Slingshot is a bi-monthly publication, distributed to members of the Society of Ancients as part of their membership subscription. Most of the content is contributed by Society members on a wide range of items related to Ancient and Medieval military history and wargaming. There are articles, reviews, letters, game design ideas, as well as the usual discussion on various wargames rules. Competition results and the occasional battle report are also published. Our quality publication showcases the written contributions from our membership and features original pen and ink artwork.

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SLINGSHOT, the bi-monthly journal of the Society, is the most admired publication in its field. This USB stick includes every Slingshot produced from 1965 to 2020. It constitutes an invaluable resource of over 13,000 pages about ancient and medieval history and wargaming. The collection is fully indexed and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or later.

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Slingshot 302, September/October 2015

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  • Annihilation Battles & Army Sizes in Rome’s Conquest of the Mediterranean
  • Montaperti 1260 Battle Day Report
  • Dux Bellorum – Bending the Rules
  • New Works on Early Byzantine History
  • Choices and Compromises
  • Polybius and the Gauls, by Richard Gill
  • Battle Day Reports – Hydaspes 326 BC
    • with Art De La Guerre
    • with Rameses II
    • with DBA 3
  • Road to Disaster
  • Slingshot Reviews

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Slingshot 303, November/December 2015

 

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  • Richard II in Ireland, by Mick Hession
  • Military Innovation in Champa, by Duncan Head
  • Shieldwall Wars, by Anthony Clipsom
  • “So Long Have We Been Defeating Germania”, by Robert Heiligers
  • More Wargaming for your SAGA Buck, by Steve Neate
  • The Battle for Wiang Kum Kam, by Nicholas Spratt
  • Hydaspes using War & Conquest, A Battle Day report by Rob Broom
  • The Glory That Was, by Nick Harbud
  • Pharsalus Battle Pack, by Richard Lockwood

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Slingshot 304, January/February 2016

 

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  • It’s a Long Way to Tibareni (1), by Alastair McBeath
  • Babylonian Troops in Achaemenid Service, by Jim Webster
  • The War That Never Was, by Robert Heiligers
  • Late Roman Army and the Notitia Dignitatum (1), by Luke Ueda-Sarson
  • Visiting Château Castelnaud, by Peter Barham
  • Domino Games, by John Graham-Leigh
  • Mantinea on my Mind, by Chris Hahn

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Slingshot 305, March/April 2016

 

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  • Holes in the Checkerboard, by Justin Swanton
  • It’s a Long Way to Tibareni (2), by Alastair McBeath
  • A Note on Herod the Great’s Army, by Dave Beatty
  • Saga for Dummies, by Gordon Lawrence
  • Late Roman Army & the Notitia Dignitatum (2), by Luke Ueda-Sarson
  • A Violent Day on the Via Egnatia, by Chris Hahn
  • Slingshot Reviews, by Alastair McBeath, Duncan Head, Claudio Berni, Anthony Clipsom & Jim Webster

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Slingshot 306, May/June 2016

 

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  • 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

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Slingshot 307, July/August 2016

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  • Arming the Slaves, by Richard Andrews
  • It’s a Long Way to Tibareni (4), by Alastair McBeath
  • The ‘Drunken One’ at Campaign 2016, by Steve Rathgay
  • Actium Naval Rules, by Harry Ryder
  • Pharsalus Battle Day Reports:
    • Pharsalus in Japan, by Aaron Bell
    • Pharsalus with ‘To The Strongest!’, by Paul Innes
    • Pharsalus using ‘Scutarii’, by Bill Butler
  • Hannibal Triumphs! - ‘Morten et Glorium’, by Richard Jeffrey-Cook
  • Another Consideration of Chaeronea, by Chris Hahn

 

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Slingshot 308, September/October 2016

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  • In Defence of Khmer and Cham Chariots, by Nicholas Spratt
  • It’s A Long Way To Tibareni – Part 5, by Alastair McBeath
  • The Element is Dead. Long Live the Element! by Steven Neate
  • Etruscan Warfare, by Periklis Deligiannis
  • King Karl has a Danish, by Dave Beatty & Jesse Lowe
  • The First Act in Alexander’s Persian Play, by Chris Hahn
  • On the Ground at Arsuf – Part 1, by Nick Harbud
  • Campaigns without Players, by Paul Innes

 

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Slingshot 309, November/December 2016

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  • On the Ground at Arsuf – Part 2, by Nick Harbud
  • The Eagle’s Prey: Caractacus by Gordon Lawrence
  • Rein-Force (Rein-Bow Warriors) By Ian Russell Lowell
  • Of Games & Chariots, by Peter Barham
  • A Fatal and Fateful Day, by Chris Hahn
  • Pharsalus with Lap of the Gods, by David Edwards
  • Rome Confronting Pyrrhus, by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Simple Campaigning - Hellenistic Empires, by John Graham Leigh 

 

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Slingshot 310, January/February 2017

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  • Arsuf Battle Pack, by Matt Bennett
  • Cataphracts and Concubines by Peter Andrews
  • The Second (Plastic) Punic War By Tim Thompson
  • Glasgow Armati, by Peter Barham
  • Pondering the Portrayal of Pachyderms, by Chris Hahn

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Slingshot 312, May/June 2017

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  • The Second Sui Invasion of Koguryo, by Nicholas Spratt
  • Guardroom, by John Hastings
  • The Battle of Amnias 89 BC, by Richard Andrews
  • Reconstructing Hadrian’s Wall, by John Hastings
  • Belosphendone, by Richard Tylor
  • Philippi at the Society Conference, by Paul Innes et al.
  • Age of the Wolf, by Gordon Lawrence

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Slingshot 313, July/August 2017

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  • Wargaming with Vandals, by Simon MacDowall
  • Themed Competitions, by John Graham-Leigh, Richard Lockwood & John Vaughan
  • On the Byzantine Rhomphaia, by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Society Championship 2016 Results, by Peter Barham
  • Arsuf: Armati at the Beach, by Roy Boss & Matthew Bennett
  • Bella Contra Barbaros, by Michael Collins
  • The Battle of the Five Lamas, by Nicholas Spratt
  • Addressing Adrianople, by Chris Hahn
  • Goliath With A Mace? You Must Be Kidon! by Alastair McBeath
  • Mythological Wargaming Ancient Greek Style, by Harry Ryder

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Slingshot 314, September/October 2017

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  • Speed In Action, by David Karunanithy
  • Ancient & Medieval Battles, by Anthony Clipsom
  • Maths, Musings and Mistakes, by Chris Hahn
  • Arsuf: Rameses Rules, by Will Whyler
  • Gladiolus, by Neptunius
  • Fearsome Weapons, by Nick Harbud
  • The Second (Plastic) Punic War (2), by Tim Thompson
  • My Ideal Itinerary for Battle Day 2018, by Chris Hahn
  • China’s Defences, by Mike Haran

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Slingshot 315, November/December 2017

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  • Guardroom
  • Is Goliath a Distraction? - by Alastair McBeath
  • A Bit of Fun with Phalanxes - by Chris Hahn
  • The Battle of Heraclea (280BC) - by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Battle Day - Arsuf with DBA and HotT - by Martin Smith
  • Battle Day - Arsuf with Sword and Spear - by David Reynolds
  • Slingshot Reviews: Hoplites at War - reviewed by Richard Taylor
  • Slingshot Reviews: Into the Land of Bones - reviewed by Mike Haran
  • Slingshot Reviews: Samurai in 100 Objects - reviewed by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Reviews: The Knights Hospitaller - reviewed by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Reviews: The Mongol Art of War - reviewed by Mick Hession
  • Slingshot Reviews: Warfare in Medieval Europe c.400-c.1453 - reviewed by Anthony Clipsom
  • Slingshot Reviews: Northampton 1460 board game - reviewed by Mick Hession
  • Slingshot Reviews: Offa and the Mercian Wars - reviewed by Martin Smith

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Slingshot 317, March/April 2018

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  • Editorial
  • Guardroom
  • Epikampios: A Tactical Formation at Paraitacene  - by Richard Taylor
  • Ruspina with l’Art de la Guerre - by Chris Hahn
  • Holiday in Cambodia, Part 2 - by Nicholas Spratt
  • Society of Ancients Conference 2017 - by Will Whyler
  • Arthur and the Sarmatians - by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Kadesh using DBA - by Will Whyler
  • Biblical Texts for Wargame Research - by Alistair McBeath
  • The Lancegay : a Serious Weapon of War? - by Anthony Clipsom
  • Slingshot Reviews: A Wargamer’s Guide to the Early Roman Empire - reviewed by Timothy Myall

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Slingshot 316, January/February 2018

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  • Editorial
  • Guardroom
  • Paraetacene Battle Pack – by Richard Lockwood
  • Paraetacene with l’Art de la Guerre – by Chris Hahn
  • Holiday in Cambodia Part 1 – by Nicholas Spratt
  • The Battle of Chalons – by Justin Swanton
  • Wargaming Belisarius vs the Vandals – by Simon MacDowell
  • Slingshot Reviews: Scipio Africanus – Greater than Napoleon – reviewed by Duncan Head
  • Slingshot Reviews: Pyrrhus of Epirus – reviewed by Timothy Myall
  • Slingshot Reviews: God’s Wolf – reviewed by Nick Harbud

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Slingshot 318, May/June 2018

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  • Battle Day 2018  - by Richard Lockwood
  • Paraitakene Using Warrior - by Dave Beatty
  • Wargaming the Wings: Eumenes’ Right - by Chris Hahn
  • Wargaming the Wings: Eumenes’ Left - by Chris Hahn
  • Not-so-simple Campaigning with Greeks - by David Kay
  • Real Spartans with Armati - by Matthew Bennett
  • Arsuf with Commands & Colours - by Harry Ryder
  • Kinging it in Ulster - Part 1 - by Mick Hession
  • Tarrington Tourney DBA Scramble - by Martin Smith

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Slingshot 319, July/August 2018

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  • Kinging it in Ulster - Part 2 - ?? ???? ???????
  • Tackling Telamon with l’Art de la Guerre - ?? ????? ????
  • War elephants - ?? ??????? ????????
  • Paraetacene Writ Large with DBMM - ?? ?????? ????
  • Becoming an Ancients Wargamer - ?? ????? ?????
  • The Sack of Chang’an - Part 1 - ?? ???????? ??????
  • Origins of the Macedonian Infantry - ?? ?????? ????
  • Slingshot Reviews

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Slingshot 320, September/October 2018

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  • Guardroom
  • The Sack of Chang’an - Part 2 - ?? ???????? ??????
  • Paraitakene with Commands & Colours - ?? ????? ?????
  • Paraitakene with Tactica 2 - ?? ????? ??????
  • The Apogee of the Athenian Fleet - ?? ???????? ???????????
  • Wargaming War Wagons - ?? ????? ????
  • Building the Lykian Hoplites - ?? ?????? ????
  • How Hard does a Horse Hit? - ?? ?????? ???????
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Slingshot 321, November/December 2018

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  • Guardroom
  • Procopian Warfare - by Roy Boss
  • A Different Take on Taginae - by Chris Hahn
  • Fun Fighting Fives in Falkirk - by David Knight
  • Argentoratum, AD 357 - by Patrick Waterson
  • The Society Championship Needs You - by Denis Grey
  • Slingshot Figures Reviews
  • Slingshot Book and Game Reviews

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Slingshot 322, January/February 2019

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  • Editorial
  • Guardroom
  • The Telamon Battle 225BC Battle Pack
  • The Campaign and Battle of Telamon
  • The Society’s UK DBA League
  • 54mm - the Figure Scale of the Gods!
  • Messing About in Boats
  • Atilius, Aemilius and a Lot of Gauls
  • The Cham Army
  • Slingshot Figure Reviews
  • Slingshot Book and Game Reviews

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Slingshot 323, March/April 2019

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  • The Battle of Thapsus - by Aaron Bell
  • 6mm Accessories with 3D Printing - by David Kay
  • Over by Vespers: a Mediaeval Scenario Game - by Anthony Clipsom
  • The Battle of the Kalka River - by Periklis Deligiannis
  • Inventing Early Bronze Age Scenarios - by Steven Neate
  • Arausio Refought with DBA - by Andy Offen
  • The Long, the Short and the Flat: the Origin of the Longbow - by Anthony Clipsom
  • Slingshot Figure Reviews: 15mm early Imperial Roman Equites Auxiliares - by Mark Grindlay
  • Slingshot Figure Reviews: 28mm Viking Age Scots - by Thane Maxwell
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Roman Heavy Cavalry (1) - by Duncan Head
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Ptolemy I Soter, a Self-made Man - by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Pandemic, Fall of Rome - by Gavin Pearson

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Slingshot 324, May/June 2019

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  • Guardroom
  • DBA3 - Improving the Simulation - by Joe Collins
  • Coals to Newcastle: Playing Welsh DBA Lists in Wales - by Martin Smith
  • The Early Japanese Army: Reexamining the DBA 3.0 Army Lists - by Nicholas Spratt
  • Battle Day Reports - by Roy Boss and Duncan Head
  • Simple Campaign for Danelaw Britain: A Solo or Programmed Campaign for DBA 3, Part II - by Paul Stein
  • The Battle of Montgisard, 1177AD - by Nicholas Harbud
  • Slingshot Figure Reviews:
    • Baueda 40x40mm Isolated Tower
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews:
    • Two Handed Sword: History, Design and Use - reviewed by Anthony Clipsom
    • Antipater's Dynasty: Alexander the Great's Regent and his Successors - reviewed by Duncan Head
    • Roman Legionaries: Soldiers of Empire - reviewed by Aaron Bell
    • With Alexander in India & Central Asia: Moving East & Back to West - reviewed by Andreas Johansson

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Slingshot 325, July/August 2019

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  • ??????? ?? ???? ???? ???? - ?? ??? ?????????
  • ??????????! - ?? ??????? ???????
  • ??? ? ??? ???? ?????: ??? ?????? ?? ??? ??????? ??????? ?? ????????? - ?? ??????? ???????
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  • ?????????? ?????????’? ???? - ?? ????? ???????
  • ???????? ??? ?????? ???????? - ?? ?????? ????
  • ??? ???????????? ???? ????????? - ?? ?????? ???????
  • ????????? ???? & ???? ???????

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Slingshot 326, September/October 2019

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  • Editorial
  • Guardroom
  • The Campaigns of Kwanggaeto the Great - by Nicholas Spratt
  • Paraitakene in California Times Three - by William Butler
  • Setting up a Painting Station - by Mark Grindlay
  • Gerald the Great on Battleaxe Hill: Part 1 - by Mick Hession
  • Rue the Day - by Anthony Clipsom
  • Revenge of the Scythians - by Chris Hahn

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Slingshot 327, November/December 2019

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  • Guardroom
  • Gerald the Great on Battleaxe Hill: Part 2 - by Mick Hession
  • Wargaming Knockdoe - by Mick Hession
  • When the Going Gets Tough - by David Kay
  • Paraitakene with Big Battle DBA - by Paul Murgatroyd
  • The Chronicles of the Teutonic Knights - by Paul Stein
  • Carthage vs Rome with Hail Caesar - by Steven Neate
  • The Continuing Story of DBM - by John Graham-Leigh
  • The Play’s the Thing - by Gordon Lawrence
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: The Last Years of the Teutonic Knights - by Andreas Johansson
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: The Great Illyrian Revolt - by Duncan Head
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Roman Legionaries: Soldiers of Empire - by Aaron Bell
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Ancient Dynasties: The Families that Ruled the Classical  World, circa 1000 BC to AD 750 - by Andreas Johansson

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Slingshot 328, January/February 2020

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  • Committee Report - by Roy Boss
  • A Wargaming Rant - by Simon Watson
  • From the Ground Up - by Chris Hahn
  • The Field of Cynoscephalae: Battlefield Archaeology using Google Maps - by Richard Taylor
  • Chances Are - by Nick Harbud
  • Early Mediaeval Picts - by Hugh Coleman
  • Wargaming My Way - by Gordon Lawrence
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece: A Guide to their History, Topography and Archaeology - by Richard Taylor
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Armies of Celtic Europe, 700 BC-AD 106: History, Organization & Equipment - by Duncan Head
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: The Pope’s Army. The Papacy in Diplomacy and War - by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: The reign of Emperor Gallienus. The Apogee of Roman Cavalry - by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: Lost Legion Rediscovered. The mystery of the Theban Legion - by Jim Webster
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews: The Battle of Edgcote 1469 - by John Curry

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Slingshot 329, March/April 2020

Editorial - In Memoriam Patrick Waterson

Guardroom

Bosworth Field 1485 Battle Pack - by Richard Lockwood

Bosworth Field is one of the most significant battles in English history, yet some details of the engagement are frustratingly unclear, even to the location of the battlefield—until recently. Richard Lockwood gives the findings of contemporary research.

The French at Bosworth - by Duncan Head

The French contingent at Bosworth was an important part of Henry’s army, but how large was it and how was it equipped? Duncan trawls through the sources to give a nuanced picture of mixed-arms infantry that were the beginnings of a French standing army.

Tactica II - A Personal Perspective - by Simon Watson

For Simon Watson, Tactica II strikes the ideal balance between ease of play, historical feel, the player’s decision-making, aesthetics, and the richness of troop diversity.

Providing Your Warhorses - by Jim Webster

Heavy cavalry has always been expensive, but Jim Webster shows just how expensive it was for the Frankish kingdom to raise good quality warhorses.

Numbers in Some Roman Battles - by Julian Lorriman

The standard wisdom is that Gallic armies consisted of vast numbers of warriors. But reading between the lines in the sources, Julian Lorriman comes up with a different picture.

Trouble in Paradise - by David Beatty

A good bout of bloody warfare in the peaceful islands of Hawaii where visitors in the 15th century were more likely to be met with spears than wreaths.

In One Side, Out the Other - by Chris Hahn

Interpenetration—one unit passing through another—in most wargaming rules is limited to psiloi and sometimes light horse. But in the past other troop types possessed this ability. Chris Hahn examines the evidence to see which ruleset best replicates the historical record.

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Slingshot 330, May/June 2020

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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 331, July/August 2020

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News and views

Honour and Loss

Phil Sabin recounts his long and stimulating acquaintaince with Patrick Waterson that spanned 15 years and was the occasion of many fruitful discussions and debates.

Sumerian Military Camel Riders

Simon Watson takes a closer look at the standard assumption that camels were used in armies only from about 1000 BC and produces arguments for their being used by the Sumerians domestically and hence probably in a military context a millennium and a half earlier.

What a Wheelie

Chariots anyone? Here is an overview of a skirmish-level game that covers every aspect of the troop type that dominated warfare in the Fertile Crescent for millennia. And the rulest itself is downloadable for free!

In the Lab with Legions 

How does one model the triplex acies legion on the gaming table? Chris Hahn sifts through Tactica II, Armati, Hail Caesar, Impetus and l'Art de la Guerre to ascertain which ruleset best replicates the iconic formation that created the Roman Empire.

Making 15mm Siena Military Companies

Siennese Contrade make for an interesting army list, comprising militia spearmen, pavesari, crossbowmen, javelinmen, archers and knights—and not forgetting the carroccio. Richard Lockwood describes how he created an army that is as pretty as it is authentic.

Refighting Cannae

As every wargamer knows, Cannae is one of the toughest battles to recreate on the wargaming table in a way that even remotely replicates history. Using l'Art de la Guerre, Dan Hazelwood sets up a game scenario that promises not only historicity but also balanced gameplay.

Aquae Sextiae with DBA

Using Big Battle DBA, Andy Offen manages to recreate an historical outcome between Marius's legions and their historical enemies, the Teutones and Ambrones, though the question of whether Marian Romans were better than Polybian Romans is still to be answered.

Slingshot Book & Game Reviews

  • The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
  • Hoplites: the classical Greek Battle Experience
  • Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities
  • A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite at War
  • Reinstating the Hoplite: Arms, Armour and Phalanx Fighting in Archaic and Classical Greece
  • Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece
  • Hoplites at War: a Comprehensive Analysis of Heavy Infantry Combat in the Greek World, 750-100 BCE
  • Armies of the Hellenistic States 323BC – AD30, History, Organisation and Equipment.
  • The Ancient War Game
  • Carthage’s Other Wars: Carthaginian warfare outside the ‘Punic Wars’ with Rome
  • The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

 

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Slingshot 332, September/October 2020

Guardroom

News and views

Every Man's Hand

by Matthew Bennett and Roy Boss

Garamantes

by Jim Webster

Going Back to Gaugamela

by Chris Hahn

The Sound of Battle

by Anthony Clipsom

An Armati List for Cyrus the Great

by Rodger Williams

Counting the Enemy

by John Hastings

Telamon in Anaheim

by Andrew Gledhill

T’angoed!

by Nicholas Harbud

Warfare in Antiquity Conference

by Rodger Williams

Slingshot Figure Reviews

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Slingshot 333, November/December 2020

 

Over the Top

Nick Harbud analyses the last battle of the Hundred Years War, at the very end of the Society’s historical period, and discusses how to game it with some popular rulesets.

Does Armour Matter

by Mark Wilson.  Armour is important, obviously, but just how useful were the different pieces of armour as fighting men with more means were better encased? Do rulesets accurately represent this? And do they accurately represent anything about warfare at all? And should they? And...

Once more into the Breach

by Ray Briggs.  Wargamers, naturally, cannot help themselves when it comes to not liking everything about their favourite ruleset. And fixing it. And turning it into a new ruleset.

Seleucid Elephants in 150BC

The Seleucids are commonly believed to have had no elephants between 162BC and 145BC. Jim Webster brings forward evidence that this was not the case and suggests tweaks to DBMM army lists for the Seleucid Empire that could be adapted to other rulesets.

Absent Generals

Creating an authentic fog of war joined to an equally authentic command structure has always been a big problem for wargamers. David Kay comes up with a creative solution, producing a trial scenario that got a thumbs up from his playtesters.

Characene

Characene, as a distinct and sometimes independent political entity, existed for three and a half centuries and was an important regional power. Jim Webster suggests some amendments to army lists that better reflect its capabilities, especially its naval strength.

How to Use Elephants in Tactica 2

Before Xanthippus used them as a steamroller at Bagradas, elephants were usually deployed by Indians and later by the Successor States as an infantry screen. Simon Watson looks at why this was so, using Tactica 2 to demonstrate the efficacity of the elephant screen. 

 

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The Roman Army Medical Service - by Dr Nick Summerton
Just how good were Roman military medics at treating the sometimes horrific wounds suffered by their fellow-soldiers, as well as the many diseases and ailments common at that time? Dr Summerton examines the evidence and concludes that they were not bad at all.

Bosworth with Bloody Barons - by Mark Wilson
Designed for the Wars of the Roses, Bloody Barons makes for an interesting recreation of Bosworth in which the setup rules create a different scenario each time, with different problems to solve, requiring cunning deployment, good timing, and a healthy dose of luck!

The Teutonic Order in the 13 Years’ War - by Andreas Johansson
After the disastrous battle of Tannenberg in 1410, the army of the Teutonics Knights was a very different animal from what it had been before, now consisting largely of mercenaries with very few actual Knights, but still good enough to hold off its enemies for more than a decade.

Norman Tactics - by Matthew Bennett
Why Norman troops of the 11th century were so effective across Europe has usually been attributed to the impetuous charge of their heavy cavalry. In fact, the knights were disciplined and tactically aware and part of a combined arms system with infantry spearmen and a range of missile types.

The Tertii and the Quadii - by Mark Wilson
These famous tribal troop-types have dominated the wargaming table for ages, persisting in rulesets up to the present even though the sources indicate they never actually existed.

An Archer’s Tale - by Anthony Clipsom
How is the appearance of a miniatures figure determined and what kind of research goes into deciding how he is clothed and armed? Anthony Clipsom uses an Agincourt archer as an example of how a foundry gets a figure right and (in some particulars) wrong.

The Great Revolt of the Egyptians - by Jim Webster
After the battle of Raphia in 217BC, native Egyptian soldiers in the Ptolemaic army revolted against Ptolemy Philopator, seizing the territory around Thebes. Jim Webster looks at the revolt and the kind of armies they and the Ptolemies were able to raise against each other.

Slingshot Interviews Rick Priestly - by Gordon Garrod
Everyone knows Rick Priestly wrote the rules for Warhammer, but here we get a reminder that he also created Black Powder and Hail Caesar. He answers interesting questions such as how to resolve the eternal dilemma of historicity vs playability in historical gaming.

Arabs vs Byzantines - by Ray Briggs
Breach and Scutcheon (Slingshot 333) delivers in this game between two historical opponents, where the battle sways one way and then the next, and the outcome remains uncertain until the dramatic finale.

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Slingshot 334, January/February 2021

Contents:

  • Guardroom
  • Sea Eagles of Empire - by Simon Elliott
  • T’ang Fastic Outpost - by Steven Bowns
  • Arthurian Campaign - by Martin Smith
  • The Gothic Wagon Laager at Adrianople - by Jens Peter Kutz
  • Roman Tactical Acumen at Cannae - by Justin Swanton
  • Placing Table Terrain for Double DBA3 - by Neville Dickenson
  • Slingshot Book & Game Reviews

 

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Guardroom

Extras about archers and some corrections about Teutons. Oh! and actual details about the Battle Day. No, really.

Roman Britain’s Lost IXth Legion - by Dr Simon Elliot

So what really happened to the Ninth? Simon Elliot puts forward four plausible hypotheses: the legion was lost in Scotland; it was annihilated/disbanded in a London revolt; it was destroyed on the Rhine or in the east. He examines the evidence and one hypothesis emerges as most likely...

When the Rules Don’t Work - Wargaming Hoplite Battles With Hail Caesar - by Gordon Lawrence

Historical inaccuracy is the eternal bugbear of rulesets and Gordon Lawrence digs up quite a few of them in Hail Caesar, such as fixed unit sizes, Greek hoplite support lines, different parts of a phalanx moving at different speeds, and so on. Answer? A little rules tinkering...

The Morale of the Armies at Cannae - by Andrew Parrock

Everyone knows that morale is one of the most important elements in an army, but what exactly morale is and how it affects the different aspects of a unit’s cohesion and fighting ability is something that needs a closer look. Andrew Parrock does some close looking.

Computer Wargaming - by David Mason

Covid lockdowns have curtailed over-the-table wargaming to a great extent, with the result that internet gaming has become much more significant. David Mason examines computer wargaming and reviews the more popular Ancients and Mediaeval PC games.

A Quick Trawl of the Net - by Retiarius

Retiarus helps fellow lockdownees find a couple of the more useful websites that deal with pre-gunpowder wargaming, with the promise of more to come.

Timoleon Brings the Thunder - by Chris Hahn

Chris Hahn takes a close look at the Battle of Crimisus from the historical perspective in order to fine-tune the composition of the armies of Carthage and Timoleon as well as devise scenario-specific rules for the battle, to be played with l’Art de la Guerre.

The Second Punic War in the Classroom - by Dr Max Nelson

One good way to motivate students to study military history is get them to play it. Dr Nelson tries Professor Sabin’s Second Punic War simulation on his own class, with great success.

Test of Resolve - Wars of the Roses - by David Knight

Test of Resolve - Wars of the Roses is a newly-released ruleset designed specifically for that era, with careful attention paid to historical accuracy as well as playability.

Wargaming through Lockdown - by Gordon Garrad

Quite a few Ancients and Mediaeval wargamers have taken to using video conferencing software like Skype, Facetime and Zoom to play games. How does it work? Gordon Garrad describes how.

The Sui-Eet Chinese Range - by Steve Neate

Outpost Wargames and Essex Miniatures have a very impressive range of 15mm figures for the Sui and Tang Chinese dynasties, as the photos supplied by Steve Neate demonstrate.

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Slingshot 337, July/August 2021

Editorial

The view from the editor's chair including thanks to those who responded to his pleas for articles to replenish the stock and a reminder about the wealth of interesting material that originates in that other source of erudite debate, the Society Forum (check it out).

Guardroom

Stephen Brennan serves up some fascinating material about late medieval Hebridean mercenaries as a useful extension to that provided by Anthony Clipsom in his recent article, "An Archer’s Tale".

The Rise and Fall of Nomad Military Power, part 1 c. 1000 BC - 1200 AD - by Michael Fredholm von Essen

Asiatic nomad armies created some of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Michael Fredholm von Essen analyses the nomad strategy that eventually transformed them from tribal federations content with opportunistic raiding into empire builders.

Solo Wargaming - by John Hastings

Given the scattered nature of the Ancients wargaming community, plenty of wargamers have no choice but to adopt schizophrenia as a recreational modus operandi and play against themselves. John Hastings discusses how it is done.

Slingshot interviews Simon Hall - by Gordon Garrad

Mortem et Gloriam has become a very popular ruleset in the Ancients community. Slingshot interviews its creator, Simon Hall, and asks him about his wargaming background, rules writing career, his experience with MeG, his futures plans, the meaning of life, and so on...

The Philistines are upon you - by Richard Andrews

Heavily-equipped but unwieldy Philistines vs. lightly-armed but agile Jews is a classic gaming setup where terrain makes all the difference. Richard Andrews analyses the historical composition of the two armies and how it applies to the wargaming table.

Game Mechanics and Realism - by Anthony Clipsom

Everyone knows that realism and playability are at odds with each other. But is that really the case? Anthony Clipsom makes the argument that you can have your cake and eat it, with sufficiently plausible realism happily wedded to enjoyable gameplay.


The Murder of Evesham - by John Graham-Leigh

Evesham ended the hopes of Simon de Montfort’s supporters (and the life of de Montfort himself). John Graham-Leigh plays a refight of the battle using DBM, with a convincing result.

Assyrian 'Kallapani' - by Daniel McLaughlin

Kallapani have been a standard part of Assyrian army lists but with highly variable properties. Daniel McLaughlin examines the evidence to see if we can know anything certain about them.

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Including reviews of: 

  • Commands & Colors Samurai Battles by game designer: Richard Borg
  • Hellenistic and Roman Naval Warfare, 336BC-31BC by John D. Graingerenn.

 

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Slingshot 301, July/August 2015

 

Containing articles on

  • An Amazing 50 Years
  • Battle Day Reports – Hydaspes 326 BC
    • with Armati
    • with DBMM
    • with Field of Glory
    • with Sword & Spear
    • with Scutarii
    • with Command & Colors Ancients
    • with Lost Battles
  • Another Battle of Thermopylae
  • Slingshot Book & Figure Reviews
  • A Digital Slingshot

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Slingshot 300, May/June 2015

 

Containing articles on:

  • The Empire is Dead, Long Live the Army (2), by Justin Swanton
  • Visiting Warwick Castle, by Peter Barham
  • Agricola Against the Ordovices (2): Agricola’s Campaign, by John Hastings
  • Glasgow Armati, by Mark Grindley, John Bradley & Vincent Auger
  • Mesopotamian Warfare Notelet (8): Warriors of Ebla, by Alastair McBeath
  • ‘Alf a League Onwards, by David Kay
  • Authors’ Forum, by Aaron Bell
  • Three Against One: Modelling Metaurus, by Chris Hahn
  • Impetus in Buenos Aires, by Jorge Chehede
  • Living Memory, by John Hastings
  • Stories from the Jungle, by Mark Fry

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Slingshot 299, March/April 2015

 

Containing articles on:

  • The Thessalian Cavalry, by Robert Heiligers
  • Killing Elephants and Frightening Horse, by Phil Barker
  • Mesopotamian Warfare Notelet (7): Warriors of Kish, by Alastair McBeath
  • Agricola Against the Ordovices (1): Setting Up the Campaign, by John Hastings
  • Destrier Rides Again!, by Matthew Bennett
  • Expedition to Srivijaya, by Nicholas Spratt
  • Visiting Berkeley Castle, by Peter Barham
  • Tarrington Tourney DBA 2014, by Martin Smith
  • Of Horse Archers and Their Bases, by David Kay
  • The Empire is Dead, Long Live the Army (1), by Justin Swanton

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Slingshot 298, January/February 2015

 

46 pages, including articles on:

  • Hydaspes Battle Pack, by Richard Lockwood
  • The Society of Ancients Championship, by John Graham-Leigh & Martin Smith
  • Command & Colors on the Tabletop (3), by Steven Neate
  • Mesopotamian Warfare Notelet (6): Three Mysteries of the East, by Alastair McBeath
  • New Works on Early Byzantine History, by Jim Sye
  • Virtual Triremes, by Richard Taylor
  • Visiting Skipton & Corfe Castles, by Peter Barham
  • Behind the Curve – Archery in Wargames, by Nick Harbud
  • The Battle of Dunnichen 685 using Dux Bellorum, by Steven Neate
  • Light Infantry in the Ranks of Cavalry, by John Hogan
  • Follow That Leader, by David Kay
  • The China Game, by Mike Haran

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Slingshot 295, July/August 2014

46 pages, containing articles on:

  • A Siege in the Desert, by Nicholas Spratt
  • All at Sea – A Viking Ship from a Toy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • America’s Greek Connection, by Mike Haran
  • Visiting Old Sarum, by Peter Barham
  • War, Games and Wargames (3), by Richard Taylor
  • The Crosby Garrett Helmet, by Stephen Ede-Borrett
  • Book Reviews, by Mick Hession, Karl Heinz Ranitzsch, Duncan Head & Luke Ueda-Sarson
  • Mesopotamian Notelets (5), by Alastair McBeath
  • Magnesia: Modified and Muddied, by Chris Hahn
  • The Stuttgart Psalter, by Roy Boss
  • 1166 And All That (3) - King Henry, by Mick Hession
  • Hands in the Sea – An Interview with the Designer, by Aaron Bell

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