on 30 July 2015
Castle Grimstead. Let's be really frank about this, this is how Americans see castles. My main problem with this set is the ultra thin walls, my 1930's house has walls thicker than this 'castle'! There is also no realistic defensive layout, which is the whole point of a castle. And then like some other dungeon tile sets there's 'cute' decorations everywhere like picture perfect beds, carpets and tables with playing cards. If you're after grimey realism of the medieval period this really isn't for you. You might say 'magic', the walls are thin because of magic, strengthened and protected by magic. Okay, but if these are generic tiles, which they are, designed to slot in with other dungeon tiles then all of your castle are magically the same with ultra thin walls. NO. OK, this might give Shadowghast Manor some more variation, but even real big old manor house have walls bigger than two standard bricks in thickness!
Castles have walls between 2 feet and 15 feet thick, they are supporting vast amounts of stone, passage ways are tight and restrictive; its costs money to build castle with that amount of stone. Its dangerous too. I would advise you to buy a castle book instead that shows floorplans of real castles, and then make your own tiles based upon them. As for tiles to make city walls - this set is laughable.
Don't get me wrong, the quality and artwork is just as good as all the other sets, there's nice big tiles with lots of stuff on them. And as other reviewers have mentioned you would have to buy more than one set (and use the wilderness grass tiles) to make the 'castle' sampled on the inside flap of the pack. If the art had been poor I would have only awarded 1 star for this product.
In fact, I've only bought this to complete the series of tiles, one or two with useful graphics such as a well, drawbridge and moat/ditch sections will be used fairly regularly but I doubt I will be making a 'thin' walled castle EVER. (My players would just fall about laughing too much!)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
One of these sets is just not enough to make anything other than a very small keep and possibly a wall. I ended up buying two sets and to behonest it still isn't possible to make anything really satisfying. Offen the case with these sets. Only the dungeon set is truely good.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2014
The rest of the sets along with the maps are excellent. This is very disappointing. Difficult to make anything that fits together neatly and I suspect that buying another set will not help.