Ruined Pirate Castle

The pirate castle for Adepticon is finally coming together (and with 2.5 weeks to go – it better!).  25 pieces cover a 6 foot by 2.5 foot table space.  When combined with jungle plants, the whole set up should fill a 8×4 gaming table.  I have a lot of painting to do, but a big brush should cover a lot of ground in a hurry.

jungle-castle-table jungle-castle-table-2 The castle layout begins with the two large round towers with the gate house ruins in between.  Next is the open court, presently occupied by pirate booty in the form of wine barrels.  Past the loot is  the armory on the left and to the right, the chapel.  Next comes the remains of the grand hall, now little more than an entrance way & a few pillars.  Finally, the oldest part of the castle stands with a watch tower on the left and the corner keep on the right.  The broken remains of the walls surround the fort.

Both towers below have full floors at the 4 inch level, making them fully 3D gaming pieces.  The ground cover is Hirst Arts Cavern Accessory Mold #85, wooden craft barrels and resin cannon balls.


Corner Keep


Corner Keep



Watch Tower

Watch Tower



  1. #1 by Mike Howell on March 18, 2009 - 12:22 am

    That is very cool. Scenery like this really makes gaming a pleasure!

  2. #2 by Paul Chana on March 18, 2009 - 6:07 am

    Wow! I cant even imagine how long it took you to cast all the blocks! Great work

  3. #3 by Ron Saikowski on March 18, 2009 - 6:16 am

    Those are impressive.
    Being cast like that, do they stand up to gaming over the long haul? Better than using maybe less expensive materials?

  4. #4 by John@plastic.legions on March 18, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Looking awesome Rich, love the combination of the fieldstone and standard blocks..can’t wait to see this done in it completion!

  5. #5 by chicagoterrainfactory on March 18, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    @Paul – its easier than you think to cast all those bricks. You just need a place to keep them all.

    @Ron – a quality plaster will hold up to gaming conditions. I used to cart around Hirst terrain for 40K tournaments with little problem.

    @John – I can’t wait too. The table is going to be so big, I’ll only be able to see the whole project once I get to Adepticon.

  6. #6 by ColCorbane on March 18, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Excellent so far mate, really looking forward to seeing it finished. Out of interest, how many plants is the beast going to need?

  7. #7 by chicagoterrainfactory on March 18, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    The plants can be seen in last week’s “Its a Jungle out there” entry. Each of the 25 plants are on a 40mm disk – most of the foliage should take up 2-3 inches of gaming space. I plan to supplement with moss and other loose scatter. Hobby Lobby/Michaels has big bags of moss for just a few dollars.

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