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Stalkey and Co07 Aug 2023 2:56 p.m. PST

I've found my old Warhammer Fortress plastic castle.

It's a pretty nice plastic one. Says "the good guys" to me, so I'm thinking about painting it a brighter color. than grey stone.

Anyone have some images of castles in a tan color? I remember seeing some, probly British, but can't think of the names and I'm not having much luck Googling. They are almost entirely grey stone.


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2023 4:34 p.m. PST

Some of the Northumberland castles near me have a sort of Sandstone look…


This is Warkworth castle.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2023 6:03 p.m. PST

In some cases, castle walls would even be whitewashed, especially if the castle was a prominent home as well as a defensive fortress. Like wealthy people today, wealthy nobles liked to impress people with their homes.

However, keeps which served solely or primarily as a military fortress would likely just be left as bare, unadorned stone. But stone comes in lots of colors.

kiltboy07 Aug 2023 11:36 p.m. PST

Look at Stirling Castle to see an image of a painted building in the castle itself.

Griefbringer08 Aug 2023 6:54 a.m. PST

In the Mediterranean area and in the Middle East castles built of tan coloured stone are more common.

On a quic search, I found this website with pictures of 20 impressive castles around the world (though many of them are actually post-medieval palaces):


Of particular interest on the list are:

- Qaitbay Fort in Alexandria, Egypt
- Nakhal Fort in Nakhal, Oman
- Red Fort in Delhi, India
- Castel del Monte in Andria, Italy

42flanker08 Aug 2023 8:49 p.m. PST

Castles in Spain are frequently built of a reddish brown stone.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2023 9:16 p.m. PST

Here is a water Castle in Glatt, Black Forrest. Not a gray one also.


BillyNM08 Aug 2023 10:36 p.m. PST

Bothwell Castle (Scotland) is made from a red sandstone, Images are easy to find online.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2023 2:43 p.m. PST

Carnarvon is an interesting color combo as I recall from many years ago.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2023 10:26 p.m. PST

I admire those reddish brick castles in the Baltic region that the old Prussians/Teutonic Knights built.

Griefbringer11 Aug 2023 1:57 a.m. PST

I admire those reddish brick castles in the Baltic region that the old Prussians/Teutonic Knights built.

I thought that the old Prussians were more likely to make earth and wood fortifications than actual castles.

As for Teutonic knights, I have actually slept several nights in a red brick castle built by them – however, I am not sure how the wall outerior looked in the middle ages.

pvernon Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2023 1:59 p.m. PST

I have seen two photos of striking castles. One constructed of a light gray or almost white stone with black mortar, the other the reverse. I think both have come up on Microsoft boot pages.

Warspite111 Aug 2023 3:06 p.m. PST

What about Kenilworth Castle?
Red/brown/orange depending on the sunlight:



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