Model Ideas for Medieval Times

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Model Ideas for Medieval Times
Build a replica of a castle. (medieval castle 1 image by jcpjr from

Models for medieval times include small-scale replicas of buildings, towns, castles, weaponry and knights. People often build medieval models for school projects, as a hobby or for miniature war games played with others. The complexity and the details of a model depend on the skill level of the person building them. The materials used to make medieval models include paper, metal, plastic, clay, wood and resin.

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Medieval castle models are often made for school projects. Students can use cardboard or paper to assemble a castle, with the assistance of a pattern or template. A model maker that is more skilled, however, may assemble a model made from plastic or resin. One castle you might recreate is Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, England, which includes several towers, courts and a large garden.


Model makers can take a cue from Cardiff University in Wales and build a small replica of a medieval ship. While the experts at CU are creating a model of a 15th-century ship found on the banks of the River Usk, model makers can make replicas that are more generic. Construct medieval sailing ships out of wood, cloth, brass castings, wooden masts and spars, brass fittings and rigging cords if you are a serious hobbyist. Miniature war game players or students working on a school project can purchase a medieval model ship kit from a hobby store or construct a ship from paper.


Make a model of a medieval city for a school project. The model should include within the city walls: bodies of water, bridges, the market, a church, the town square, gardens, merchant shops, inns and stables. Outside of the city walls, include fortresses, farms and terrain. A model of a medieval city shows what life was like during that period, how cities were fortified, and the different occupations of the residents.

Knights and Peasants

Medieval models of knights and peasants are available for purchase at hobby stores and are a good example of the clothes people of that time wore. The models are made from resin or metal, and typically are sold unpainted. The advantage of purchasing an unpainted model is that you can customise it with whatever colours you choose, including metallics, with model paints. You can also choose to customise the base of the model to make it look like the figurine is standing in grass or dirt.

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