Although I’d been wanting to build something new on the Minecrap server, I felt I wanted to construct something which wasn’t part of Rainbow Cove, particularly since I’d been obsessing over the thing over the past couple of months or so. And then, while trying to get to sleep the other night, it hit me: I wanted a Van de Graaff generator! You know… those huge metal balls with the lethal spark jumping across them, like any self-respecting mad scientist should have…
And then… things just went nuts (sound familiar?)… I realised that I should make the entire mad-scientist lab, complete with a would-be Frankenstein’s Monster on the slab… And so, Dr. Astrastein’s Lab was born! (cue evil laughter – and yes, that is me, with no added sound effects…)
Well, it turns out that Igor is no good at design – he can operate the evil machinery, but he’s no engineer – so my good friend Teddanator stepped up to the (non-electrified) plate, and she offered to help out with making the lab looked more polished and science-y. I had to promise not to use her in any experiments, though.
She did a great job, too, starting with making the spark look good:
And once the VDG was created, it was on to seeing if we could bring a zombie back to life… so, out with the slab!
The scene actually looks a little sad, a dead zombie (can undead be dead?) laid out on the slab, while we run around like headless chickens in white lab coats (the headless chickens were a failed experiment) trying to revive him…
*sigh* One mustn’t become attached to the test-subjects. Anyway, here’s his brain:
Teddy and I had debated having either a sign saying, “THIS SPACE FOR SALE” or a huge feather, but the latter would have been tricky, considering the limited space inside Frankie’s head. (I know the original Frankenstein’s Monster didn’t have a name – mine does :P) In the end, we settled for a cartoony-pink brain, rather than actual grey cells.
With the main subject of the lab complete, there was room for more stuff, and I wanted test tubes… Dirty great big ones, naturally 🙂 I was bemoaning the fact that we couldn’t put bubbles, but the ever-resourceful Teddy adapted the idea she used for the Rainbow Cove gumball jar, and chose to use wool blocks above the level of the mysterious coloured liquids, so they look like they’re effervescing. Cool!
Teddy had suggested creating a water ride, based on lab equipment, but it didn’t work out. So instead, I went for a huge Bunsen burner and conical flask:
… and a brain in a jar – Notch’s brain 😉
There was originally water in that jar, but I took it out, because between the default glass texture and the water, it was almost impossible to see the brain unless you get up really close to the glass.
What I was rather surprised by is the fact that if you place portal blocks horizontally or vertically next to each other, they disappear within seconds, but placed diagonally, they don’t – hence the arrangement on the wall sign you see in the first picture, above.
There’s still some room left in the lab, so there may be a couple more things going in there. But for now, it’s back to checking up on the patient… FOR SCIENCE!