Slingshot 330, May/June 2020

Guardroom
The debate continues over the credibility (and availability) of primary sources.

Zhizhi's Last Stand by Nicholas Spratt
Gan Yanshou’s victory in 36BCE is famous, not just because it was the only time a Chinese army would kill a Chanyu of the Xiongnu Empire, or because the Han army would have to travel 3400km from the capital to get there, but because a hapax legomenon in the Hanshu’s description has been interpreted as suggesting that China faced Roman Legionaries on the battlefield that day.

An Alternative Rant by David Kay
David Kay follows Simon Watson’s lead and has a look at the more problematic elements of current wargaming play mechanisms, troop classifications and other bones of contention.

Have at Thee, Varlet! by Anthony Clipsom
For most of us, ‘varlet’ is just a quaint, old expression for an example of degenerate scum. Anthony digs up the fascinating Mediaeval origins behind the word.

The Red Dragon and the White Boar by Chris Hahn
In the absence of a Battle Day with subsequent battle reports, here are several home games of Bosworth using Armati, l’Art de la Guerre and To The Strongest! Chris Hahn makes it clear that if Richard doesn’t throw away the battle with his charge, Henry is in real trouble.

Tactica II: A Ruleset Analysis by Paul Innes
A former editor makes a good case for why Tactica II is one of the most historically accurate and playable large battle rulesets out there, among other things creating nuanced troop types using troop category and quality, and catering for details like Roman line relief.

Slingshot Book & Game Reviews
Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece: A Guide to their History, Topography and Archaeology
Cities of the Classical World
The Wars of Alexander’s Successors 323-281 BC. Volume II: Battles & Tacticsblurbs

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SLINGSHOT 330 INTERNET LINKS

GUARDROOM

Re The Incredulity Continuum

  1. https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/ming-dynasty-1368-1644-economy
  2. https://www.historynet.com/what-percentage-of-the-population-served-in-ww2.htm

AN ALTERNATIVE RANT

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HAVE AT THEE, VARLET!

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Notes

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valet#etymology
  2. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica/Valet
  3. http://mesnieedemontinius.meabilis.fr/mbFiles/documents/ordonnance-1351.pdf
  4. https://books.openedition.org/cvz/1272?lang=en
  5. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k9729751k/f901.item.r=liege

THE RED DRAGON VS THE WHITE BOAR

Images by Jason: http://lightbobsandpaintblobs.blogspot.com

Research list

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bosworth_Field

https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/battle-of-bosworth-facts-richard-iii-henry-vii-tudors-wars-roses-york-lancaster/

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/The-Battle-of-Bosworth-Field/

http://www.battlefieldsofbritain.co.uk/battle_bosworth_field_1485.html

https://gcooksonblog.wordpress.com/category/medieval/war-of-the-roses/battle-of-bosworth/

http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=194791

http://newconverj.blogspot.com/2016/06/battle-of-bosworth-deployment-and-oob.html

http://wargaming4grownups.blogspot.com/2013/03/big-bosworth.html

https://www.vislardica.com/vb-sc-bosworth/

https://www.wargamesillustrated.net/shop/wi299-september-2012/

TACTICA II: A RULESET ANALYSIS

Discussion group: https://groups.io/g/Tactica