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How to build a medieval castle [Contest]

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avatar Heaven_Lord
Level 80 : Elite Boss

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.


-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:


-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

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 ".

- 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.


-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.



-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.


-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 ¦



-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


Thank you!
CreditHeaven_Lord, 3D render: FunFrock and Maruku

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  • Thexila12
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 13, 2018, 11:18 pm
tu pouvais faire ton tuto en francais, c'était bien aussi
(mais j'ai google traduction)
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?

  • MXC_Godz
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 5, 2016, 9:28 am
Heaven lord i need your help on a server please send me a message when you are availible, ( i need help building a castle )
  • Luglio251
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 26, 2015, 5:54 am
  • Shemelon
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Blacksmith
  • March 25, 2016, 4:26 am
great !!!
  • Kervinou
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Network
  • April 11, 2015, 3:26 am
Merci pour les explications !
Mais bouffant de l'anglais toute la semaine, n'aurais tu point la même en Francais ?! ;)

edit: Laisses tomber ;) J'ai déjà tout lu ,)
  • ItzNickers
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • February 13, 2015, 11:59 am
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
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
  • DragonsDungeon
  • Contest Judge
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Button Pusher
  • October 5, 2013, 6:51 am
i see you got 150 diamonds on the blog :D guess is have to ruin that >:D
This is fantastic.
  • Volzeran
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 5, 2013, 11:43 am
Isn't that Hawkyyyy's castle? o.o
  • Antroz59
  • Level 41
  • Master 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 Network
  • July 17, 2013, 7:29 am
Your castle is amazing! Please can we have a map download?
Great tutorial, and I'm a big fan of WesterosCraft and the book series! (WesterosCraft is based on a series of books)
Faultlessly put together, thank you so much for this tutorial!
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.

  • 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 15
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • April 17, 2013, 10:52 am
actually i dind't even thought about seeking inspiration. O_o

so thanx, for the tips!
Really nice!
  • JetWolf
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman 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 80
  • Elite Boss
  • September 14, 2012, 6:33 am
thank you ;)

The texture pack is the westeroscraft, you can find it in the westerocraft website ;)
  • JetWolf
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 15, 2012, 2:18 am
Ok :O
  • Suu_Suu
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • August 13, 2012, 2:34 pm
It's a nice tutorial ! And the castle, omg just epic ! xd
  • spike43884
  • Level 23
  • Expert 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 60
  • High 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 23
  • Expert 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
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 23
  • Expert 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
Le Diamond!
  • Lord_Andre
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Explorer
  • July 30, 2012, 11:23 am
This must win the contest!!!
  • TheRed
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • July 27, 2012, 7:29 pm
Why are u telling us how to build in minecraft???
Maybe you can, but not everyone can build a castle that amazing.
  • G-Fiti
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • 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 42
  • Master Answer
  • 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 24
  • Expert Pixel Painter
  • July 20, 2012, 1:12 am
I want him to win!
  • Shintome
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • July 19, 2012, 1:42 pm
You have inspired me to build even greater things. Thanks. :D
Great tutorial Heaven_Lord!
  • LPlinkinpark
  • Level 41
  • Master Nether Knight
  • July 19, 2012, 10:12 am
Et moi qui ai mit un commentaire en anglais je me sens... Enfin bref! +1 diamant!!
Join this server!!It doesnt look like much but its fun!
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 :)
thanks ;)
  • Luis
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High 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
thnak you very much ;)
wow this is awsome. 1 question: how did u make the render in the first screenshot??
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.
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.
when you go through the mineqays system, don't forget to select a texture pack
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 17
  • Journeyman Modder
  • July 13, 2012, 12:30 pm
Fantastic Guide :D A Diamond for you my good sir!
thank you ;)
  • TheSebc722
  • Level 17
  • 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 17
  • 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 69
  • High Grandmaster Pyro
  • July 13, 2012, 10:45 am
Woo! This is definitely one of my favourite castles on the server!:D
thanks my friend :)
  • Kid_Buscus
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pony
  • July 13, 2012, 4:57 am
Thx for the great info!!
  • Desdruktiva
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Explorer
  • July 12, 2012, 7:00 pm
This guide is for people with no imagination... I like the catapults however.
  • Bobiking6
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Modder
  • July 12, 2012, 2:48 pm
I thought they were Lego's first
  • iSliick
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 12, 2012, 2:37 pm
Should have done a tut on how to render like your other photos, nevertheless, a good tutorial.
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!
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?
I see I have quite some competition...
  • xwx977
  • Level 31
  • Artisan 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 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • July 12, 2012, 8:16 am
Could I use this castle for my server spawn and i will give you full credit!
no problems ;)
Could you possibly make a world download so i can have this castle in my singleplayer world??
  • Geppetto
  • Level 25
  • Expert 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 :/)
Thank you ^^

et c'est tres bien de faire l'effort de m'envoyer un message en francais :D
  • Enmah
  • Level 80
  • Elite Architect
  • July 12, 2012, 5:22 am
Diamant pour toi l'ami, bonne chance pour le concours !
Thank you very much :D

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