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  • Hello everybody, my name is Gemini. I am here to give you five tips on castle building in

  • Minecraft and today we get the pleasure of seeing this beautiful remake of Kenilworth

  • Castle built by the team Blockworks. Let's take a little look around, shall we? This

  • castle is absolutely stunning to look at. It includes an outer wall, a courtyard, stables

  • and has fantastic defendability because of the hill that it sits upon. It was built to

  • look how it did in 1575 when Queen Elizabeth visited. This was quite the challenge for

  • the builders to reproduce but I think they have done a fantastic job with it. When building

  • a realistic castle there are five tip that I want to give you so that you can create

  • your own, the first of which is to plan our your castle. You want to know what height

  • everything is going to be, what the scale is going to be, how everything is going to

  • look next to each other so something that the team did when building this one is that

  • they were able to look at real life references, and even if you aren't building a castle that

  • already exists you can still do this. You can google search something like castle, maybe

  • medieval castle, something along those lines. Figure out what era you want your castle to

  • be in, for example this one was built for 1575 and they used real life images of this

  • castle which is unfortunately now in ruins, however there have been paintings and drawings

  • of this castle throughout time that give us a good idea of what it would have looked like

  • in 1575 even though there are no photos of it. So I advise you to pick a castle that

  • you are greatly inspired by and try to take aspects from that that you'd love to build

  • into your own castle. Planning really is key and it makes every other step in this tutorial

  • so much easier if you just get your base all planned our properly. Because Kenilworth Castle

  • was originally built for defence it is positioned up on a hill. Before you get any of your building

  • in place you want to think about the terrain around it. Kenilworth Castle is up on this

  • little hill here. This gives it an advantage because it's elevated and you don't want to

  • start building your castle down on the flat ground and then realise that you need a hill.

  • You need to build the hill first. This is a super important first step to your castle

  • and you need to get the terrain done in your planning phase, not in your detailing phase.

  • It's too late by then! So now that your planning is done let's start thinking about our shapes.

  • If we look at this castle here it's easy to see that there are many different shapes.

  • I mean there really are not a lot of straight lines. Even the walls going from tower to

  • tower are curved in different directions and this really makes it very dynamic and gives

  • it a lot more of a realistic look. I see a lot of castles that are just a plain perfect

  • square and although this can work in some scenarios I believe it adds a lot to the look

  • if you add a lot of these curves and different shapes. This gives such as unique feel to

  • this castle I mean look at this roof here it's completely on an angle and this does

  • challenge the interior a little bit but the builders here have done such a fantastic job.

  • You can also see with this castle that there are not just 4 basic towers, there are many

  • towers dotted around it in both the actual castle as well as in the walls surrounding

  • it. So when you're thinking about doing your castle think about the amount of towers that

  • you wanna have, where you want to have them and what shape you want them to be. This one

  • here for example has more square towers here leading up in the main building, however back

  • here we have some circular ones that are larger and some circular ones that are slightly smaller.

  • This variety is amazing and helps out your shape so so much. Next up we're going to be

  • thinking about the materials that we are going to use, I mean in Minecraft we have so many

  • different blocks to choose from and you can really get super duper creative with this.

  • So Kenilworth Castle was built from natural sandstone so because it is a castle that is

  • in real life it was important for the castles to think about what it was made of. This castle

  • has this reddish tone because it is created from natural sandstone that was found in the

  • area. Think about where your castle's going to be located. Is it on a cliff where there

  • would be a lot of stone or maybe andesite to build the castle from? Is it going to be

  • mainly wooden in architecture? Is there a lot of trees and forests around? What materials

  • would have been available for you to build your castle with? Thinking about your material

  • and how the builders would have found it will make the castle so much more realistic. When

  • thinking about what materials you're using in Minecraft it's not only important to think

  • about where they're coming from but also what you have that could work together within Minecraft.

  • So for example the colour palette used here are all within the same range of colour tones

  • but they're all used in different ways to add depth and detail to different structures.

  • For example there is a small difference down here. The wall is made out of a different

  • material than the foundation. This gives the illusion that the foundation is much stronger.

  • It gives a nice divide along the base of the castle, makes it look stronger and more put-together.

  • I absolutely love this effect. For the roofs of each building they've differentiated the

  • material. This way it's very easy to see the divide between the main walls and then the

  • roofs. It really accents the top of the castle and adds just such a nice little flair of

  • detail. So now that we've got the castle all planned out, we know our shapes and we've

  • got our materials, it's time to actually start building. So how do we actually start? Well

  • I was talking to the builders of this castle and they basically started with a wall. Mark

  • out your wall like this one and then figure out the heights. So maybe this wall has to

  • go a little lower based on the reference pictures and then this one goes higher and this one

  • comes higher again and you want to mark out this before your details so before you put

  • any of these windows in or little slots into the wall before there's any doorways you want

  • to get your shapes. Getting the shape of the castle in place is very very important because

  • if you rush into your details too fast and you make a mistake you'll end up working so

  • much harder to pay for that mistake. Get your shapes in, get everything built up and then

  • worry about your details. It's not important to rush into them. Take your time to get your

  • castle correct .The fifth and final tip I have for you guys is to not be afraid to trial

  • and error when looking at your details, so if something doesn't work with your detailing

  • don't be afraid to try it again. Sometimes it can take several attempts to get a detail

  • the way that you want it. Don't give up. Keep going, it's worth it and castle building is

  • so fun and rewarding I know that you guys will have so much fun with it once you get

  • the details in place that you want. Let's look at some of the details that the build

  • team did. So for example here we have these foundations that are coming out from these

  • entry ways so you have a stairwell here with a beautiful railing on it but also across

  • the way here we have these super thick foundations that would have been very important in holding

  • up the real castle. In real life Kenilworth Castle has some walls that are up to four

  • metres thick. That is a super thick wall so when you're thinking about your castle it

  • doesn't necessarily have to be super thick, it needs to be sturdy. Think about whether

  • or not it was built for defense. This castle was originally built for defense so its got

  • slots for arrows it's got walls that you can easily defend it's got a well for fresh water

  • during sieges it's got thick foundations. Think about these things and it'll make it

  • so much easier to add your details. Think about whether your castle had gardens think

  • about what the walls going along the exterior looked like and then think about what your

  • castle would need to survive. I mean in order to survive your castle needs fresh water so

  • it needs a well, it needs somewhere for people to sleep, your castle needs a kitchen but

  • your castle also needs somewhere to put horses for example in these stables over here, look

  • at these gorgeous stables, the interior is done so amazingly I can just picture this

  • place filled with amazing beautiful horses. I love the details the builders have done

  • for the windows here, look at how they've used the trap doors. I want to point out something

  • to you that one of the builders pointed out to me. So you see you can have trapdoors here

  • on an edge, they look so wonderful but also over here you can put double trap doors together,

  • look at this it's two trap doors and from a distance you can barely notice but you can

  • tell that it's a lot thicker and it really is something that adds to the overall feel

  • of this castle. It just adds so much detail and it's such a simplistic way. It's so beautiful.

  • Thank you guys so much for listening to my 5 tips on building castle exteriors. If you

  • would like to see more from me on castle interiors definitely check out the next video in the

  • series. I hope you enjoyed this Minecraft tour of Kenilworth Castle, thank you so much

  • for watching. Bye bye!

Hello everybody, my name is Gemini. I am here to give you five tips on castle building in

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Kenilworth Castle In Minecraft | Part 1: Exterior

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