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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Nippon Castle for Warhammer- Part II

While I haven't updated the blog in a bit, I  have been plugging away and highlighting my progress on the Nippon castle for Warhammer Fantasy Battle over at Dogs of War Online. One of the things I've been trying to reconcile is that its not an Asian/Oriental/Japanese castle* but a castle set in the mythical Warhammer world. Those are two very different things but it seems I have a hard time separating it!

As such,  the walls and castle are very symmetrical which is very unlike a traditional Japanese castle which snaked back and forth with large sprawling grounds and multiple walls and moats.  Since gunpowder was not widely used in medieval Japan,  castles, were for the most part made of wood and with very large moats. Tthis had the practical effect of  said castles taking up a very large amount of ground.

What I created however is a conceit to the physical limitations of  building a castle at 28mm scale and my gaming table which is  5x6 in terms of feet. It fits, but even with centering it in the middle of the table there isn't a ton of room on the edges (note its not centered in the photos below). While rules exist for playing siege games across the editions I'm planning on  using the siege rules for 3rd Edition, warts and all.

One benefit of using the 3rd Edition rules for siege is this lack of space is accounted for with Remote, Encamped and Ready zones that are part and parcel of the rules. For those not in the know these rules formed areas outside of the table top where action took place, essentially "off table" as it were.

As is depicted above you can see the corner towers are all complete now, along with the previously completed corner wall sections.The tops of all four towers are removable to facilitate the placement of war engines as needed.

After I took these photos I began the process of gluing down stones an gravel in preparation of painting in the not too distant future. I'm also in the process of determining what the "inner" courtyard will look like so stay tuned.

* Note no offense implied, sad this has to be stated, but this is the day and age we live in...


  1. Absolutely wonderful! Can we see some close-ups?

  2. Sure I'll try to get some, going to be really busy the next 4-5 days however.

  3. Simple solution to your space limitations...get more tables! Honestly though, that Castle is phenomenal!!!

  4. So it seems that I keep thinking of more modular ideas for this castle.

    The next decision I'm contemplating is to add a moat in a modular fashion like Nick Davis did in White Dwarf #225 (AFAICR) and then create a hill than will raise the whole thing up to simulate a mountain castle. The idea would be to use the moat to simulate a castle on the low-lands and then swap it out for the raised base.

  5. Impressive, wish I'd had this years ago for my old L5R campaigns. Thanks for sharing :-)

    1. Thanks for the feedback. As the weather starts to change here in western NY I'll be picking this back up again.