How To Build a Model Medieval Castle

If you love models and the medieval, chances are at some point, you will want to build a model medieval castle. In medieval times, castles were constructed strategically to protect the king and keep enemies at bay. Yours just needs to look good. Here now some tips, to make sure your castle isn't a royal pain. Get it?

The Design
Draw up some blueprints with scale measurements to make sure each side of the castle measures up. If you're looking to be serious though, visit a local hobby or toy shop and purchase some molds and plaster to construct your castle's "bricks."

The Bricks
Start by mixing up the plaster to make sure it is smooth and even. Then, pour it into the molds and let it set, creating the bricks (Plaster of Paris also suffices). Scrape the top of the plaster off the top to make sure that the blocks are even. After 25 minutes, remove them from the molds by popping them out.

Stackin' and Stickin'
Just as you would normal bricks, begin stacking your blocks, bluing them together as you build up. You'll notice that some of the molds are curved somewhat; this is not by mistake. You will want to use these particular blocks to build the towers of your castle. Refer to your handbook/instructions when building, so you know how to properly structure the circular areas. Wood glue is your best bet for optimal adhesiveness.

Color It Up
Once you have the castle put together, get to work painting. While other models are best painted before piecing together, you will save yourself a great deal of time painting the blocks a more rustic, grayish color using latex house paint. Acrylic art paint also suffices, and you should go over the castle with three layers of paint-letting each coat dry before you put on the next.

The Drawbridge
What's a castle without a drawbridge? Well, still technically a castle…but not a great one. Most model castle kits will come with their own, but if you're strapped and want to get creative, you can assemble a bunch of actual, wooden twigs. Yes, twigs to you, but logs to the castle. Get as many straight ones as you can find, and bind them together tightly using string. Too time-consuming? No worries. You can also use some popsicle sticks-first painting them a darker brown, then gluing them together side-by-side. Wedge one end into the bottom of the castle's prominent entrance, and tie strings on the far end, creating the chain-like effect to raise and lower it. 

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