06 November 2008

3D Challenge #063 - MIddle Ages Castle

Note: The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.
Before you start modeling and posting, please read carefully the 3D Challenge participating manual and pre-made or downloaded components are not allowed.

This week's challenge:

MIddle Ages Castle
A 2 weeks challenge and you should model a complete Middle Ages Castle.
A castle is a defensive structure seen as one of the main symbols of the Middle Ages. The term describes a residence of a monarch or noble and commands a specific defensive territory.
There are a lot all over Europe. They were built for strategic purpose or as holiday residence.
It should contains Towers, defensive Walls, and inside buidings, etc.
Details and decorations are well accepted as usual.
Remember that Castle model should be real; no Sci-fi, Fantasy or Cartoon creations.

Good luck to all, and have fun!!!

3D Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 063

Due Date: Wed, November 19th (Challenge Closed)

Click here to see the currently submitted models for this challenge.

Castillo de PeƱafiel by a.j.unknow

2nd Place
Black Veil Gate by TinkerToy
Camelot by Crazy Eyes

3rd Place
Castle de Dajani by Amir N. Dajani


  1. General Notes:
    There will no obligation for a blog entry anymore. It is still allowed to post a link to your model or additional images, but it is not required anymore to submit a model to the challenges. The 3D Warehouse tag is still required though and should be added when uploading a model to the Warehouse.

    You can use the hyperlink code creator on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion may be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Please refrain from using background images in your models as it is the model itself that is being judged.

    You'll notice a new link on the main page that directs you to the First Place Certificate area to which winners are able to print a certificate with a picture of their model detailing their excellence. You can access the page through the main page of the blog.

  2. Hey Cosedimarco,

    Great new challenge. I just have one question:

    Does it have to be an model of an existing castle or can it be a new creation based on the achitecture and technology of the middle ages?

  3. @Dajani
    It could be both.
    Important is that it must be from this world ;)

  4. We need anouther really Hard challenge like the Monster Truck s how about a

    Drag car Challenge

    (I am Zorbo

  5. Try to work on details and complexity and you will check out hard this could be.
    Try this post to challenge yourself:
    - Chateau De Pierrefonds

  6. Hi

    Nice challenge

    @ cosedimarco

    are Vauban's fortress or "chateaux de la Loire" allowed ?
    I'm not sure they correspond to middle age.


  7. @ Anonymous
    This is the definition Wikipedi give about Middle Ages:"Commonly seen periodization ranges span the years ca. 400–476 AD (the sackings of Rome by the Visigoths to the deposing of Romulus Augustus)[2] to ca. 1453–1517 (the Fall of Constantinople to the Protestant Reformation begun with Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses)."

    Google to check dates of the castle you want to model.

    If you'd like to model a real Castle, please add Construction Date into the Model name, to avoid problems

  8. My entry
    Im Not a Architect and this will probably get the boot but here it goes!


    (I am Zorbo)

  9. @ cloudedzero
    As said in the main post "Castle should be real; no Sci-fi, Fantasy or Cartoon creations".

    Please remove Model.

  10. To me it seems like it was so much easier to make a good design on a castle then seige... i mean all the mechanics to throw a ball at this huge wall is a lot more work than designing a 5 ft thick wall.

    What i am trying to say is---

    Seige = Really hard to make

    Castle = Really easy to design

  11. Middeleeuws kasteel

    Qoute by rubencraninx

    "Middle age castle: The Castle was built by me the trebuchet, the trees, the mill aren't"

    the trebuchet was made by AJ unknown im pretty sure but i dont know about the rest, just thought you should know this cause the admins ( admin i guess =p ) normally dont check the models to well.

  12. @Mr. Jumpman
    Thanks but it was exactly what rubencraninx wrote in his description.

    Please remove all models/elements not made by yourself or your model can't be accepted

  13. @powerhouse
    Could you post in the WH the skp model too?

  14. @Skacker
    You can texture your model with real photos but you have to create and detail model first. This is a modelling challenge, and model must be judged with textures turned off.

    This is due to avoid, users model a boxes and cylinder with applied beautiful photos to recreate model itself.

  15. @ DesignsbyALX

    I hope that you are whipping up something good, to make good on that bottom spanking. Nice move! You've got me motivated again. Unless: you called me out for nothing, I sure would hate to show you what I can really do, and then scare you off. Because; if you top mine, I will bow down and grovel, then give you 5-stars over and over and over again. Good modeling, Good luck and Good day!

    @ current entrants

    I think, two weeks of challenge merits more than
    1MB models,...don't you?
    Not that a great model can't be only 1MB, but that isn't what I'm seeing yet.

  16. So I was checking For the winner of the Monster truck challege, Haha now that is funny!

    On another note I wont be entering this Castle challegne due to the fact that I myself am not a Architect

    If you really want to know what I think about the Monster truck cahllenge check my board at


  17. @ 3D Challenge Admins

    I have a request for the challenge.


    A Sci-Fi Battle armor suit, im really good at making these so it might not be very fair =p

    Mr.jump man v.2

  18. Here is my middle ages casle entry:
    Black Veil Gate

    I hope that I made the deadline, it is still wednesday here.


  19. @TinkerToy
    Sorry but you are beyond deadline. WH said it was posted on Thursday 19th.
    Anyway, Real great model!

  20. I don't know how the calendar work where you are from, but the 19th of November is a wednesday here, not thursday. My entry was posted about one hour before the voting poll was updated. I believe that should be in time to make it into the challenge. If there is some other reason for it to not be there, tell me and I will be satisfied.

  21. @TinkerToy
    Sorry but my brain is very slow early in the morning...I thought today 19th and not the 20th.

    I've added an extra poll for your model.


    Thank you for inclucing my model. I'm sure it must be difficult to manage the blog constantly, and the difference in time of day from here to there, must add to the strain. I appreciate what the moderators do to bring the challenge to all of us. Keep up the good work.

  23. ARGH I missed it by two weeks, so stupid, this contest I could actually compte in!