Thursday, June 30, 2016

Free DBA 3 reference sheet offered for download

A free 2-sided A4 reference sheet for DBA 3 is available as a pdf from the Society of Ancients website. Check it out here.

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.