Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blasts from the Past: Classic Slingshot Articles online

Justin Swanton and John Graham-Leigh have been putting together a selection of classic articles from Slingshot to be made available online.  Justin has revamped the graphics and images to bring things up to current standards, and we will be putting them up on the Society of Ancients website.

The first article is here: Rioting in Alexandria: A mob action battle report by Ed Mills, from Slingshot 27, Jan. 1970.  The article outlines a clever rule framework for gaming mob clashes in the ancient world.

The second article is here: Solo Campaigning, by John Graham-Leigh, from Slingshot 192, July 1997.  This article looks at ideas for how the solo wargamer can create a campaign background to generate interesting battles for solo or face-to-face play.

We will be bringing you more classic articles over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Slingshot 294 on its way

We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of Slingshot (294) will be arriving with subscribers very soon.


294 contents includes:
  • The Byzantine Provincial Army of Spania 552/5-624 AD, by Rodger Williams
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula - El Cid, by Robert Heiligers
  • Dux Bellorum: Wargaming the ‘Dark Ages’ With Some Style, by Steven Neate
  • Mesopotamian Notelets - More warriors from Mari, by Alastair McBeath
  • 1166 And All That (2) - King Strongbow, by Mick Hession
  • The Western Mediterranean Way of Warfare Debates (2), by Roy Boss & Mark Grindlay
  • Kadesh - What Was Happening?, by Toby Partridge
  • Contributing to Slingshot, by Nick Harbud


Slingshot is issued six times a year to members of the Society of Ancients.  Membership currently costs£24 for six issues and includes access to Society games, publicationsmember discounts and the Society forum. You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website, http://soa.org.uk

The editor is always looking for more articles, photographs and art, so feel free to contact him through editor@soa.org.uk if you have an idea.

In other news the first in our series of Classic Slingshot Articles, "Rioting in Alexandria" by Ed Mills, from issue 27 (way back in 1970!), is now online here. More articles will follow shortly.

Also, the Society's Balearic Bundles deal has expired.  But all remaining pre-2011 Slingshots are now available at £5 per year's set. If you are interested in picking up cheap hard copies of older Slingshot bundles, more information can be found here.

Below are some previews of the articles in this edition (click on photos to enlarge):









Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Slingshot 293 now arriving

The latest issue of Slingshot is now arriving with subscribers.



The articles in 293 include:

- Society Battle Day 2015 - The Hydaspes 326 BC
- A Short History of the Iberian Peninsular - the Start of the Reconquista
- Command and Colours Using Figures on the Tabletop
- Mesopotamian Notelets - Gudea's Plan
- The Age of Augustus, Part 2
- 1166 And All That - King Dermot
- Armati 101 - Hints and Tips
- Society UK DBA League 2012-2013
- Slingshot Game Review - Pax Romana
- Slingshot Book Review - Conquer and Govern
- Negative PIPs

Slingshot is issued six times a year to members of the Society of Ancients.  The editor is always looking for more articles, photographs and art, so feel free to contact him through editor@soa.org.uk if you have an idea.

Subscription includes access to vendor discounts, Society products and the SoA forum.  You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website, http;//soa.org.uk

In other news the first in our series of Classic Slingshot Articles, "Rioting in Alexandria" by Ed Mills, from issue 27 (way back in 1970!), is now online here.

Also, the Society's Balearic Bundles deal is about to expire.  If you are interested in picking up cheap hard copies of older Slingshot bundles, now is almost the last chance to do so.  More information can be found here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Slingshot 292 Giveaway Winners.

We had a great response to our Slingshot 292 giveaway with lots of entries from around the world.  Unfortunately, there could only be five winners, and who they would be came down to the dice gods.

The lucky winners were:

Angelo Gentile
Neil Patterson
Erik Strahler
Martin Stephenson
Jake Tattersdill

Our postmaster John G-L has already put the prizes in the mail, so they should be arriving on the winners' doorsteps very soon.

Thanks to everyone who took part, and we'll look forward to doing something similar again in future.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Slingshot 293 preview

Nick has kindly sent us a few preview pages for Slingshot 293.

First up, another in Robert Heiligers' excellent series on the Iberian Peninsula (click to enlarge the photos) :


Then an article on converting Commands & Colors: Ancients to miniatures:


And our last preview (but not last article!) is by Mick Hession, who is always a must-read author:


It looks like it's going to be a good issue.

The full rundown of the articles in 293 is:

·         Society Battle Day 2015 - The Hydaspes 326 BC
·         A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula – the Start of the Reconquista
·         Command and Colours Using Figures on the Tabletop
·         Mesopotamian Notelets – Gudea’s Plan
·         The Age of Augustus
·         1166 And All That - King Dermot
·         Armati 101 – Hints and Tips
·         Society UK DBA League 2012-2013
·         Slingshot Game Review - Pax Romana
·         Slingshot Book Review – Conquer and Govern
·         Negative PIPs

If you are not a subscriber to Slingshot but would like to become one, you can find more details at this page.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Slingshot 292 Giveaway



To be in to win one of five complimentary copies of the latest edition of the Society of Ancients' journal, simply tell us the year in which the battle of Crécy was fought.  Send your answers together with your name and address to publicity@soa.org.uk by Saturday, May 31st (UK time).

The winners will be decided by lot and announced June 1st.  Good luck!

Articles in Slingshot 292 include:

  • Battle of Towton, by John Graham-Leigh
  • Reconstructing the English Formation at Crécy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • The Proto-Manipular Legion, by Rodger Williams and Patrick Waterson
  • Tinkering With Byzantines, by Perry Gray
  • The Trojan War - Moved! By Patrick Waterson
  • What happened to the velites? By John Hogan
  • The Age of Augustus (pt. 1) by Paul Burton
  • Optio Battle Report, by Justin Swanton
  • Two Early Dynastic Battle-Scene Cylinder Seals, by Alastair McBeath
Again, all you need to do is send the answer to the question (along with your name and address) to publicity@soa.org.uk by May 31st.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Slingshot 292 now arriving

We are pleased to report that Slingshot 292 is now arriving with subscribers, and that we are almost back on schedule.



Contents include:
  • Battle of Towton, by John Graham-Leigh
  • Reconstructing the English Formation at Crécy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • The Proto-Manipular Legion, by Rodger Williams and Patrick Waterson
  • Tinkering With Byzantines, by Perry Gray
  • The Trojan War - Moved! By Patrick Waterson
  • What happened to the velites? By John Hogan
  • The Age of Augustus (pt. 1) by Paul Burton
  • Optio Battle Report, by Justin Swanton
  • Two Early Dynastic Battle-Scene Cylinder Seals, by Alastair McBeath

There has been some confusion among members about just when renewal is due. Membership expiry is now noted on the address label you receive with your Slingshot. The formula is last Slingshot number - membership number, so if the first number is 291 this means that your renewal is due after Slingshot 291.

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Slingshot is issued 6 times a year to members of the Society of Ancients.


Subscription currently costs £24 for six issues and includes access to vendor discounts and the SoA forum. You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website, http://soa.org.uk


The editor (editor@soa.org.uk) is always interested in ideas for articles, so if you are a member or plan to become one and have a battle report or historical article, a review, rules ruminations, scenario or campaign ideas, or anything else you would like to contribute to Slingshot, feel free to contact him.


The Society also has the 'Operation Balearic' sale on at present.


Operation Balearic offers back issues of Slingshot at the bargain price of six for £5 (£4 for SoA members) plus shipping. That is a year's worth of Slingshots for the price of one magazine.


The bundles on offer are for the years 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1987, and for each year from 1996 through to 2010. This offer is only available for a limited time and while stocks last.


To order, go to the Balearic Bundles page in the store section of the Society of Ancients website.


For a summary of the articles in each bundle, see this post on the Society News blog.