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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dragonsdell Castle

At long last the 48th scale castle officially has a name - Dragonsdell Castle.  The castle is also now finished.  I recommend giving the all the following photos a 'poke' to see all the small details.

The left side of the castle features the stair tower and from the basement up: Treasury and Well Room, Armoury, Library, Gallery, Blue Bedroom and Sitting room.

On the right side (again from the bottom up) there is : Dungeons, Kitchens, Great Hall, Purple Bedroom and Dressing room and finally Alchemists Lab and bedroom.

The Alchemists Bedroom features a bed that's something of a cross between a canopied four poster, a sleigh bed and a day bed.  There is a storage chest on the left side wall and a writing desk and chair in the centre of the room.

The Alchemist is at work in his lab.  He, and all the dolls in the castle were made from polymer clay on wire armatures.  As there doesn't seem to be such a thing as a 48th scale doll mould none of the people of the castle are exactly beautiful, most don't even look particularly human.  Sculpting, especially on so small a scale is not a skill I will ever have.  The Alchemist is wearing black and teal felt robes and sports a long wispy beard.

Various herbs hang from the overhead beam, drying ready for use in his future potions.

I've talked about how disappointed I was in the doors I bought from Petite Properties as they were too low to really be 48th scale.  You can see in this photo the Alchemist (who is the equivalent of six feet tall) would have to practically bend double to walk through the door.

And just to help show the scale of the rooms, here's 6" tall Harry standing in the Alchemists Bedroom.

Skipping down to the Armoury and Fred is preparing to start polishing all the weaponry to keep it all nice and shiny.

Down in the dungeons and the prisoner is still in chains and has acquired a pair of guards who are wiling away the hours of guard duty with a jug of ale.

Next door the torture chamber is vacant at the moment, but perhaps the hapless prisoner in the cell will be visiting it soon . . .

Through the door behind the seated guards is the well room where the castle's water supply is accessed.

The door on the right side of the well room leads into the treasury or strong room or vault (etc) where the castle's valuables are stored.

 Through the door on the left of the well room is the bottom of the stair tower where some extra storage has been slipped in.

Heading down the stairs to the well room is this maid sent to fetch some water.

Jumping up a few floors now, Rosie is in her bedroom, preparing to head out and face the day.

 A pair of ladies are having a chat in the gallery.  You may have noticed by now that the people are not only kind of ugly, they're also badly dressed.  Trying to sew fabrics for clothes this small tends to make the fabrics just disintegrate.  Felt works well, but is really too thick and make people look like they're wearing padded clothing.

 The the Great Hall, one lady has settled in a seat by the fire while another tests out the balcony overhead.

 The Hall is decorated with 'tapestries' and colourful runners on the tables.    None of the decorations I tried for the tables (candlesticks, goblets, plates, etc) really seemed to work, so aside from the runners, the tables are largely bare.

 In the kitchens below the Great Hall, the staff are busy working on the evening meal.

 At the kitchen end of the room, a pair of cooks are hard at work.

While at the 'buttery' end of the room (where the booze is kept) Sam is mixing beverages in an attempt to create the perfect accompaniment to the meal.

And from this angle you can see the Turkey roasting over the fire at the back of the kitchen.

In the Library someone is sneaking out of the secret passage.

The purple bedroom is empty of people as the residents have already gone out for the day . . .

 But their maid is left behind in the dressing room to catch up on mending some of her mistress' favourite gowns.

And in the Sitting room some of the ladies of the castle have gathered to practice the lute and exchange some gossip.

Outside, the castle was given a few finishing touches.  A vine grows up the front wall of the castle adding a bit of colour and filling in a section of wall that looked a little too bland before.

The little gatehouse has finally had it's roof added.  Some 'water' was added to the stream bed and some bushes planted along it's banks.  Makkena the dragon has taken up residence at the base of the gatehouse.

The sides of the castle were covered with clear acetate to protect the rooms inside.  I added a cut away roof over the acetate to finish it off.  The roof is a piece of thick card over which I laid tiles cut from the same foam as used on the walls and painted them a blue-grey.

I compromised a lot with the outside of the castle.  Originally, it was supposed to have more towers and turrets and crenellations and a much larger gatehouse but as usually I had to simplify for the sake of practicality, accessibility and ability.  This is why the outside doesn't look like a castle so much as a really tall stone house.  Still, not too bad for my first 48th scale scratch build.


  1. Te ha quedado precioso y lleno de detalles,el exterior se ve muy real!!! Gran trabajo!!

  2. I LOVE this project, Alennka!!! It must be because I love all castles.... but you have done an Awesome job in that scale! I know how challenging it can be... my Tree House is basically 1:48 scale. I think your little people are really cute! And you made so many! Bravo for trying to "sew" their clothes... I have mostly glued the costumes on my tiny rat characters! At 1 and 1/4 inches, you have to do whatever it takes! I admire your attempts to make dishes.... it is really challenging to get anything resembling a cup or a bowl at this small scale! I especially enjoy seeing the finished Castle out in the garden... it puts things more in perspective! And the sheer number of rooms you built is marvelous and very Castle-like! No Wonder you couldn't build this in "full" scale! It's a Great project!

  3. What a beautiful castle - I can't believe it's 1/48th. I've just started 1/24 and can't see me ever doing 1/48 - you should be quite proud :)