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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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Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
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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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02/23/2013 5:08 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Dragonborn
AHaddon
What category might a UNSC frigate fit in?
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02/11/2013 12:20 am
Level 42 : Master Crafter
shardschaefer
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.
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02/04/2013 12:56 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Taco
Mgreat
Awesome! Did you use any mods or external programs to make that giant hull? Or was that done with vanilla minecraft?
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02/02/2013 3:31 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
XteremeFightClub
Very Nice I have to say you did a very good job
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02/02/2013 5:02 am
Level 41 : Master Unicorn
Dr- Mackeroth
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.
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02/02/2013 5:17 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
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 :)
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02/02/2013 6:06 am
Level 41 : Master Unicorn
Dr- Mackeroth
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.
If anything, it's more terraforming than ship-building, and probably warrants a tutorial of its own.
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02/02/2013 6:08 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Yep, agreed. I could write a tutorial when I'm more experienced with these designs :)
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02/02/2013 6:24 am
Level 41 : Master Unicorn
Dr- Mackeroth
Or... I could write a tutorial?
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02/02/2013 6:25 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Of course lol, can't wait for more tutorials :)
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02/02/2013 4:42 am
Level 32 : Artisan Engineer
MonkeyPoisoned
50th diamond
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02/02/2013 12:44 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
Atrocities
Diamond to U. Thank you.
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02/02/2013 3:06 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Thank you too :)
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02/02/2013 12:26 am
Level 35 : Artisan Dragon
Clue
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?
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02/02/2013 3:06 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
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 ;)
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02/02/2013 12:17 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Demolitionist
Camo7
"I'll greeble your face!!"
hmmmmm.....
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02/01/2013 11:58 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Skinner
Diamondcreeper93
GREEBLED lol thats funny it's like "Hey you" "What?" "You got greelbled"
LOL
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02/01/2013 11:56 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Architect
kokonus
thanks this helped allot:) cant wait on the next part
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02/01/2013 11:52 am
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
lol

greebled
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02/01/2013 9:01 am
Level 74 : Legendary Architect
ilikecutepeople
I enjoyed reading this! *diamond*
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02/01/2013 7:31 am
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
Roobus
Wow! This is great stuff. Perhaps I should start exploring beyond skinning...
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02/01/2013 7:39 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Thanks :). And I should also read your tuts and get to skinning ;-)
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02/01/2013 6:23 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
Luis
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
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02/01/2013 6:09 am
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Dollars
how do i make a star wars
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02/01/2013 4:40 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Hero
GarretSidzaka
nice im really liking these new artist articles here at PMC!
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02/01/2013 1:38 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
its ok i guess
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02/01/2013 4:09 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
so's urmom lolol
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02/01/2013 4:40 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
yeah she's been okay. :)
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02/01/2013 4:45 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Good. Tell her I said hi.
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01/31/2013 9:41 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Architect
Taylorwood
This is amazing. I have no interest in spacecraft, but this kept me interested. Well done!
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01/31/2013 7:05 pm
Level 28 : Expert Scribe
_DioM_
Part two? :3

Diamond, favorite, sub.
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02/01/2013 1:46 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
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!"
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01/31/2013 7:00 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
This is fantastic! Can I ask, how long did this take to make?
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02/01/2013 1:45 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
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.
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02/01/2013 5:59 am
Level 33 : Artisan Nether Knight
HellOnBlocks
I had a good laugh at that when I saw it in my subscription window :P
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02/01/2013 2:53 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pyro
Supernova666
J.J Abrams would be proud of your image. I thought it would've taken longer to make everything. Great blog, and ship!
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01/31/2013 5:05 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Dragon
LithiumSedai
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?
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02/01/2013 1:44 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
kind? What is that? ;)
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01/31/2013 4:48 pm
Level 28 : Expert Engineer
TalPirateDomino
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
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02/01/2013 1:44 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Thanks :)
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01/31/2013 4:40 pm
Level 25 : Expert Mountaineer
Dadicho
Awesome,epic and well done ! you have my diamond !
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01/31/2013 4:06 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Lava Rider
ObbyCow77
Epic! :D
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01/31/2013 3:39 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Architect
calehren
Nice tutorial. This deserves a diamond.
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01/31/2013 3:40 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
Thanks :)
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01/31/2013 3:39 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Fantastic tutorial with lots of detail and great graphics. Awesome job Rag!
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01/31/2013 3:40 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
ily <3
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