blog Fantasy Fortifications — Part 4: Types of Castles

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    Fantasy Fortifications — Part 4: Types of Castles
    This article is part 4 of a series on Fantasy Fortifications by Toni Šušnjar.


    Building a Fort

    Build time of a castle, depending on design and available funds, may last from half a year to half a century. It also depends on the situation before the building: a ruined castle is a half-built castle after all, and rennovating (and/or updating) walls is much cheaper than building new ones. This can be seen with city of Dubrovnik, where (massive) medieval fortifications were, after the fall of Constantinople in 1453., reinforced with outer line of walls to reinforce them against cannon fire.

    Both build time and extent of fortifications depend on material (financial, logistical, humane) capacities of the builder, as well as the perceived need. Many castles were never finished for lack of resources.

    Builders are professionals; peasants, soldiers and other amateurs were used for muscle work only. This means that they have to be paid, and many in fact travel from a building place to a building place. Beaumaris Castle in England required 400 masons and 1,000 assistants to be built in a nearly record time (from 1278 to 1280).
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  2. psychotick

    psychotick Auror


    I think people may be under-estimating the sheer awesomeness of a trebuchet a little. We have trebuchets that can fling Rolls Royces around!

    Cheers, Greg.
  3. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    Ah, but in the Middle Ages they didn't have Rolls Royce. They only had the Dodge Dart (which I've always thought was a solid bit of advice), a couple of Bolts, and a plethora of Cavaliers who could be flung in times of dire need.
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