Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

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Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Rabbit Burner » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:02 pm

So my goal with KS4 was to build the local Castle to where I grew up Harlech castle - so this build follows on from putting together my 2 GCs:
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So I am trying to reproduce this castle in Dwarvenite!
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So I started putting together the Gatehouse with the following:
5 Square Towers
3 stone advanced builder sets
2 gatehouses from the 2 GCs
1 motorised Drawbridge
5 4" Small Tower sets
3 6" Large Tower sets
1 Roof Platform set
2 4" Tower Crenellations
1 6" Tower Crenellations
and a whole bunch of CBS stone posts and floors - dual posts were very useful to tighten up a number of floors that make up a single large floor - just needed more.

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so got the Square Towers and advanced builder sets and CBS extras used up and now for the front 6 inch large towers
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Then added some Roof platforms - which are so useful
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Then added Large Tower crenellations and some CBS crenellations
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Then added two tall 4" Towers at the rear of the gatehouse
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Added two sets of 4" tower crenellations. Had some issues with the towers being a floor tile width too short for the last level being a full circle with a door.
Added 3/4 roof platforms but did not have enough so used 2 1/2 roof platforms which causes a different issue.
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All in All quite satisfied with how it turned out - its a bit of a monster!
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Added the front wall either side and two front corner towers
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There are a number of things I'd change:
Use double posts on the external walls, so need to get some more or use Tudor ones internally
Add at least one more Advanced building set
Get at least 2 more 3/4 4" Tower platforms, though could maybe cut a 1/2 platform into 1/4's
Change some of the rear facing walls to windows or arches.
Next need to put together the side and rear walls and sort the two rear Towers
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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by bernyleung » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:38 pm

Wow! 60-100' curtain walls and towers? Look at that scale!

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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Vegomatic » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:20 pm

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OMG
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That is amazing!
Do you really plan to build the whole thing?

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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Arcarius2001 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:26 pm

Imposing doesn't even begin to describe those walls!!! Wow. Just, wow.
Please keep us posted on any more progress. This is fantastic.

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Post by lostpict » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:56 pm

What a pile of granite!!! I remember your intentions from last year. Most impressive. I bought stuff to build the Outlander Castle (or Castle Anthrax). Now I gotta build it.
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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by JK - 123456 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:56 am

Awesome Rabbit! that is brilliant... !

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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Spiropolous the Minotaur » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:46 am

Wow!

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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Archimagus » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:48 am

I particularly like the Pnzr VI Tiger tank in the background.

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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Rabbit Burner » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:52 am

I will admit to wondering if I'd bitten off more than I could chew trying to create a gatehouse that was 4x2 CBS units (Square towers or 16"x8") by 6 CBS levels high.
During the KS and PM I realised I need half width CBS or Square Towers - so the need for the Advanced Building add-ons. As the gate house is 4 Square towers in width (16") I needed to have the Gatehouse Central leaving 6" each side 1 and 1/2 square towers. Was confident that any shortfall would be met by my stone CBS buildings.
During the build I realised I did not have enough Advanced Builder sets to do the whole height, 6 levels and was starting to think I could not make it as I envisaged.
What I had forgotten was that for the rear I only need half widths (2") for two levels - the height of a single gatehouse and at the front four levels, the height of the Gatehouse and drawbridge.
So once above the gatehouse and drawbridge I could use 4 full CBS units.
Keeping that many levels inline was proving difficult until I started using double stone posts - love these. Just did not have enough stone ones. This pulled all the different CBS units together making the build much easier.
I was pleased the roof platform pack gave me the ability to have Crenellations on the same level as the floor Each of the 4" round towers required four 3/4 roof platforms and I only had six - so one tower has a bit of a 'wonk' to it as I overlapped two 1/2 roof platforms. I intend to dremel a single 1/2 platform into two 1/4 platforms which can be added to two 1/2 platforms to give me the two 3/4 platforms I need - simple ;)

All in all it was an interesting build, took me an afternoon to complete the gatehouse, learnt a lot, was pleased my PM calculations were mostly correct - did not predict the issue with the 4" tower platforms.
The adv builder sets work well but there is an issue (I think) where you cant have a two level solid wall on the 1" edge - will make a separate post on that.
Love how the Tower crenellations merge with my existing KS3 crenellations. The front 6" half towers look great. Need to have blank walls where the 3/4 4" towers wrap around as arrow slits can foul the join and make the tower jut out a little.

Time to bring this ramble to a close ;) I am Very satisfied with the end result - especially as I think I can make it even better :)
Thanks DF for providing the castle pieces that allowed me to make this.
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Re: Harlech Castle - Gatehouse Build

Post by Harliquinn » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:17 am

Wow that is the most amazing castle build I've seen. Is this for a specific game or just to have up?

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