Samanga Build Team talk about their epic build!
Samanga 建筑团队畅谈史诗级建筑！Tom Stone 汤姆·斯通
Nature’s great, isn’t it? Nature FTW! Nature like… stinging nettles! Wait, no, they’re awful. OK, then, er, bees! Bees are brill! Actually, those black-and-yellow bumblers are even worse. Ruining our summers and stinging away our hopes and dreams. Um, trees? Trees are pretty cool, right? Apart from the tree that just collapsed on me while I was writing this. That tree’s a jerk.
I’ve had a change of heart. Nature is the worst.
So I thought I might’ve found kindred spirits in Samanga Build Team and their build Fhear igcoinne an duta! – to save you a trip to Google Translate, it means ‘Man against nature!’
所以我认为，也许我和 Samanga 建筑团队 和他们的建筑 Fhear igcoinne an duta! 有共通之处。—— 省你一次百度翻译的功夫，建筑名的意思是“人与自然之战！”
Of course, this talented build team doesn’t really hate nature. But they do love crafting an epic battle between man-made lethal machines and a hulking stone golem. Not to sell out our own species or anything, but our money’s on the golem winning this for Team Nature. Sorry, Man!
We assumed the recent King King movie might have been an inspiration. Not so, actually, but the team did have other cinematic influences. ‘A lot of people have said that King Kong should’ve been an inspiration,’ agrees Castor Edstr?m Engstedt, founder of’but when we were building it no one was really thinking about it.’
我们猜测最近的《金刚》电影可能是灵感之源。然而事实并不是这样，但是这支建筑团队着实从其他影片中得到了灵感。“很多人都说《金刚》会是我们的灵感来源，” 这点 Castor Edstr?m Engstedt （Samanga 建筑团队的创办者）表示同意，“但当我们真正在建筑的时候，没人会去考虑这部影片。”
‘But one big reference we did have was the movie Avatar by James Cameron. The helicopters, the ship, even the nature was very much inspired by the movie, even some of the small details on the helicopters are very, very similar.’
But what about the beast these helicopters are trying to take down? We don’t remember that from Cameron’s movie. ‘From the beginning we thought more like a Godzilla was our idea. But then we changed to a stone golem, pretty much from a picture we found online!’
Castor, under the name Castorotto, and his friend Adde E, started their build team in 2014. The reason for starting a collaborative team in Castor’s eyes was simple – ‘I was pretty much too bad! I had to join a really good team. I was a quite bad builder. So I started one [build team] of my own and started to recruit some friends I had over at some other building servers.’
Castor，真名 Castorotto，与他的朋友 Adde E 联手在2014年创建了属于他们的建筑团队。Castor 认为，创办建筑团队的原因简单无比：“我造的太烂了！我必须抱住某支建筑团队的大腿；在建筑方面我真就是个萌新。所以，我创办了一支属于我自己的【建筑团队】，然后招来了在各个服务器结识的建筑伙伴。”
‘Then with time we all got better together and some of the builders that joined back then are still with us today. There’s two or three builders that we have been building together for, I don’t know, four years maybe!’
‘In the beginning, to learn to build, I would recommend building together with others. Because there’s a lot of amazing builders out there so learning from others is the simplest way. A good tip is try to use references when you build and try to build from them. Just pictures you found that you like. It’s all a lot easier [than starting from scratch]. You learn a lot!’
Samanga Build Team have come a long way from their early learning days. They’re now a team capable of building Fhear igcoinne an duta! in just two weeks.‘Sometimes I’m just a loner and build a lot of stuff,’ explains Castor. ‘And sometimes we have a lot of people on, it’s very different from time to time. But the last two days a lot of people were on!’
Samanga 建筑团队从创始之日起，已经走过了一段遥远的征程。他们现在已经能干到仅用两周的时间就完成 Fhear igcoinne an duta！这张地图了！“有时服务器里只有我一个人，我自己建了不少东西，” Castor 解释说，“也有时有很多人在线，人数随时间变化很大。但完工前的那两天，在线的人很多！”
Those two days were spent constructing the majority of the vegetation you see in the build. ‘The nature itself – the trees, hills and stuff – it was very very rushed. We didn’t have a lot of time left when we started building that do we did it very very quickly and I think we did an amazing job with the time we had.’
A personal highlight of the build? ‘I really like the helicopters. They took a lot of time, than a lot of the other builds! So it was worth it. I also like the Golem. I didn’t do it myself, it was another builder that made it, but I really like how those two parts turned out.’
So what is it about Minecraft that’s kept Castor playing? ‘Well, to begin with, it’s very easy to understand. The interface is very friendly. In the beginning you just go into creative mode and start to place blocks. And then as you get better you can start to explore all the different mods and plug-ins that exist and use them to your advantage, so the learning curve is also simple.’
所以Minecraft有什么魔力吸引 Castor 一直玩下去呢？“首先，游戏通俗易懂。玩家界面很友好。刚开始你只需要进入创造模式，开始放置方块即可；后来随着你的水平不断提高，你就可以探索不同的模组和插件，并按照你的想法来使用。学习过程也很简单。”
‘But one of the most important things is the way you can share it. You often build in servers together with others, you can explore maps you have downloaded. It’s amazing, and not existing in any other programs, at least that I know of. Being able to share it like that.’
‘From the beginning it was just my favourite game to play together with my friends from school, in survival. But I also really like the way you can express art in it because it’s quite different from other programs. I think those two things mixed together is what I really like. It doesn’t really have any limits – the limits you can pretty much choose yourself.’
Couldn’t have put it better myself! Which is worrying, because that’s my job. Take a look at more from Samanga Build Team here and follow them on Twitter here!
Builders – iDragolyte, AddeE, iRoboMatic, castorroto
建筑师 —— iDragolyte，AddeE，iRoboMatic，castorroto
Renders by The Barbarian, Antrelial, castorroto
渲染 The Barbarian，Antrelial，castorroto