View Full Version : Gormenghast/Castle-city type map examples

12-31-2012, 02:36 PM
Hi all,
I've got a city I'd like to map that's basically an enormous castle - walls running everywhere, with parts of the city above, within, and around the walls. I need a few example maps of how this might be depicted. Can anyone point me towards any example of maps showing something similar?

Thanks for your help,

01-01-2013, 09:01 AM
is a Gormenghast-type thing, or is it Gormenghast? I would wholeheartedly vote for the latter!

01-01-2013, 11:44 AM
I can't really think of any examples. I suppose it is just a more elaborate fortified town in a way. I imagine it'd be a concentric castle type affair with many rings of defence, many enclosed courtyards (full of buildings) and towers everywhere.

01-01-2013, 08:49 PM
I agree with Larb's comment. For examples of that kind of thing, perhaps your best bet is to look at Asia - China's Forbidden City, Japan's Himeji Castle, and/or India's Red Fort. I read Gormenghast years ago, and I think of it being more chaotic (and European) than those examples, but hopefully they'll be helpful anyway.

Also, this link (if it works) is a Google Image result for 'Topkapi Palace': http://www.bestourism.com/img/items/big/866/Topkapi-Palace_Aerial-view-of-Topkapi-Palace_3357.jpg

Seems to fit Larb's description. Nice idea, by the way, Rob.

06-16-2014, 11:00 PM
This wikipedia entry seems to equate Gormenghast castle to other types of structures - Gormenghast (castle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gormenghast_%28castle%29)
I think it will be very involved and difficult for people to understand to produce such a mutli layered environment such as that.
There aren't many real structures that even come close to the Gormenghast craziness.

06-17-2014, 02:16 AM
If you could make a map out of one of Ian Miller's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Miller_%28illustrator%29) cities you might come close. Actually he may have done one of Gormenghast castle now that I think it. (... trip to google...) Sure, there we go (http://www.ian-miller.org/?s=gormenghast).

06-17-2014, 12:30 PM
I think one of the problems with mapping a fortified city that is so clustered and compacted is that almost all you would see is a sea of roofs.
Nice find Meshon. He does some incredible castles.

10-07-2014, 09:11 AM
Thank you*informed me.

10-09-2014, 03:25 AM
Maybe have a look at old Vienna City-maps where you have some zones with walls. Just add a few castles...
John Stockdale - City Maps - 1800 - Anthrocivitas (http://anthrocivitas.net/forum/showthread.php?t=2787)