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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby An Absent Humphrey » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:27 pm

I can confirm that the inside of the east wall is done in the same rendering as the outside!
But it's not all good news.
Because, in fact, the tower is made from THREE different types of stonework! When I tried to offer the building contract to Mssrs Wills & Scenic it turned out they were out of both 'random stone' and 'coarsed stone'. All they had left was 'crazy paving'!!!
Which, if you look, is what the battlements (inside and out - except the infamous east wall) are made from.
Thankfully, 'crazy paving' looks very similar to 'random stone'. Still though, eh?

Oh, and thanks all for the kind words.
Next thing is to get a game in with it - I only make 'em to use 'em.
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby nevermore » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:38 pm

You have a talent C.H. that looks the biz
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby --- » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:22 pm

Looks a bit shit tbh, send it to me and I'll make sure it is disposed of properly
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby Levied Troop » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:40 pm

That looks absolutely ace and you seem to have completed it in record time :froth:
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby Bronshtein » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:52 pm

Tell us about the game when it happens Humph.

(Bloody cheek having it pulled down :evil: - I quite liked the idea of poor old Nick being bundled off the premises by an irate and deranged aristocrat)
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby Norton C Wongpower » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:21 pm

Mega :froth:
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby ballistic_bro » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:48 pm

Nice job. :froth: :)
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby Carmenere » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:29 pm

Have you got any advice on how to paint something like this?

When doing styrofoam castles I've tried dry brushing grey over a basecoat of black, but it always comes out blotchy, shit and weirdly stark.

I'm considering trying dark washes over white for my next attempt.

(Also, congratulations on on really good build. I look forward to the day when I can manage anything half as good)
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby An Absent Humphrey » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:04 pm

It was given an undercoat of a limestone colour - one of those colours that is not quite brown, but not quite grey either.
It was then given an all over wash of GW Agrax Earthshade.
It was then given an initial, heavy, drybrush (using a big flat brush) of khaki. Then another dry brush of 50/50 khaki and mid grey. White was then added for another three layers of dry brushing with the final colour being little more than a dirty off-white and was concentrated on external corners but given a (very!) gentle going all over.
I then re-lined internal corners with the Agrax Earthshade to give them depth, and used the same for some weathering/staining. Then a light dry-brushing with a dark green around the base to represent mould and moss.
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Re: Norman Stone Keep

Postby Goldwyrm » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:12 am

Great job. Worth repeating

A Chaotic Humphrey wrote:Done!

Here’s an overview picture


And here’s some ‘mood’ shots.
It is unknown when the castle was actually built. It is not recorded in the Domesday Book but is mentioned in the Gesta Stephani as ‘a stone tower with stockade’. It is thought it was built sometime in the 1120s/30s.
Here it is pictured in 1138. The local lord (who sided with the King) is having some kind of altercation with the parish priest.


Here we see the castle again, some 130 years later. Nothing changes. Those barrels still need to be moved inside the castle, and the Lord of the manor is still having disagreements with the priest (who seems to have received a bit of a promotion).


In the following picture there is something of note to architectural historians. You will notice the east wall (to the left in this picture) is constructed from a different course of stone. During the reign of King John the castle had been besieged and siege engines brought to bear upon it. The upper floor of the east wall was reduced to rubble. The lower floor had been substantially weakened and had to be dismantled before being rebuilt, but in a different render.


Shortly after the scenes depicted above the castle fell into ruin. The owner had backed the rebels led by De Montfort and for this, and due to the fact that there was no heir, the castle became Crown property. Within just two generations the tower had been taken down to use in local building projects. To this day one can still find examples of the tower’s stone mouldings and tracery in the parish church and an associated tithe barn, but nothing remains of the tower itself.


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