Welcome to Dragonhead Castle. This beautiful little fantasy castle features a keep, gate house, mural towers, barbican, and a secret dungeon with a maze. This is a modified Norman motte (mound) and bailey (enclosure) castle dating to 1068. The motte, hollowed out to contain the labyrinthine dungeon, originally supported a wooden building where the keep now stands. It was rimmed by a wooden palisade, now replaced by the stone curtain wall in 1153. The small keep is of the square Norman design. A gatehouse of late Norman style, was added in 1185. The most recent defensive feature, the barbican (an outer work defending the main gate), was constructed in 1207. Therefore, it can be stated that Dragonhead is of late 12th and early 13th century design.
The scale used for this castle is for 25 mm (one inch) figures. If 1/72 scale figures (about 22 mm) are to be used, which actually work better with this castle, 3 mm (¼”) should be added to the height of each walk along the battlements. It is recommended that the castle be built from relatively clear ¾” pine or fir. All crenellated sections (those with battlements along the top) should have the wood grain running vertically with the merlons (the solid part of the battlement, as opposed to the crenels or the embrasures in the battlement). Materials needed for this castle (from which all pieces may be cut) include: one piece of plywood 3/8” x 18” x 24”; one piece of clear pine or fir ¾” x 8” x 6’; one piece of round brass rod 1/32” or 3/64” x 4” (the latter diameter is recommended); wood glue. Nails are not necessary, nor indeed, recommended in the construction of this castle. The type of cuts required to construct Dragonhead necessitates the use of a table saw, radial arm saw, or miter saw.