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lentebriesje's Avatar lentebriesje
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Level 89 : Elite Terraformer
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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01/10/2016 11:31 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Dragon
rosedragon's Avatar
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.
11/27/2014 3:09 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Architect
Darkrai789's Avatar
how were you able to link the whale's to reality, without making them to fantasy based?!
11/27/2014 3:08 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Architect
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07/01/2014 1:19 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Pokemon
Argeddion's Avatar
100th diamond!
04/02/2014 5:54 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
ZachTheGreat7's Avatar
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?
01/20/2014 10:21 am
Level 45 : Master Miner
pilsbaas's Avatar
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.


~ Pilsbaas
12/17/2013 6:39 pm
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Crafter
Plutouthere's Avatar
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. :)
The Meridian Academy
12/17/2013 4:20 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Architect
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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
12/16/2013 9:35 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Lego Builder
Gameboy840's Avatar
Absolutely ridiculous... This is extremely cool. Love the whales!
12/16/2013 5:42 pm
Level 77 : Legendary Robot
PrototypeTheta's Avatar
Great thing's hippy cousin. Great job.
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