Marvel at the might and majesty of Mark of Falworth‘s magnificent Clarendon Castle – one of the last entries in the Classic Castle Competition, and in this fan’s opinion one of the best. The model is 4ft x 5ft (1.2m x 1.5m) and weighs in at a hefty 110lbs (50kg). It took over four months to build, the last half being completed in just two weeks with the help of the builders’ brother.
There are so many brilliant details in this massive structure it’s difficult to know where to start: the amazing waterfalls, the intriguing cave, the small cabin tucked behind the rocks or the impressive irregular footprint. Clarendon Castle sits proudly on the clifftop above the surging ocean, with its wide balcony and tall towers. Subtle highlights of sand-green help to blend the paved stone walls to the paneled upper wooden floors, while a patchwork roof crowns the spectacular construction.
The drawbridge lowers to greet visitors under a clump of autumnal trees, enhancing the already stunning and naturalistic vegetation. Clever techniques make the river appear to flow as it splits into two beautiful and incredibly lifelike waterfalls.
The rock face is cleverly crafted using a blend of different techniques to create a varied and impressive landscape, the two-toned topography making the lower rocks look wet from the sea-spray of the outgoing tide. Greenery splashed over the rocks gives a very realistic accent and helps to blend the scene together.
Is anyone else curious to see where the cave leads and what might be in there? Perhaps it’s a secret entryway into the castle, or maybe it’s where the Lord keeps his stash of treasure!
I’m often very critical of snot rocks but this piece uses them just sparingly enough that the effect is very organic and gradient.