Sunday, May 19, 2019

Society news & other items of (possible) interest to members as of: May 2019

For those of you with an interest in the naval side of our period, here's a link to a brief but interesting and well illustrated after action report, written up by Dr Phalanx on his eponymous blog, which describes a fictional engagement between Octavian and Antonine fleets during the Roman Civil Wars.  The game was run using the Corvus v2 rules, which are available from the Society.

Sarmations, Sarmations, Sarmations.  Yes, I admit it, I had no other reason to add a link to Bennett Blalock-Doane's blog than that it is pure, unashamed eye-candy.  (Jealous?  Me?  Never.  Pass me my black undercoat.)

A couple of nice examples of 28mm Celtic figures from the Black Tree Design range, painted up by Jonathon Freitag, that will give you a good idea how this range can turn out.

Useful article from Thomo the Lost, over at Thomo's Hole, detailing some well thought through ideas about how to build up a suitable set of armies that can be used in a Dark Ages campaign, run under DBA v 3 or Basic Impetus v 2.

Over at Beasts of War, a review of Khurasan Miniatures latest releases in the (late) Medieval range.  (Ooooh, I shan't, I mustn't, I ...)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Slingshot 324 is with the printers...

... and should land in your postboxes by mid-May.  Here is a list of the contents with a short summary of each article and the cover picture.



(Well, actually, not this time.  Sorry.)

DBA 3 - Improving the Simulation - by Joe Collins

Examines the historical role and efficacy of auxilia, pike phalanxes and archers generally and with particular reference to DBA v3

Coals to Newcastle: Playing Welsh DBA Lists in Wales - by Martin Smith

What it says on the tin - some great battle reports. Irresistible?

The Early Japanese Army: Reexamining the DBA 3.0 Army Lists - by Nicholas Spratt

Considers the Early Japanese lists in the context of the history of the formation of the Japanese state and military.

Battle Day Reports - by Roy Boss and Duncan Head

An overview of the Battle Day by Duncan Head along with an Armati battle report from the day by Roy Boss and others.

Simple Campaign for Danelaw Britain: A Solo or Programmed Campaign for DBA 3 - by Paul Stein

A very interesting article on campaigning in Danelaw Britain, which, though slanted towards DBA, can easily be applied to other rule sets and also provides a useful summary of the history of that era.

The Battle of Montgisard, 1177 AD - by Nicholas Harbud

Nicholas Harbud examines the little known Battle of Montgisard, the Kingdom of Jerusalem’s great victory against Saladin, and lays out a scenario for wargaming the battle (with any rule set).

Slingshot Figure Reviews: 40x40mm Isolated Tower - by Andreas Johansson

A review of a recent addition to the Baueda range that also includes some useful insights into completing, painting and enhancing the model.

Slingshot Book & Game Reviews
    • Two-handed Sword: History, Design & Use - reviewed by Anthony Clipsom
    • Antipater’s Dynasty - reviewed by Duncan Head;
    • Roman Legionaries, Soldiers of Empire - reviewed by Aaron Bell;
    • With Alexander in India & Central Asia - reviewed by Andreas Johansson;
    • Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World - reviewed by John Drewienkiewicz.

    Sunday, May 5, 2019

    Society news & other items of (possible) interest to members as of: April 2019

    'FoGAM Rankings updated pre-Roll Call ' - hot off the press (well, warm, at least) - the FoGAM rankings have been updated on the BHGS website to include all competitions in the preceding 12 months prior to this year's Roll Call! Check your ranking and cheer or weep.

    'The Great Illyrian Revolt' - from Dave Watson, a short review of the eponymous book by author Jason Abdale, along with some additional insights into the topic.

    News of the ‘ALUMWELL WMMS Show’, held on 10th March in Wolverhampton, from the SoA’s ‘Shows North’ team.

    ‘Warlord Games Romans vs. Wargames Factory Romans’ - user comparison with some nice eye candy.

    ‘Encirclement or Breakout’ - last of an interesting series of posts by the Archduke Piccolo on using Bob Cordery’s ‘Portable Wargame’ ancients rules for Byzantines vs Bulgars.

    ‘Mithridates the Great’ - short discussion from Dave Watson about Mithridates as a wargaming opportunity, together with a brief comment on the book ‘Mithridates the Great’ (author, Philip Matyszak).

    ‘Picking on a pike block - but was it legal?’ - an interesting (and amicable) exchange on Fanaticus about the correct response to a complex flank & rear contacts situation under DBA (obviously - it's Fanaticus) . Fascinating. Definitely one for the geeks among us (yes you, I mean you there, get in line behind me).

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Slingshot 322 is with the printers...

    ...and should land in your postboxes by mid-January.

    Here is a list of the contents with a short summary of each article:



    The Debate on Egyptian dynasties continues. Did horses actually charge into infantry? More on War Wagons. Impressions of Slingshot 321.
    The Telamon Battle 225BC Battle Pack - 𝘣𝘺 π˜™π˜ͺ𝘀𝘩𝘒𝘳π˜₯ π˜“π˜°π˜€π˜¬π˜Έπ˜°π˜°π˜₯
    Practical considerations for setting up the Telamon battle at Battle Day.
    The Campaign and Battle of Telamon - 𝘣𝘺 π˜‹π˜Άπ˜―π˜€π˜’π˜― 𝘏𝘦𝘒π˜₯
    Duncan Head analyses the background, campaign and battle of Telamon and concludes that the Gallic generals were more savvy than they are usually given credit for.
    The Society’s UK DBA League - 𝘣𝘺 π˜”π˜’π˜³π˜¬ 𝘚𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘡𝘰𝘯
    DBA is alive and well in the UK with league competitions held across England and Wales.
    54mm - the Figure Scale of the Gods! - 𝘣𝘺 𝘚𝘡𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 π˜•π˜¦π˜’π˜΅π˜¦
    54mm Carthaginian figures that are fun to paint and look spectacular on the gaming table.
    Messing About in Boats - 𝘣𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘳π˜₯𝘰𝘯 π˜“π˜’π˜Έπ˜³π˜¦π˜―π˜€π˜¦
    The Society's rules for Ancient naval combat, Corvus, is given an tryout with positive results.
    Atilius, Aemilius and a Lot of Gauls - 𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘩𝘳π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘏𝘒𝘩𝘯
    Chris Hahn games Telamon using Armati and gets a game that is fun and historical.
    The Cham Army - 𝘣𝘺 π˜•π˜ͺ𝘀𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘒𝘴 𝘚𝘱𝘳𝘒𝘡𝘡
    Going through the meagre evidence, Nicholas Spratt puts together a picture of the Cham army that shows it was different from its traditional enemy, the Khmer.
    Slingshot Figure Reviews
    Irregular Miniatures 2mm Ancients range. 15mm Vikings and Saxons by Legio Heroica.
     Slingshot Book and Game Reviews
    Augustus at War: the Struggle for the Pax Romana. The Black Prince and the Capture of a King.