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HONORGUARD, The Castle of Morane, reverse scene


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Honorguard is my tribute to the awesomeness of historical castles and to a lesser extent classic fantasy castles too. There are two fantasy elements in this design, the primary tower (The Donjon) and the large feature windows on the secondary tower. Fantasy castle designs like this are inspired by architecture outside the medieval period and they’re accentuated more than they were historically, yet they still could have been built with medieval technology.

Everything else in this castle’s design is very historically authentic and functional, with a concentric layout, accurate battlements (Including MACHICOLATIONS!), several gatehouses with multiple portcullis, drawbridges and murder holes. The bailey comes complete with stables, barracks, soldier’s mess, blacksmith, well, granary, tiltyard, animal pens and wood shelters. The main keep is fully designed internally on each level, fully defended with battlements, entry halls that are kill zones with false floors and murder holes, guardrooms connected to the outer walls that are internally separated from the living and administration areas. The undercroft has a dungeon, treasury, cesspit, a cistern, and oubliettes. The servant’s floor has a large kitchen bedrooms and storerooms. The main floor has several feast halls, a great hall and a chapel. The family floor has the Solar, dining rooms and some bedrooms with more bedrooms above, all with their own fireplace. On the highest floor of the main keep before the two towers is a grand Ballroom.

The model was made in SketchUp.

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How many soldiers/knights you need to guard te castle?
How many people will live in the castle?
If this castle were to be actually constructed in the time setting you envision, realistic or fantasy, how much time and money would it take to complete? By rough estimate of course.
Years. Castles aren't quick. Unless you're using the right kind of magic, of course.
If I had to ball park it I’d say even a decade or two for its intricacy and sheer size. That said I know relatively little about this subject so I could easily be way off as well. I was wondering if the OP had a specific figure within the setting.
DragonStrider's avatar
Question about the upgraded version: Why no garderobes in the donjon? At least 2 or 3?

Also why not put a larger tower on the outer curtain to act as a barracks/mess so some men can be permanently stationed outside the main wall? Or do your gatehouses act like barracks same as those on the Welsh castles like Harlech?
Orphydian's avatar
would you consider doing a  tutorial  for modellling a historical helmet (a late medieval one) ?
ImNtDead's avatar
Love this castle Shad and your youtube videos. Hope you are writing a background history for this castle that you will share with us all one day.
IvanRostoff's avatar
Congratulations. Magnificent. You must have put a lot of hours into this one.  I feel like this is a culmination of your "is this a realistic castle series" on YouTube.  You have put in every feature you went on about over there, here.
RosewoodWonder's avatar
I may have to throw this into my campaign setting
jonwassing's avatar
SketchUp, is that the same program you make all of your swords in?
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