Tuesday, 20 March 2018

From NoelW: Building up to an ending: (30 points)

I've a couple of posts to make in the next 24 hours, before it's all over for me. That'll at least make life interesting for Kent, Miles and Byron...

So here's a castle - or parts of it.

I've had these pieces in a drawer for about ten years, from the days when I used to game heavily in 10mm (mainly Warmaster). As I've now returned to 15mm, I think it will do fine for the slightly larger scale, so time to paint it up. Although it's pretty clearly high medieval English, perhaps dating around the mid C15th, perhaps a bit earlier, I'm most likely to use it in the Middle East, and for any period up to Napoleonic, so I decided it should be a sand coloured stone, and look rather worn - perhaps a Crusader castle somewhat worse for wear over the years. I plan to get hold of a couple of more Eastern looking buildings, or perhaps a couple of domes, to change its character a little more.

The model is made from a light resin, which I think is pretty much ideal for gaming scenery, as it's light, robust and takes paint pretty well. I believe it came from Ian Weekley's terrain range, but that might not be the case.

There are 12 pieces which, unfortunately, can't be configured into a standalone castle using all the pieces, with or without the ruined wall piece, as there's no way to create a parallelogram from them. But I expect I'll mainly be using them as table-edge fortifications in any case - and I do have some other similar pieces, already painted, which I might repaint to match.

As for points? 

The large tower is 5 by 3 by 2.75 inches. The four small towers are 2 x 2 x 4. Two gateways are 2.5 x 2.5 x 1. Four unbroken walls are 5 x 2.5 x 1. The broken wall is 5 x 2.5 x 2.5. I could attempt the complex cubic calculation that others have suggested, but that seems a bit - er - pointless. If I bundle all the pieces together, they form one lump that's a little over 6 x 5 x 5 and another that's a fraction under 5 x 4 x 4. That suggests to me they can be compressed to about one and a half 6 inch cubes, though I'm not sufficiently adept at Tetris to make it happen. Of course, if I fixed them to a baseboard and called them a fort, the area/volume they'd occupy would be quite a bit more! So does 30 points seem about right?

From Byron:

I did the complex calculations and it comes out to 202.75 square inches and 216 square inches = 20 points.  However, These have a lot of surface area being thin and small compared to something like a simple 6x6x6 cube.  Therefore I am more than happy with your 30 point estimate, as I find terrain highly subjective anyway.  Sure the size matters (PHRASING!) but its also about what the model is and how much detail is there.  

This is a great little(ish) piece and you gave it a great paint job.  Awesome work Noel, keep it coming!