use some wool of color, for example:
- Red wool: outer walls
- Orange wool: tower
- Blue wool: entrance
Etc....

Concerning outlines, try to think o out of the boxo Try building walls diagonally to avoid making square or rectangular castles.





-scelljpgStage 3: Construction of towers

It is at this stage that the construction begins. Before of you start, define various types of towers (different forms, different heights, different thicknesses) to avoid making a monotonous castle.
Also define the materials which you will use (I advise you to use a combination of cobble, stonebrick and raw wood).


The base of your tower has to seem solid, strong, seem more thick that the rest of the tower, build murderesses, do not hesitate to vary materials, to insert some raw wood as " expanding beams ".


Details:
- Buttons: put buttons on the extremities of beams give a very attractive effect of detail
- Lanterns, torches: hesitate to build one or two lanterns (according to your texture pack, the glowstone can have a texture of lantern) or to place torches on a barrier.
- Trapdoors can take the role of shutters and so give more depth to your tower
- Mossy cobblestone: replace certain blocks of cobble stone by the mossy cobblestone (In the same way also for the stone brick) to give an ancient aspect to the structure.
- Half-paving stones allow to give relief to the tower

Arrangement of the summit of the tower:
- If the top of your tower is "opened", you can place catapults or flags there.
- If the summit of your tower is roofed, you can fit in a room, chemistry laboratory, library, etc.




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-scelljpgStage 4: Construction of bulwarks
As for towers plan various heights according to their location and their role in the structure.
Give of the relief and details to your wall by adding motives, barriers, murderesses, see even parts of the wall destroyed.

The arrangement of bulwarks:
You can build a kind of roof, of posts of rest, etc. Do not skimp on the detail.

For the highest walls which will support the livable part of your castle:
- Build reinforcements in your wall
- Overlay big windows
- Overlay motives with different materials
- Avoid reproducing the same plan of windows on all your main walls and watch at the same time that they are aligned between them to have coherent floors inside the castle.




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-scelljpgStage 5: Construction of the roof


To avoid a big risk-taking, opt for a triangular roof, nevertheless, watch that the top of the roof does not exceed your towers if it is the case, like on my castle and build three triangular roofs to decrease their height and at the same time give certain relief. If you can, make two very different roofs one of the other one and do not make them of the same material and the same orientation still in a concern of aestheticism.

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-scelljpgStage 6: Arrangement of the yard
The ground: I advise you use paved ground strewed with gravel

Green space: a tree, flowerbeds of flower give a little color and life to the yard of the castle

A stable: a necessary building made the ground in wood / gravel / straw (according to your texture pack), plan cauldrons with some water in them.

Then try to add a little of life to your yard by leaving least empty space possible: for example:
- Inn of the guards
- Scaffold to repair the damages of a wall.
- Safes / boxes, flags, gallows, etc. o ¦

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-scelljpgStage 7: Fit out your house
This stage will be the object of another tutorial outside the contest which will be born in a few weeks.

Both key points not to be neglected:
- Give a maximum of dimension and depth to your towers and walls.
- Add as many details as you can.

DL link: http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/medieval-building-pack-angelblockapp/

Visit mc.westeroscraft.com to have a look around. /warp Heaven_lordtest


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Thank you!
Tags:Tutorial, Medieval, Castle, Tower
Credit:Heaven_Lord, 3D render: FunFrock and Maruku

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Posted 2012-07-29 15:10:03
by Heaven_Lord

Update #2 : 07/19/2012 4:52:50 am7/19/12

new organization.

Update #1 : 07/18/2012 1:05:19 pm7/18/12

DL link :)

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DragonsDungeon
Level 42
Master Wizard
October 5, 2013, 6:51 am

i see you got 150 diamonds on the blog :D guess is have to ruin that >:D

stoneboarder
Level 1
New Miner
September 17, 2013, 1:38 pm

This is fantastic.

Volzeran
Level 1
New Miner
August 5, 2013, 11:43 am

Isn't that Hawkyyyy's castle? o.o

Antroz59
Level 30
Artisan Architect
July 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

Décidément, tutoriel plus qu'interessant! Tu à une inspiration incroyable au niveau des chateau, ça me donne envie de tenter ma chance!
Merci pour tout :D

Allez, j'ai du boulot à faire moi!

Adajon
Level 1
New Crafter
July 17, 2013, 7:29 am

Your castle is amazing! Please can we have a map download?

DesertHunter
Level 13
Journeyman Ninja
July 2, 2013, 9:16 pm

Great tutorial, and I'm a big fan of WesterosCraft and the book series! (WesterosCraft is based on a series of books)

Creative_Bros
Level 1
New Crafter
June 7, 2013, 10:30 am

Faultlessly put together, thank you so much for this tutorial!

Fighterbear12
Level 36
Artisan Musician
May 15, 2013, 5:44 am

This is the most packed with information tutorial I've read, yet so short compared with other tutorials. Very easy to read, as if gliding through. Your English was great, and the tutorial a success.
I will use this for my medieval castle, which I had the same reference image for, which made the blog even more suitable for me.

-Fighterbear12

alex7ktrc
Level 1
New Miner
April 24, 2013, 8:58 am

This is one of the best tutorials I've seen! Well done! (your English, by the way, was great! Never would have known)

MagmaCream
Level 5
Apprentice Engineer
April 17, 2013, 10:52 am

actually i dind't even thought about seeking inspiration. O_o

so thanx, for the tips!

marieminecraft123
Level 7
Apprentice Architect
March 2, 2013, 7:46 pm

Really nice!

JetWolf
Level 1
New Archer
September 14, 2012, 6:12 am

Wow, awesome tutorial + building skills, just a few questions...

What's your txt pack and can I get it? :O (Download link maybe?x3)

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
September 14, 2012, 6:33 am

thank you ;)

The texture pack is the westeroscraft, you can find it in the westerocraft website ;)

JetWolf
Level 1
New Archer
September 15, 2012, 2:18 am

Ok :O

Metallicacraft5
Level 1
New Miner
November 4, 2013, 8:02 am

Suu_Suu
Level 8
Apprentice Archer
August 13, 2012, 2:34 pm

It's a nice tutorial ! And the castle, omg just epic ! xd

spike43884
Level 15
Journeyman Taco
August 8, 2012, 3:45 am

the 1 thing i really struggle with in buildings is getting perfect circles/curves and doing domes and cones
could you make a tutorial on that please

mega_franco
Level 51
Grandmaster Bunny
August 9, 2012, 1:30 pm

making domes and circles, especcially at larger scale is hard when you do it by hand. Use world edit for creating them. Use the //hcyl comand for circles and the //hsphere command for domes. World edit is available on many servers (especially creative servers), you can even download a version that works in single player.

The commands you need:

//hcyl [Blocktype] (radius)
For example: //hcyl stone 15 -> Creates a circle made of stone with the radius=15 (therefore diameter=30)

//hsphere [Blocktype] (radius)
Example: //hsphere Stone 15 -> Creates a Hollow sphere (a ball) made of stone with the radius=15 (diameter=30). The upper half of the "ball" is a perfect formed dome ;)

I hope this helps

spike43884
Level 15
Journeyman Taco
August 14, 2012, 2:40 am

what would i do if i needed the dome to be half a dome for like a observatory for example

conflicttFTW
Level 31
Artisan Engineer
August 4, 2012, 7:44 pm

great tutorial, you should do time lapses on youtube (with or without commentary) all my past lessons are from some kids who i think are like 7 soooo..... XD

spike43884
Level 15
Journeyman Taco
August 14, 2012, 2:41 am

you know most of these people on minecraft are kids and it dont really matter if there a kid ive seen some like 30 yr old dude who aint got a clue about minecraft but are doign a timelapse

MonkeyPoisoned
Level 26
Expert Engineer
July 31, 2012, 12:52 am

Le Diamond!

Lord_Andre
Level 24
Expert Pirate
July 30, 2012, 11:23 am

This must win the contest!!!

TheRed
Level 1
New Explorer
July 27, 2012, 7:29 pm

Why are u telling us how to build in minecraft???

mrhow2minecraft
Level 53
Grandmaster Taco
August 9, 2012, 5:19 pm

Maybe you can, but not everyone can build a castle that amazing.

Gfiti
Site Moderator
Level 45
Master Wizard
July 27, 2012, 5:41 pm

That's a really nice tutorial (and a nice castle), I like it. :)

atlasbot
Level 1
New Explorer
July 25, 2012, 7:28 pm

Very nice and well-planned tutorial. Helps a lot with my Builder's Block.

SevV
Level 32
Artisan Toast
July 21, 2012, 6:29 am

Stunning tutorial and castle. I thought I was pretty good at castles, turns out I can learn so much more. Thanks!

mr x elite
Level 22
Expert Pixel Painter
July 20, 2012, 1:12 am

I want him to win!

Shintome
Level 4
Apprentice Architect
July 19, 2012, 1:42 pm

You have inspired me to build even greater things. Thanks. :D

AssassinatedCreeper
Level 1
New Dragon
July 19, 2012, 10:24 am

Great tutorial Heaven_Lord!

LPlinkinpark
Level 39
Artisan Nether Knight
July 19, 2012, 10:12 am

Et moi qui ai mit un commentaire en anglais je me sens... Enfin bref! +1 diamant!!

lonewolf3987
Level 1
New Miner
July 18, 2012, 9:42 am

Join this server!67.222.150.120:25565!It doesnt look like much but its fun!

ToxicPeanuts
Level 16
Journeyman Engineer
July 15, 2012, 4:41 am

I was first, then this... It's good, so it deserves 1st place!

Charri10
Level 1
New Artist
July 14, 2012, 4:56 am

Great Tutorial ! Heavan_Lord
Im a big fan of your Work :)
A Diamond and Another Subscriber To You :)

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 15, 2012, 12:45 am

thanks ;)

LuisGoldacre
Site Moderator
Level 57
Grandmaster Pokemon
July 14, 2012, 2:13 am

I thought my tutorial was good but yours is in another league. You deserve to win this competition, it looks like your worked for it

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 15, 2012, 12:46 am

thnak you very much ;)

reVolusion_minecrXft
Level 47
Master Architect
July 13, 2012, 4:21 pm

wow this is awsome. 1 question: how did u make the render in the first screenshot??

LordofNight2
Level 44
Master Vampire
July 13, 2012, 7:47 pm

I am not an expert at telling what it is, but my guess is that he used Blender for it. I use Blender to so I think I am right... might be another 3D software.

reVolusion_minecrXft
Level 47
Master Architect
July 13, 2012, 8:20 pm

i know these are made from mineways and blender but when i use it, i cant get the textures like the one in the screenshot.

LordofNight2
Level 44
Master Vampire
July 13, 2012, 8:27 pm

when you go through the mineqays system, don't forget to select a texture pack

reVolusion_minecrXft
Level 47
Master Architect
July 13, 2012, 8:31 pm

did that also but the question is what is the right thing to select after you click export. the options of what kind of texture to select.

TheSebc722
Level 16
Journeyman Modder
July 13, 2012, 12:30 pm

Fantastic Guide :D A Diamond for you my good sir!

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 13, 2012, 9:56 pm

thank you ;)

TheSebc722
Level 16
Journeyman Modder
July 14, 2012, 7:44 am

I've used it to start my own castle on my server, I made one in my spawn to begin with, but I'm gonna put it to shame with the new one I'm building :P

TheSebc722
Level 16
Journeyman Modder
July 14, 2012, 7:42 am

I've used it to start my own castle on my server, I made one in my spawn to begin with, but I'm gonna put it to shame with the new one I'm building :P

pandaraze
Level 64
High Grandmaster Pyro
July 13, 2012, 10:45 am

Woo! This is definitely one of my favourite castles on the server!:D

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 13, 2012, 9:56 pm

thanks my friend :)

Kid_Buscus
Level 17
Journeyman Pony
July 13, 2012, 4:57 am

Thx for the great info!!

Desdruktiva
Level 24
Expert Explorer
July 12, 2012, 7:00 pm

This guide is for people with no imagination... I like the catapults however.

Bobiking6
Level 53
Grandmaster Modder
July 12, 2012, 2:48 pm

I thought they were Lego's first

iSliick
Level 26
Expert Architect
July 12, 2012, 2:37 pm

Should have done a tut on how to render like your other photos, nevertheless, a good tutorial.

RampantAssassin
Level 5
Apprentice Architect
July 12, 2012, 1:55 pm

Thanks, this will really help, I am currently building a large medieval city (Hinefold if you want to check it out) and I was wondering what I was going to do when I got to the last and hardest part (castle) but now I should be able to do a pretty good job so thanks!

stick_shift
Level 1
New Miner
July 12, 2012, 11:05 am

hey my ign is stick_shift and i was wondering when 1.3 comes out would you mind helping me learn how to make a castle. and help me build one on a server?

ToxicPeanuts
Level 16
Journeyman Engineer
July 12, 2012, 9:39 am

I see I have quite some competition...

xwx977
Level 23
Expert Architect
July 12, 2012, 9:31 am

Hey heaven, you may have noticed me stalking the Arbor castle in test. It looks amazing, and I can't wait to see it on the map :)

bloxs87654
Level 6
Apprentice Architect
July 12, 2012, 8:16 am

Could I use this castle for my server spawn and i will give you full credit!

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 8:20 am

no problems ;)

c00k1e_Munch3r
Level 4
Apprentice Explorer
July 12, 2012, 1:30 pm

Could you possibly make a world download so i can have this castle in my singleplayer world??

Geppetto
Level 12
Journeyman Cake
July 12, 2012, 7:13 am

Je pense que pouvait gagner le premier prix.

(Je suis très desolèe pour mon francais, c'est très mal :/)

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 7:17 am

Thank you ^^

et c'est tres bien de faire l'effort de m'envoyer un message en francais :D

Enmah
Level 72
Legendary Architect
July 12, 2012, 5:22 am

Diamant pour toi l'ami, bonne chance pour le concours !

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 5:26 am

Thank you very much :D

2012CharlieG97
Level 32
Artisan Miner
July 12, 2012, 5:00 am

Nice work. Good to see someone actually taking time in their entry. Good luck :)

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 5:05 am

thanks ;)

conflicttFTW
Level 31
Artisan Engineer
July 12, 2012, 4:41 am

best castle ever!

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 5:05 am

Thank you :)

Ragnur Le Barbare
Site Moderator
Level 56
Grandmaster Caveman
July 12, 2012, 3:13 am

Ca c'est un beau chÃteau! Allez, un p'tit diamant :-)

Heaven_Lord
Level 73
Legendary Prince
July 12, 2012, 3:15 am

merci bien :)

Ragnur Le Barbare
Site Moderator
Level 56
Grandmaster Caveman
July 12, 2012, 3:16 am

Mais de rien! Ton tuto est bien réalisé en plus, ca sent au moins le top 10 dans le concours ;-)

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