Stole this idea from my brother-in-law; in one of his Minecraft worlds he had a giant chest he used for storage. I wanted to create a mass smelting room, so this seemed like the obvious design…
Made with stone, clay blocks, obsidian, nether brick, quartz blocks, and seven different colours of wool.
Windmill : Nether Mill : Ender Mill
All created in Survival on Minecraft Xbox 360
I built the original Windmill a month or two ago. Then, having seen a couple of people make ‘Dark World’ versions of their builds (most notably Achievement Hunter’s “Dark Achievement City”), I decided to make the Nether Mill.
The exterior is a little different, but a Nether portal in the basement of the original windmill leads you to the basement of the Nether Mill, and the interior is pretty much the same - right down to the placement of the mossy cobblestone in the walls. The Nether Mill is also completely ghast-proof, being built from Nether Brick, cobblestone, and obsidian for the sails.
Once I’d been to The End and beaten the Dragon, the Ender Mill seemed like the next logical thing to do. It’s made from stone brick and moss brick, obsidian, and green wool. To the left you can see one of the Ender Dragon’s obsidian towers, which I pretty much stripped down to an applecore in order to get all the obsidian I needed.
Pretty sure each time I start a new world now, I’m going to pick a build I like and reconstruct it in the Nether and The End, because this was really fun to do.
This is awesome.
Also, paging myturtlespeedy, who’s been masterfully throwing shade at people bashing Marvel’s decision.
Can’t wait for these books to start coming out.
Norse God Morning
Only just heard the news about Thor, and I absolutely can’t wait to see how the first issue turns out.
Minecraft Xbox 360 :: Houses
These aren’t the only houses I’ve built in Minecraft, but they’re the ones I’m happiest with so far.
1) My first proper house. Started as a wooden shelter, as many Minecraft houses do, and became a real home. 2) and 3) are interior shots of my bedroom on the upper floor.
4) My ‘Wizard Tower’, made of Nether Brick raided from the fortress, glass, glowstone, and redstone lamps, crowned with a couple of Lapis Lazuli blocks. It’s not the prettiest - kinda boxy, even by Minecraft standards - but I liked the way it came out.
5) My latest build is a windmill. It’s meant to be an approximation of a post mill, but I didn’t have any particular style or reference photos or anything - I just had a vague idea of how it should look, and ran with it.
I’m trying not to look a tutorials too much, except maybe for redstone circuits; it’s a lot of fun figuring out how to make things look good on my own.
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.
I read this entire series up to date in one afternoon recently. It’s probably one of the best comics I’ve come across in quite a while, and although it might be self-evident from the images, it’s definitely for adults. The combination of fantasy and space opera has been done before, but rarely to this degree of quality and impact. Staples’ art is definitely the star of the show, and Vaughn’s writing keeps the storytelling at a constant state of cliffhanger-level tension. Which is impressive, considering most of the plot revolves around disparate characters trying to raise children in vastly different circumstances that nonetheless ubiquitously reek of constant mortal peril.
Also, I can’t leave out mention of the characters, which are well-developed, mysterious, and generally entertaining. Lying Cat, for example, only speaks to say the word “lying”, and only when someone is lying:
But for the most part, the whole thing’s essentially about families.
I highly recommend it.
I picked up Volume One of Saga (collecting issues 1-5) recently and it was one of the best comics I’ve ever read. Granted, I haven’t read many - but the world is incredible, it somehow manages to be tongue-in-cheek without resorting to cheesy pastiche, and the dialogue is just brilliant.