Posts Tagged ‘wool’


No motion in motion

After the relative non-failure of uploading and featuring two of my Minecraft build videos on the site a couple of days ago, I thought I’d add my third. It’s of the Airship I built, the tour that never happens. More background info can be found in my screenshot post, here.

I’m getting a little more confident putting these things together. It’s a bit longer and it has more cheesy transitions – who knows what the future will hold?! Get ready for star-wipes and checker-boards, maybe! *groan*

This is actually the second version of this particular video. I did one the other day that was incredibly quiet for some reason. I hadn’t (intentionally) faffed around with any of my settings but somehow all the sound clips came off almost inaudible in the final edit. Well, a little tweaking here and a little amplification across the board and hopefully you can hear the narration now.

Hmm, on second thoughts, is that really a good thing?

Update: A schematic of the Airship is available to download. Check out this post for more details.


Up, up and away… again

My third build on the new multi-player Minecraft server is another in the sky-bound vein. Having already built a hot-air balloon on the old server, I wanted to make something a little more grand. This time, I decided to try building an airship.

Minecraft Airship - TallI wanted to keep my few first builds together so the spot I picked for my airship is located behind the Clipper I’d constructed earlier, floating over the same ‘lake’ it is moored in. Building up means space isn’t really an issue but still, I didn’t want everything to look too cramped so the base of the build is off to the side, on a little outcrop.

The first thing I needed to do was build a staircase to reach the airship. It had to be tall but not excessively so – I wanted to keep my sanity while constructing the thing plus it was just the starter and I was itching to move onto the main course. Despite that, the staircase required a large amount of fences (and, of course wooden stairs) so half a forest had to be sacrificed in order to build it. Don’t worry, I replant. :)

Minecraft Airship - SignClimbing the stairs to the top takes an age so I added a ladder to the centre of the structure to speed things up. Purists can still walk to the top of the staircase going round and round and round if they so desire… and have screw or two loose.

The bottom of the staircase is quite simple with a plain stone base and a sign informing visitors that the airship tours have been suspended for the time being (there is a problem with the airship’s engines – turns out they’re made of wool).

Minecraft Airship - InsideOnce you reach the top of the staircase, and cross the gantry to the gondola itself, you’re presented with great views of the surrounding area and can relax on the oh-so-comfortable wooden-stairs-standing-in-for-seating that you see in so many ‘great’ Minecraft builds. What’s a few splinters in the backside between friends, eh?

Don’t worry about the roof of the gondola being made entirely of stone slabs. The two woollen balloons it’s attached to manage to somehow keep all that weight afloat.

Minecraft Airship - GapThe gondola has two exits – one that leads back to the gantry, the staircase and ground level and one that… doesn’t. Be sure to leave the gondola via the correct door. In case you’re unsure, the wrong door has a helpful sign to warn you that the first step is a doozy. Luckily, what with the airship being temporarily moored over a lake for these repairs, even if you do make a mistake, your landing will not be fatal. It will however be rather damp.

Hmm, maybe someone should lock that door.

Minecraft AirshipAt the back of the gondola are a pair of ladders that lead to the roof and allow access to the balloons themselves. As with all large structures, you save a hell of a lot of wool by making the things hollow and so a pair of doors lead to the their interiors. I haven’t built anything in there but they’re both pretty roomy and would make for great little bases of operations (or just a really excessive amount of storage).

I enjoy building structures in Minecraft that defy gravity in some way or other. With the build height limit of the game being increased by another 128 blocks recently, there’s an awful lot of real-estate to claim up there so it’s daft not to take advantage. I won’t be building any pointless 180-ish block tall towers any time soon but these minor outings into the sky make me happy.

Update: A schematic of the Airship is available to download. Check out this post for more details.


Old is the new New!

Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried out a whole bunch of different multi-player Minecraft servers. The one I was playing on previously closed its doors and left me without a mud-hut to call my home. So I went a-hunting and found a shed-load of idiots for my trouble. There’s an awful lot of servers out there being run by people who definitely have no business being in control of anything more complex than their own bowel movements (and some of them made me wonder about that, too).

Eventually I did come across a server that was both nippy enough to use and had a bunch of regulars that didn’t have me tearing chunks of my hair from the roots. From now on, all my Minecraft builds and screenshots will probably be coming from there.

And speaking of screenshots, I’m trying out something new on that front too. I’ve added a lightbox plugin and I’ve stuck larger copies of the shots on Imgur. So click on the smaller thumbnails for a larger version. If I can find them, I might dig out my older screenshots and create a post later with those in. Anyway, without further ado…

Minecraft ShipMy first build on the new server was to recreate a favourite of mine. I wanted to quickly organise a base of operations and so I found a quiet lake and rebuilt my little ship. I’ve called it the ‘Clipper’ since it’s far too small to be a galleon. The only real change between this one at the old one is that the upside-down half-blocks smooth out the bowsprit a little, I’ve kitted out the cabin with a workbench, bed, forges and storage, and below deck has been converted into a treasure room (it’s where I keep my gold blocks, naturally – currency on this particular server).

While the old ship used to require you to board via a secret tunnel hidden in the mine below the lake, now the player can now simply swim up to the ship and clamber up the side, thanks to the vines added to the game. Ah, progress.

Minecraft TapAfter I’d settled in the Clipper, I started on a more surreal build. This time I decided to create a huge retro-style tap (or faucet, for my imaginary American visitors). I went with smooth stone for this build. Didn’t have the resources to be too literal and make it out of iron blocks (plus they look like lumps of porcelain if you ask me). The stem, body, spout and handle are all hollow so the structure could be used as a base if you wished. The handle make a great place for storage chests, and you can earmark each for the four directions for specific items.

I’ve more to show from this server so I’ll probably be posting fairly regularly (well, you know, regularly for me – say once or twice a month). See you later.

Update: A schematic of the Clipper Ship is available to download. Check out this post for more details.

Update 2: A schematic of the Tap is also available to download. Check out this post for more details.


Up, up and away…

Minecraft Balloon

Here’s a screenshot of a construction from the multi-player Minecraft server that I’ve been meaning to post for a while. Viewed from one of the towers of my house, it is my favourite build so far – I just like the ‘defy gravity’ aspect of it. And yes, I did plunge into the river below more than a few times while putting it together. My shift-key finger nearly seized up for this one but it still didn’t stop me from taking a dip, now and again. And again. And again…

As you can probably tell, it’s another wool-heavy build (over 1000+ pieces of wool, more than half of those red) with only the anchor, stairs and basket ballast not requiring a seemingly endless hunt for sheep (and red flowers). The balloon is actually four colours – red, yellow, blue and round the other side, purple and green so there was quite of bit of dye to prepare beforehand. It’s well-lit, both inside and out because, well, those Endermen are basically a bunch of bastards.

Just off to the left of the shot, you can make out the bridge I first built to connect my little area to the main town and next to it, the skull on a spike I made last Halloween. Off to the far right, along the edge of the shot, you can barely make out another in-progress construction I have yet to finish off. It’s a bit more free-form so my typical planning has gone right out the window and as a result, it’s taking longer than usual to complete. I hope to get it finished as I’m quite happy with how it looks so far. Quite imposing :)

Update: Schematics of the Fish, Hot-Air Balloon and Skull are available to download. Check out this post for more details.


Happy Halloween in Minecraft

What better way to celebrate this special night when things go bump and boo and rattle, than from the home of free-roaming skeletons, zombies and spiders?

Minecraft Halloween SkullThis skull on a spike recently appeared (okay, okay, I built it) in the river just outside town.

It was quite a large construction all in all, needing the assistance of many sheep, consisting as it does of over 500 white wool, 80 black, 50 light grey and 40 red. The spike it’s impaled on is smooth stone, rather than blocks of iron – I’m not made of money, you know.

You can just about make out from behind the bridge my other constructions, the fish and my home mentioned in this post. Off to the right of the skull is a friend’s residence, guarded by his retro Mario. It’s an odd, mixed-up place. :)

So from the monster-infested lands of our Minecraft server, I wish everyone a thoroughly enjoyable Happy Halloween!

Update: Schematics of the Fish, Hot-Air Balloon and Skull are available to download. Check out this post for more details.


Go Fish

Minecraft FishAs mentioned in my earlier post, here is a screenshot of that Minecraft fish I built on the multiplayer server I roam.

It’s a big bugger and I spent a fair while hunting down, dyeing and then shearing sheep to get all the wool to craft it. It might not look it but in total it needed about 500 pieces of wool for the whole structure and remember, this thing is hollow. Oh yes, there’s a ‘secret’ base inside, accessible by an underwater tunnel and a ‘hidden’ door. ‘Secret’ and ‘hidden’ in the sense that you didn’t know but the rest of the server guessed as much straight off the bat. My fish comes from the Blinky school of design, though with fewer eyes and the torches dotted all over him ensure he’s well-lit, day and night, free of pesky zombies and skeletons.

Minecraft DockOne of the first things I constructed on the server was a bridge leading from the main town to my little landmass. Swimming is such a pain so its construction was pretty much a no-brainer. I cooked up a whole batch of smooth stone (well, cobblestone looks a bit tacky) and set to work. Once that was done, I built a small dock just to the side of the bridge. There’s a chest on the dock full of boats and even a fishing rod, should the mood take you.

As you can see in the image to the left, the town is progressing quite nicely and yes, that is a gigantic sheep in the top-right, keeping vigil over everyone.

Minecraft HomeSince my last post, I’ve gotten around to revamping the cube I was at the time calling my home. I’ve now built a much more sprawling structure, an off-kilter keep with jutting towers. It’s still the cap on my to-the-bedrock mineshaft but now it looks a little more impressive than the dirt shack I built to save me from the roaming nasties at night.

At the bottom of the image, down near the little cove with the paddling sheep, you can just about make out my sugar cane farm, busily producing sugar and paper. I also have a mushroom farm and a cactus farm (none of them automated – I don’t really need that kind of quantity) built into my mineshaft.

The cactus farm sure came in handy when dyeing all that wool for my fish. Remember folks, dye the sheep, not the wool. You get more coloured wool and save dye shearing a dyed sheep than you would get colouring plain wool that you’ve just sheared. When you’re dealing with 500+ pieces of wool, that’s a big saving on dye.

Minecraft is a lot of fun and playing on a server with others is the icing on the cake. If you haven’t bought the game, go grab it, you won’t be disappointed.

Update: Schematics of the Fish, Hot-Air Balloon and Skull are available to download. Check out this post for more details.