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HONORGUARD, The castle of Morane, full 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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hey id watch your show

Ailthron65's avatar

Love how you designed this castle.

Would you be interested in helping me design as fortress for a story I'm going to be working on?

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Andrews31's avatar

How big would the garrison be on a castle this size?

Seeing this makes me wonder how would be a realistic version of Windhelm made by you. Love the works both here and on youtube

Nik-2213's avatar
The very model of a 'concentric' castle, with lonnng approach gated & dominated on multiple levels !!

My compliments.
Eidolon1's avatar
What would the garrison size of this place be? Like 200ish?
dazinbane's avatar
Magnificent work. 
Svetoslawa's avatar
В плане штурма тут ловить конечно не чего... =( 
odonnell1218's avatar

Nice work! Out of curiosity, how long would it take to build a castle like this using medieval construction techniques?

svenart's avatar
very nice work, respect.
4nittie's avatar
Really cool! I'm impressed!  +fav   Heart 
Zachary-A-Valerian's avatar
I really dig this castle. Nice work!
Danubium's avatar
That tiltyard with the spectator grandstand and pavilion is a nice addition. Though I doubt it was commonly held inside the castle...
Anubis-13's avatar
very good bro,Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Love Love Love Love Love Love Nod Nod Nod Nod Nod Nod 
ReLisII's avatar
Very nice design!
juaninzunza's avatar
I love this design. I wish I had a 3d version and enter in the castle, like a video game or something like that. Great work!
Defibulator's avatar
But what about Dragons?
EDHPlayer's avatar
Can I use this as a visionary example for a Duke's estate in my D&D campaign?
shad-brooks's avatar
Of course ^_^ so long as it's a non commercial use
EDHPlayer's avatar
Nah, I just haven't had a good model to use for this Duke's estate. Aside from the farmland that is. I mean, the estate is usually rented out to the second son of the king/ younger sibling to the king, so the owner is pretty important. The only change I'll tell them is that the "chapel" is more for the worship of the pantheon, of which I made.

I won't lie, I can come up with some awesome ideas for worlds, but putting the imagery on paper is one thing I'm not that good at.
jonwassing's avatar
I love this design, it looks very visually striking, but is also practical. I’ve sometimes been called a stick in the mud, but I prefer fantasy work that look feasible or historically accurate over pictures that are more fanciful.
I was going to do a “but what about dragons” here, but I wasn’t sure if you were sick of your own memes yet.
shad-brooks's avatar
I'll never be sick of my memes, I love them and I love it when people say them, MACHICOLATIOOOONNNNSSSSAH!
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