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Week in Review - Week of July 12, 2015

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avatar GrayRemnant
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Hi guys, Gray Remnant here!  Today, I've got some really bizarre stuff to show you.  I hope you enjoy.  ;)



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So early on in the week, there was this build made by MancoMtz.  I was so confident that it was going to win gold that I actually said so in the comment section.  But, of course, Cephyr (a WIR veteran of the ages) swooped down at the last moment and dropped one of the most amazing structures I’ve seen in a long time (my apologies, Manco).  It’s called Stalingrad - Blood on the Volga, and it is just plain epic.

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Ready for a history lesson?  So, back in the second World War the Nazis invaded and subsequently destroyed the city of Stalingrad in Russia.  You might ask how someone could capture all the chaotic destruction with Minecraft.  Well, I don’t know the answer to that question.  Ask Cephyr.

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First of all, let’s just take a moment to admire the fact that Cephyr took a great deal of time building a replica of some of the most well known sites in Stalingrad, only to go through the painstaking after-task of blowing it all to smithereens.  That’s called effort, ladies and gentlemen.

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This map features glorious structural damage to all of the architecture, including caved-in roofing, tanks blown asunder, and crumbling monuments.  Not only this, but it also includes bombers, tanks, missiles, and explosions laying waste to everything, and I mean everything.

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The level of detail is so immense and well thought out, that this probably captures the nightmarish circumstances Stalingrad actually went through in about as much detail as Minecraft can possibly allow.  This is maximally ruinous, and the flaming detritus and smoldering buildings are absolutely fantastic.

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The scenery is so calamitous, that it actually looks like a scene that’s unfolding, rather than just a model.  There’s a sort of fluid nature to this that gives the map an eerie and unsettling reality.  It’s seemingly interactive, even though none of the structures actually move in their own right.

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I don’t know where Cephyr gets the time to poor their attention into projects like this, but I’d say the effort shows.  Let this be the standard for everyone to shoot for in the future.  I’d love to see more projects like this.

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Additional Credit
Nati797 - Renders



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The best terraforming of the week was a glorious island called Temple of Champions, created by Qubion.  This is a project that incorporates structural, environmental, and organic elements to create a lively and well-developed landscape.  It’s definitely an environment with a lot of character and intriguing elements.

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Temple of Champions is like something out of a Greek odyssey.  The temple itself sits atop a glorious, crumbling landscape.  Ravines, cliffs, and swirling earth make up the majority of the island, with a few bridges and staircases to make the different areas more accessible.

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Clouds, trees, and a particularly elegant statue also litter the map, and there’s a very impressive golden trident sticking out of the water, with ripples emanating behind it.  When you look at this in its totality, it does bear a resemblance to something out of a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Liam Neeson.  Somebody release the Kraken!

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What I really like about this map is the fact that it uses structures and organic work to enhance what is otherwise a fairly straightforward landscape.  Simplicity can be effective when it’s combined with other, more diverse, elements.  All in all, this is a very impressive nugget of terraforming goodness, with some nice goodies sprinkled over it.

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Additional Credit
Echto - Builder
S_Jones - Builder
Rajkkor - Renders



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I would like to point out that the following project definitely won the organic category this week.  There was nothing even close, and in hindsight I don’t think there was any possibility this map wasn’t going to be the stand-out organic project this week.  This masterpiece is called Transmarine Treasure Map, created by Jimjabway.

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This is an utterly mind-blowing map, and for once I use the word ‘map’ because it literally is a map.  It’s a gigantic treasure map that outlines some epic journey through the seas in search of treasure.  And, yes, all of the elements are three-dimensional islands, boats, hot-air balloons, fortresses, and a gigantic, terrifying mutant eel monster.  All of this sits atop a conventional backdrop of a large pirate map, complete with dotted lines, a compass, and a big red X.

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The structures in and of themselves are fantastic.  The boats have amazing arrays of sails, the land structures are towering and full of detail, and the balloons are a nice touch as well.  Oh, and the terraforming is nice also.

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The star of the map is obviously the giant eel monster, which looks like the results of hideous mutations caused by exposure to nuclear waste.  Hell, after Fukushima, maybe there actually is one of these things swimming in the Pacific.

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The thing I really like about this map is the fact that some of the elements are 2-dimensional, and some of them are 3-dimensional.  It kind of gives the appearance that the map is coming to life before our eyes; like something out of a pop-up book.

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More and more, I’m seeing a lot more maps like this on PMC; maps that are driven thematically and creatively.  It’s always nice to see a brilliant idea developed into a successful project through good technique and effort.

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Additional Credit
Freshmilkymilk - Renders



Qualifiers
Structures:
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/blenhiem-interchange-huntington-city-ecs/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/city-in-snow/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/extronus-spawn/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/winterhaven---survival-games-map/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/waterway-3384189/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/mythicubemmo-oasis-the-golden-capital-of-azuran/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/mc---legends-hub-feat-billthebuild3r-and-mrfluffycakes/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/perch/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/mythicubemmo-the-palace-of-oasis-throne-of-power/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/skyblock-spawnhub/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/necrox-class-assault-gunship/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/imperial-navy/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/west-egg-city-modern-city-download/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/server-hub-for-mineland/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/glaciem---pedestrian-area-of-lucrcy/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/cover---a-modern-skyscraper-drn/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/epic-medieval-castle-20-download/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/velocity-network---prison-spawn/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/frost-orval/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/hogwarts-replica---255-blocks-download/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/norzeteus-space-buildings-bundle-184/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/future-tram-sgr1/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/wigtown-town-hall-cc/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/golden-hills-city-pioneers-bridge/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/enormous-mansion/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/planet-minecraft-plaza-50th-subscriber-special/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/grandeena---castle/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/cruise-ship---cunard-ms-queen-elizabeth-full-interior-download/

Terraforming:
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/the-protector-of-the-swamp-swamplingen/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/del-teth-rotte/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/clay-only-build-challenge-1-mountain-range/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/jungle-spawnlobby/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/spawn-factions-the-white-mountains/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/60-subs-special-free-download/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/vi-ineffable-islands-mountains-island-elven-pine-ocean/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/a-lion-still-has-claws---custom-got-terrain-house-lannister/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/the-elijah-islands-1000-x-1000-custom-terrain/

Organic Work:
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/whale-challenge-build/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/huge-middle-earth-creatures-bundle/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/shiny-arceus-65-subscriber-special/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/dragon-3384387/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/orion-the-barn-owl/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/evangelion-unit-03/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/drifting-away/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/sexy-girl-sculpture/
http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/malik---the-soul-fetcher/
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Thanks very much for your time!  If you liked this blog, please don't forget to spread the diamonds, both to me and to the awesome map creators, as well.  I'll see you guys next week!


-Gray Remnant
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I loved all 3 this week, usualy I'm not into organic but this map was so great!
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • August 3, 2015, 2:53 pm
Yeah, that one was a really special 'map'.  ;)
Diamond =)
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 25, 2015, 12:37 pm
Thanks, my friend!  ;)
I Forgot To Check This Out Before Great Review!

Congrats On 2000 subs.Glad To Be One Of Them :)
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 23, 2015, 2:10 pm
Thanks a bunch, buddy!  ;)
Haha No Problem
  • mick_5
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Crafter
  • July 22, 2015, 4:35 pm
Your'e right that is incredible ,never seen the likes
  • Tommist
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • July 20, 2015, 11:51 pm
Any chance my aircraft will be in these type of review one day :)?
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 22, 2015, 12:53 pm
Perhaps.  :P
from what i understood you'd have to post the project during that week for it to be considered, and it cannot be a repost or an update, has to be posted and mostly finished during the week you want to be considered for review. Though Gray's the overlord of these so he can correct me if I'm wrong.
  • EmperorBOSS
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 20, 2015, 2:17 pm
Yo congrats man, exactly 2000 subs!!!
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:24 pm
Thanks, my friend!  I appreciate the support!  ;)
  • Orbiter
  • Level 42
  • Master Fox
  • July 20, 2015, 2:00 pm
I didn't notice anything too dark about the video.. O.o
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:24 pm
I never said it was dark.  :P
  • Orbiter
  • Level 42
  • Master Fox
  • July 20, 2015, 2:25 pm
Ah, you called it the "dark realm of video magic".. I see :P
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:32 pm
:P
Holy cows, that Stalingrad is amazing, good choice
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:23 pm
It is pretty mindblowing.  ;)
  • SkullFace_
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • July 20, 2015, 1:09 pm
i didnt post mine today becasue of pmc's crap uploading thing. It was stuck on "saving.." for a day and so i gave up adn tryed to recreate weeks review - week 2 again but it did the sae thing ¬.¬
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:25 pm
Sometimes PMC blocks comments/posts for odd reasons.  It can be pretty annoying.  :P
  • Wooouh
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Vampire
  • July 20, 2015, 12:57 pm
Wait 2-10 days and GreyRemnantic is done :D
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:23 pm
LOL!
Pretty nice review, yet again!
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:23 pm
Glad you enjoyed.  ;)
  • IXAnakinXI
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 20, 2015, 12:49 pm
It's a shame that Manco ended up not getting first prize this week with that interchange on ECS, but I admit, Stalingrad is a great project, too! Was it a hard decision for you?
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 2:23 pm
It wasn't the hardest decision I've ever made, I was just bummed that Manco got edged out right at the last second.  Stalingrad was pretty much unbeatable.
  • IXAnakinXI
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 20, 2015, 3:15 pm
True... as you said in the video, it has every level of detail that you can get with Minecraft. Even those spotlights, damn that was spot-on!
  • MMgaming
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • July 20, 2015, 12:26 pm
how is like the base city of your goin like the one your youtube trailer is played/recorded
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • July 20, 2015, 12:28 pm
It's almost finished.  I've been busy with other stuff recently, so I haven't made any progress on it.  It will be finished sometime in the near future.  ;)

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