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Designing the samurai watchtower

2020-02-12 by David

One design that people have been asking for recently is a stand-alone watchtower structure, so this wooden seiro structure from Sakusai Castle in Ibaraki Prefecture was chosen as the inspiration for the 3d-printed version....

 

 

This reconstruction is actually one of the earlier forms of yagura corner towers, which are the more famous shape of historical Japanese castle. It is a simple structure made from wooden beams in a square. They were used as watchtowers in earlier castles and were erected on the battlefield to provide commanders with a better view. 

 




This CG render of the watchtower is authentic in every detail, although the roof of the modern reconstruction has been covered in metal sheeting for longevity against the worst of the Japanese weather.





So I opted for a more realistic wooden planks or sheets, battened down with long strips of bamboo (and presumably tied down underneath).





This watchtower is designed to be printed without supports (except for the roof sections), so as you can imagine it was quite hard to split the model into printer-friendly chunks.

 

The model is actually split into 3 sections (base, middle and top levels), although you can make the tower shorter by missing out the middle section, or even taller by adding in additional middle levels!

 

Printing is almost complete now, so an assembly guide will be coming in the next few days. Watch this space....

 


Tags: samurai  design 


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