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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 9:00 a.m. PST

I'm doing the above pair of DBA armies for a commission. Has anyone done camps for either of those who could share suggestions? These would be 15mm.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 10:20 a.m. PST

Perhaps one of the Lodge Buildings from Blue Moon/Old Glory


Decorate or add to it – based on the part of the county or tribe you are representing

ChrisBrantley12 Mar 2021 10:38 a.m. PST

Round bark covered wigwams and rectangular long houses enclosed within a circular log palisade that winds around itself at the entrance would be typical. Easy to model a camp as a section of palisade perhaps with a longhouse behind. Palisade logs were spaced far enough apart ( like prison bars) that an archer could fire between the logs but close enough it would be difficult to pass through. In some places, palisades were made by planting and grooming living trees. Most SE tribes were offshoots of the mouldbuilder culture and had raised mounds that were sacred areas, from low mounds that look like grassed over hills only a few feet in heights to more substantial mounds like those at the Ocmulgee Mounds Natl Park in Macon, Georgia. Https://

LorenzoMele12 Mar 2021 10:39 a.m. PST

I have a 15mm Eastern Forest indian army. I used as camp the Iroquis long house from Acheson creation. It fits well a 12cm by 8cm camp base leaving some room for villagers.
Also blue moon has a model.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

This might give you some ideas for a structure: link

Please post some pictures of the finished projects.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 11:01 a.m. PST

If I remember correctly from my days playing DBA, a camp base has to have room for a base of figures, right?

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2021 12:31 p.m. PST

The camp followers are on 40mm x 20mm bases. If a player wishes, he may replace them with other foot troops to strengthen his camp.
Phil has some interesting camps at his DBA page.

BTW, you can omit the dwelling and model a partial palisade with other camp paraphernalia; such as a totem, stretched animal skins, etc.

Yesthatphil12 Mar 2021 2:13 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link/plug, Robert …

Actually, these days, there is a

Camps and Baggage page of its own.

Nothing especially Early American there, though.

I'd be tempted to go with something that played on their woodland culture and earthworks.

Not the same at all, but the camp for my (Spartacus) Slave Revolt army is a volcanic glade scene reminiscent of the swimming scene in the movie 'Spartacus'.

You can always doff your cap to the rules by including some military supplies in the scene wink

I think Mound Builder has an optional 'litter' for the General. If not using it for the General, it would be something nice to feature in the camp (maybe a little 'polishing the boss's limo' scene? or 'litter repair shop'?)

For Eastern Forest, maybe a Norse style cross or similar reflecting the Vinland heritage in their lands?

Good luck with this one.


PS (answering your questions) The camp needs to be small enough to fit inside a rectangle the width and dpth of which is 4 Basewidths or less, Nick. Basewidths = 40mm for 15mm figures (so the maximum sizes would be 120x40, 100x60, 80x80 or similar)

The camp needs to be at least 1 Basewidth by a Half Basewidth (so in 15mm, 40x20) and ideally big enough to fit a 40x20 element inside it (though the provision of the 'Camp Follower' element is not compulsory).

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