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Castle Peregrine Gatehouse & Barbican
The gatehouse and barbican for my modular castle MOC, Castle Peregrine.
About this creation

The gatehouse was the first part of Castle Peregrine that I designed. I wanted to build a multi-levelled gatehouse centered around an area guarded by twin portcullises and attacked by arrow slits and murder holes. The portcullises travel up and down in 1-wide grooves and are controlled by winches. The backs of the towers are hinged open to allow access to the interior. The gatehouse openings are designed to connect to wall segments.



Gatehouse Instructions (PDF Format, 8.9 MB)




I designed the gatehouse first with the intention of having the forebuilding on it. I was never wholly pleased with the results for two main reasons. The passageway through the gatehouse is only 6 studs wide (under a 1 x 8 x 2 arch) and the travel path for the portcullis precludes any bridge raising chains or strings that are even with the end of a bridge.



Those considerations made me decide to add a separate barbican module. The barbican almost seemed to design itself--I was surprised at how quickly it came together. The first cut looked too high when paired with the gatehouse. I reduced it by 4 brick heights, and it provided a good facade while not obscuring the gatehouse.



Barbican Instructions (PDF Format, 7.4 MB)


Sharp-eyed viewers may also notice that some photos are different versions. This castle has been "under construction" since March 2004, and been through several iterations!






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   The gatehouse and barbican.



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   The barbican with bridge lowered.



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   The barbican with bridge raised.



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   The barbican with doors closed.



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   The parapets.



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   View of the barbican from the gatehouse side.



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   Murder holes in the barbican.



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   A castle visitor's view.



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   The gatehouse from the front.



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   The arrow slits and front portcullis.



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   The portcullis in its lowered position.



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   The portcullis in its raised position.



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   The gatehouse from the back after adding the hinged segments.



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   One tower with the back opened.



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   The portcullis room.



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   Murder holes above the portcullis area.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 22, 2011
I really like the design and technical aspects of this. I am working on a similar although much smaller barbican based on one at Krakow. Your documentation and detail has been helpful. Awesome build. A++!
 I like it 
  October 15, 2010
great job :) 5/5
 I like it 
  August 2, 2009
I can't believe how few comments this series has received. Excellent work...
 
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