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Aurelian Inactive Member05 Jan 2009 1:43 a.m. PST

Hello, everyone.

I've been trying to get a good look at this piece, but none of the local stores have it available, and I haven't had much luck finding any other shots than the standard view online.

Has anyone purchased this castle, or seen it up close?
What does the interior space look like? How many rooms? Even better, does anyone have photos?

-A.

Personal logo combatpainter Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Jan 2009 2:11 a.m. PST
Oddball Inactive Member05 Jan 2009 4:31 a.m. PST

I picked it up about a year ago.

Interior spaces are done in same color as the exterior and with same sort of stone work. There are two large rooms in the main area (upper floor and lower cellar/dungeon) and an upper watch tower that fits figures. There is also a balcony that fits 1 figure for the roof to the main building.

A very good model. The stairs are made that a figure with a 1" washer (how I base my figures) can stand on different levels. No laying down or saying "He's half way up the stairs". The wall areas are big enough for figures also.

It looks like it was designed by gamers for gamers that wanted to get the ability to move figures around a good looking piece of terrain.

I did some extra work to the castle and it really came to life. I painted the doors black and then dry brushed brown over them. Glued some cut natural rope around the rocks outside to give the look of dead grass. Added some other bushes in the rocks also.

A very good terrain piece and if you join Old Glory Army you get %40 off the price.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2009 8:23 a.m. PST

The model looks nice.
Could be used for multiple applications.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2009 8:25 a.m. PST

I saw it at Historicon and Oddball is right. OG made their newest buildings with gamers in mind. They are overly large to allow plenty of room for movement of figures on bases and the stairs are wide to allow figures to stand on them.

Very nice items for the money.

Personal logo Miniatureships Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2009 11:09 a.m. PST

The castle and castle walls, as well as the new building were designed with the skirmish/pulp gamer in mind. The castle walls will help you expand you Dracula's castle to a larger castle – thus making it a castle keep. The buildings allow for plenty of room for figures and activity in a pulp or skirmish setting. And, as was stated, the Army card allows you 40% off the retail price. All pieces are made of high impact foam, so they are light weight and durable.

All pieces are painted, but as oddball pointed out, you still have the option to do some more painting and make then really outstanding.

Aurelian Inactive Member05 Jan 2009 12:09 p.m. PST

Thank you, Oddball, for explaining the interior room situation. I had already seen the exterior shot about three dozen times;)

-Aurelian

kallman05 Jan 2009 4:30 p.m. PST

One of our local game stores has one on display and I have gamed on it. It is a very very very nice terrian model with tons of useage for just about any number of eras and genres. I may ask for one for my Birthday and use my OG Army discount to get it. It would be worth it.

Kim

Personal logo combatpainter Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Jan 2009 8:12 p.m. PST

Very nice model.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

Necromancy alert! I hereby resurrect this eight-year-old topic! Which is entirely appropriate, considering the subject is Dracula's Castle! :)

Anyway, I ordered this piece and it arrived today. I am very impressed by this nice model which should have many potential gaming uses. I did have one minor problem, the upper floor of the main building did not quite fit properly, but a little knife work on the adjacent wall resolved the issue. I agree that a little extra paint work and landscaping could really improve an already very nice castle.

Whemever1 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Here's a link to an old Pulp Alley game of ours played on the castle: https://imgur.com/gallery/Aqc8r

ragsthetiger15 Sep 2017 8:27 a.m. PST

Let's play another:

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 10:56 a.m. PST

Nice photos gentlemen, thank you! Great report, Whemever1. Very inspirational stuff!

I dug out some old Wizkids Mage Knight dungeon tiles and built interiors for the areas that aren't accessible on the castle model, such as the first floor of the corner tower and the adjoining stable and wall interiors.

The castle sits nicely on my old 2'x 2' DBA board, with room for a few trees and rocks around the edge. Planning on a kitchen table game of Song of Blades and Heroes with my wife. :)

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 12:21 p.m. PST

Whemever1, can you tell me who makes the vinyl mat you used in your Pulp Alley game? Thx!

ragsthetiger15 Sep 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

svsavory:
As the table set-up was mine, I'm in a better position to answer your question. The 3'x3' mat is from Lukas Schmidt Playmats, the "Dark Island" model. It's a mixture of stone block roads and rough terrain, and looks like this:


I got it from Noble Knight Games, one of my favorite online resources.
As Miracle Max said, "Have fun storming the castle!"
rags

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Thank you, rags! That was a nice looking layout. I too have purchased from Noble Knight, I'll check out the mat. Goes nicely with the castle.

Edit: Drat, they are sold out of the Dark Island mat!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

Very nice looking kit; how sturdy is the foam for holding up to the rigours of travel and convention-play?

ragsthetiger17 Sep 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

miniMo,
For the most part, quite thick and sturdy. However, I would take some precautions with the little crenellated nubs on the battlements, and with the thin edges around parts of the base. Bubble wrap would be a wise investment, as well as a bottle of white glue for emergency repairs to those areas, if you're going to cart it around much.
rags
https://ragsthetiger.imgur.com

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

Good to know, thanks!

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