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Samurai Castle Gatetower available NOW!

2019-12-18 by David

Quite a big project for the samurai terrain range, the new Samurai Castle Gatetower is now officially available for download!

 

  Samurai Castle Gatetower  

 




This castle gatetower makes a great main entrance to a feudal-era Japanese castle layout, and I decided to paint it up in a very dark wood colour, with an eye to match the almost black wood I have planned for the big samurai castle coming next year.





From ground level, this is a very, very solid and imposing structure!





Although they sometimes painted the wood of castle buildings in a black tar-like substance, that doesn't necessarily mean that the gate itself needs to be black too. I painted this one in weathered and faded wood tones. Those square blocks at the bottom of the gateposts could be painted as wood or even stone, but I chose to paint them as black ironwork.

 

Since this structure is modelled to match the yagura corner tower, which was based on Kumamoto castle's real-life towers, I printed Hosokawa clan symbols for the gates, and painted them in gold. That might not be strictly accurate to real-life, but makes a great focal point.





The gates swing back to reveal a slope beyond, leading to a path that forks left and right.





Here's an aerial view of the gatetower, with some of the other castle wall sections and the corner tower. It's pretty big!!!





Removing the roof section shows what a large playable area you get inside the gatetower. Two doors to the building give good access for your warriors....





.... and you can even remove the building itself to battle your way through the gate tunnel beneath!





The rear of the gatetower joins up nicely with other castle wall sections, to give you some great 3-dimensional playability!





I strongly recommend fitting little rare-earth magnets to all castle wall sections, so layout changes can be made super fast!

 

You can probably tell how much fun I had posing these battle photos!



 

The new Samurai Castle Gatetower is officially available for download from today!

 

  Samurai Castle Gatetower  

 


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