Thursday, June 23, 2016

Undersea Athenian naval base at Piraeus uncovered

The Zeaharbour Project that spent ten years in undersea excavation of the ancient military naval base of Piraeus has uncovered the enormous shipyard - one of the biggest complexes in the Ancient world - that housed hundreds of triremes used to defeat the Persian fleet in the 5th century BC. See a summary here:

And more detailed article here:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hannibal's Legions

HANNIBAL'S LEGIONS, the latest in the series of Slingshot classic articles available for free download at the free downloads section of Society of Ancients' website:

Patrick Waterson argues that after Trasimere Hannibal re-equipped and reorganised his Carthaginian spearmen to fight as Roman legionaries, enabling him to win his most spectacular victory at Cannae and nearly win at Zama.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Robert Heiligers' new blog

Robert Heiligers, a regular Slingshot contributor, has just opened a blog to display his very impressive collection of figures ranging from Early Frankish and Late Roman, through Spartan, Persian, Late Republican and Early Imperial Roman, and more. We look forward to more photos in the future. Keep it up Robert!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Society of Ancients Battle Day 2017 - The Battle of Arsuf

2017 Battle Day will recreate the Battle of Arsuf, AD1191, between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. The Crusaders were engaged while marching south down the Levant coast towards the fortification at Arsuf, a series of charges and countercharges ensuing as the Saracen forces attempt to stall the movement of the Crusaders towards their goal. This is an unusual clash between two great captains of history, with very different forces, and the added challenge of simulating an assault upon an army on the march, utilising your favourite rules set.

The day will commence with an introduction by Dr. Matt Bennett, former Senior Lecturer at RMA Sandhurst, and well known author of books and magazine articles on medieval warfare.

More details to follow on the Society of Ancients website.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Slingshot 306

Slingshot 306 is currently with the printers and should appear by the end of June. Table of Contents below.

• The Vikings of Man, by Mick Hession

• It’s a Long Way to Tibareni (3), by Alastair McBeath

• When Push Comes to Shove, by Richard Taylor

• Clash of Warlords, by Gordon Lawrence

• Late Roman Army & the Notitia Dignitatum (3), by Luke Ueda-Sarson

• Pharsalus Battle Day Reports, by Phil Barker, Mick Hession and Simon MacDowall

• A Note on Goliath’s Kidun, by Dave Beatty

The mailing list for 306 will close around 15th June, so hurry now to get this issue.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Aristotle's tomb identified

According to Greek archaeologists, Aristotle's final burial place has been identified in the centre of ancient Stagira, where he was born. More information here.

Kostas Sismanidis
Kostas Sismanidis
Kostas Sismanidis

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Great Battles of History for DBA3

Here is the description from Joe Collins:

The DBA Development Team and Friends are happy to announce the publishing of "Great Battles of History for DBA 3".

This is a book of 12 historical scenarios ranging from Gela in 405 BC to Enguingatte in 1479 AD that showcases DBA 3's strength in refighting historical battles. Written by some of the leading DBA gamers across the world, each scenario has a short history, complete OB, map of the terrain, and a photographed narrative play-through. These refights use the Historical Battle rules found in the DBA 3 rulebook and are scaled to be in easy reach of the average gamer or club.

This 134 page full-color book is available from for $34.97 USD.
You can find it here…link

For places outside of Lulu's shipping area, the book will be available worldwide through Amazon at $49.95 USD in a few weeks.

Monies earned for the first year on the book in excess of $150.00 USD (the startup cost for the editor) will be donated to the Society of Ancients in honor of Phil and Sue Barker.

For those on a tight budget or who would like a complete preview, the book in its entirety will soon be available for free as a download from Keith McNelly's website.

I hope everyone enjoys "Great Battles of History for DBA 3" as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thanks to Charlie, Bob, John, Graham, Robert, Phil, James and Tom for directly contributing….

Also thanks to Joseph Collins, Doug Melville, Pat Lowinger, Dr. Dave Cliffel, the rather misnamed Nashville Track & Hull Club, and especially Keith McNelly…. You guys are terrific too!

Joe Collins
General Editor