Trianne castle . This is my latest creation, it is called Trianne castle (named by combining the names of my two daughters ).
This castle was built with defence in mind, rather than comfort. It only has one major defect, and this is, it has no well. The castles builder has been punished for this error (i am now a foot taller after being put on the rack). The interior has no furniture as i didnt want to spoil the studless look, except the bed in the Royal chamber (rank does have its privilages.
This is the strongest castle in the service of the King, who has entrusted its defence to his eldest son Prince Arven. Two different shields hang above its main entrance, the Royal standard and his wifes family lion coat of arms. The castles position has been sighted on solid rock to prevent enemy undermining. Its only entrance is up two flights of stone steps, the second being set at right angles to the first. The purpose of this is to deny the enemy the ability to use a battering ram directly on the door. They would not be able to gather sufficient momentum to break through the heavy oak door. The door is well defened from above, in front and from the right hand side by the lower rampart. Even if the enemy gained a foothold on the lower rampart, the door could be closed to isolate and expose the attacker to the garrisons archers from above. If the enemy broke through the first door, they would enter a very small room. Then a right turn led to another heavy door, again very tight with no room to manouver. If they get through this door, they are led into a long narrow hallway. Flanked on the left hand side by three arrow loops, exposing the sides and rear if attacking the next door. The next door at the end of the hallway, built into the right hand wall leads to the great hall. Once through here the enemy must fight their way accross the hall, and up the steps at the far end. These stairs lead upto the wall-walk. The wall-walk itself is extremly narrow, this funnels the attackers into single file along the wall. This allows one or two men of the garrison to hold the enemy at bay. You will notice the seperate raised section, i have named this the upper ramparts. This allows a sort of concentric defence, archers up here can fire over the heads of men below doubling the arrows bought to bear on the enemy. The attacker if they manage to overpower the wall-walk, the garrison can retreat to the castles last line of defence, the tower. The door to the tower is smaller than the rest, but no less difficult to gain entry than the others. The attackers would be subjected to a hail of arrows, stones and other nasty items dropped through the machiolations two floors above. Right thats the defences taken care of, let me tell you about inside the towere itself. The first room is the guard room, down the ladder are the storerooms. Next up the steps is knights chapel, so the garrison can pray to god for salvation for their sins. The nest floor is the royal chamber with a roaring fire with lion head stone carvings on its surround. up one more flight of steps is the battlements and lookout tower. Well thats it sorry to bore you with all the details of my creation. Please have a look at the pictures, i hope you like it and please comment. As always thank you for your time. .
Main entrance showing shields over doorway lower rampart is to the right
Birds eye showing steps upto battlemants and lookout tower
Battlements above doorway
Stores and hallway showing third door way
The great hall
The prince consults with his captain
TIMBER!!! The prince has ordered the surrounding trees to be felled to give a better field of fire, preventing the enemy sneaking close without being seen.