Beaumaris is based on the beautiful concentric castle on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. Though the castle was never taken until Cromwell and the advent of field artillery, it is not hard to see why the castle has a daunting reputation. Imagine that the castle stands in the way of the Welsh rebel Llewelyn Ap Gryffudd, and see if you can take it with his army.
A good old straightforward siege map this, with you taking on the attacking role against a reconstruction of Beaumaris. Not an easy map to beat and certainly on hard setting you may have to take a tactical approach to overthrow the troops within. I liked the careful use of gold at your disposal here, 600 being sufficient to mount a respectable siege without going overboard. I'd have preferred to see less use of pitch ditches though, which were a little excessive. It proved to be a genuinely fun map to play and with the castle design as it is, constantly under fire. Once you attack, there's no going back!
This can be a tough map to beat. Hard setting is about right and i'd consider changing the starting troops for a better chance of winning before you become frustrated. Beaumaris here is well defended by crossbowmen and tough steel armour is in order. As well as the pitch and well defended castle, there are killing pits near many of the towers and gatehouses, hot oil engineers... the map really does have everything and the author has gone to some considerable lengths to make sure you don't come out alive. Not quite perfect, but very close indeed.
A very good effort at a siege map on a large scale, and and equally respectable attempt at a historical recreation, which really aren't as easy at they may look. The layout of the castle is very good and looks realistic in its attempt to resemble the real thing.
Map Design: 4/5
The marks here go for the castle itself. It's a fair effort, looks imposing and seems to incorporate all the features you'd expect to see, including the small harbour area. The surrounding landscape is a little light on modelling and looks rather bare. I'd recommend equal effort in trying to recreate the landscape if possible. With a well modelled terrain this could have been a well earned 5 score.
There is a relatively brief introduction and a little history to accompany the map. A reknowned castle such as this has already been discussed at this site, but i'd have loved to see more info (maybe even a story in itself) centred around Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.
Great map, tricky to beat, well modelled castle... impressive work all round, really!