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#61055
Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to take some pictures of actual palaces. Now that some time has passed, I would like to share those pictures just to show what they looked like.

Please, no politics. I really want this to be about the architecture.



And now, miscellany.



This is the entrance to a small bunker. Hopefully, it illustrates the difficulties in sculpting certain types of dungeon entrances.




This is a small decorative pool near Victory Over Iran Palace.


And a detail of the tiles.
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#61056
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
Three towers.



A guard tower. Arched windows up top, and an exposed stairway outside.



Another guard tower, converted to a first aid station. I think there was a ladder inside.



And this is -- I kid you not -- a bat cone. (Search that term for a picture of the full tower.) It was originally a place to keep pigeons (possibly for shooting, this whole area was dotted with hunting and fishing lodges) but they were displaced by bats.


In November, the bats started swarming around the Perfume Palace at dusk. They pick off insects on the fly, and they will buzz you to get a good one.

If your fantasy campaign includes gunpowder, this might be an industrial structure. By providing a place for bats to gather, the locals have a place to gather nitrate-rich guano.
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#61057
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
I suggested freestanding stairs -- fixed to the wall at one end, but otherwise unsupported -- as a potential piece. This is the staircase that inspired the suggestion.





I'm not suggesting a railing, just flat steps that stick out of the wall. If it isn't a production piece, maybe someone will modify a Straight Wall piece.
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#61058
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
One of the things I found odd was the fireplaces that were scattered around apparently at random. I finally figured out that these were places where guests at hunting and fishing lodges would bring their catch. Each of these stations was paved with flagstones and had at least one fireplace, plumbing for sinks or low showers, and some of them still had steel racks with hooks to hang fish, fowl, or animal carcasses.


A marble fireplace by one of the lakes.


The hunting or fishing station.


Originally, there were three sinks.



Another freestanding outdoor fireplace. You can see where the marble tiles have fallen away, showing brick and cement underneath. And rebar. Completely modern, completely shoddy.







And another random fireplace on the outside of a building.



I could see something like this in a fantasy setting (minus the plumbing). A lord might have a permanent "campsite" on his lands with a few creature comforts, or a hunter who frequents the same hunting grounds might establish a couple of stations where he can more easily clean his kills.

Of course, if the hunter isn't one of the civilized peoples, who knows what has been cleaned at those stations...
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#61059
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
More stairs.


Can't find a good place to put a staircase inside? No problem!



Not sure why they needed stairs down to the water right at the bridge. Any boat big enough to get in or out of safely at that stair height wouldn't be able to fit under the bridge.





A little housing complex around a lake had multiple places walk down stairs directly into the water.


The stairs extend below water level, for easy entry and exit.


And if there are no stairs, stick a ladder into the lake.
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#61060
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
Two friezes.

Wading birds and ducks. Two of the types of birds that were probably stocked at the lakes. This was actually at the bottom of a partially covered ramp driveway that went a story below ground level. Sorry about the bad angle, there was a car in the way.


I'm sure there is a historical context for this, but I have no idea what it might be. I kept going to a "the elder gods want horses" place when I saw this.
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#61061
Re:Modern Palaces VI 8 Months ago  
This is one of many small structures that dotted one of the lakes.

The Perfume Palace in the background. The building isn't leaning, I was.


A different angle. Note the ladder in the middle of the side wall.


From the other side. Taken at dawn. The light was really weird at dawn.


This kind of structure interests me from a gaming standpoint because getting to it could require the party to leave a fair bit of their gear behind. Even if there is a small boat, heavy armor and large weapons would be a problem. Any chance to get the party out of their comfort zone (including but not limited to their armor) is an opportunity for fun.
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#61234
Re:Modern Palaces VI 7 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
A selection of trims on various walls.









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#61235
Re:Modern Palaces VI 7 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
A tower and a wall.


Brick construction being clad in stone.



Brick, surrounded by concrete (or plaster) clad in stone tiles.

If someone was crashing through such a wall with a mace or a sledge, it would go tiles-plaster-bricks-plaster-tiles.
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#61236
Re:Modern Palaces VI 7 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Another tower, near Al Faw Palace.

It takes surprisingly little foliage to hide a tower from view.


Here’s a closer look.


Steel bars and an iron door… and empty windows on the second level. That’ll work.


From the other side.




Note how the rafters extend beyond the line of the roof, and are uneven. I assume they would have been cut even once the roof was done – but if you left one long one over a window, it would be a great place to put a pulley to bring small loads to the top floor without opening the door below.
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#61237
Re:Modern Palaces VI 7 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
This was an interesting building near Al Faw, on the shore of the next lake over. I wasn't allowed in, and I have no idea what it was before -- for some reason, my head kept going to a boat place.

I like the round room at the top with the big windows. I want that office.


I also like the tall columns supporting the overhang at the front door. I never did get a decent picture of that relief. It seems to feature people doing things with reeds.


The colonnade to the right.


The front door, and the decorative motifs on and around it.


The flowery carvings above the doors.


And a tighter shot to highlight the details. Note how simple the coloring actual is… just beige stone and blue tile.
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#61238
Re:Modern Palaces VI 7 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Okay, that's it for the miscellaneous crap.

Just Ba'ath House and Al Faw Palace to go.
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