With my castle concepts still suffering from a lack of creepiness, I took to Google today and cast the net outside of Germany for inspiration. And hit the jackpot. This place is called Corvin Castle and is in Transylvania (a part of Romania). When I saw the photo below, I thought initially that it was a movie set, but it turns out to be a real place. In daylight it is beautiful, but with this lighting, it is possibly the creepiest castle on the planet.
This will be my inspiration!
I want to make a model that I can use in a number of games beyond the exhibition game in May. I plan on using this with AE-WWII, SoTR, Warmachine, Pax Limpopo and Rules of Engagement. It will be compatible with any European conflict from the 14th century onwards.