This week, as a break from all of the plastic Normans I have before me, I decided to work on some terrain projects. First, a Norman keep made from Hirst Arts plaster blocks. The top front is almost at the height I am looking for. I need to bring up the other sides, and maybe do some interior detailing.
My professor of Middle East history and the Crusades often stressed that the castle is better viewed as an offensive military structure rather than a defensive one; as a place from which raiding parties and newly established conquerors can strike out at neighboring enemies and a possibly rebellious populace. Wargaming scenarios almost always use castles and buildings as defensible targets. It might be possible to come up with a campaign scenario that uses castles or manors in a different way, but one always comes back to limited table space and scale.
Next, is a storage building to be placed near the keep or in a village. It was built according to the plans at the Too Fat Lardies blog: http://toofatlardies.co.uk/blog/?p=899
After these are completed, I will need a few more trees - which as much as I would prefer not to make, it's still preferable to buying.