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SPRING CLEAN HOBBY CHALLENGE 2020 – JEAN HOEFLERS 1970s KING ARTHUR’S CASTLE TERRAIN

SPRING CLEAN HOBBY CHALLENGE 2020 – JEAN HOEFLERS 1970s KING ARTHUR’S CASTLE TERRAIN

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Project Blog by warlockminis Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

In October 2016 I bought this awesome looking big Jean Hoefler 1970s castle toy from my oldest brother who collect old toys. It was just laying on a shelf, so I asked my brother if I could buy it from him and make a epic terrain piece for miniature games, both historic and fantasy. My brother liked the idea and sold it to me, so I toke it home and put it together and put it upon a big chunk of star foam, this was going to be the biggest project I would ever make I thought. And you can all guess what happened after that! I never came around to work on the big castle more then just painting a little on one of the towers and carve out a bit of the foam to shape it as a mountain. So when I heard you guys where doing the spring cleaning challenge again I thought about my abandoned castle in the attic. But If I was going to do it this time I was going to be smart, so I toke just one the tower pieces and decided to do each piece an epic terrain piece after another. So for this spring clean challenge I am custom building the big tower into a epic piece of terrain.

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The big tower terrain piece is done!

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Finally done with the big Tower piece! Here is a small video I made with some atmospheric effects added. Plus some photos without the animated effects. Really happy with the results! Looking forward to playing games with this terrain, it really makes a big difference if you have good looking terrain to your nice painted armies.

Last add on to the tower, a loading dock.

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For a last add on to the tower I wanted to make a loading dock, to make the tower more versatile. Now the tower could be used for a company that store stuff in a village or town plus add levels to where minis could stand and climb on the tower. Now it was more the just a tower, it is a proper building terrain piece that can be used in many ways in a lot of different games.

More then just history and fantasy!

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More then just history and fantasy!

A friend asked me what games I will use the tower for, and my first answer was of course medieval history and fantasy games, but there is really no limitations, I have recently bought and waiting for the 7TV Pulp core rules box, and with that the ideas are endless! So here I just took my yet too be painted Hellboy minis from Mantics Hellboy board game and with some cars it looks like an epic small Hellboy skirmish game that I have to try when I get the Pulp rules! So a castle or medieval village you can use for a number of different games!

Video clips.

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Here’s a video of three small clips from working on the tower.

Building the base and a small shed next to the tower.

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I wanted give the tower more life so I decided to make a base for the tower while watching my favorite show on the web! 😉 Plus I wanted it to feel like someone really lived there, either a wizard, or a company for storage or the town guard. So I made a shed for tools or food and so on. I also painted everything in cheap basic acrylic colors as a base color. After the base colors I went over everything with shades and technical corrosion colors to dirt everything down, sadly I forgot to take a picture of this state.

Made a room up in the tower and a level above that for guards.

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Here are some images that show a bit from the room I made inside the tower by the level of the big windows. Plus a removable floor on top of that room for guards to look for enemies. it was a bit tricky to make the room inside, but I am glad that I did, because these towers and buildings will be together with my village that I have done before, and the are from 4Ground. So I wanted to be able to go into all my buildings.

First I wanted to add a Jettying to the tower.

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Here you can see me putting together this part with small ice cream sticks and a thin foam as tiles for the roof. I had also started painting the tower in a lighter stone tone with red/orange roof tiles. I wanted it to look similar to the medieval buildings in Visby Gotland here in Sweden.Here you can see me putting together this part with small ice cream sticks and a thin foam as tiles for the roof. I had also started painting the tower in a lighter stone tone with red/orange roof tiles. I wanted it to look similar to the medieval buildings in Visby Gotland here in Sweden.
The Medieval town Visby on Gotland, SwedenThe Medieval town Visby on Gotland, Sweden

When it all began and almost ended in 2016.

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Here is an old post from my Instagram from 2016 when I had bought the castle and just had assembled it. I was so confident that I would do it haha! Here is an old post from my Instagram from 2016 when I had bought the castle and just had assembled it. I was so confident that I would do it haha!
Here's a bunch of images I found on the internet of the Jean Hoefler 1970s King Arthur's Castle. The one I bought from my brother don't have all the parts, but the parts that are missing like the big base it stands on is not something I need. :) But its one big epic toy, that I know I would have loved as a child!Here's a bunch of images I found on the internet of the Jean Hoefler 1970s King Arthur's Castle. The one I bought from my brother don't have all the parts, but the parts that are missing like the big base it stands on is not something I need. :) But its one big epic toy, that I know I would have loved as a child!