Phase 1 of the Mansion is done, for all intents and purposes, so I thought I’d share a little update to show in more detail what I’ve built and to talk about a couple of improvements I’ve made since I posted about this last. I say “Phase 1” because I have more plans for this building. Phase 2 will involve the finishing of the side towers as well as an upper keep (you can see the beginning of the walls of the upper keep). The upper keep will be for deep storage (chests of stone and dirt and stuff) as well as for more NPC apartments whenever I need them.
Starting at the top and working downward, the roof of the mansion’s main level consists of Ebonstone Brick and Ebonstone Brick Wall. I used bare Topaz Gemspark Wall in the roof window bays (and backed the window bay blocks with Gemspark Wall, as well) to give the impression of a lit window. It is especially effective at night. The Ebonstone Brick blocks lining the bottom of the roof are backed by Sapphire Gemspark Wall.
In the center of the building is a feature made of multicolored stained glass, Grey Stone Brick, Red Stone Brick, and Tin Brick. This was originally hollow, with Stone Brick Wall rather than blocks, but I decided to replace it with blocks backed by Diamond Gemspark Wall. The main downside to this is that my stained glass windows look darker than they did before. Even so, I think the building’s centerpiece is interesting and effective.
I have apartment space currently for 16 NPCs, which is more than I currently need. Pictured above is The west wing of apartments for my NPCs. There is also an east wing. I’ll have to build more eventually, I think, but that’s partially what the upper keep is intended for. The basic pattern for each apartment is the same, but the materials vary. I am using various kinds of banners as curtains.
This is a closeup of the spiral staircase in the west tower. The east tower’s staircase is a mirror image of this one. The staircase’s design is a variation on what is commonly done, using platforms and walls to create the impression of a spiral wrapping around a center pole. The solid blocks of wood are my idea and are to give the impression of looking at the back of the staircase. I do need to vary the width of the steps a little more effectively to reduce the zig-zaggy appearance of the staircase. So this will likely undergo a little development in the future.
In the center of the lower level of the mansion is another stained glass window that uses four colors: Amythest, Topaz, Sapphire, and Emerald. You can see the Slime King Trophy here. I plan to put other trophies here as I acquire them. The stairs are made of Arboreal Wood Platforms. I may also do something a little more interesting with the background wall. The Stone Brick Wall has been kind of a placeholder throughout the whole mansion.
The east side of the lower level is dedicated to storage and crafting. I need to put signs on my chests. I actually spent a lot of time on these walls.
The background wall here consists of Stone Brick Wall, stone slab wall, platinum brick wall, tin brick wall, and glass. The pattern adds a little interesting variation without being obvious and distracting. You can also see my use of Wooden Beams and diagonal strips of Wood Blocks. I wanted to create a warehouse-like look, with the appearance of an open area supported by tall timber beams.
Beneath the warehouse is a more elegant, museum-like storage area. This background wall is made of Arboreal Wood Wall, Smooth Marble Wall, and Smooth Granite Wall. The chests here are intended to be more of my ready-use chests: the kinds of things I want handy and don’t want archived.
The west side of the lower level is less useful than the east side, being a library and my personal living quarters. That is intended to look like a staircase in the lower left corner. The staircase is a combination of Arboreal Wood Platforms and various kinds of walls, including Arboreal Wood Wall painted brown and Smooth Marble Wall painted brown.
Finally, I have replaced my single door entry with a two-sided wired entry system activated by grey pressure plates (the kind only players can activate). Aside from being more secure during a blood moon and goblin invasion, it is also really nice not having to manually open the door every time I want to go in. Dadgum, those Actuators are expensive!