Yikes! Work had me so busy again that I forgot to do the post about the Norse Village. At the end of the last post, there was a teaser photo of our boreal/tundra village. The bridge that the rails pass over on their way to the village.
The Norse Village was a project long overdue. I had seen some ideas on the internet long ago and finally got around to building the buildings in Minecraft. So I have to admit that the Norse Village is much inspired by what others had made. We just tinkered around and made it kinda our own. So again, here’s the bridge as you enter. The sign in the middle of the bridge indicates that the rail is leading towards the Norse Village as symbolized by the Ice Block sign.
The Norse Village consists of three basic building types and one tower style, though hard to see in these images, you can see the three main types, a standard small two-story house, a larger three-story, and the one level more study utility building, though the last style was also used in some more residential buildings. These three styles are mimicked around the city with slight variation to shape and size.
For example, the large barn and the monastery on the hill use the more industrial style (third style) building as noted below. The barn ended up being a very large building complete with indoor beams to support itself. Below you’ll find the barn and last the monastery on the hill. Mixing stone block types as well as the use of fences for details made these buildings require more diverse block types for one structure than any others to this point in the game.
The last picture above also shows the bridge leading to the monastery at night and the temple in the foreground. You may have also noticed some of the larger buildings in the background in some of the above pictures. The second style (that larger three-story structure) because the main model for the larger buildings in town, including the town hall, hotel, and library. Those because massive works and ended up looking like glorious pieces of work that we were quite proud of! These goliaths included up to five floors and many dormers and dragon-style roof ornaments of much larger proportion than seen on the smaller buildings. Again the clever use of fences add much detail to the buildings that give them a really neat feeling.
That last picture shows the train station in the foreground, that building was the first in the city and set the bar for all the others. To the right and in the distance you see this villages monument, the large watch tower/lighthouse? We’re not really sure what it is besides awesome. The large tower on the water was used as a model for the other towers around town. They all look beautiful, especially at night. The detail seen on the buildings is carried even to these more military type buildings.
You might have noticed something in the background of the night-time tower image. Yes. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, that is indeed a Viking-style ship! Bocat constructed this beauty one day and it was a complete surprise!! It looks amazing! She built that amazing cat temple and then this beautiful ship…I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of her Minecraft structures!!
It does look like those zombies love it as much as I do! Of course we can’t leave you without a peek into some of these structures. I’ll say this about the Norse Villagers, they certainly are more well read than any of the others!!
So that’s our Norse Village, it turned out amazing! Clearly we’re getting better at this as we go along, but then again, we did have some amazing inspiration from the internet. We’ll leave you with a few parting shots of the overall village to get a feel for it. We didn’t put a wall around this village like we did with the town of Stonehaven (Castle town) and Little Egypt, the hilly terrain would have made it very difficult, plus we felt it would have ruined the ambiance of the city, which by the way, is amazing when it snows.
There are a few other surprises about the Norse Village, well the area near it, but we’ll cover those in another post.