Monday, January 18, 2016

Slingshot 303 with the printers

Happy New Year, all! We are pleased to announce that following a slight delay Slingshot 303 is now with the printers. See below for the table of contents.

- Richard II in Ireland, by Mick Hession

- Military Innovation in Champa, by Duncan Head

- Shieldwall Wars, by Anthony Clipsom

- “So Long Have We Been Defeating Germania”, by Robert Heiligers

- More Wargaming for your SAGA Buck, by Steve Neate

- The Battle for Wiang Kum Kam, by Nicholas Spratt

- Hydaspes using War & Conquest, A Battle Day report by Rob Broom

- The Glory That Was, by Nick Harbud

- Pharsalus Battle Pack, 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 games, publications, member discounts and the Society forum. You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website,

The editor is always looking for more articles, photographs and art, so feel free to contact him through if you have an idea you would like to pursue.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Legion re-issue back in stock

We've just taken delivery of the second printing of our 2015 re-issue of Phil Sabin's Legion, so those who missed out first time around can now pick up a copy from the Society webstore for £15 (£12 for Society members) plus shipping.

Rule book Cover

Sample counter art

If you are feeling daring you could even pick up the reprint of Phil's Strategos II rules or John Graham-Leigh's new Simple Campaigning booklet while you're at it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Slingshot 302 now out

We are very pleased to say that Slingshot 302, for September - October 2015, is now arriving on doorsteps, and is available for purchase separately through the Society webstore.

Contents of Issue 302 include:

- Annihilation Battles & Army Sizes in Rome’s Conquest of the Mediterranean

- Montaperti 1260 Battle Day Report

- Dux Bellorum – Bending the Rules

- New Works on Early Byzantine History

- Choices and Compromises

- Polybius and the Gauls

- Battle Day Reports – Hydaspes 326 BC

        -  with Art De La Guerre

        -  with Rameses II

        -  with DBA 3

- Road to Disaster

- Slingshot Reviews

Hope you enjoy!

Note that we also have some new stock for you this month: John Graham-Leigh's excellent booklet Simple Campaigning is now available. More information at this link here.

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,  publications,  member discounts and the Society forum. You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website,

The editor is always looking for more articles, photographs and art, so feel free to contact him through 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

Monday, November 9, 2015

'Simple Campaigning' now available

The Society of Ancients is proud to announce that John Graham-Leigh's new wargaming booklet, Simple Campaigning, is now available for purchase from the Society's web store.

A compilation of John's campaign articles featured previously in Slingshot, Simple Campaigning includes revised material, updated maps and new illustrations gathered into one convenient package in an attractive format designed by the very talented Justin Swanton.


- Introduction.

- Solo Campaigning. Solo mini-campaign set in the Hellenistic world, 200BC-100BC. Battles can be fought out on the tabletop solitaire or against other players.

- More Solo Campaigning: Angevin Empire. Solo campaign simulating the attempts of Henry II and his sons to hold and expand their empire. Includes a combat results table that can be consulted in place of tabletop battles if desired.

- Solo Campaigning Across the Steppes. Driven by the Mongol conquest but also including potential internecine warfare in Europe, the Near East and Asia. These battles can also be resolved by dice if desired.

Sample Campaign Map for Across the Steppes.

- Millennium Campaign - Europe 1000-1100 AD. Another solo campaign on the grand scale, following the Normans, events in Germany, Spain, Eastern Europe and the East.

- Crisis of Rome Campaign. Set in the 3rd Century AD players take on the role of prefects within the Roman Empire, seeking fame, fortune, and the throne against a backdrop of internal intrigue and aggressive Barbarian incursions.

- The Wolf on the Fold. Players take turns to command the Assyrians over three centuries and, as Assyrian power wanes, switch to play their challengers until the Assyrian Empire collapses.

- The Calamitous Fourteenth Century 1350-1450. Includes the Hundred Years' War, German turmoil, the Golden Horde in Eastern Europe and events in the Balkans.

In all, the booklet features seven campaigns over 48 pages for a cost of only £7.50 (£6 for members). This should be a very useful addition to the wargamer's bookshelf.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Legion sold out; another print run coming

Our recent reprint of Phil Sabin's game Legion has sold out in extra quick time: less than a month! Thank you very much to all those who placed orders, and our apologies to those who are still looking to pick up a copy. We have another print run on order and will let people know here, on Facebook, and elsewhere around the traps when it is back in stock.

Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Strategos II reprint now available

Hot on the heels of the Legion update and reissue, we are very pleased to announce the 2015 reprint of Strategos II, Phil Sabin's third-generation rules for fighting ancient battles.

Front cover of Strategos II.

Building on the ideas of Phalanx and Legion before it, Strategos II further refines Professor Phil Sabin's vision of ancient warfare. Using unique and easy-to-grasp mechanisms, it is a simple but realistic system for simulating the land battles of classical antiquity at the grand tactical level. It comes with full scenarios for 36 different engagements from the last five centuries BC, and is based on extensive study of ancient and modern sources.

This reprint is no different from the previous edition. It offers clear presentation, a comprehensive example of play, and a scenario section containing unit descriptions, historical deployment options, and a simple map for each battle. The example of play helps players to see the system in operation, while extensive design notes explain the rationale behind the mechanisms used.

Can be played with miniatures, counters, or on a computer screen.

Players have the option of jumping straight to the historical deployments or of deploying using the standard movement and command rules. The system is designed to provide a robust game framework so that players may tweak terrain or order-of-battle inputs based on their own readings of the historical evidence. The built-in handicap system allows even inferior armies a real chance of game victory and also makes the system adaptable to any scenario changes that players wish to make.

Battles may be re-fought on a computer screen using dedicated Strategos II software, Cyberboard or VASSAL (join the Lost Battles yahoo group for more information), on a paper map with counters, or on a tabletop using miniature figures. Miniatures players may use any number or scale of model figures, based in any way, on a normal ungridded tabletop. The game divides the battlefields into 20 zones, but they are so few and regular that just 12 unobtrusive dots, rocks or strategically placed trees will suffice to indicate all the internal corners.

- Once the rules are learned, scenarios can be completed in around 90 minutes.
- Provides a tried-and-tested framework that players may use to experiment with their own scenario ideas.
- Is supported by the author and experienced players on the Lost Battles yahoo group.
- Is very suitable for solitaire play.
- Is the basis for Phil Sabin's later book and game Lost Battles: Reconstructing the Great Battles of the Ancient World.

At only £6 (£4.80 for Society members) we are proud to make available again another high quality, low cost gaming product. To order a copy, go to the Society of Ancients website.

Friday, October 2, 2015

'Legion' reissued.

EDIT: Legion has proven so popular that it has already sold out! We have ordered another print run and will let people know as soon as it is available for purchase. Hopefully it will not be too far away.

The Society of Ancients is proud to present our 2015 reissue of Legion, the second in Phil Sabin's classic trilogy of grand-tactical explorations of ancient battle. Reprinted with new board and counter art, Legion revisits 36 pivotal battlefields of the ancient world, from the desperate fighting between Athens and Persia at Marathon in 490 BC through to Caesar's final victory at Munda four hundred and fifty years later.

Rule book.

- The rules and scenarios are unchanged from the first edition, but where the original game was designed primarily for use with figures, Justin Swanton's new board and counter art is designed to be played as printed.

- The rules and scenarios are based wherever possible on primary sources and are designed for simulation as well as play value. A handicap system gives both sides a chance at game victory.

- In addition to the full historical scenarios, Legion includes a fast-play introductory game and rules for tournament-style play.

- Although more detailed than both Phil Sabin's earlier game Phalanx and his more recent Strategos/Lost Battles system, Legion can still be played to completion in two or three hours and is suitable for both across the table and solitaire play.

- The game emphasizes troop quality over troop quantity, the importance of leadership, includes rules for weather and terrain, and scales to accurately represent different battles.            
Game board

It is available now on the Society website for £15 (£12 for Society members) plus shipping.

Full contents (as seen below) include: rules booklet, game board, counter sheets, terrain sheets, quick reference sheet. Note that some assembly is required.

Sample counters
Sample counters