Hey don't worry about, thread jacking, I do it all the time!
OK, I decided to try and tackle this now. For the time being, I'm only working on the castle portion of Tsue-jo castle. First I recreated my hand-drawn sketch of the castle walls only. I also did a quick rendition of the castle fortress by itself.
Image 1 contains the hand-drawing, and the hand-drawing enhanced castle.
Not shown here, I copied the castle object, selected the top 3 roof levels and cropped the rest away for use as smaller towers.
Image 2 contains bevels I created for the walls.
Image 3 added a couple of brown bridges, added drop shadows then placed all beneath my hand-drawing. In Xara, I can make images become transparent, works best with lineart like the drawing.
Next I'm going to create the beveled land stack in Xara with drop shadows, then print that out on my laser printer. I'll then use tracing paper to use the laser print as a guide then texture with pen the rocky island bluff walls. I'll include trees as well, when I do that - that's next!