If I'm going to continue updating and posting lots of pictures, the Property thread seems like an inappropriate place for it all. So here I am.
The goal here is to create a castle that breaks the traditional mold of "Minecraft castle," which immediately brings to mind either the very simple, flat-walled cobble abomination or the truly extravagant, overly large FyreUK megabuild style fortresses. Something reasonable for Survival, but also aesthetically pleasing- something less like a castle and more like a community palace, if you will. I also wanted to add fantasy elements to the castle- again, building a straight up medieval castle, while cool, would still not look great.
So, that said, I popped into a new flatlands Creative world to scribble some ideas, using what I already have and improving upon it while taking into account the rough guidelines. The original walls were decently textured but too short- the new walls are more than twice that height, taking into account the wooden palisades. Also, they're significantly wider now, with both an interior and exterior walkway- part of the idea also being that the inside is comfortable and homely while still functioning in terms of defense. The new wall design features 4 different walking paths, on various levels, and each appearing differently so you can remain aware of where you are on the wall. Passage between walkways will depend- some may have frequent ladders to access upper and lower areas, while others will only have access from corner towers and gatehouses.
Another part of the overall plan was that the interior of the whole fort would contain all of the amenities of Survival living- a farm, stables, ironworks, shops, houses, some aesthetic and others utilitarian, but all fitting into the theme of the build as a whole. I have not yet decided whether these structures will be built into the walls themselves at various points, or remain separate.
The other idea I was tossing around, since this will take so many resources, was simplifying the big picture into just a small fort- one gatehouse, one tower, and the walls enclosing a well and a farm field. This seems like a likely option.
Also it looks pretty neat at night.
Now for a raft of images.
And for reference, the original wall design that I made without testing first. Silly me.
UPDATE: An example of a modest house or shop built right into the space beneath the interior catwalk.