Friday, February 19, 2010

New additions to the discount programme!

We have several new vendors joining our discount programme:

Blaze Away can offer a flat 10% to our members on any sized order. Members will just need to indicate in the text box of the online order process that they are SOA members and to include their membership number, which Blaze Away can verifiy with us later. Alternatively, members can email their order and Blaze Awaw will send an invoice with the discount included. Check them out at

Hinds Figures Ltd are offering members a 10% discount. Contact Ian at Hinds in advance of making an order, with your membership number. You can then agree with him how to make the order. This offer also includes the Hinchliffe figure range that Ian sells. Note this offer is not in conjunction with other discount offers that Hinds have. See the figures at

Tumbling Dice UK are also now offering members a 10% discount. As above, contact them first with your membership number. Find them at

10mm specialists Pendraken Miniatures will give SoA members a 10% discount on orders over £50. As usual, contact them first before ordering. They have a new website launching in February and have said they would welcome any feedback from our members. Have a look at

Nick Eyre at North Star is extending a 10% offer to our members for Crusader Miniatures UK, Artizan Design and North Star Military Figures. Note that Nick can only offer this to mail order customers, and not at shows. Again contact him in advance. See the ranges at

Hopefully more to come!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Society of Ancients Roll of Honour 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 Prize Winners

The Society of Ancients would like to thank all the participants, organisers, and sponsors who made its 2009 events a success, and the authors and contributors without which Slingshot would not be possible.

The special award winners:

(the prize winning game pictured at Fiasco)

The Paul Morris Memorial Prize (for the most innovative new non-commercial wargame within the Society's remit):

James Roach and the Ilkley lads for 'Fleet of Battle' as seen at Fiasco 2009

(more on this at

Tony Bath Award
(for invaluable contributions to running the Society of Ancients):

John Graham-Leigh for his sterling service on the secondary distribution of Slingshot to late subscribing members.

Deryck Guyler Award (a special award for assisting the promotion of the Society):

To Paul Innes for his support of the BattleDay in Scotland and in galvanising local shows support.

The Persian Helmet (The players' player award at Britcon)

Ray Duggins

... And to the Slingshot contributors:

Editor's Prize

Doug Melville 'Putting it All Together - the Sassanians Re-Examined'

Charles Grant Prize

Awarded for the best article covering a B.C. topic up to 500 BC:

Alastair McBeath 'Mesopotamian Warfare'

The Phil Barker Prize for an article in the period 500 BC to 1 AD

Patrick Waterson 'Amazed was I Ere I saw Zama'

The Ian Greenwood Prize

Awarded for the best article 0 to 1000 A.D: Stewart Hey 'Ambush at Callinicum'

The Alan Nickels Prize

Awarded for the best article post 1000 A.D.:Mick Hession 'Cogadh Gaedhil, Medieval Irish Warfare 600 - 1500 AD'

Best Wargames Article, sponsored by Gripping Beast:

Adrian Goldsworthy for his series 'Thinking About Romans'

And Congratulations to the Wargames prize winners:

SoA Doubles Masters

1. Graham Evans/Wayne Dare 2. Dave Handley/Nic Sharp, 3. Bob Amey/Andy Ellis

Society of Ancients/BHGS GB Armati League

Bill Wilson

Northern DBA Cup (Hosted by Triples)

Graham Fordham

English DBA Open (co-sponsored with Magister Militum)

Colin O'Shea

(Martin Myers and Colin O'Shea pose with their awards)

The Society of Ancients Championship

John Davis (top placed player in the 2009 trial year)

The Society of Ancients Armati by the Sea

1.Bill Wilson 2. Malcolm King 3. Matthew Bennett

The Society of Ancients Anderida Trophy

Kevin Large/Andy Rourke

Thanks also to the BHGS for administrative help, and to Gripping Beast, Magister Militum and Ancient and Modern Army Supplies for sponsoring prizes