Early game masterpieces

Tyro

Steampunker
Many of the builds featured here require resources not available near the beginning of the game - pearlwood, mechanisms, temple traps, etc. This thread is for showcasing what you can do with basic, easily obtained materials.

GUIDELINES:
  • Nothing that requires a boss fight or smashing orbs/hearts, with the exception of King Slime (since you can cheese him with a rope very early on). This means no mechanisms, no meteorite/dungeon bricks/obsidian/hellstone, etc. It also means no planter boxes.
  • Normal or expert mode, either is fine.
  • Dungeon shelves and books are allowed, as they can be raided from the upper levels. Other dungeon furniture is not.
  • Fishing rewards are allowed, so long as the quest in question is doable within the given boundaries (so no hardmode-only items).
  • Exceptions made for small amounts of non-integral content (so you don't have to destroy your automatic door or replace all your paintings in order to submit a build).
I'll post some pictures later when I'm on my desktop. Show me what you can do!

[Edit 11 May 2020:] This video is very relevant to the thread topic.
 
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Tyro

Steampunker
West facing guard tower and moat. Aerial access if you come in at the right angle, no pedestrian gate because I don't have access to actuators for a drawbridge yet. Designed so you can easily lob grenades into the moat (just deep enough to impede jump height).
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Tyro

Steampunker
Fake well, entrance to inner keep. The world's default spawn point is on top of the platforms at the bottom, between the torches / centered on the rope. The chests there are for specialized equipment (bezoar, ice skates, etc), ammo & explosives, consumables (potions mainly, but also torches and rope and so on), and overflow (for when I need to dump now & sort later).
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ManaUser

Brain of Cthulhu
That's pretty cool. I've never really made a proper "fort" like that. Just a slight quibble on the requirements, it is possible to get dungeon brick and hellstone without killing bosses or breaking orbs/hearts using a reaver shark.
 

Tyro

Steampunker
That's pretty cool. I've never really made a proper "fort" like that. Just a slight quibble on the requirements, it is possible to get dungeon brick and hellstone without killing bosses or breaking orbs/hearts using a reaver shark.
I'd forgotten about that. I would consider that cheating in this context, but you're right that it was an oversight.
 

Tyro

Steampunker
A full view of the central shaft, with spiral stair and false wellhouse entrance. I based the stair off of the tower of a winter castle I found through a Google image search (2nd image); it appears to be from the old Terraria Online forums, so unfortunately I can't give attribution unless someone steps forward.

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Tyro

Steampunker
I added banners on the insides of the doors to prevent incursions during the Blood Moon. You can still open them by facing outward, as can NPC's. (Brown-painted Omega banners from a pyramid, lime colored dynasty lantern. I might dye the platforms gray to blend into the stone of the wall.)

[Edit:] Gray didn't look good; I switched them to boreal wood.

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Tyro

Steampunker
Alternate well house with no banners or dynasty lamp (both of which can be hard to come by). The only thing there you can't get early on is the pumpkin - the stairs are the hardest, being hammered dungeon platforms.

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ManaUser

Brain of Cthulhu
I added banners on the insides of the doors to prevent incursions during the Blood Moon. You can still open them by facing outward, as can NPC's. (Brown-painted Omega banners from a pyramid, lime colored dynasty lantern. I might dye the platforms gray to blend into the stone of the wall.

[Edit:] Gray didn't look good, I switched them to boreal wood.

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Personally I think it would look better if the banners didn't touch the floor. That always looks kind of cramped to me.
 
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