Of course most of our table top castles are inspired by the great fortresses that still survive.
|Caernarfon Castle Wales|
Mikey has been working on a card model of Bodiam Castle for decades. The floors in each tower will be accessible and the portcullis will work. I think he has one wall done.
Which is OK for a 1:1 skirmish or RPG. But for most rules, an archer couldn't shoot from one end of the castle to the other the model is so huge.
|Damn door to door salesmen!|
A small country castle held by a small baron which would actually be worried by a column on chavauchee burning it's way around the countryside.
Something that can sit in a corner and not take up too much table space while the sortie or raid or relieving army lifting the siege occupies most of the action.
All these thoughts got me thinking of playing some Lion Rampant this weekend. Have the garrison of a castle sortieing to raid the siege lines, meanwhile part of a relief force is raiding a supply convoy heading for the besieger's camp.
Now this brings me to my castle, which has been sitting in it's box for a couple of decades. I think I made the gate house and open topped tower over thirty years ago after Mrs. Rabbitman bought me my first lead medieval figures for Christmas.
The towers on the gate house are made from scrubbing powder bottles (you can see the yellow labels appearing in the chipped plaster). Sections of styrofoam for the crenellations. The walls are made from chunks of styrofoam with corrugated card wall stuck to the outside. The drum towers were made from cocoa tins. Everything got a goodly coat of plaster of paris and grey paint.
|"Oh oh! We're going to have to jump!"|
|I don't think this is going to hurl any rotting carcasses anywhere|
When Daughter Number 1 got bigger she wanted to have her own castle to house her small band of dwarf warriors, so we built this one together.
This I think, is more of the size I am really aiming for. And maybe I shouldn't bother with it being modular either. Just a nice piece that can be garrisoned by a couple of units.
Like this from Matakishi's Tea House:
Or this fortified abbey from Saxon Dog's blog:
Making the castle as a set piece, perhaps scaled to fit in a box to keep the dust off, I could incorporate a rocky outcrop to put the keep on and a moat in front of the bailey.
So more to ponder.
Obviously my current castle and siege equipment are not quite the thing and in need of an upgrade. So I should keep an eye out for opportunities for siege engines, entrenchments etc. and start brainstorming the layout of a small castle.
More to add to the project list it seems.