Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Some Scenes from Soa Battle Day 2017

The Battle of Arsuf made for some interesting battles and scenery at the SoA Battle Day at Bletchley.

Check out Trebian's blog for a few pics and a battle report using his own specially adapted rules.

A few pics here:

Contestants getting ready for the punch-ups
Richard's army encircled by the Moslems


Saturday, March 18, 2017

To the Strongest! Ancients ruleset YouTube overview

 Simon Miller's To the Strongest Ancients ruleset is easy to master and quick to play, but takes experience to master. Here are some YouTube video tutorials that give an idea of the system:

Overview here:

Commands and activations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GJc1phXfOk
Movement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPMD3xD_Alg
Combat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9PdM873Dr0&t=1103s
A battle report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He-ErWnoDU8

The ruleset is available here:

Monday, March 13, 2017

SoA annual Battle Day at Sycamore, Bletchley, on April 1

Just a reminder that the Society of Ancients Battle Day will take place on Saturday 1 April at the Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road, Bletchley, near Milton Keynes, MK2 3RR.

As usual, we will have many groups present re-fighting the same battle but using their favoured set of rules and their interpretation.

This year the battle is Arsuf, where Richard the Lionheart takes on Saladin. You would be very welcome to come along and join one of the games - the organisers of the games are always dependent on players turning up on the day and joining their games, so please do come along and make a day of it.

The action starts around 9am, and we start with a presentation on the battle and the controversial aspects of it. Then we go to play the games. The day finishes around 4:30pm though some games play on longer to a finish.

The cost of the day, contributing to hall and tables hire, is £10. Juniors and students are free.

Note there is no food available on site, though there are a couple of corner shops selling sandwiches just around the corner! We do, however, supply unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits.

It would be good to see you there - please come and support the Society. It's a great day out.

For more information email to: battleday@soa.org.uk

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Results of Society of Ancients 2016 Championship.

Out of 65 games involving 39 participants the winners are:

1st Place: Martin Myers

2nd Place: Steve Metheringham

3rd Place: Roy Boss

More details here.

And here is a breakdown of the rulesets used:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Slingshot 310 with the printers

Slingshot 310 is with the printers and will appear in early March.


  • Arsuf Battle Pack, by Matt Bennett
  • Cataphracts and Concubines by Peter Andrews
  • The Second (Plastic) Punic War By Tim Thompson
  • Glasgow Armati, by Peter Barham
  • Pondering the Portrayal of Pachyderms, by Chris Hahn

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Slingshot 309 at the printers

Slingshot 309 is at the printers and will appear shortly.

  • On the Ground at Arsuf – Part 2 by Nick Harbud
  • The Eagle’s Prey: Caractacus by Gordon Lawrence
  • Rein-Force (Rein-Bow Warriors) by Ian Russell Lowell
  • Of Games & Chariots by Peter Barham
  • A Fatal and Fateful Day by Chris Hahn
  • Pharsalus with Lap of the Gods by David Edwards
  • Rome Confronting Pyrrhus by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Simple Campaigning - Hellenistic Empires by John Graham Leigh

Sunday, October 16, 2016

l'Art de la Guerre

...is a French Ancients ruleset gaining in popularity in the English-speaking world. Designed to be played in 2 hours it has the following features:

  • An element/unit based game with cohesion loss but no casualty removal;
  • One base = one unit;
  • Base width is important, depth does not seem to matter so much;
  • So long as both armies use the same base width, the rules will work;
  • Recommended base widths follow WRG/DBX standard;
  • For 6-15mm amies using 40mm wide bases, table size is about 5'x3';
  • Armies are broken into three commands;
  • For a standard 200 point game, armies seem to hover around 24 units;
  • The many army lists are tight but not overly prescriptive.

More details from the homepage here: http://www.artdelaguerre.fr/en/index.php

A YouTube walk-through here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZes0dsW1Ac