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How to build a medieval castle [Contest]

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avatar Heaven_Lord
Level 81 : Elite Boss
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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!
CreditHeaven_Lord, 3D render: FunFrock and Maruku
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02/14/2018 4:18 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Thexila12
tu pouvais faire ton tuto en francais, c'était bien aussi
(mais j'ai google traduction)
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07/02/2016 4:43 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Grimgor Ironhide
Hi, Just got a couple of questions.
1. what were the materials you used?
2. Can my brother and I attempt to creat this castle on minecraft PS3?

Thanks
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06/05/2016 1:28 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
MXC_Godz
Heaven lord i need your help on a server please send me a message when you are availible, ( i need help building a castle )
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07/26/2015 9:54 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Luglio251
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03/25/2016 8:26 am
Level 20 : Expert Blacksmith
Shemelon
NOT THIS AGAIN
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07/25/2015 5:04 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Architect
SuperTruperHans
great !!!
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04/11/2015 7:26 am
Level 6 : Apprentice Network
Kervinou
Merci pour les explications !
Mais bouffant de l'anglais toute la semaine, n'aurais tu point la même en Francais ?! ;)
Merci

edit: Laisses tomber ;) J'ai déjà tout lu ,)
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02/13/2015 4:59 pm
Level 21 : Expert Crafter
ItzNickers
I really like this castle, and like the towers on the outside. But i thing it need more colour. 

Check out this Video And you will know What i mean
Link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkSPzbY3-kQ&list=UU2gV2mQcNVSg71qgi2Hgcfg
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05/08/2014 1:28 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
The Ninja Cookie
Can I use your castle for research? I'm decent at building, but I really want to get better at this stuff. I would be glad if you had no quarrels with me studying your design! :D
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10/05/2013 10:51 am
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
DragonsDungeon
i see you got 150 diamonds on the blog :D guess is have to ruin that >:D
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09/17/2013 5:38 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
stoneboarder
This is fantastic.
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08/05/2013 3:43 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Miner
Volzeran
Isn't that Hawkyyyy's castle? o.o
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07/19/2013 4:36 pm
Level 43 : Master Architect
Antroz59
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!
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07/17/2013 11:29 am
Level 1 : New Network
Adajon
Your castle is amazing! Please can we have a map download?
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07/03/2013 1:16 am
Level 37 : Artisan Ninja
DesertHunter
Great tutorial, and I'm a big fan of WesterosCraft and the book series! (WesterosCraft is based on a series of books)
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06/07/2013 2:30 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
Creative_Bros
Faultlessly put together, thank you so much for this tutorial!
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05/15/2013 9:44 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Musician
Fighterbear12
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
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04/24/2013 12:58 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
alex7ktrc
This is one of the best tutorials I've seen! Well done! (your English, by the way, was great! Never would have known)
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04/17/2013 2:52 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Engineer
MagmaCream
actually i dind't even thought about seeking inspiration. O_o

so thanx, for the tips!
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03/03/2013 12:46 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Architect
marieminecraft123
Really nice!
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09/14/2012 10:12 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Archer
JetWolf
Wow, awesome tutorial + building skills, just a few questions...

What's your txt pack and can I get it? :O (Download link maybe?x3)
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09/14/2012 10:33 am
Level 81 : Elite Boss
Heaven_Lord
thank you ;)

The texture pack is the westeroscraft, you can find it in the westerocraft website ;)
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09/15/2012 6:18 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Archer
JetWolf
Ok :O
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11/04/2013 1:02 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Metallicacraft5
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08/13/2012 6:34 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Pirate
Suu_Suu
It's a nice tutorial ! And the castle, omg just epic ! xd
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08/08/2012 7:45 am
Level 27 : Expert Taco
spike43884
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
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08/09/2012 5:30 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Bunny
mega_franco
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
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08/14/2012 6:40 am
Level 27 : Expert Taco
spike43884
what would i do if i needed the dome to be half a dome for like a observatory for example
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08/04/2012 11:44 pm
Level 47 : Master Lad
conflicttFTW
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
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08/14/2012 6:41 am
Level 27 : Expert Taco
spike43884
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
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07/31/2012 4:52 am
Level 32 : Artisan Engineer
MonkeyPoisoned
Le Diamond!
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07/30/2012 3:23 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Explorer
Lord_Andre
This must win the contest!!!
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07/27/2012 11:29 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Explorer
TheRed
Why are u telling us how to build in minecraft???
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08/09/2012 9:19 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Taco
mrhow2minecraft
Maybe you can, but not everyone can build a castle that amazing.
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07/27/2012 9:41 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Kitten
G-Fiti
That's a really nice tutorial (and a nice castle), I like it. :)
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07/25/2012 11:28 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Explorer
atlasbot
Very nice and well-planned tutorial. Helps a lot with my Builder's Block.
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07/21/2012 10:29 am
Level 44 : Master Answer
SevV
Stunning tutorial and castle. I thought I was pretty good at castles, turns out I can learn so much more. Thanks!
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07/20/2012 5:12 am
Level 25 : Expert Pixel Painter
mr x elite
I want him to win!
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07/19/2012 5:42 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Architect
Shintome
You have inspired me to build even greater things. Thanks. :D
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07/19/2012 2:24 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Dragon
AssassinatedCreeper
Great tutorial Heaven_Lord!
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07/19/2012 2:12 pm
Level 42 : Master Nether Knight
LPlinkinpark
Et moi qui ai mit un commentaire en anglais je me sens... Enfin bref! +1 diamant!!
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07/18/2012 1:42 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
lonewolf3987
Join this server!67.222.150.120:25565!It doesnt look like much but its fun!
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07/15/2012 8:41 am
Level 23 : Expert Engineer
ToxicPeanuts
I was first, then this... It's good, so it deserves 1st place!
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07/14/2012 8:56 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Charri10
Great Tutorial ! Heavan_Lord
Im a big fan of your Work :)
A Diamond and Another Subscriber To You :)
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07/15/2012 4:45 am
Level 81 : Elite Boss
Heaven_Lord
thanks ;)
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07/14/2012 6:13 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
Luis
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
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07/15/2012 4:46 am
Level 81 : Elite Boss
Heaven_Lord
thnak you very much ;)
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07/13/2012 8:21 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Architect
reVolusion_minecrXft
wow this is awsome. 1 question: how did u make the render in the first screenshot??
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07/13/2012 11:47 pm
Level 48 : Master Vampire
LordofNight2
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.
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