Well, 7 months after Frontier was started, I have finally managed to complete the outer structure for Daos Castle. The interior decoration will have to wait a bit as I will be mostly offline to help care for my new daughter born on July 4th.
In any case, I'd like to share what I have created so far.
After securing the area with walls and building farms, I surveyed the hill and made a topo map. I then used this to plan out the foundation and floor plan. I used Visio for the entire design process.
I went with a medieval fantasy castle theme, and based much of the design on Neuschwanstein Castle. The Grand library is the defining feature, and I spent a good deal of time making bookcases to beat the MC 1.3 deadline (when each book will require one leather). The castle is primarily made of smooth stone and stone brick, with cobble used only for the foundations.
I went through so many trees making charcoal and wood, that this entire forest south of me is planted from the saplings:
Here is the view of the completed castle as seen from the road to spawn. Unfortunately, most of the castle is occluded from this view.
View from the front.
Views from the sea:
Feel free to drop on by and take a look around. Just keep in mind that the inside is very spartan at this point.
Sooner or later, I'll be decorating the rooms, and I'll post pictures of those at that time.