Castles. Castles are cool. We wanted some castle scenery for use in our tabletop RPGs and fantasy wargames such as Warhammer Fantasy. After looking around at the various options we opted to pick up some of the kits available from Sally 4th, a company specialisting in laser-cut buildings and terrain for historical and fantasy wargaming. Their range of 28mm scale castle kits is vast including many types of tower, wall, building, and hoardings.
Here are our modular castle kits from Sally 4th, each of them arrived flat-packed in a bag containing the sheets of laser-cut parts and a set of assembly instructions. We’ve gone for a Standard Tower, a 20′ Wall, a 10′ Wall, and a 10′ Stairway kit.
First up, we’re going to take a look at the 10′ Wooden Stairway kit, which actually contains the parts to build 2 sets of stairs. This kit is priced at £6 (around $9.30) from the Castle Accessories area of the Sally 4th store.
As with the rest of the kits we’re looking at from this range, this is kit consists of laser-cut wooden parts that you free from the wooden sheet using a craft knife to cut the tiny bridges that are holding the parts in place. You can see the symmetry on this sheet which will allow you to build two sets of stairways.
To assemble this and the other kits in the range, you just need a craft knife to free the parts from the wooden sheets and some PVA woodwork adhesive to glue the parts together.
After freeing the parts from the wooden sheet, it didn’t take long assemble these two stairways. A nice touch is that the gap between each step is just over 4mm which allows miniatures based on most standard bases to slot into place and stand safely on the stairs. The height to the top of these stairs is 50mm, and we’ll see how these fit with the rest of the modular system later in this review.
Next up is the smaller of the 2 walls we ordered, the 28mm scale 10′ Castle Wall which is priced at £9.50 in the online store (around $14.75). There are a whole range of different walls available in this modular system, including corner pieces and walls with doorways built in.
Here are the sheets and parts that make up this kit, the visible wall sections come laser engraved with a stone pattern and the crenellations along the top of the wall are in a fantasy style.
Another simple and quick build leaves us with this good looking wall section, with a reinforcing post on the outside and a pathway protected by the crenellations on the inside. Because this is basically a wooden box it is an extremely strong scenery piece.
In addition to the 10′ Castle Wall, we’ve also picked up a 20′ Castle Wall too. This is priced at £10.25 in the online store (around $16) and is a double height version of the smaller wall we just built.
This kit is supplied on these two wooden sheets. This one actually gave us a bit of difficulty as the laser cutting process hadn’t quite cut through the whole sheet in several places (most notably around the crenellations) and so we had to spend some time cutting out the stuck parts with a craft knife.
Here’s the assembled 20′ wall, the engraved stone work looks good and this fortification is tall enough to give any attackers a real tough time.
The last and largest kit we selected is the Standard Tower which is priced at £23.50 (around $36.50). This has the same fantasy style crenellations as the walls we have already built, and includes a removable roof to access the top floor of the building.
As a larger kit, the parts came spread across several sheets plus separate walls and a floor. The darker sheet contains doors and trapdoors, plus wooden flooring for the internal room we will have access to. The walls have a couple of raised doorways, plus arrow slits all round for defending archers.
This kit went together quickly, and gives a nice result. In the third picture you can see the roof is removable to access inside the tower.
So it’s time to see how these modular parts work together. Here you can see our walls being added to line up with the doorways, and then a set of stairs which fit nicely with the 10′ wall section.
You can arrange this in lots of different configurations though, so here’s a different setup this time making use of both stairways.
Using some of the new 28mm D&D miniatures for scale, you can see the approaching Orcs are going to have a tough time breaching this fortification.
We had great fun with these kits and it’s very tempting to pick up more to create a whole castle. Its modular nature means you can keep rearranging the parts to create new layouts. Since they’re well designed for the placing of miniatures including on the stairways and inside the towers, these scenery kits would work well with historical or fantasy wargames, or in tabletop RPGs like D&D & Pathfinder. If you’d like to see the rest of this range head over to http://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/