Nuremberg Castle

The original castle actually consists of three different structure sets, the town-owned buildings on the eastern side (Städtischen Bauten, #1 and 2), the buildings of the rulers of Nuremberg (Burggrafenburg, #3, 7, 8), and the actual Imperial Castle (Kaiserburg, #4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12). As you can see on the plan below, most of the buildings are connected to each other, so it was tempting to create all of it in one single model in 3ds. I refrained from that after I've finished the first building - the Sinwell Tower - two CPU cores still aren't enough for that stuff. XRef Scene didn't really work out for me as the main file grew bigger and bigger and so I ended up fitting connecting walls manually by copying and pasting between files. Definitely something to think about before starting to model the next bigger project.

When I started to model, the only reference material I had where photos that I got off the web which didn't nearly cover all the areas, walls and hidden corners of the castle. Luckily there is Google Earth which was invaluable for positioning structures that weren't on the drawn plan I found before. Also Microsoft Live Maps was really helpful to find out the basic texture and number of windows on all sides of the castle for which I didn't have photos. I've had to pretty much guess the heights of every building, as there was no official data to be found on the web. After calling there, I found out that the Sinwell Tower is 33 meters high, but the castle people didn't know where exactly this is measured from.


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