I estimate this is 90% completed. There are a number of little details I am still wanting to work on (including especially changing up the materials to include different textures and colors), but this is more or less what I had in mind from the beginning.
So last post I showed you a basic outline, constructed entirely of stone brick, of what was to become a petrified dragon skull and the entrance to my Evil Nether Castle. I didn’t get a ton of work done on that larger project this week, but I did get the skull about 90% done. And here are the pics to prove it.
Click on the pictures to see a bigger version and a more in-depth description of the materials and methods I used to construct the various features.
A long distance view from the side and slightly back.
A long distance shot from 3/4 overhead perspective.
A long distance shot from further away and looking at the front.
I am not entirely satisfied with the way the skull looks from the front.
Another shot from the front, but closer.
The view immediately inside the mouth, looking at the piston door that forms the “throat”.
The fins on the back of the head use regular stone brick for the bony parts and hardened stone brick (from the Environmental Tech mod) for the “webbing”.
A close up of the left eye. I was aiming to emulate a reptilian eye. I have used basalt (from the Environmental Tech mod) for the pupil, netherrack for a bit of red color, and then inverted alexandrite redstone lamps from Silent’s Gems for the rest of the eye. Perhaps I should replace these with a red colored lamp?
A closeup of the front of the mouth, where the main entrance is located. On the teeth, I have swapped in diorite blocks and cobblestone wall painted as diorite in Ender IO’s painting machine.
The horn bits on the muzzle and on top of the skull are made from nether quartz blocks and stairs.
More of the spiky protrusions made of nether quartz. I made the brow bone extend out slightly over the eye, and I made sure it was at least one block up from the eye, so that it didn’t look like eyelashes.
This is a great example of what NOT to do with the brow-bone spikes. These look like eyelashes, and my dragon, rather than looking menacing, looks adorable.
The long horns on the back of the skull are made of diorite blocks.
Here’s the pattern I used to make the horns: first, make a 3×3 square with blocks connected to the centers of each side (or essentially a 3×3 diagonal square).
Second: put another one of these shapes on top, displaced horizontally by one block.
Third: place another one of these shapes, but this time displaced by one block diagonally (or one block back and one left). Another shape goes on this one displaced horizontally (back), then another displaced diagonally, and so on and so forth. I shaved off a bit from the tops of the horns to bring them to a point.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased. Other than some minor details here and there, I think I’m now ready to integrate this skull into a larger castle structure. I’d like to hear what you think, particularly with regard to the eyes. Should I go with red lamps rather than white ones? Are there any other parts of the skull that you could suggest some improvements?