So this has apparently been cropping up since the beginning of February, but I’ve only just seen it! Renedra (the guys who made Mantics original Elf, Undead and Dwarf plastic sprues) are making their own plastic castle set.
It’s been a while since we showed anything of the Tower project that we are working on, but in between working on some of our customers upcoming projects for Salute release and beyond we have been steadily progressing this project. The initial release will be the Tower this can be customised to be either fantasy or generic – but our aim is for the Tower section to be utilised with sections of ramparts and crenellations to construct a full castle, this is still a work in progress and to date we have 3 frames to show, these are lower and middle wall sections, upper wall sections and a frame with portcullis, doors and corner pieces. The next frame we are working on is the Tower crenellations with two different sets of gargoyle and wall torches. The last part is a base, this goes inside the top section, and another one on the top that if not glued will be easy to remove allowing figures to be placed inside the top section firing weapons from the windows. What we are planning to do is sell the basic Tower as a boxed set and the other sections will be bagged and can be bought as individual sections as to customers requirements. Prices haven’t been finalised yet. Our priority is to get the Tower finished for Salute release from us. We will have a diorama on our trade stand of the front section showing how this can be converted to a castle. We will also have pictures that we have taken on the workbench showing different ways in which the parts can be assembled to customise the build.
Pictures from the Renedra Facebook page.
They have also posted another update, this time with some pricing information here.
Tower/Castle update – things are moving along nicely with the project, and we now have some ideas of the costs that we thought we would share with you, these are not yet set in stone but are not expected to be far off. The Tower will consist of 12 frames, these will build a three tier Tower, it will be boxed as our other buildings and will cost £36. The Gatehouse will consist of a boxed Tower with an additional bag containing frames to build the 4 tier product and will cost £42. The wall sections will consist of 4 frames and will cost £10. To build a castle of 4 Towers, 2 Gatehouses, and 8 packs of wall sections the cost if bought separately will be £308, but will be offered complete for around £250 to £260 this will build a Castle about a metre square. The Tower will be approximately 28cms high and the Gatehouse approximately 36 cms high, the Wall sections will be approximately 15 cms high by 21 cms in length. The complete Castle frames will be packed into a large carton with instruction leaflets not in separate boxes. We are also looking at deals for various combinations which we will offer on our webstore. We are on target to complete the Tower for a Salute release, and the rest to follow shortly after. We have today got the base section for the Tower, see picture attached, also another picture showing how easy it is to adapt and customise the product to have an open Portcullis with internal doors, as we continue over the next week or two with the next frame (crenellations) will post more.
So £36 for a tower and £250-£260 for a full (very sizeable) castle. Quite pricey, but the quality certainly is up there.