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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from davux1

    WOW.. I am amazed, even if this was done in creative, I would have been in awe. You're doing a great job, keep it up. BTW, where do you manage to find all that coal? and even if you made charcoal, how do you get that many trees? And the stone? I suppose you do a lot of mining. Or do you have a cobblestone generator?



    I dont find trees. I farm them.
    Here is a quick shot of a freshly planted timber stand... 256 new saplings


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    Spent a couple hours starting my branch mines at bedrock depth... couldnt have picked a tougher place to drop my vertical shaft, but I am stubborn on theme things and I want my shaft direcly under th emain castle tower, so I hammered my way through. X/ I hit four caverns and lava once. Died a lot on the way down and sealing up the shaft from the caverns, but it is done and safe now... Will work my branches from bedrock up to lvl 17. Had plenty of luck finding diamonds( 10 in 90 min today) though they wont be very necessary in this build. Main reason to go deep was for the redstone... needed compass and map for clay mining travels. Gonna have to take a few overnight treks to gather enough clay to cook it for the bricks to build the gatehouse... only sitting on 6 stacks of brick after 2 hours of running shore line;



    Though I did gather about a dozen stacks of sand from beaches... wont have to seek out a desert after all.

    Peace.
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    FANTASTIC!
    Any prediction on when it will officially update?

    Im conflicted about using a pre-release. I promised myself I would do this with official released code, no skins, no mods etc... pre-release is kind of a grey area on that goal.

    Any time frame on next official update?
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from Bafflepitch

    Have you thought about shearing a bunch of the sheep now and then killing a bunch to thin the heard out? It should help reduce lag and make feeding easier.

    That is what I do currently with my farms. I'll get a bunch of sheep packed in there, then shear them, breed them, then slaughter a bunch.


    Good idea, that is what Im planning too. But Im needing about 8000 sheep total, it is important to keep the breeding pops high to accomplish this.
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Hours worked ~50
    Mob deaths ~75
    Sheep herd... not really sure, I dont think my $350 vid card wants to draw them all at the same time :/ Math says it should be about 700 or so but it doesn't look like it in a screen shot.

    First shot:
    All the interior dig out is done on the basements and foundations... all cellars are at least 4 meters deep, some as deep as six meters. The exterior dig out is about 80% done. AND! the courtyard is DONE!.. that was a LOT of smooth stone!


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    I jump/built some pillars to try to get that whole structure in one pic... cant do it, sorry. Here is a shot looking directly west or taken from the big building end; the opposite end from the red gatehouse.



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    Another pair of shots from a pillar on the south side, an angle I havent shot from before.... Just simply cant get the whole thing in one shot :sad.gif:... I'll figure out how eventually.





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    Did I mention that it took a LOT of smooth stone to lay the upper and lower courtyards? LOL
    the furnaces in the masons house have all been burning for a lot of game days.



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    And the best shot I have so far of the sheep herd... One day soon Ill need to build a half dozen more fenced pastures, and designate one for the dark grey sheep... I pretty much hate sheep already. Notch made them appropriately stupid 8/ ... I may have to build a catwalk above the pens so I can feed them without being bulldozed by the herd, lol.



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    Soooo, thats it for now.
    Next phase is the gate house and first step in that phase is gather clay to make bricks and sand to make glass. I also need to replant my forest in a more managed pattern so I can harvest it more efficiently.

    I also need to invent/discover a functional scaffolding system so I can get on and off the structure more quickly a couple thousand times. Seems like Im constantly running to my bed to reset the sun.

    Peace
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from Bafflepitch

    This project made me finally register for this forum. I love it! Neuschwanstein has been my favorite castle for years and I was able to visit it about a year ago. Make sure you leave room for Hohenschwangau!

    I will have to dig around and see what pictures I have that could help you with the project. They were pretty strict about no interior pictures though.

    Also, the castle was never finished. There was a very tall keep that they planned to build, but was never completed. It might be a cool addition to add as well. I believe the foundation to the keep is shown in the first picture you posted as the white stones in the courtyard.

    I hope when you finish you offer a map download. Despite the overuse of "Epic", this build really is Epic!


    Thank you for the kind words. I do have some interior pics I think, in my research folder somewhere.

    This is amazing. :biggrin.gif: I can't wait to follow your progress and I think I shall attempt to build my own. I've always loved this castle and to live in it.. oh that would be epic!

    Please keep us updated. Thank you!



    Look for an update tonight, I am almost done with the dig out and the courtyards.
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from Ferr3t

    Let me drop a bombshell for you that'll make this whole thing so much easier for you:

    Breeding two dyed sheep will produce a baby sheep with the same color. Shorn sheep will continue to produce baby sheep in the their original color. This can be used to obtain large quantities of colored wool, rather than relying on the rare dyes, such as Cocoa Beans or Lapis Lazuli.

    Straight out of the Minecraft Wiki.

    What you really have to worry about now is the setup of your sheep pens :wink.gif:

    Nice project to work on by the way, also dig the legit style. Can't stand the thought of building things outside of Survival Mode myself.


    RIGHT ON!
    I did go re-read the wiki. Dye color does in fact pass through to the baby. That is going to simplify the grey roofs.
    Thanks for the heads up guys.
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    posted a message on My biggest Castle (100%)
    Quote from silwerbullet

    I am currently working on my biggest castle yet. 150 x 140 blocks. Its 7 weeks into its building so far. Building started in 1.9.3 and is done in survival mode. No mods or cheats are used. I have maybe another 3-4 weeks of work left as its now. How does it look? :unsure.gif:



    Yep... Im now officially a silwerbullet fan. I will keep up on this thread as well.
    Nicely done
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from PistonPowered

    I've done the math for you and assuming you only use the wool to coat the outside of the castle, you will end up needing on the order of 20,000 blocks of wool. Do some more math and that means you will have to shear 6666 sheep. Thus you will need 13332 wheat to breed all the sheep. This also means that you will go through 28 shears, requiring 56 iron ingots.

    ...So yeah, I'll agree with your nagging voice.



    Thats awesome, thanks. that is about where I figured that math would come out... Not a project stopper in the least; Epic completion requires Epic hardship.
    Quote from Ferr3t

    Let me drop a bombshell for you that'll make this whole thing so much easier for you:

    Breeding two dyed sheep will produce a baby sheep with the same color. Shorn sheep will continue to produce baby sheep in the their original color. This can be used to obtain large quantities of colored wool, rather than relying on the rare dyes, such as Cocoa Beans or Lapis Lazuli.

    Straight out of the Minecraft Wiki.

    What you really have to worry about now is the setup of your sheep pens :wink.gif:

    Nice project to work on by the way, also dig the legit style. Can't stand the thought of building things outside of Survival Mode myself.



    Ima hafta re-read the wiki then. As I read it the baby sheep would randomly inherit the *Origional* color of one of the parents wether they had been shorn or dyed has no efect on the babys spawn color.

    I'll re-read it FOR SURE before I start breeding squids. Thanks for the heads up.
    Quote from xPiggy

    Keep up the amazing work. This is the most ambitious project I have ever seen on Minecraft, and I'm sure you are mad at attempting it. However, I value madness and if you ever get tired of the project, just remember the support behind you from the Minecraft community, who really don't care if you are mad or not xD
    Oh yeah and I love ^his^ name! Not like it is like mine or anything...:3



    Hummmmm maddness.... yeah Id say that covers it pretty nicely :smile.gif:
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Update 12-3-11

    Hours spent; ~36
    Death by Mobs: ~60 (What twisted mind invented the Creeper anyway?)
    Sheep Herd ~250


    So I have a few major project phases to go before I will actually need the stack of white wool; excavating the basements is still unstarted, gathering clay for the brick gatehouse, building the vertical shaft for the deep level branch mine needed to get the lapis for the blue roofs, find a desert or some other good source for sand for glass making, and I have to figure out how to catch and breed squid for the dye sacks so I can have dark grey roofs.

    But looming in my mind is the massive amounts of needed wool ..... did I mention Massive? I havent done the math yet but I just have this nagging voice in the back of my head that says 'breed more sheep, breed more sheep, breed more sheep." And the primary limiting factor for sheep breeding is wheat. Therefore my most recent efforts have been lazer focused on my wheat growing operations.


    Let the greenhouses begin (see pics):

    For safety purposes, I built these into the side of the mountain from which I have been taking the screen shots of the castle foundations. Built the top story first.




    Here's a shot of the interior of the top floor with a mature wheat crop.




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    The middle floor;





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    Annnnnd DONE, three floors, each capable of producing 256 wheat for a total of 768 wheat every four to six gamedays.


    Im probably going to need to double that production, so I built the greenhouses in a location where they can be extended out to the front far enough to be twice as long. I'll make that decision after I do the math on needed white wool.


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    And lastly, improvements to the sheep pasture; Pigs were jumping the fence somehow, so they got moved to a pig-penof their own. The sheep herd is starting to look like a possibility:



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    I know this isnt the sexiest update. In your shoes I would be looking for the progress on the castle, but to better chronicle the work, and as someone above requested, 'the dedication' to do this project legit style, I thought I'd drop in these 'support tasks' as they come along.

    Peace


    PS; any hints on squid breeding would be very welcome.
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from PistonPowered

    Wow, I can't believe this is going to be legit! I think it would be really cool if you did a timelapse.
    Also, I think you should eventually put a bunch of saplings all around the castle because the real castle seems to be surrounded by pine trees.


    I absolutely plan to plant the slopes when done.


    As for the planning on MSpaint, I was lucky enough to find this .jpg on the web somehow while doing my research:

    the pic doesnt have scale measurements or a ruler, so I just kinda had to eyeball it and do my best to keep it all the same scale. Had to make a few artistic changes, but I kept it as true as possible.
    I will be sticking to the floor plans as closely as possible as it gos up floor by floor.

    Im really enjoying the encouragement, and the project.
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Quote from jswizzy84

    Already been done




    They are flying with unlimited inventory and no mobs at night to build a hollow shell that is half turned sideways?
    That has been done, yes.
    For God's sake, I'll spend more time just farming sheep for the white wool, than they did on the entire project.


    I count theirs at 38 blocks wide... Mathematically that makes it just slightly larger than 1/6 the scale of my build...

    Show me a legit build approaching 88 X 262, and I'll bow out.

    Peace
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    Hey, thanks for the kind comments and encouragement.
    As for hours, I started on Sunday evening this week and I've hammered pretty hard on it so far. Im somewhere around 30 hours right now I think... ill start keeping better track.


    As for not building on top of a mountain...
    The foundation for this particular build is 88 X 262 (and that doesnt include the approach ramp).
    Its not so hard to find a mountain base that size, but can you really say that you are used to seeing mountain tops that are that size? Run around your current map and try to find a mountain top that is even 1/4 that size?


    But thats not the real reason... I would have considered hunting for or even hand-crafting a mountain that size, if it werent for the MC ceiling. At this scale, the height of the main tower will be somewhere around 65-70 blocks above the foundation. I'd hate to spend a couple hundred hours just to hit the ceiling before I even got the roofs put on.

    Besides, If you look at the picture, the real castle is not built on the highest mountain.. the picture is taken from the highest mountain, looking down on the castle roofs... the castle is built on a nice little hill but below the highest mountain..... if this project comes out nice, Ill drop the surrounding land down to a few blocks above sea level. its sitting at like 20 above right now. I'll eventually get some shots of the gate house from down below where I have my forest planted ... I think it will look just fine when done.

    Well, Im off to craft a couple hundred stone shovels... gotta dig out some basements and cellars, not to mention a vertical mineshaft to start my branch mining operations base... gonna need lapis and gold for sure.

    Peace
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    posted a message on Neuschwanstein Castle (88X262) -survival -no mods
    This is my first epic structure attempt.

    I've been playing MC for about a month, and I think I get the basics, so its time for a challenge.


    I'm sure you all know the history of Neuschwabstein Castle. In fact there are a few threads dedicated to the building on this very forum, as well as examples of some very well done versions of the structure built with MC blocks. <All props to those who have already attempted/completed this build> But for those of you who do not, here is a starter pic.



    I have been wanting to try this since about my 10th hour of MC exploration, but due to the color of the structure (white) I knew I was going to have to wait for 1.0 to release, so that I could breed the tens of thousands (estimated) sheep to gather the needed wool. Depending on what picture you view, the gatehouse is anywhere from brick red to sandstone yellow, and I have not yet decided which way I will go. Probably brick red... seems tougher to obtain.



    I was originally drawn to some of the more ancient castles of Wales, Spain and the Ottoman Empire, but their structural reliance on roundness and topographical necessity to run curtain walls at odd angles made them unsuitable for minecraft in its current 90 degree form. This build will ignore the 12 degree bend in the main structure, as there was just no way to make it look appealing, even at an insanely large scale. After using MS Paint to lay out the ground plan in several variations, I settled on a 88X262 block footprint. I found this size to be the smallest I could go and still include spiral staircases inside of towers with a semblance of roundness.

    Here is the ground plan for the foundations:




    This structure is being built on a true survival map and running NO mods or skins whatsoever. I find the challenge to be more satisfying, and as of this posting, I have been killed by mobs approximately 45-50 times.

    Here are a few pics of the beginning phases:

    First things first; I gotta raise about 25,000 sheep for the white wool, so a greenhouse built into the side of the mountain to raise wheat for breeding, and the beginnings of a sheep farm. I also gotta eat, so a few little piggies as well.

    The farm will need to expand by about 500% eventually, and I will need to add two or three more levels to the green house.

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    Next I started laying foundations from the gatehouse or western end. Its going to take a lot of stone, so I had no qualms about starting with a 31 meter high mountain in the way... I took it all the way down and used the stone for building.

    See the big grey patch just to the left of the footings, that is where the mountain was, and where the future limestone mine will be.

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    Ok, the mine is well established, and the south side of the foundations are layed... will need MUCH excavation underneath the initial blocks to finish the basements and cellars, but the top of the foundations are in place there.

    In the right lower part of the screen you can see the temporary Stone Masons' Lodge with 12 ovens built into the eastern wall. Gonna be burning a LOT of wood to make smooth stone for stone blocks for the foundation exterior. Interior and fill of the footings will be cobblestone.

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    Annnnnnnd.. the foundations are laid, I didnt want to just build a shell of a structure, so the foundations are three blocks wide in many places. The spaces in the basements that are directly underneath where interior walls will be all have pillars and/or full footing walls.

    It took a TON of cobble and Blocks to finish the footings for the main buildings, especially on the southern side where there is a drop off.

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    Now its time for a lot of excavating and underfilling the foundations in the north western portions of the castle where the land is naturally higher than the final elevations demand. I also need to cut away part of the remaining mountains and or build a platform up higher so that I can get the full structure in one screenshot.

    Stay tuned for a few new screenies every other day or so.
    Also, suggestions are welcome.
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