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Spaceship detailing: the Art of Greeble, part 1: the theory

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avatar Ragnur Le Barbare
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Graaaaaaaaaaah! Ragnur here, with a blog filled with hair, testosterone, blood, guts, slain enemies and other manly things!

Today, I'm going to try and teach you the ancient art of spaceship detailing. If you've ever wanted to build a spaceship in minecraft, but all you came up with was a cylinder with a hole for cockpit and a couple of other cylinders for the engines, despair no more! For today, the great secret will be revealed; and the answer to the famous "how the heck do I build detailed spaceships or sci-fi stuff" lies in one simple word: Greeble.

Warning: this is only part one, that deals with the theory and the very basics. Part two will come soon.

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Stay tuned for part 2, where we really begin to apply the details, and where we will transform our little hull into a marvelous thing of beauty and sci-fi sexiness...
CreditLots of DeviantArt people: http://magmarama.deviantart.com, http://ere4s3r.deviantart.com, http://zerion.deviantart.com, http://ps-d.deviantart.com, http://vizg.deviantart.com, and an anonymous, airship-building site mod for the over-the-top thumbnail :)
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  • AHaddon
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  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • February 23, 2013, 12:08 pm
What category might a UNSC frigate fit in?
This is really great so far! Thank you for sharing this I know I could use any tips when it comes to making my ships not look like rubbish.
  • Mgreat
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  • Grandmaster Taco
  • February 4, 2013, 7:56 am
Awesome! Did you use any mods or external programs to make that giant hull? Or was that done with vanilla minecraft?
Very Nice I have to say you did a very good job
I like this blog; I finally have something to show people when I tell them they need to build their ships better.

However, there is a third type of ship: styling that is both highly detailed and streamlined. This involves lots of spikes and points, and ends up looking quite alien.
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 2, 2013, 12:17 am
Yeah, I decided not to cover organic types, 'cause they're really hard to do in minecraft. Maybe when I have more experience, I'll try and build some :)
I wasn't talking about organic types (in fact, I completely forgot about them!). However, I find using the "brush" tool on MCedit or Voxelsniper is a really good way to make organic ships (by building up layers of ever smaller spheroids). You can create very creepy ships that way, especially if you trail the brush to give it a "vine-like" appearance.
[size=10pt]If anything, it's more terraforming than ship-building, and probably warrants a tutorial of its own.[/size]
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 2, 2013, 1:08 am
Yep, agreed. I could write a tutorial when I'm more experienced with these designs :)
Or... I could write a tutorial?
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 2, 2013, 1:25 am
Of course lol, can't wait for more tutorials :)
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  • Atrocities
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  • February 1, 2013, 7:44 pm
Diamond to U. Thank you.
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 1, 2013, 10:06 pm
Thank you too :)
  • Clue
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Dragon
  • February 1, 2013, 7:26 pm
To bad that I've decided to limit my space ship adventure map to interior only. Maybe I'll make an exterior version too.
On a side note, will you be detailing interior decor of the spaceship?
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 1, 2013, 10:06 pm
I don't know, maybe one day, but later, because I don't feel experienced enough in building interiors... I'll keep that in mind ;)
  • Camo7
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  • February 1, 2013, 7:17 pm
"I'll greeble your face!!"
hmmmmm.....
GREEBLED lol thats funny it's like "Hey you" "What?" "You got greelbled"
LOL
  • kokonus
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • February 1, 2013, 6:56 am
thanks this helped allot:) cant wait on the next part
  • the_soup
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  • February 1, 2013, 6:52 am
lol

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I enjoyed reading this! *diamond*
  • Roobus
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  • February 1, 2013, 2:31 am
Wow! This is great stuff. Perhaps I should start exploring beyond skinning...
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • February 1, 2013, 2:39 am
Thanks :). And I should also read your tuts and get to skinning ;-)
  • Luis
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  • February 1, 2013, 1:23 am
Realistically a star cruiser doesn't need to be stream-lined anyway as once it's out of an atmosphere there is no air-resistance. And I look forward to more sci-fi sexiness :P
  • Dollars
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  • February 1, 2013, 1:09 am
how do i make a star wars
  • GarretSidzaka
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:40 pm
nice im really liking these new artist articles here at PMC!
  • Teddy
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  • January 31, 2013, 8:38 pm
its ok i guess
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:09 pm
so's urmom lolol
  • Teddy
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:40 pm
yeah she's been okay. :)
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:45 pm
Good. Tell her I said hi.
  • Taylorwood
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  • January 31, 2013, 4:41 pm
This is amazing. I have no interest in spacecraft, but this kept me interested. Well done!
  • _DioM_
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  • January 31, 2013, 2:05 pm
Part two? :3

Diamond, favorite, sub.
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 8:46 pm
Soon... Well, as soon as I find a way to write it that doesn't look like "well, I did this... and this... and it looks good! Magic!"
  • Supernova666
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  • January 31, 2013, 2:00 pm
This is fantastic! Can I ask, how long did this take to make?
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 8:45 pm
About a week to complete the ship that you can see in the oh-so-fabulous and lensflarey image, and some 5-6 hours to write and put everything together.
  • HellOnBlocks
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  • February 1, 2013, 12:59 am
I had a good laugh at that when I saw it in my subscription window :P
  • Supernova666
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  • January 31, 2013, 9:53 pm
J.J Abrams would be proud of your image. I thought it would've taken longer to make everything. Great blog, and ship!
  • LithiumSedai
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  • Grandmaster Dragon
  • January 31, 2013, 12:05 pm
Really good! I have never built spaceships (except a lame shuttle that one time :c), but if I ever decide to start, I'll know where to look for tips! A diamond for you, kind... uh, barbarian?
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 8:44 pm
kind? What is that? ;)
I just stepped foot into the spaceship and cyberpunk design and this sir is a fantastic tutorial that I shall take to heart when I begin working on my next space ship O,....,O
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 8:44 pm
Thanks :)
  • Dadicho
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:40 am
Awesome,epic and well done ! you have my diamond !
  • ObbyCow77
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  • January 31, 2013, 11:06 am
Epic! :D
  • calehren
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  • January 31, 2013, 10:39 am
Nice tutorial. This deserves a diamond.
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 10:40 am
Thanks :)
  • OliverFrenchie
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  • January 31, 2013, 10:39 am
Fantastic tutorial with lots of detail and great graphics. Awesome job Rag!
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
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  • January 31, 2013, 10:40 am
ily <3

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