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About 13 months ago, i started a project after discovering a tool called binvox. I had this idea of building a town on a whale and i found a perfect 3D model to do so.

The idea itself, although a potentially interesting concept (image), was not enough in my eyes. Eventhough the build on top of the whale itself wouldn't take that long to realize (image), it was not enough. It was not grand enough, not epic, not breathtakingly beautiful enough. So i sought for ideas and inspiration in the (not yet excisting) story around the whale, why a town on a whale? How does it fly? Why does it fly? How do you build a town on a whale? How do you life on a giant flying whale?

The project has since moved in a lot of different directions, the project went through atleast three different versions (image (all i could salvage)) and ironically in the end, not much of the lore i dreamed up around it made it in. In fact, you could say that the intended center piece, the whale, is in my eyes reduced to just a scenery feature now. The one feature which did make it in, partially, because it's surprisingly beautifull ingame with shaders are "clouds" of jellyfish (image), a minor stroke of genius in my opinion which i also featured in a build which was temporary on my PMC profile (image).

But back on topic, at first i wanted to combine the whale and the town on the back with an oriental inspired build (image), mostly because i wanted to make something oriental. Both builds on their own were just a meager "O.K." in my eyes, and they didn't work very well together. Fortunatelly, i have awesome twitter followers who assisted me with suggestions, one of those suggestions (click) which i had thought about and dismissed at the time was brought up again, and i was more susceptable to it, and it proved to be way cooler as i expected. The combining of the normal forests with supersized coral reefs is epic in my opinion.

One thing to realize is that i started this build before the tree repositories, the recreating the earth, and all other projects on my profile except for one, altsen upon brine! When i initially did this brainstorming, and sessions after that, i kept building on my own ideas and once you've dismissed an idea you're less likely to revisit it.

I'm quite happy to be able to say i'm finally satisfied with this project. It has made me consider to revisit an even older idea which has not seen the light of day either, so if you have an idea you like, stick to it. Don't publish it before you're satisfied with it, don't feel pushed, it's definatelly worth it to wait for the right time when all the pieces fall into place. And lastly, get some fresh eyes and ideas on your project when you're stuck!

  • The build is not public at this time, but it is on my server which will soon be open to the public. When i do so i'll make a video on my youtube channel, so if you want to look at it ingame, subscribe if you expect you might miss the announcement.
  • This project is not uploaded in the projects section because it does not meet the rules of the projects section. Incase you yourself are going to use binvox, you should first read the rules and see if they would apply to your build.
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  • rosedragon
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Dragon
  • January 10, 2016, 6:31 pm
SO BEAUTIFULLLL! I would say no to binvox because it basically just 'copy pasting' object by others but you perfectly turn it to part of very awesome and creative creation! :) THIS, imo.. is what binvox should be used for.
  • Darkrai789
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • November 27, 2014, 10:09 am
how were you able to link the whale's to reality, without making them to fantasy based?!
  • Darkrai789
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • November 27, 2014, 10:08 am
OMG
  • Argeddion
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Pokemon
  • July 1, 2014, 9:19 am
100th diamond!
Lente I love this build! I just have one question. Can you give me a link to the music you used in the youtube video?
  • pilsbaas
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Miner
  • January 20, 2014, 5:21 am
Outstanding work you have there Lente. This truly is inception. You can really see there are 2 main goals going on in the project: 1. Coral Reef / Ocean creatures. 2. Oriental way of life. Although it's a twist of reality, because the coral reef is in the open air surrounding the Oriental project, or the other way around which would mean the Oriental project lays down at the bottom of the ocean. As you explained in the previous comments to become this good and original. Knowing all the terraforming tools which you want to use, and having the ideas either on the table or in your mind. Is what makes you capable of making such a project. I say well done Lente, looking forward to see more twists of reality in the future. Best of luck.

Sincerely,

~ Pilsbaas
  • Plutouthere
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Crafter
  • December 17, 2013, 1:39 pm
This my friend has just become one of my favorite builds of all time, there are literally no words in the English language that I can think of to preceve how awesome and beautiful this really is man. Stuff like this takes skill and time and it shows. Keep up the amazing man. :)
This is truly amazing, it's not till you watch the cinematic that you really understand how great it is. This is in all honesty on a whole one of the best projects I have ever seen, however i would of liked to see more images in the reel :)

Fav, Diamond you already got my sub, keep up the great work :)

~ NB1
  • Gameboy840
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Lego Builder
  • December 16, 2013, 4:35 pm
Absolutely ridiculous... This is extremely cool. Love the whales!
Great thing's hippy cousin. Great job.
So amazing!!!111!!!!!1111!!!1
:3
  • bethenna
  • Level 28
  • Expert Narwhal
  • December 16, 2013, 7:30 am
It's so weird.. but it's so awesome :D
  • RoloFolo
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • December 16, 2013, 6:40 am
I love it! Had this idea too, but never on this scale... Great inspiration!
creative genius
  • sardanapulas
  • Level 47
  • Master Artist
  • December 16, 2013, 4:29 am
defenitely one of the more original builds on this site, nice work! :)
  • Antlia
  • Level 47
  • Master Blacksmith
  • December 15, 2013, 10:03 pm
This is pretty much the definition of Minecraft. Get an idea from another reality and just build it, no problem. I hope builds like this encourage others to venture out of the trodden path like you do. This is what everybody should do, use their damn imagination. I don't even need to say that you did fantastic job, but I feel the need anyways. Must be a huge satisfaction to get a project like this finally completed.
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 16, 2013, 1:42 am
Yeah, i'm quite happy i can cross of this project from my list of projects that i need to wrap up sometime :P
  • kenofox
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Fox
  • December 15, 2013, 7:27 pm
*Fangirls* Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh. <3
Very beautiful and majestic! Also I was wondering if u would share your custom world painter brushes?
  • Tommys
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Nerd
  • December 15, 2013, 3:01 pm
very nice idea you had :P i remember when you did the first video on this and binvox. Binvox looks like to be a very cool program.
  • Gabersid
  • Level 44
  • Master Pirate
  • December 15, 2013, 2:38 pm
Awesome! Did you make the whales by hand?
  • Unnatural
  • Level 20
  • Expert Toast
  • December 15, 2013, 1:14 pm
Quite insane, the level of execution and creativity is off the charts.
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen
  • Hyriel
  • Level 46
  • Master Architect
  • December 15, 2013, 11:33 am
Are you a imgurian by any chance? :P
- I wish I'll someday be as good as you are when it comes to building/terraforming Lente. Amazing job, looks fantastic.
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 11:44 am
To be good at terraforming you need only two things!
  • Know terraforming tools indepth, so you can realize your ideas
  • Have the ideas

Unfortunatelly, the ideas can be hard to come by. Though there's definatelly still some directions one can stretch terraforming into, which i'm not going to share right now, because i have some specific ideas i want to do myself sometime :P I'm a bit of a terrain enthusiast myself, i guess it comes somewhat easy to me. But it's definatelly a skill i'd say that isn't all to hard to acquire, and it can make your work not only more beautifull but also more time efficient! So i'd say, start experimenting! :)

And yeah, i'm somewhat of an imgurian. Mostly lurker, and i don't dare set foot in the user submitted section, but i do check the most popular ones religiously ;)
  • Hyriel
  • Level 46
  • Master Architect
  • December 15, 2013, 11:56 am
Haha im still learning a lot of stuff since we last talked about it all! I've been doing some decent progress i guess! Deffenitly dont lack the ideas either haha.

And yea, totally agreed. A good map project needs wonderful terrain aswell. I mean it dosent even look good if you do an amazing build, but the actual landscape around it /terrain, looks horrible xD Just ruins the entire thing imo. Sadly, atm im just a talented builder - still lack the terraforming skills, learning though!

Haha, i had to ask after i saw what the title for the submission was xD Typical imgur thing. And yea, User submitted is harsh. Dont think I've ever had anything thats actually left it, or hasnt got shot down XD I've tried with a bit of everything really haha.
  • NStalker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • December 15, 2013, 11:28 am
Amazing Work! And those Wales, just... WOW!!!
  • ZvedeENG
  • Level 45
  • Master Lad
  • December 15, 2013, 11:27 am
Where do you find all that time? This would take me ~2 years. Great job once again Lente, it's more awesome every time 0.o
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 11:30 am
"it's more awesome every time" - way to put the pressure on man :'( xD Worldpainter is also pretty epic/usefull, but i guess most of my followers are aware of my obsession with WP :)
  • Kriin
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • December 15, 2013, 11:21 am
This is just sheer insanity. I can't quite fathom how you even managed to create such a beautiful project. You're and absolute god-send of a builder man.
  • lynchyinc
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 80
  • Elite Boss
  • December 15, 2013, 10:52 am
Amazing build once again Lente. This, along with your elven build have been some of my favourite builds of this year.

Keep cranking out the great builds ;)
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 11:14 am
Thanks, that means a lot :)
[size=10pt]I'll try and keep it up in 2014![/size]
  • skrill94
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Bunny
  • December 15, 2013, 10:32 am
You still amaze me !
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 10:43 am
And i hope i will still be able to :)
  • skrill94
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Bunny
  • December 15, 2013, 10:58 am
I'm sure you will !
  • Schnogot
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Musician
  • December 15, 2013, 10:02 am
Freakin awesome :)
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 10:44 am
Thanks man :)
  • mpstudio
  • Level 26
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 15, 2013, 9:36 am
lentebriesje ga jij ook nog is een keer world painter tutorial op chunkergames doen???
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • December 15, 2013, 9:38 am
Heb je iets specifieks in gedachten?
  • mpstudio
  • Level 26
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 16, 2013, 6:18 am
jha hoe je mooie cliffs maakt/of hoe je bij custom trees echt goed neer zet (heb ik vooral zelf moeite mee) maar je maakt echt vette dingen!!! en ik gebruik je costom trees bijna altijd :-) trouwen of een turtorial over hoe je custom trees maakt!!! dat zouw nog toffer zijn!!!

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