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    Avatar photoWhirlwind

    I could use making some camps for my 6mm Ancient armies (Romans, Gauls, Britons, Germans) for DBA and similar games.  The rules propose quite small areas for camps, so 18cm x 6cm or 12cm x 12cm down to 6cm x 3cm.  Any ideas to inspire me? I am at a bit of a loss, especially for the tribal armies.

    Avatar photoMartinR

    I have a few thatched huts and some goats for my various barbarians. Amazing the stuff that Irregular sells!

    For Romans, some tents and a spare legion standard.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    Avatar photoGeof Downton

    …and for the Gauls a Druid brewing in a cauldron…

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    Avatar photobobm

    Campfire, wood pile, latrine trench, washing stretched out over bushes or hung on line between trees, two wheeled cart with horse tied up alongside.

    Children playing, women chatting, dressing wound of warrior or preparing food

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    Avatar photoSane Max

    Britons surely need a long, thin camp of wagons with howling women, to get in the way when they get whupped and flee? But Carts and women will do 🙂

    For Romans the size is a problem – a Proper Roman Camp with all the Valla and stakes and Gubbins means it can only really me modelled as a corner sticking into the battlefield

    Avatar photoWhirlwind

    Thanks everyone for some good ideas

    Avatar photoNorthern Monkey

    just to add that both Leven miniatures and perfect6 minis make a bunch of suitable buildings/accessories to bring your camp to life

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    Avatar photoGuy Farrish

    A Sassanid camp in 10mm – Camels at an oasis

    Their Roman opponents, baggage animals in train with foot guards (sorry about the crap photo)

    Both 6cm square –  for Impetus.

    And a bit later 15mm early middle ages Welsh – travel light – flock of sheep


    10cm square – for Impetus.

    And if you want to go mad

    which is somewhere in a box and I can’t remember the dimensions – but not ‘that’ big honest.

    Avatar photoMike Headden

    My Amorite camp. Two tents made of large beads and Polyfilla, some Perfect Six sheep and shepherd, a Baccus Amazon archer as woman telling off shepherd boy, an Onslaught miniatures warhound from Vanguard as sheepdog and a couple of fishing lures as pots. All on a 60mm base.

    Of course if madness overtakes you you wind up with this …

    Ten 60mm square sections complete, so far, and there are several more sections under construction, including a 120mm square ziggurat!

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    Avatar phototelzy amber

    I like the madness.

    Avatar photoWhirlwind

    Very nice Guy and Mike.  Definitely going to put some stuff together this month.

    Avatar photoSane Max

    Really Really like those Amorite Tents Mike

    Avatar photoMike

    The rules propose quite small areas for camps, so 18cm x 6cm

    That seems quite large?
    That is 6 times larger than the stuff of Mike and Guy?

    Avatar photoWhirlwind

    It has a maximum of 4 base widths total between length and width added together, so typically 3BW x 1BW or 2BW x 2Bw; the minimum is 1BW x 0.5BW.  DBA usually has a base width of 60mm (’25mm basing’) or 40mm (’15mm basing’), so a camp could be anything from 40mm x 20mm to 180mm x 60mm.  Point taken that the latter isn’t particularly small…


    Irregular Miniatures aren’t my favourite company, but they do make an attactive set of 6mm druids on the job.

    Avatar photoOB

    They also have a great range of 6mm bits including a Roman Camp, wagons and whatever.  Well worth a look.


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