GODofwar wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:55 pm
I would say - Castles are not worth the money IF you only want a castle for its externals or scenery value.
The Chief Least Weasel of Valoria (Pretendant)
Totus KS Delenda Sunt, except KS5.
I don't necessarily agree with this as I essentially don't use the internals of my builds, but what I would say is if you just want a castle like structure for scenery IE some walls, a small gatehouse and simple towers then DF castles are not the way to go.
There are many other options for a simple castle, the old GW fortress, Epix Haven, Playmobile, MBA etc
and the advantage of these is you can build a castle really quick.
But what you lose is almost any flexibility (MBA has some great variety). You can use DF KSI (or KSV?) walls to support crenellations which will give you simple modular walls and towers - I think as I don't have any KSI so going by other members comments.
With DF castles you get so much more flexibility due to its highly modular nature, now the Dragon Lock system can give you this if you get the suitable .STL files and have access to a 3D printer. To be fair this system is only limited by the imagination of your 3D modeller.
If you have different types of castle you want to build then DF give you better options than any other I have come across. Their wall variations give an excellent example of this - single height, double height, triple height (and so on), double thick, double thick supporting single thick wall on top, battlements, crenellations, semi circular frontage, arrow slit walls, blank walls.
The amount of different tower combinations are just as varied 6", 4", 6" to 4", 4" to 6", battlements, crenellations, arrow slit walls, blank walls, arch window walls, 4" and 6" roofs and don't get me started on the bridges!
I have not talked about Square towers, SGs and assorted bling, roof platforms, Adv Builder sets etc.
I could not build what I have built with any other castle system unless it was a scratch build or had access to a 3D printer or a shed load of Hirst Arts molds.
I don't find building particularly tiresome, in fact I find it exciting as often I am not sure where I am going, but given the size and sheer number of pieces they can take time to build. The fiddliest bit for me was putting KS4 crenellations on suspended walkways. I had a few magnets come loose (I know some had a lot come loose). There are other issues highlighted elsewhere, pacman piece, internal round tower stairs etc.
If your thinking of buying into castles then my suggestion would be, think about what castles you would want to build and have a look at the builds that have been posted in the forums, Law has posted up a large variety of builds, certainly inspired me.
Oldent makes a good point about future support for castles based on current/previous DF stock events, such that I'd recommend you do not rely on DF stocking all castle items and you should try to get all you think you need in one hit.
For some background - I own GW fortress, Epix Haven, Playmobile castles/fortresses and a number of Hirst Arts molds. I have only looked at MBA castles and they do look good with some good variety. I have not done a scratch built castle (you should see Oldents Minas Tirith) unless you count the polystyrene and toothpick Motte and Bailey I did with my son for his History class.