Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Slingshot 297 arriving soon

Good news: Slingshot 297 will soon be on its way to subscribers.  This looks to be a cracking issue, with articles by Duncan Head and Jeff Jonas relating to next year's battle day subject, Hydaspes.



 Articles in this edition include:

  • Alexander's Army at the Hydaspes, by Duncan Head
  • The Ancient Indian Army of Poros, by Jeff Jonas
  • Commands & Colors on the Tabletop (2) by Steven Neate
  • Emperors, Elephants and Electronic Discussions, by David Kay
  • The Elephant in the Room, by Mark Fry
  • An Anglo-Irish Urban Militia, by Mick Hession
  • When Caesar's Away, the Gauls Will Play, by Chris Hahn
  • The Classical Indian Archer, by Richard Lockwood

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 gamespublicationsmember 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.

Also, 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.

For more information about joining the Society of Ancients see our homepage at http://www.soa.org.uk

Note to members: for many of us, membership will expire after issue 297.  If you are not sure when your renewal is due, check the envelope containing your Slingshot. If your membership number starts with the number 297, you need to renew now.  Please try to renew in plenty of time so that you have no problems getting your copy of 298. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Slingshot 296 arriving with subscribers

We are reliably informed that Slingshot 296 has begun popping up in members' letterboxes, right on schedule, so that's some good news for November!




Here's what we have to look forward to in this edition:
  • Knife through Butter: The Macedonian Cavalry Wedge, by Justin Swanton
  • War, Games and Wargames (4), by Richard Taylor
  • Destrier Rides Again! by Matthew Bennett
  • Slingshot Book and Game Review, by John Hastings, Mick Hession and John Curry
      And there are four reports from the Society's Battle Day, on Montaperti, 1261 AD:
  • using Armati, by Mark Fry
  • using Ironbow, by David Edwards and Andrew Fisher
  • using DBMM, by Peter Kershaw
  • using SAGA, by Tim Parsons and Ross Bigley
Here are some previews of the articles in this edition (click to enlarge).





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 gamespublicationsmember 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 second in our series of Classic Slingshot Articles, "Solo Campaigning" by John Graham-Leigh, from issue 192 (back in 1997!), is online here. More articles will follow shortly.

Also, 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.

For more information about joining the Society of Ancients see our homepage at http://www.soa.org.uk




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Slingshot 295 on its way

Good news: Slingshot 295 is now with the printers and should be arriving with subscribers soon.



Articles include:
  • A Siege in the Desert, by Nicholas Spratt
  • All at Sea - A Viking Ship from a Toy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • America's Greek Connection, by Mike Haran
  • Visiting Old Sarum, by Peter Barham
  • War, Games and Wargames (3), by Richard Taylor
  • The Crosby Garrett Helmet, by Stephen Ede-Borrett 
  • Book Reviews, by Mick Hession, Karl Heinz Ranitzsch, Duncan Head and Luke Ueda-Sarson
  • Mesopotamian Notelets (5), by Alastair McBeath
  • Magnesia: Modified and Muddied, by Chris Hahn
  • The Stuttgart Psalter, by Roy Boss
  • 1166 And All That (3) - King Henry, by Mick Hession
  • Hands in the Sea - An Interview with the Designer, by Aaron Bell

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 gamespublicationsmember 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 second in our series of Classic Slingshot Articles, "Solo Campaigning" by John Graham-Leigh, from issue 192 (back in 1997!), 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.

For more information about joining the Society of Ancients see our homepage at http://www.soa.org.uk

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




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Slingshot 295 giveaway winners

The winners of our recently concluded Slingshot 295 giveaway were Michael T. Maly of Pennylvania, USA and Vince Cholewa of Carterton, New Zealand.

Emails have been sent to all giveaway participants, but if yours has not arrived, please get in touch with us at publicity@soa.org.uk

Thanks very much to all who entered, and congratulations to the winners!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Slingshot 295 giveaway



To be in to win one of two complimentary copies of the latest edition of the Society of Ancients' journal, Slingshot, simply tell us the name of the Spartan mercenary general who helped the Carthaginians win the battle of Bagradas, 255 BC.  Send your answers together with your name and address to publicity@soa.org.uk by Monday, September 1st (UK time).

The winners will be decided by lot and announced September 2nd.  Good luck!

Articles in Slingshot 295 include:

  • A Siege in the Desert, by Nicholas Spratt
  • All at Sea - A Viking Ship from a Toy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • America's Greek Connection, by Mike Haran
  • Visiting Old Sarum, by Peter Barham
  • War, Games and Wargames (3), by Richard Taylor
  • The Crosby Garrett Helmet, by Stephen Ede-Borrett 
  • Book Reviews, by Mick Hession, Karl Heinz Ranitzsch, Duncan Head and Luke Ueda-Sarson
  • Mesopotamian Notelets (5), by Alastair McBeath
  • Magnesia: Modified and Muddied, by Chris Hahn
  • The Stuttgart Psalter, by Roy Boss
  • 1166 And All That (3) - King Henry, by Mick Hession
  • Hands in the Sea - An Interview with the Designer, by Aaron Bell
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 September 1st.

For more information about joining the Society of Ancients see our homepage at http://www.soa.org.uk

Monday, August 18, 2014

Preview articles from Slingshot 295

Here are previews of three of the articles in the forthcoming July-August edition of Slingshot (click on the pictures to enlarge them).


Anthony Clipsom's article on building a viking ship.


Aaron Bell's interview with game designer Dan Berger on his upcoming title, Hands in the Sea.

 Chris Hahn's imaginative Magnesia scenario.
Non-members interested in joining the Society can find more info at the SoA homepage here: http://soa.org.uk or here.

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!