DAE01 10mm to 15mm Dark Ages Scottish "Dűn" Fortified Farmhouse.
Generic Scottish "Dűn" - stonebuilt and fortified Dark Ages farmstead, can be used for Central Africa and a variety of Ancients' "barbarian" nationalities. Also consider for Fantasy.
"Dűn" is pronounced "Doon".
A Scottish Dűn was typified by an oval, or circular, outer wall, usually 4-5 feet thick and with a single gated entrance. Inside the wall could be one or more buildings, and in the wall itself, there were sometimes cell-size recesses used for storage of crops and other supplies.
In 1983, I joined a team from Glasgow University to excavate a special "galleried dűn" at Kildonan on the Kintyre Peninsula - this model is my loose interpretation of the building that may once have stood on that site. It is scaled for 15mm DBA gaming, but as the picture below shows, could be used with 10mm to 18mm figures, and potentially 6mm as well.
In keeping with the original concept for DBA DBM DBR HOTT encampments, it is designed to be representational, rather than fully modelled true to scale.
Height = 23mm
Depth = 80mm
Length = 100mm
Wargaming 6mm 10mm 12mm 15mm 18mm
Railway Models Z-gauge N-gauge TT-gauge
Scale Modelling 1:300 1:200 1:144 1:120 1:100
Painting the model in a grey "stone" finish makes it suitable for granite highland areas.
Painting it in sandy "adobe" finish converts it to sandstone for lowland and coastal areas.
Modellers can adapt this model easily. Some simple ideas would be to -
- Elevate the gate area and add a gate using some balsa chips.
- Increase the outer-wall presentation by adding a log palisade around it, either abutted to the wall, or a distance from it.
- Mount the dűn on a hillock with bank and ditch to the base edge, and a bank and palisade protector to the gateway.
Your imagination will help to personalise it..
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