When looking at Minecraft pictures, I see that lots of people build lots of really neat structures, but I really wonder how they build some structures. Are the using some external tool to help them plan?
For example, let’s take the case of a simple sphere, dome, or arch. How do you figure out where the blocks should be placed? Do you simulate the structure in some other tool? Do you use a calculator and the appropriate equations?
If you want to make circles, spheres, or toruses (donuts) by hand, use some pixel templates like this one:
To build a sphere for example (one method of many), pick the diameter you want and build up circles as layers. For example, if you want to build a sphere with diameter 21, you would
- Start with a circle of diameter 7 on the bottom (according to the preceding template, some can vary), as the first “slice” up from the bottom is 7 across.
- The next slice is 11 across, so you would build a circle of diameter 11 on top, with the same center.
- Continue on, building circles of diameters 13, 15, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, and another 21 would be the equator of the sphere.
- That would make a hemisphere, continue on to make the full sphere.