This makes the fourth wooden palisade camp for me. I really like these camps, so even after four of them, I still like them. I would make another one, but might change up the configuration a bit!
I always really liked the late Roman wooden palisade fort made by Barry Scarlett over on the Fanaticus Eye Candy - camps site. I made some similar stuff, but I decided to actually copy that one. I am happy with mine! Here's the first of three that I made: one for me, one for a prize, and one for sale! This one is the prize.
The second wooden palisade. I really like this camp also because it can play late Rome all the way to early medieval for a number of armies. I could see using this for Anglo-Saxons/Danes, Goths, Lombards, etc. etc. This one is the one i plan to keep for myself! Note that a 40mm by 20mm element fits snuggly in the top of the gateway tower.
This is the for-sale version of the camp. It also shows that you can fit a shortish 40mm by 20mm element behind the gate! Although, you might forget it's there... certainly your opponent will ;)
This is based on another camp by Barry Scarlett that I saw over on the Fanaticus Eye Candy - camps. The man makes great camps, what can I say? In any case, I really like this one for look and feel. Heads are always a nice addition to any terrain piece I think!
Another image of the Thracian hill top camp showing off the space for a 40mm by 20mm DBA element behind the wall.
Back to the steppe for this Hunnic yurt camp. Yes, it's a yurt, not a ger since it's for the Huns and not the Mongols. This one is snazzier than my Mongol ger camps, and I am really happy with the way it turned out. I made it for a commission, but I almost want to keep it!
This is a Celtiberian camp for the Ancient Spanish army based on Castro de Santa Tegra. Despite that, it could easily stand in for any Celtic hill fort anywhere, since they were very similar in design. This camp and the other that I made are the first two camps that I included a tree. I saw a tree in one of the reverence pictures and figured I'd give it a try. I ended up drybrushing the foliage a bit to shot off its texture. This one features a Celtic priestess figure from Tray Corbies!
A side view of the camp showing detail of the figure. Thie camp can be deployed either with the door facing the battlefield, or with the wall facing the battlefield; either way it's an eye-catcher I think... Might want to stick an element in there, since priestesses make for tempting ransoms!
This is the second camp for the Ancient Spanish army based on Castro de Santa Tegra that I made. This one features a warrior with a classic Spanish shield design. Otherwise, it's pretty much exactly the same design as the previous camp..
A side view showing off the figure on the camp. There's plenty of room on this camp for the 40mm by 20mm DBA element.
This is the sixth similar Islamic gateway camp that I've made! I made this one along with the following one for some interested parties. I am pretty happy with it, and the figure on there is from Navwar's Roundway line of figs. The figure would suggest that the camp is in North Africa, Sicily, Granada or the Middle-east, but it could be used in Persia as well
This is the fifth Islamic gateway camp. The figure is a Navwar Roundway figure and is pretty generic for pretty much anywhere in the Islamic expansion!
This is based closely on the other Islamic expansion style camps I've done. I think I've done about four of these now. This one is actually designed to be consistent with the back-edge of the DBA board as well. Although it was inspired by Granada, it could easly be used to represent a gateway from Andalusia, through north-Africa, into the Middle-east, and onto Persia. I'm quite happy with it.
This is essentially a copy of my 28mm medieval tower, but in 15mm. It's designed to me a DBA camp as well, and so it really only facilitates a 40mmx20mm DBA element to sit on the top of the keep. It doesn't have a detailed interior :) Overall I am quite happy with this model though! The figure in the top of the tower is a 15mm Navwar medieval crossbowman.
This is not a mistake! I actually made a couple of these. I really wanted to make them for a nice medieval camp, and I figured I could sell one as well. Overall, I'm happy with both!
This one is a late Roman or Gothic, Gepid, or Lombard type camp for DBA. The top will accomodate a DBA element of any size, so I wouldn't be surprised to see some artillery up there :) I made this one for the Visigothic Romance tournament I am running this October as a prize. I will likely make a couple more camps for that, but they will be a bit different... I'm happy with this one though!
I came across an image of a Mongol ger (not a yurt, which is the Turkic name for the dwelling) that was on a large wooden platform with huge wheels being pulled by droves of oxen. I dismissed it naturally. Then later I saw a real reproduction of the structure. It was huge, but not quite as over the top as the first illustration I saw. I still dismissed it... Then when I went to build a camp for my Mongols I figured it might make an interesting project!
I consider this a mobile home in medieval times... I can't imagine the thought process that lead to the construction of this thing... Perhaps Temugin wanted a permanent dwelling, but still wanted to travel around with it? In any case, it was a blast to make.
The back of the mobile ger. The wheels on this beast are from irregular miniatures, although I could have used card to make the bulky wheels.
This was the test ger that I did before I decided to leap in to the mobile ger project in the previous images. I finished it so that it could actually be used. Overall I think it is good, but there is a bit too much of a weave pattern in the fabric; it should be a felt with no such weave.
Another image of the test ger. Overall I think it's as good as the other one easily.
The back of the ger for your reference!
This is the second version of this camp that I've done. The first one I did for myself but ended up selling. I really liked it though, and so I made a second one! I didn't intend to make this an improved version or anything, but I did try some different techniques: instead of cutting the roof piece to fit a cone roof, I simply cut a circle and smushed it down on the glue. This turned out really well, and I likely won't cut a cone shape ever again! I also used wire for the fence instead of broom bristles. I think I like working with the wire better, since it stays in place a little more readily and it has a thickness that (although isn't necessarily to scale) looks pleasing! Overall, I like this one as much as the first, but it was a bit easir to make! Don't take my word for it though, compare it with the old one and deside for yourself!
This was an idea I had kicking around in my head for a while. Skythian tents aren't all that well documented... but I found this design somewhere and then linked it back to a modern nomadic tribe on the steppes, and so decided to go with it. Also there is a Skythian carved stone as well, which is pretty well documented. Instead of carving it, I simply painted the details on; carving proved too fiddly. The idea behind this camp is that just as the Skythians were setting up (or taking down) their camp, the Persians, or another rival tribe showed up! Time to hastily muster the riders to buy time for the camp to be packed again and moved!
Another view of the previous camp. Here's a better view of the half pitched tent dwelling. I decided that they would use canvas to cover their tents... Likely linen, but possibly wool. Perhaps it depends on the time of year?
Back view of the same camp. Overall, I am pretty happy with how it turned out, and it's clearly representing a Skythian camp, and not too much like the Persian camp I did either. I like the gray horse action as well! I am looking forward to painting this army!
I did two of these camps; one was for myself, and one for a commission. The only difference between the two, other than minor variations, is the pose of the horse! So, here they are together to prove that there are actually two different camps, and not a single camp shown in pictures twice :)
A detailed view of the second Skythian camp based on the same design as the previous. Note how similar they are? For these, I actually did them both at the same time, and so I used identical methods for both camps. To get the bent tent poles I used round tooth picks soaked in water. I drilled tooth-pick sized holes in base of the camp to form a circle for the tent poles to be fixed into. Then I drilled holes in the tops of the tooth pics with a very slim bit and threaded a metal wire through. After the soaking was done and the tooth picks were pretty soft, I inserted them in the holes of the base with white glue, and then drew the wire at the top of the poles tightly, and blamo, the shape of the tent was defined. After that, I just glued on the extra detail bits.
Side view of the previous camp.
And the rear view. I find that actually using canvas is the best method for making tents! Canvas and lots of white glue puts it on there really nice without reducing the texture.
A Polybian Roman camp here. This is a pretty standard ditch, bank and palisade style camp. The gate way is a log with spikes fixed and it's held by a single mounted Roman officer, which makes up the camp follower element. I am pretty happy with how this one turned out!
The same camp as previously shown, but with the camp follower element removed. I built the actual gateway into the camp follower element for effect. I imagine that if the camp was fortified, a Roman legion would hold the gate! A line of vicious Romans is better than a spiked log any day! The width of the gate is 40mm, and so should accomodate a Roman blade element easily.
Rear view of the Roman camp with the camp follower element in place.
This is the second Polybian Roman camp that I made, exactly the same way as I made the first one. The only difference is the camp follower element. This time it's a few log barricades and a Roman legionaire holding the gate. Again, this is designed to be removed is an element from the Roman army is put in to fortify the gate. This one, unlike the previous, is a pretty tight fit with the deep camp follower element. So tight that the camp follower base sits about 1mm off the ground there.
A rear view of the same camp as previous.
Here's a view of the second Polybian Roman camp with the camp follower element removed. Overall, I am quite happy with this one and the other P. Roman camp!
This is my second Polish medieval castle camp/BUA for DBA. As you see it it is a BUA, but the keep in the middle can be removed from the structure and used as a legal camp! This camp is known as Bedzin, which took on its stone form in 1348, but existed as a wooden fort starting in the 11th century! It was on the south west border of Poland at the time. I really like the castle, and I'm happy with how my little model turned out! And no, I didn't finally crack and decide to paint up a Polish army for DBA, this is a commission! My second Polish castle commission!
Another angle of the Bedzin Polish BUA. Note that the hig tower with the hoarded roof isn't reflected in the current state of the castle today. Rest assured that I have it on good authority that the tower as I've done it was how it was during its early days!
Yet another angle of the Bedzin BUA! This is the side/rear.
How many angles are there on this thing? This is the back technically, and so it concludes the surround view of the castle!
I couldn't figure out where to put the camp follower figures on this... So, I opted to base them separately and let the person who commissioned the project decide what to do with them! They could easily be left as is and placed in the castle to play their Camp Follower role!
As I had mentioned, the Bedzin castle BUA could easily be transformed into a camp by removing the keep from the outer walls, and here it is, Bedzin camp (as opposed to Bedzin BUA). Although the exact history of the castle eludaes me, I am sure it started with a keep, and that the outer walls were build later, so it is likely historically accurate! I also think it's suitable imposing on the battlefield! I wouldn't want to have to lay siege to that camp!
Here's a rear view of Bedzin camp.
Here is a straight on front (or side, depending on your perspective) view of the Bedzin camp keep. The flag there is a reasonable faximile of the Polish royal heraldry!
And finally, a detailed view of the Polish pike men ready to defend the walls of the keep!
This camp was inspired by the Buddhas of Bamyan, which were large standing buddhas carved into an indentation in a rock face. There were two of them before the regime in Afghanistan in 2001, a regime that was ultimately put into power by US interests! But I digress. I think it worked out pretty well if not perfectly!
Here is an image of the camp with some figures on it for scale reference! No, their not Kushans, but Polish pike men, but hey!
This is the second commission that I did in the past week, for the same person that the Bedzin camp is destined for. It's meant to represent the tent and a snapshot of camp life of an Early/Late Hebrew DBA army. I do believe the tent worked out quite well in the end, being built with canvas and wooden supports the way a real tent would be constructed, I am quite happy with it!
Another angle of the Hebrew tent camp. Note that the line connecting the horse and the camp follower is made from flax button thread that I am using on my viking costume!
A rear view of the Hebrew camp.
So, in order to get the Hebrew camp just right, I figured I would make a practice version of it first. Sure enough, I figured out ways to smooth out the roof piece on the second tent camp, and made sure to use the more textured side of the canvas for the tent on the second version (the Hebrew camp), but overall I thought that even the first version of the tent was good enough to press into service, and so I made it into a Late Ancient Persian camp! Both the Hebrew and Ancient Persians have little in the way of documentation on how their tents looks from the outside, so I figured that it would fit. The design of this tent is loosely based on the tents of modern Persian nomads. I figured it would be a bit more accurate than going with a Bedouin style for both the Hebrew and the Persian camps, and so here it is!
The back of the Persian camp! I am almost regretting using the Persian charioteer and horse for this camp... It I had used a Skythian light horse I could have easily used the camp for both the Persians and my Skythians, which have yet to be painted... In any case, I am happy with it!
This camp is based on the gateway of an Anglo-Danish fort in the mid 11th century. The stone line, dirt filled wall there with the palisade on top is a pretty common type of fort during the period, as is the wooden gate tower. This type of structure is actually pretty usable for any period between the late Roman period and the early medieval period of Western Europe, including the Vikings, early Saxons, Franks, Early-Middle Lombards, Goths... etc.
The rear view of the previous camp. Note that figures can be placed in all three levels of the tower, provided they fit of course!
Another Anglo-Danish fort... Or, as the previous one, it could be used for a huge number of armies from the late Roman period to the early medieval period of western Europe including Vikings, Saxons, Franks, etc...
A rear view of the previous tower. Note that figures can be placed in all three levels of the tower, provided they fit of course! But the levels are sturdy enough to take them!
The hoarded tower stretches to the sky, dominating the surrounding landscape! Well, at least I hope so... because in actuality it is a 15mm scale piece of styrofoam with some cardboard glued to it. Overall I think it worked out pretty well. The hoardind part of the tower turned out well, but the roof could have gone all the way up to a point; I left it open at the top though so players could put figures in there if they like.
A top view of the hoarded tower garrisoned by some archers. I though I was being pretty crafy with this ability, but I realized that once the figures are put inside the tower top they are not all that visible... Could be good or bad depending on which player forgets they're there ;) So, this is going to be the winning prize for a tournament I am running next weekend!
I call this one the 'Tower Undermined'. It's basically a model of a medieval tower (likely part of a wall, but it can't be seen in this context) that was undermined and collapsed during a siege or an attack on the tower made for use as a camp in DBA. It was very fun to build. It was originally made as a last-place prize for a tournament I am running in the autumn of 2009, but I might just keep this one and make another later!
Another view of the tower undermined medieval DBA camp.
Another view of the tower undermined medieval DBA camp.
Another view of the tower undermined medieval DBA camp.
Another view of the tower undermined medieval DBA camp.
Lately I have been into the whole medieval thing, and so I took a commission for a Medieval Polish army camp and build up area (BUA) for some DBA gaming action. I decided to base the model on a real Polish castle: Ciechanow Castle. It was a lot of fun to put together. The BUA/Camp comesi n two parts; this is the part that will play the role of the camp, it attaches to the BUA. The banners there are based on Polish royal banners and the walls inbetween the two towers are just the right size for a 40mm by 15mm DBA element. It will even facilitate a 40mm by 20mm element.
The back side of the camp. This side opens into the castle when the remainder of the castle is attached.
A close up of one of the banners on the castle tower. The banner heraldry is based on those of Polish kings Kasimir III the Great (1333-1370) and Wladyslaw V Jagiello (1386-1434).
A close up of the other tower, with both the spearman and banner visible. The shield design is based on medieval Polish heraldry. Overall I like the look of the spearman on the Ciechanow castle tower.
Here is a picture with the camp attached to the remainder of the model to form the built up area (BUA). Note the image of the real Ciechanow castle in the top left corner of the image. The hardest part of this model was getting the red brick colour right; it was my first time using red brick. I am happy with how it turned out.
Another angle of the complete Ciechanow Castle BUA.
Yet another angle of the miniature Ciechanow Castle BUA.
Here we have a peek inside the walls of Ciechanow Castle.
This is a view of Ciechanow castle BUA with the front wall removed to give a clear view. The royal tent at the back is guarded by a sturdy spearman. Also, a utility cart, recently commandeered from a peasant to serve the king resides in the court yard. The card was scratch built. Note that I left enough room to put a few DBA elements of varying sizes.
Another image of the inside of Ciechanow castle BUA.
A close up of the royal guard inside Ciechanow castle. Pretty happy with this one as well.
Here is a work in progress shot of the Ciechanow castle DBA BUA for completeness. In fron of it is an element of spearmen for scale. For some reason it seemed like a lot of work to go from this completed structure to the complete, detailed version of this castle.
This is an updated picture of my 15mm scale longships. I added the snazzy raven banners to the masts.
This is a close up on the mast flags. The top one is a fancier version of the popularly known land ravager banner. Wings stretched, talons open, ready to lead any army into victory! The second flag is my typical raven banner. I like both, but the top one required more finesse.
I had been meaning to build a longship camp since I finished my DBA Vikings
back in 2006. Three years isn't too bad :) I built this one and the other (yes, I built two) using the methods
that I developed for my 28mm Longships and it worked out swell!
Initially I had planned to do the sail unfurled and have it in *out to sea* mode, but the consensus was that
DBA camps should be beached and raiding...
Why is it so long and narrow you ask? I see most 'longships' used for miniature gaming are actually not longships. Longships are very long and narrow, typically having a length to width ratio of 7 to 1. Most 'longships' you see from manufacturers are based on the Gokstad ship, which has a length/witdh ratio of 5 to 1. Gokstad isn't so much a longship as a royal sailing ship made with a little more comfort in mind for the passengers... It's still cool of course, but my ships are based on the longships that Vikings took out raiding.
This is the starboard side of the previous picture. The paint scheme on this (and the other ship) was based on a couple of things. Firstly, longships were reported as being colourful by historians. Most people opt for the wood colouring because that is what we see a lot of today in illustrations and reconstructions. I wanted colour, and so I was inspired by the recent voyage of the Sea Stallion and went with a red and blue look. Also, I had a lot of fun with the shields... Note that a ship with its crew out raiding wouldn't typically have shields on it, as they would be in use. But I imagine that this ship was fairly successful, and so they had stolen a second set!
Here is a scale image of the previously pictured ship. The figures are from Essex miniatures and are medieval crossbowmen... From Essex's crusaders range I do believe.
This is a top view of the ship pictured previously. It shows the deck detailing and colouring, as well as the way the camp can work on a DBA board, with the watery half in the water and the beached half on the beach!
This is the second longship I did. I am as happy with this one as the other one. They were literally built side by side, so they are pretty much identical... Well, as similar as they can be anyway!
The starbpoard side of the second longship.
Both ships together. They look similar enough, but different enough that they could be part of a fleet and sit side by side and not look too goofy!
This is the second Andalusian church raiding camp for DBA that I've done. It was great to do it again, and I am quite sure that this second version is slightly better than the first. With the first I had to cover up a botched attempt at doing the windows, but with this one, I went with the better method right off the bat, and it looks a lot better for it. The figs I used for this are the pack mule from Essex miniatures, nice fig. And the banner bearer there is from the Old Glory Miniatures Andalusian Command pack, with the original banner replaced with a paperclip, some green stuff, and paper for the flag itself. Those bells are little decorations from the 'Loonie Store', also known as the Dollar Store, where you get cheap stuff for cheap...
A second shot of the second Andalusian church raiding camp for DBA. The pack mule is from Essex and the banner bearer is from Old Glory's Andalusian Command pack.
This is my Early Russian camp, which would work equally well for the Rus also. It is based on the paintings of Ivanov Vsevolod, a historically influenced painter of ancient Russian culture. Pretty cool stuff, and a little out of the ordinary. Although it isn't completely historically supported, I think it has a lot that is likely true. I notice that most wooden structures from the period are painted wood colours (like longships and longhouses), even though historical evidence suggests strongly that they would have been painted bright colours! Anyway, this particular pieces is mostly influenced by the Vsevolod pictures found here and here. But check out many of his painting here
This is a front view of the Russian camp. The golden knotwork is all hand painted, no carving was done, as painting is easier for me, and carvings have to be painted anyway! The faces were also strictly painted as well, although in Vsevolod's paintings they are carved into the wood.
Rear view of the Russian camp.
The Russian camp with a faithful guard of Polk spearmen!
This camp is based on ancient Britain, and is actually a close copy of a real hillfort
in northern Wales. A really cool hill fort which makes me realize that the ancient British
hillforts are cool! The figure was painted based on my favourite designs used on my
This is the second Andalusian castle camp! It was a lot of fun to make a second one
of these. It allowed me to fix all the little mistakes I made on the first one!
The figure has a head wrap added to the base of the hat, and is from the Dark Age
civilians pack from Essex miniatures.
This is the second Andalusian castle camp! It was a lot of fun to make a second one of these. It allowed me to fix all the little mistakes I made on the first one! The figure has a head wrap added to the base of the hat, and is from the Dark Age civilians pack from Essex miniatures.
Just in case you thought that the second wall camp was just the first one changed... Here they are together!
I am also doing a second Andalusian church raiding camp, and need to paint some figs for it. Here is the celebrating Andalusian that will be on the base along with a bell toting pack mule when that one comes together! This fig is part of the Old Glory miniatures Andalusian command pack. The flag and flag pole are modelled after the original, but are not the original; strop paperclip for the pole and paper for the flag.
A pretty easy camp to put together, a simple celtic round house made of stone, with a typical fence from the period surrounding the place. What I really like about this camp is the mother and her child standling forlorn at the fence... I can imagine her telling her child "We lived through the raid, we'll be okay." while she is thinking "I wonder what we will eat this winter..."
The same camp from the side. The people behind the fence were painted as Scots-Irish, but they could easily play any role on the Islands pretty much from Picts to Ancient British, to Welsh and Sub-Romans.
This is a camp for the Aitolian Greeks. A pretty simple little ancient Greek camp. It isn't super complex, but it will do the job, and it's small and harder to capture!
I figured I would throw a camp together for this army. I tried to capture the essence of a celtic hill fort on the isle sometime during Rome's early forays to the isles. It worked out pretty well I think!
This camp and the next two were made for a buddy for a tournament he is hosting! It is Samurai themed and he managed to paint 3+ samurai armies for the event! So I figured I would pitch in and make some camps! This is my favourite and is based on a comment by him about how green tea made it possible for him to stay up late and finish his armies!
So, I did a camp for this army, and now it is completely ready! Thankfully, camps for Samurai are pretty simple because they are quite well defined :) I went with my favourite of all the mon in my army, which doesn't happen to be the general's mon :)
This continues a theme of church raiding camps that I have been into lately. This one is a viking 'away' camp depicting a raid on an Irish church tower. The quick story is that the Irish monks had towers built for raids; when the vikings would arrive, the monks would grab their valuables and head for the towers. The vikings soon realized that charred valuables could be cleaned and sold, and so they would try to burn out the inside of the tower. This camp depicts this. Not the warrior with the torch and the monk fleeing from the mounted viking.
A close up of the monk hanging out of the window at the top of the tower. I can only imagine his horror at the realization that he isn't going to make it out! Realizing how hard it would be to find a fig depicting a monk hanging out of a window in terror, I sculpted this fig (well, it is half a fig) myself.
A close up of the ground looking at the terrified monk as he runs from the pursuing mounted viking warrior! He better run fast! The mounted viking is an Old Glory viking command fig, the running monk, like his brother in the window, is an original green sculpted by your's truly.
The viking holding the torch is an Old Glory fig, the shield is painted (not a decal). In this pic you can also see some of the fence detail, which was build according to Patrick Patterson's method using tooth picks and nylon broom bristles.
This camp is is the 'away' camp for my Andalusian DBA army. This is the first time I actually built a home and away camp for an army, and I like it :) This scene is loosely based on an image from the Warhammer Ancients Battles El Cid book. The scene depicts the Andalusian 'camp followers' raiding the bells from a church somewhere in christian Spain! The bells are brass bells from the craft store. Note the somewhat open area at the front right, it was left that way to allow for a fortifying element to place placed there if need be. The figs carrying loot are Essex Arab civilians, the spear carrier is from Old Glory's Andalusian command pack. I must say, I am proud of myself with this piece! It turned out well!
This is the same camp including a fortifying spear element.
This is the home camp for my Andalusian DBA army. Fashioned after one of the many walled cities in Andalusia, it is a basic camp design. The camp followers in this case are the concerned citizens on the walls watching the battle! The guy in the striped robe looks disdainfully on the left side, while two budding 'armchair tacticians' (or in this case, 'rampart tacticians') make predictions on how the battle will go on the right side! Alls the figs are from the Essex Arab civilians pack. I am pretty happy with this camp. Note that i left the wall above the gates empty for fortification.
Here is the home camp along with a fortifying element of spearmen.
This 15mm piece was based loosely on the dark age viking forts that littered the viking world during that time. The thatch method is crazy, but for info on how to make this, check out the Building a Viking Fort BUA for 15mm DBA article.