If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.Charles Bukowski
I hate leaving things unfinished. But as a creative artist, there will always be incomplete projects, failed ideas, and never realized inspirations. It doesn’t help that I am also easily distracted with side projects (even if they become great completed works). Here I shall list some such shenanigans of mine and provide some insight on each one. Some might find it interesting. I’ve not really shared some of these builds anywhere else, as I do not feel it worthy or necessary.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Plant needs no introductions. I built a mini mock-up of a part of it for a redundant commission and never went further. I decided to share the WIP file on my Patreon, but there’s not much there. What you see is what you get – it’s a bad start and only the pictured facade has been made, and only at the angle the picture was taken.
Real Duplex Home V2
I have previously published my “55 | Real Duplex Home” build. It was an utter failure – the world files I shared for it had been corrupted. I managed to find a WIP version of the build and re-create and share it again. And now to add to that graveyard – here’s a little experiment of an alternative Duplex home design featuring only one floor. Both Duplex homes were based off traditional (old) designs on purpose.
The Junkyard project
This is a collaboration I have started with builder LocalFarmer. We work odd evenings on bringing everything together. The project features custom terrain and will have high detail vehicles and architecture based off Hamish Frater’s work, set within a fenced off junkyard. Updates coming soon.
PROJECT RUN 2
This is a completed build! But it was impulsive so I’ll count it as a distracting side project. Project Run 2 is a community collaboration to create a parkour race, where each section is made by a different builder. The sections have every style you can image and range from basic parkour to puzzles and data pack wizardry. My map features fairly basic parkour obstacles in a “Slice Of Life” aesthetic.
All info is in the video below – you will be able to play the map when Project Run 2 releases.
Medieval snow hub
While I’m a modern builder, I sometimes branch out to other styles of realism. So yes, here’s an impulsive medieval side project! I’m sure you can see the modern influence if you look at the village houses. The first time I attempted building this map I wasn’t happy, so I actually re-made the whole thing… The circular 250x terrain was made in World Painter, and the village re-built from scratch to much better results. I don’t even have before pictures as it was rushed.
This was an interesting experiment that forced to look into World Painter’s features of schematic pasting, biome painting and other world settings I had not touched much before. It’s just Microsoft Paint but for Minecraft worlds!
I mentioned the ModernCraft project multiple times before – a major realism city project I’m part of. Here is some new progress on the first buildings of Clover, the capital city. Fun fact: Half the place names in the ModernCraft project were suggested by me in honor of the lost and corrupted worlds from my former creative server Inside Creative. These are Clover city, Westernfield and Lubenford.
I also dedicated a full 2 days to rendering out clean thumbnails of every building we have made so far. You can see some of that on the ModernCraft project page on PlanetMinecraft.
The Minecraft Line
The improved V2 terrain of Saudi Arabia has been imported in-game last month. Since the above mentioned side projects are out of the way and ModernCraft is on hiatus, I finally run out of excuses to not start the Line city replica! But in all seriousness, once this blog post is done I can pretty much start building right away. Progress will be shared on the dedicated Line updates page.
The map is on 1.19 as that’s the most recent version that the Arceon plugin I bought early this year supports. It’s a very useful tool that will come in handy for sure.
Architecture fascinates me. If I come across some interesting piece of architecture I may want to recreate in Minecraft (or draw, or whatever creative process I may choose), I save it. Due to this, I have a whole unpublished page with 50+ inspo links on the blog, as well as multiple folders with building designs, urban planning etc. Pictured below is my semi-related inspo folder for The Line.
- So much to build, so little time. -MMDL