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Castle and Village Number One by Built4ever Castle and Village Number One by Built4ever
This is my first shot at trying to design a castle. I tried to imagine a tiny village and castle surrounded by fortifications, turrets, huge walls and sloping buttresses, all perched up on a mountain top, with some kind of access road leading up to it. There's a fortified gate entrance, which allows you into the interior courtyard, where the majority of the village is accessible, and then there's some steps and another gate which leads to the castle entrance and upper terrace. Of course, the style is medieval, based on European castles in general, and includes massive stonework, oriel windows, turrets, corbels, half-timbered lower and upper stories, tile and slate roofs, and tall chimneys. I did this over an extended lunch hour. It took about an hour and a half for the original sketch (Note: next version has at least 3 hours of extra time on it, and about three more hours for the plan, so more like 8 hours total now as you see it). Meanwhile, I hope I satisfied the dozens of people that have asked me about doing this sort of stuff, especially for gaming purposes. I've been meaning to "open up the throttle" and try over-the-top fantastic architecture with no limitations at all for a long long time. I'm sure I'll be doing more of these. Frankly, they're very enjoyable to do. Enjoy, and let me know what you think. Note: File Changed on Oct 30, 2012.
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:iconkaseelyn:
Kaseelyn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very excellent! You might think I'm exaggerated but no words can express how I admire all of your works. So amazing! :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you my dear, glad you like!
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icyii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE this! I'm an aspiring fantasy novelist and this is inspiring as well as educational. Thanks!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Write a story about it. "Once upon a time, there was an elf named Igor, who lived in a really really big house..."
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icyii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I might some day ;) A small request - do you think you could upload a bigger image? I tried zooming into the pavilion section but the words were too blurry to read. Would really appreciate it :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
That's as big as it gets! My original drawings are very small.
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baka3000 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
wawooooo wawoooo Wonderful keep going
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Nosh0r Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Mind if I build this in minecraft?
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dimitrisz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
like!!!!!!:sprint:
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Oberoten Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This is how I'd want any illustrations in my own RPG books to look. Absolutely love the mood and the maps.
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severnaya228 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Have you ever thought of doing a whole town?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Yup.
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severnaya228 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Silent hill?
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Dipflow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Intellectually driven imaginings. Beautiful work!

What would you say has been most valuable in your development as a designer and being able to draw as you do?
I love the earthy paper, reminds me of Leonardo's sketchbooks :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Drawing and designing are slightly different. Many yrs ago I drew old houses from the sidewalk, on site. That was important. As far as design, looking at old stuff and redesigning it, changing it, understanding proportions, practicing drawing elevations (hundreds), and very important, understanding structure, for example, how does the roof overhang structure in a gable work, especially brackets, bargeboards vents, roof sheathing, etc.
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Hwaigon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I'll keep it short and say you've taken my breath away. Nice, neat and cosy. A think I would use to my DnD sessions. Wonderful and Fable-like. :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Thanks, nice words to hear...
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I particularly appreciate the inclusion of the plan view with topographical relative altitude lines.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Yes, similar to the real deal. I've had to work off topo maps before for real designs. Rather tricky. You always visit the site to see it in reality.
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
May I offer some translation services free of charge?
That is if you really want it to have some german titles / descriptions in it. Otherwise just ignore this:

- If you mean the "Tower" to be the large last defence where the families and important people are hidden in case of an enemy breaking the outer walls it should be labeled "Der Burgfried" or just "Burgfried" since it's very rare on maps (even historical ones I know) to add an article in front of some buildings description.

- "Der Little Haus" would be "Das kleine Haus" or simplified "Kleines Haus". Maybe you'd want to change it to "Kleine Halle" which would be more of a meeting room (one large open room with maybe some smaller additional ones to the side).

- "Der Big Haus" would translate to "Das große Haus" or just "Großes Haus". This one would surely qualify for the nomiker "Große Halle" since every castle needs a large hall for festivities or as an emergency sick bay.

I'll gladly translate the other names, too. These where just the ones that drew my attention and made me cringe a little :)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Yes, I admit, it's horrible! But also, slightly humorous and cute. We regularly butchered French like this in our household when I was growing up. I also have to sort out ACTUAL FUNCTIONS of these buildings depending on what purpose this castle serves. The big and little houses are almost the same size. Not sure about the semi-circular courtyard either. What is difference between "das" and "der?" Gross and klein are really already knew. Never heard burgfried. To an American, it sounds like food. "The Tower of Fast Food!!" What about naming this castle complex? Something about mountain fortress? Or? Any ideas?
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, deliberate naming :)
Well, speaking of functions I thought you would have a plan of them in mind. Never thought anyone could make such a believable plan or drawing of a castle complex without giving thought about the what-for of the buildings. Congratulations!
"Das", "die" and "der" are different articles used depending on the noun they refer to being classified...
as neutral (the boat would be an example -> das Boot)
female (the cliff would be die Klippe)
or male (the waiter as example here -> der Kellner. Sorry for everyone serving that role who feels attacked by being my example).
Doesn't make too much sense if you're not grown up using it, I guess.

Burgfried. Yeah, one piece of fried Burg please! I see the possible confusion :)

As a whole I'd say this would definitely qualify to be named "Bergfeste".
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
HMMMM That sounds better. Town celebration or something? Flows well, easy to say.

Yes, I often work backwards and envision buildings in 3D first, THEN work on plans. There is no specific plan for this, thus the big and little house will certainly be changed to reflect a function. I could make this a 60 million dollar private residence, with an elevator in the tower, and reinforced concrete lower foundations and retaining walls. OR, I could make this a 19th century Baron's residence with tiny village at bottom. OR, ??? Functions would change drastically. Thanks for help.
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OK, Town celebration got me thinking for a moment, then laughing.
Berg -> mountain
feste -> well, it's an old and shortened word for fortress which would translate to Festung. And since even our greatgreatgreatsomethinggrandfathers were kinda lazy they shortened the "Bergfestung" to Bergfeste.
I guess "feste" got translated like the word "Fest" which indeed is a celebration or party :)

If you build a 60 million home out of this I'd happily come to explore it.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
25 dollars entry fee. Park at the bottom and take the shuttle up. Dogs are okay.
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
$25 entry with dogs allowed? That's almost free admission! Where was it again?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
It's in SimulationLand, on the internet. Just imagine you're pulling up in the parking lot in your simulationcar, and come on up!
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Arekasadaro Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
You must be winning fans like hell in the roleplaying arena. ;D
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Honestly I'm getting a lot of requests for game design, concept designs for stories, etc.
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Arekasadaro Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Good for you mate. Ride the wave :D
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I can ride a skateboard. NEVER DID SURF.
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Arekasadaro Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I can't do any of those, it was a metaphore, jeje
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Oh I know...
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
:star::star::star::star::star:
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r3v3r53d Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant addition to the village drawing! I have a question if I may, since the wordings a little small on the screen, what is the large platform behind the tower to the south-west?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
"Pavilion." Maybe a medieval rock band can play a private concert there with the mountain view behind them.
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r3v3r53d Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I guess I should have realized that. Working in 'Technical Support' I don't spend a lot of time reading anything beyond chicken-scratch, I wasn't sure that was a 'P'. ;)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Truthfully, I'm not quite sure what will go there, possibly some open columns, maybe a sculpture, not sure...there's a small viewing terrace for sure...
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r3v3r53d Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Open columns could lend it a Romanesque style or appearance, I guess that depends how you envisioned it.
A statue of someone might be expected in a town square, perhaps a mosaic in the centre with some significance.
With a town elevated such as this, there's no small shortages of viewing vantage points.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
True enough, we'll see...
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Zehois Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
amazing!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful piece of work!
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very Very nice.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thanks Mitch, it feels good to be free...
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Okay...after getting my head around how the perspective matched the over head I have to say YEAH! This works.

A scale some where to get an idea of how big/small those buildings are would be interesting. But from a layman's idea of how castles work, this is clever and functional. :)

As for a fantasy setting? Again, some where like a Transylvania/Romania. The surrounding country side should be just as craggy and hilly as this keep top. That way the place hasn't fallen to siege artillery (Well, not maybe more than once or twice in its history. ;) )

I would maybe suggest going and looking for 'Harn' the role playing game. The maps and buildings in that are amazingly realistically detailed and the castle series details pretty much most stages of castle development.

From simple block house/mote and bailey to large, multi-wall affairs.

As for the topic of siege weapons. There are some amazing stone throwers even before the harnessing of black powder.

Much cheers to you and yours.
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Arejka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful and amazing!!
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:iconerg0s:
erg0s Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
You did this in 90 minutes?!?!?! WOW! Amazing detail. Don't have that much knowledge about authentic castles, but it looks really realistic to me:)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I need to change that, I just replaced the file. More like 4 to 5 hours time now with shading and more details. oops!
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erg0s Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Oh:P Yeah that seems more humanly possible. Still, amazing work man! Do you have your own studio or...
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I'm not particularly fast. No turbo-pencil.
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