Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Battleday 2014: Montaperti

Reports are now coming in on the Society forum regarding the battleday held at Bletchley over the weekend.

Montaperti was the battle of course, and information (Richard Lockwood's battle pack) on it can be found here.


Photo from Phil Steele's Ancients on the Move blog.

From Richard Lockwood, the organiser:

Well that was another Battle Day. I think it was a good day's gaming, we had seven games going, so a little down on previous years but that is probably down to my choice of a (to UK gamers at least) "non-mainstream" battle. So a little self-indulgence on my part this year!

I got the sense that all the games were enjoyed by the players. That may sound a bit of an obvious thing to say, but what I am trying to say is the games seemed absorbing and challenging. So I take from this that the choice of battle was a decent one despite it not being well known.

Many richly-deserved prizes were won - among which Best Terrain was a hard-fought duel between Pete Kershaw's DBMM terrain and Mark Craddock's Armati terrain. This year the prize went to Pete Kershaw's DBMM terrain. Overall Best Game went to Phil Steele's set up, using Impetus rules, beautifully-painted 15mm figures with hand-painted banners, and effective terrain.

I am hoping we get good write-ups for Slingshot - I think the way people approached this battle will be very interesting.

From Duncan Head:

The smaller number of games didn't, to my mind, detract from the experience - and at least there was a bit more room to move around between the tables! Peter's prize for the terrain was well deserved: I loved the detail he'd put into it. 

From Ross Bigley:

Just a quick note to thank all and sundry for making it such an enjoyable day.... It was all jolly good fun which, I suppose, is why we bother! I'd like to echo the previous comments about the terrain on show, top form all round. It really adds to the immersion of the experience when the board looks good.

From Peter Kershaw:

Thanks to Richard and co. for the day. I think it was a good choice. One of our players said it was nice to come to a big battle and not know about it - it gave more surprises. I think it also fitted the whole point of the Battleday - an encounter where there are good but often conflicting sources, with issues of how to deal with various events under different rules. Thumbs up from me

And Phil Steele (who supplied the photo above) has posted pictures of all the games on his blog here.

The battle for next year has also been announced, and it is Hydaspes.  Time to get painting some Classical Indians!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slingshot 291



Hot on the heels of Slingshot 290, Slingshot 291 has now gone to the printers.  The publication date is expected to be around mid April.  As readers can see, the contributors and editorial team are working hard to get us back on schedule.

Here is the list of the articles in 291:

Byzantine Armies – A Quick Summary, by Perry Gray
The New Cavalry Formations of the Sylloge Tacticorum, AD 904, by Ilkka Syvanne
Depiction of Horse Archers, by Perry Gray
The Battle of Melitene AD 576, by Ilkka Syvanne
Battle Reports and Wargaming Analysis, by Perry Gray
Anglo-Norman Army: 1066-1181, by David Blanchard
The Alexander Sarcophagus, by Roy Boss & Patrick Waterson

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 the Society News blog http://societyofancientsnews.blogspot.jp/2013/12/operation-balearic.html

Monday, February 17, 2014

Slingshot 290



The Society of Ancients is very pleased to announce that Slingshot 290 is now at the printers and will soon be sent out to subscribers.  We are still a little behind schedule with our Slingshots from 2013 but we are doing our utmost to catch up as quickly as possible.

Contents include:

- Ruspina, 46BC, Reconstructing a Battle the 'Lost Battles' way (Part 2), by Gavin Pearson
- A short history of the Iberian Peninsular from 400 to 1100AD (Part 6), by Robert Heiligers
- From the Bastard to the Conqueror, by Gordon Lawrence
- The Campaign and Battle of Sambre in 57 BC, by Ilkka Syvanne
- Army Selection and Gaming Style, by Perry Gray
- Chinese Dynastic Colours, by Duncan Head
- The Battle of Montaperti 1260 AD - Society of Ancients Battle Pack, by Richard Lockwood
- Slingshot Figure Reviews - Bag & Baggage from 4GROUND/Colonel Bill's, by David Edwards

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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 (Perry Gray) 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 the Society News blog http://societyofancientsnews.blogspot.jp/2013/12/operation-balearic.html

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Slingshots from 1982 and 1983


As you may have heard, we currently have back issues of Slingshot available at the bargain price of six for £5 (£4 for Society of Ancients members) plus shipping, which works out to a year's worth of Slingshots for the price of one.

The Balearic bundles on offer are for the years 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1987, and for each year from 1996 through to 2010.

Here is what is in the bundles for the years 1982 and 1983:

1982

Includes series on the Vandals, the Arab conquest of Egypt, the Republican Roman army 218-168 BC, the ancient Ligurians, later Roman forts and Courtrai. 

Contains notable articles on Nicopolis, early Ottoman armies, armies of the Jarls of Orkney, Brunanburh and campaign economics. 

Includes the start of the award-winning series on Charles the Bold’s armies.

Also includes battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

1983

Includes series on the strategy and tactics of the Hundred Years War, the Attacotti, Ilipa 206 BC, al-Babayn 1167 AD, running a wargames campaign and Egyptian chariots.

Includes notable articles on Saladin’s siege of Bourzey castle, the Hittite army at Qadesh, Crusader Turcopoles and Communal Italian city badges.

The award-winning series on Charles the Bold’s armies concludes.

Again, there are many more battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and historical articles.

If you are interested in these or Slingshots from other years, go to the Balearic Bundles page in the store section of the Society of Ancients website to place an order.

Note that if you want to order a number of bundles your best bet may be to contact John Graham-Leigh at psales@soa.org.uk who will help you work out how best to minimise postage costs.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Empire" Reprint Available

The Society of Ancients is pleased to announce a reprint of its popular game "Empire: the Macedonian and Punic Wars, 350-150 BC" by Philip Sabin.

Picture shows the western half of the map board.


Using simple mechanisms to capture the broad sweep of history, the game simulates the 200 years from the rise of Philip II of Macedon to the establishment of Roman hegemony in the west.

Up to four players control one or more peoples (Romans, Carthaginians, Macedonians, Persians/Parthians) and conduct campaigns against their neighbours on a map of the ancient world stretching from Iberia in the west to India in the east.  Great captains bring the historical influence of Alexander, Hannibal and Scipio the younger to bear, but revolts may strike at any time.

Combat is resolved by rolling a d6 and applying modifiers.  If players wish the battles can be fought out using a tactical system.

To quote the Society's webpage,

Empire comes in a zip-loc bag, and includes a full colour 8.5” by 22” game map, 77 full colour card counters, and an 8 page A4 rulebook including ready reference charts, an example of play, and extensive design notes and bibliography.

The game is available from the Society of Ancients' webstore for £7.50 + shipping.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Slingshot 289 is out.

Good news at the end of the old year!  Slingshot 289 - the 2013 Chalons Battle Day edition - is now out.



Contents include:

Rome's Last War, by Justin Swanton

The Roman Army in the 5th Century AD, by Simon MacDowall

Arming the Late Roman Soldier, by Perry Gray

An Introduction to Battle Day 2014, by Richard Lockwood

There are also ten Battle Day Reports on Chalons with:

- Piquet Archon 2, by Adam Hayes
- DBA/DBMM, by Martyn Simpson
- Warmaster Ancients, by Jeremy Giles
- Comitatus, by Simon MacDowall
- De Bellis Antiquitatus, by Sue Laflin-Barker & Paul Glover
- DBMM, by Toby Partridge
- Epic Armati, by Mark Fry
- King of Kings, by Keir Maxwell
- Impetus, by Mike Brian
- Field of Glory, by Richard Case

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

Subscription currently costs £24 for six issues. You can subscribe or re-subscribe through the store at the Society's website.

The editor (Perry Gray) 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.

Just as a reminder, 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.  Some years are close to sold out already, and as this offer is only available until the end of June (and while stocks last), you need to get in quickly.

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

See the Society News blog for a summary of the articles in each bundle.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Operation Balearic


Back issues of Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients, are now available at the bargain price of six for £5 (£4 for Society of Ancients members) plus shipping. That's a year's worth of Slingshots for the price of one magazine.

This offer is only available until the end of June and while stocks last, so get in quickly.

The bundles on offer are for the years 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1987, and for each year from 1996 through to 2010.

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

See below for a summary of each year's highlights.


Highlights of the Year 1982

Series on: the Vandals, the Arab conquest of Egypt, the Republican Roman army 218-168 BC, the ancient Ligurians, later Roman forts, Courtrai. 

Notable articles on: Nicopolis, early Ottoman armies, armies of the Jarls of Orkney, Brunanburh, campaign economics. 

Start of award-winning series on Charles the Bold’s armies.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1983

Series on: strategy and tactics of the Hundred Years War, the Attacotti, Ilipa 206 BC, al-Babayn 1167 AD, running a wargames campaign, Egyptian chariots.

Notable articles on: Saladin’s siege of Bourzey castle, the Hittite army at Qadesh, Crusader Turcopoles, Communal Italian city badges.

Conclusion of award-winning series on Charles the Bold’s armies.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1984

Series on: Magnesia, evolution of the Roman legion, chariot warfare, English longbows

Notable articles on: the Mitanni, Roman siege engineering, 4th century BC Greek tactical developments, Agincourt, Mongol armies, Byzantine iconoclasm.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

 Highlights of the Year 1987

Series on: the Axumites of Ethiopia, Society Conference reports, Anglo-Norman warfare, the Church Militant.

Notable articles on: Tamberlaine, Culturism, refighting Pelagonia 1259.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1996

Series on: Arrian’s campaign against the Alans, Sassanian Persia, Roman strategic though and practice, Mursilis (the Hittite king), the battle of Frigidus, 394 AD, warfare in Feudal Scotland.

Notable articles on: Late Roman infantry, Numidians in Carthaginian armies, Castillon 1453, Gaugamela.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1997

Series on: warfare in Feudal Scotland (continued), Sassanian Persia (continued), Mursilis (continued).

Notable articles on: Numidians in DBM, the Sogdian Rock, the Amarna Letters, solo campaigning, the Catalan Company, the Jewish revolt, Caledonians.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1998

Series on: Mursilis (continued), Sassanian Persia (continued).

Notable articles on: the Bayeux Tapestry finale, Braveheart, Assyrian infantry, Bruttians, Bosworth, Ancient British wargame armies (“Woad Rage”), Sui Chinese armies, medieval Srivijaya, al-Qadasiyah 637 AD.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 1999

Series on: painting techniques, Julian’s campaign in Persia

Notable articles on: Flemish communal armies, Macedonian military costume, Hasmonean Judea, Stiklestad 1030 AD, Vegetius, Troy, Hawaiian armies, Worringen 1288 AD, Sir Robert Knolles, Bithynian armies.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2000

Series on: Hittites, Thracians, Wars of the Roses.

Notable articles on: Arthur’s battles, morphing Dark Age armies, Scipio Africanus, solo campaigning, Bosworth, Vedic Indian armies, Kingdom of Lan Xang.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2001

Series on: Wars of the Diadochi, Vegetius, the Songhai Empire

Notable articles on: medieval Malaya, Hittites, Samurai, Mayan warfare, Harlaw 1411 AD, Versinikia 813 AD, Japanese castles, medieval Irish armies.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2002

Series on: The Songhai Empire (continued), the evolution of Hellenistic infantry, the New Chronology, the Roman legion.

Notable articles on: Wargaming with Gauls, Hellenistic military dress, Boudicca’s revolt, Mapuche armies, Picts, wargaming in India, the kingdom of Benin, Sasanian armies.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2003

Series on: The Roman legion (continued), Alexander’s cavalry, the New Chronology (continued), Lydian armies.

Notable articles on: Vikings in Scotland, Chanca/Inca wars, Picts, King Fulk of Jerusalem, late Carolingian France, Ghulams, Maccabean armies, medieval Thai armies, Callinicum 531 AD, Nanzhao armies, Sasanian armies, Cynoscephalae refights.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2004

Series on: Lydian armies (continued), Sasanian armies (continued), Ancient Korea.

Notable articles on: The Notitia Dignitatum, naval rules, Paraetacene 317 BC, Gabiene 316 BC, Barnet refights, early Parthian armies, Tarantine cavalry, Battle Day reports (Gaugamela).

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

 Highlights of the Year 2005

Series on: Angevin armies (start), elephants, Hydaspes, medieval south-east Asia, Janos Hunyadi (start).

Notable articles on: Byzantines v Slavs, Tigranocerta 69 BC, Hapsburg-Burgundian armies, Edington refights, Bannockburn, Zama, medieval Frisian armies, Battle Day reports (the Sambre), ancient Elam, medieval cogs.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2006

Series on: Angevin armies (continued), Janos Hunyadi (continued), medieval south-east Asia.

Notable articles on: medieval Ghana, ancient sea power, Picts, Hellenistic battle-standards, Constantine the Great, Rajputs, medieval Kongo, Battle Day reports (Dorylaeum).

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2007

Series on: Pre-Samurai Japanese.

Notable articles on: early medieval Ireland, Cnidinium (Sparta v Persia), ancient logistics, Crusader warfare, 13th century Song Chinese armies, the Zanj revolt, Dyrham 577 AD, the Bahmani (India) Sultanate, Battle Day reports (Dorylaeum and Cynoscephalae).

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2008

Series on: Bronze Age Mesopotamia, Macedonian military culture, Sasanian armies.

Notable articles on: longbows, trireme reconstruction, Battle Day reports (Cynoscephalae and Poitiers), Spartan expeditionary forces, the ancient Macedonians.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2009

Series on: Bronze Age Mesopotamia (continued), medieval Irish warfare, Constantius II, Sasanian armies (continued),

Notable articles on: Zama, ancient logistics, the Granicus, the Lombards, Battle Day reports (Callinicum), Magnesia, Cannae, Pydna, Teutoberger Wald, Heraclea, ancient Chinese expansion.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.

 

Highlights of the Year 2010

Series on: Bronze Age Mesopotamia (continued).

Notable articles on: Ming China, the Etruscan League, Hannibal’s veterans, Marcus Aurelius, Issus, Sassanid/Roman wars, Battle Day reports (Zama), Byzantines in 12th century Italy, Alfred Duggan, Chalons 451 AD,.

Plus battle reports, wargaming discussions, reviews and many more historical articles.