This has been a very productive weekend of scratch building a Medieval castle. In the back of my mind I have been thinking about playing some siege games and including them into a planned campaign. Lacking a castle and not wanting to spend any money meant scratch building was the only option. Fortunately, I had all the materials I required on hand:
- 90mm x 90mm wooden post cut into 180mm lengths
- MDF for the battlements
- 10mm x 20mm wooden strip for extending the parapet on the bastions
- Gesso Primer (to disguise failings in woodwork)
- Grey Paint
|I am preparing for some Medieval sieges in the near future.|
Most of my terrain is home made and my buildings tend to be blocks of wood with their detail painted on. The advantage of this is approach is I can throw them into a container without worrying about breakages. Some previous examples can be seen here:
The following photographs show the process used to create the castle.
|Some of my sawing is not always that precise. To help fill in any gaps and give the walls some texture, Gesso Primer is painted on.|
|The texture the Gesso provides can be seen here.|
|All three bastions and four walls are primed with Gesso.|
|The base painting is done with a grey which is later sponged over with a black wash and brown wash. This breaks up the flat looking grey.|
|The grey is used again to dab on dots randomly. This is to give the impression of stone blocks.|
|The process of random dots continues with a darker grey and dark brown. This all adds to the impression of stonework.|
At this point you maybe wondering about the battlements and where are their indentations or openings (embrasures or crenelles) which give them their saw-tooth look. Rather than cutting them out I cheat a bit, or is that a lot, and paint the openings. I start first by creating a cardboard stencil which I will use to mark out the openings. I them paint over the marking with black or a very dark grey.
|A stencil is used to make the openings regular and consistent.|
|All marked up and ready for painting.|
|The openings all painted on.|
|Additional features like the gate are painted on.|
The castle pieces can be setup in a couple of configurations on the corner of the tabletop, either 3 by 1 or 2 x 2 (see below). I am hoping the different configurations will help mix up the types of siege wargames and provide some variety.
|The castle can be setup on the corner of the tabletop on a 3 by 1 wall configuration.|
|A corner setup with a 2 by 1 wall configuration.|