75 mm (3 inches; 1:24 scale) is a wonderful size for toy soldiers. The more common “standard” size for toy figures is 55 mm (2 ¼ inches). Those are also nice and are less expensive, but usually don’t come painted and are less detailed. Several companies make the larger scale (75 mm) of toy soldiers, such as Schleich, Papo, and Safari. These are beautifully done toy soldiers and knights (see photos). Such figures are available in most upscale toy stores and on the internet.
A major problem with 75 mm toy soldiers is that castles for this scale are very limited and very expensive. A Schleich “castle,” for example, which consists only of a gate and two towers (and are not even the correct scale) run from $200 to $300. And the commercially available castles have no keeps.
Our castle is to scale with these 75 mm figures, includes a keep, gate, and unlimited numbers of wall pieces and towers. It is a lot less expensive, even considering the $17.95 for a ream of 110 pound card stock. A little creativity can make a central keep with any size and shape of castle walls you want. You can construct any number of towers and wall sections, to make the castle any size you desire.
These castles can also be built of wood or Styrofoam by using the plans to cut the pieces.
This castle is of the early Norman style, with a solid square keep (tower) and square wall towers. This castle is made of one inch x one inch x various lengths of card stock (paper) blocks. Because these blocks leave distinct lines on the finished castle (see the photographs of the white, uncovered towers and walls), I covered the keep (see photo) with white card stock, which can then be painted. Alternatively, the castle can be covered with a printed rock pattern (third to lase image in file). This page may be printed many times over and the paper cut to various shapes to cover all the castle surfaces (see photos of finished castle). The second to last page is the patter of the exterior floors for the tops of the towers and the roof of the keep. The final image is of wood floors for the interior of the keep and for the surface of the drawbridge.