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Gate Sizes

Postby kelderic » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:01 am

I'm having problems with the size of the main gate of my Castle. The problem is, what seems like a large gate for the size of the castle, doesn't fit a knight on horseback. And I don't think I'm alone. I've noticed that many castles that are shared, the gates are actually really small, compared to a minifig. Is this accurate? I don't really have much knowledge about historical sizes, maybe the inner castle's gates really were smaller, and outer gates large enough for horses? But in movies, it's common to see a gate large enough for 5 men on horses to ride beside each other. Maybe our castles are just tiny compared to real ones, judged on a minifig scale?

Are there any LEGO castles out there built to plans of real ones, and built to real minifig scale?

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Re: Gate Sizes

Postby outcast » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:18 am

I reckon the problem is because lego castles are usually too small compared to minifigs.
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Re: Gate Sizes

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:23 pm

It actually depends. Many castle and town gates were too small for a man on horseback, with lance etc. to pass raised. If you think about the purpose of a fortification this should make sense. Smaller space = less people able to enter if it is taken. Many castles and towns have secondary gates that usually are smaller. These postern gates often would not even let a mounted man through them.

That said the larger gates where a man, horse and raised lance are not all that uncommon. I have done both in my MOC's so it really depends what you are going for.

I am fairly familiar with at least British Castles so I can get some real numbers if you like and that'd help but it might take a while as my books and notes are mostly in storage.

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Re: Gate Sizes

Postby quaraga » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:08 pm

I get that problem in a lot of MOCs.
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Re: Gate Sizes

Postby sir aleks the bold » Sun May 06, 2012 12:36 pm

ive always faced this problem i found that the best are either the iron gate pieces or one of the bigest door pieces but usually building your own is best just make sure you dont over do it, on my last moc i had doors that where about 8x35 each and i dont think i need to tell you how much of a nightmare that was while building a gate house arond them
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