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.

A PDF index of Slingshot, covering all issues from 1965 to 2020, is available from our Downloads page.

 Fifty Five Years of Slingshot, 1965-2020

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 293, March/April 2014

 

46 pages, containing articles on:

  • Society Battle Day 2015 - The Hydaspes 326 BC
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula – the Start of the Reconquista
  • Command and Colours Using Figures on the Tabletop
  • Mesopotamian Notelets – Gudea’s Plan
  • The Age of Augustus
  • 1166 And All That - King Dermot
  • Armati 101 – Hints and Tips
  • Society UK DBA League 2012-2013
  • Slingshot Game Review - Pax Romana
  • Slingshot Book Review – Conquer and Govern
  • Negative PIPs

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Slingshot 292, January/February 2014

46 pages, containing articles on:

  • The Age of Augustus (Part 1), by Paul Burton
  • Mesopotamian Notelets (2), by Alastair McBeath
  • Tinkering with Byzantines, by Perry Gray
  • Battle of Towton, by John Graham-Leigh
  • The Proto-Manipular Legion, by Rodger Williams & Patrick Waterson
  • Reconstructing the English Formation at Crécy, by Anthony Clipsom
  • What Happened to the Velites? by John Hogan
  • The Trojan War Moved! by Patrick Waterson
  • Rome’s (Not Quite) Last Battle, by Justin Swanton & Patrick Waterson

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Slingshot 291, November/December 2013

46 pages, containing articles on:

  • Byzantine Armies – A Quick Summary by Perry Gray
  • The New Cavalry Formations of the Sylloge Tacticorum, AD 904 by Ilkka Syvanne
  • Depiction of Horse Archers by Perry Gray
  • The Battle of Melitene AD 576 by Ilkka Syvanne
  • Battle Reports and Wargaming Analysis By Perry Gray
  • Anglo-Norman Army: 1066-1181 by David Blanchard
  • The Alexander Sarcophagus by Roy Boss & Patrick Waterson

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Slingshot 290, September/October 2013

46 pages, containing articles on:

  • Ruspina 46BC, Reconstructing a battle the Lost Battles way, by Gavin Pearson
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsular from 400 to 1100AD (Part 6), by Robert Heiligers
  • From Bastard to the Conqueror, by Gordon Lawrence
  • The Campaign and Battle of the Sambre in 57BC, by Ilkka Syvanne
  • Army Selection and Gaming Style, by Perry Gray
  • Chinese Dynastic Colours, by Duncan Head
  • The Battle of Montaperti 1260 AD - Battle Pack, by Richard Lockwood

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Slingshot 289, July/August 2013

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Rome's Last War, by Justin Swanton
  • The Roman Army in the 5th Century AD, by Simon MacDowall
  • Arming the Late Roman Soldier, by Perry Gray
  • An Introduction to Battle Day 2014, by Richard Lockwood

There are also ten Battle Day Reports on Chalons with:

  • - Piquet Archon 2, by Adam Hayes
  • - DBA/DBMM, by Martyn Simpson
  • - Warmaster Ancients, by Jeremy Giles
  • - Comitatus, by Simon MacDowall
  • - De Bellis Antiquitatus, by Sue Laflin-Barker & Paul Glover
  • - DBMM, by Toby Partridge
  • - Epic Armati, by Mark Fry
  • - King of Kings, by Keir Maxwell
  • - Impetus, by Mike Brian

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Slingshot 288, May/June 2013

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings and Arrows, by Perry Gray.
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsular from 400 to 1100AD, by Robert Heiligers.
  • St Albans, 17th February 1461, by John Graham Leigh.
  • Transjordanian Tales, Part 5, by Alistair McBeath.
  • The Roman Republic Against the Italian Gauls, by Julian Lorriman.
  • Gauls and Romans Scenario, by Mark Wilson.
  • The Calamitous Fourteenth Century, by John Graham Leigh.
  • Tablets of Stone, by Nick Harbud.
  • Book and Figure Reviews, by Duncan Head and David Edwards. 

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Slingshot 287, March/April 2013

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • Guardroom
  • In Search of the Iphikratean Peltast/Hoplite, by Jim Webster
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100AD, Part 3: Enter the Moors, by Robert Heiligers
  • Transjordanian Tales, Part 4: Three Great Kings and a Pharaoh, by Alastair McBeath
  • The Western Mediterranean Way of Warfare Debates, Part 2.1: Way of Warfare,  by Roy Boss & Mark Grindlay
  • War, Games and Wargames: Part 2, by Richard Taylor
  • Galatians on the March! … at the Victorian 2012 Field of Glory Competition by Steven Neate
  • The Sussex Cup 2013: A DBA Tournament Report, by Richard Pulley
  • Reviews, by Steven Neate & Gordon Lawrence

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Slingshot 286, January/February 2013

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • Bill Thurlow in Memoriam
  • Championship 2012 report
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100AD, Part 3: Visigothic Society, by Robert Heiligers
  • Transjordanian Tales, Part 3: In Dread of Judges, by Alastair McBeath
  • The Western Mediterranean Way of Warfare Debates, Part 1.2: The Western Mediterranean, continued, by Roy Boss & Mark Grindlay
  • Et Tu Brutii, by Nick Harbud
  • War, Games and Wargames: Part 1, by Richard Taylor
  • Turkish Travels at Westbury Wars 2012, by Gavin Pearson
  • The English DBA Open, 2012, by Martin Smith
  • Reviews, by Dave Gee, Duncan Head & Anthony Clipsom

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Slingshot 285, November/December 2012

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • Guardroom
  • The Huns at Châlons: A debate between Roy Boss and Simon MacDowall
  • Horses, Spears and Trenches: The Battle of Loudoun Hill, 10 May 1307, by Anthony Clipsom
  • Transjordanian Tales Part 2: Moses in the Land of the Giants, by Alastair McBeath
  • The Western Mediterranean Way of Warfare Debates, Part One: The Western Mediterranean, by Roy Boss & Mark Grindlay
  • Coming to Dublin with Hostility, by Mick Hession
  • Götterdämmerung – DBM Battle Report, by Justin Swanton
  • Teutonic Indigestion, by Mark Fry
  • Fulford Gate 1066 – Hardrada’s last victory, by Jonathan Jones
  • Battle Line Morale in “Day of Battle – the Middle Ages”, by Chris Parker
  • Game & Figure Reviews, by Richard Lockwood, David Edwards & Mark Watson
  • Quick Armies, by Douglas Gold

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Slingshot 284, September/October 2012

52 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • Guardroom
  • How many dead?, by Andrew Hobley
  • The Wrong Procopius, by Jim Sye
  • The Battle of Clontarf, by Mick Hession
  • Catalan Fleet, Sicilian Vespers, by Jim Webster
  • Transjordanian Tales, Part One: Ramesses Attacks!, by Alastair McBeath
  • DBA Tournament Reports, by Martin Smith
  • I Come to Praise Warmaster … , by Justin Taylor
  • Wargames Competitions Made Simple, by Ray Briggs
  • Adapting the Day of Battle Command System to Command & Colors Games, by Chris Parker
  • Game & Figure Reviews, by Christopher Kay, John Curry, Fred Cartwright, Dave Gee & David Edwards
  • Book Reviews, by John Walsh, Dave Gee, Duncan Head, Anthony Clipsom & John Hastings

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Slingshot 283, July/August 2012

48 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • After Hannibal, by Julian Lorriman
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100AD – Part 2: The Visigoths in Iberia, by Robert Heiligers
  • Numidian Armies, by Jim Webster
  • Plataea 479BC: Introduction, by Richard Lockwood
  • Battle Day 2012 Gallery
  • Modelling the Field of Plataea for Warmaster Ancients, by Ross Bigley
  • Plataea with Warmaster Ancients., by Jeremy Giles
  • Plataea With Armati, by Will Whyler
  • Plataea With Command & Colors: Ancients, by Mark Richards
  • Plataea With DBMM, by Toby Partridge
  • Plataea with Lost Battles by Philip Sabin
  • Plataea with Warlord & War and Conquest, by Trevor Halsall & Rob Broom
  • Plataea with Tony Bath’s Peltast & Pila, by Daivid Barnsdale
  • Painting an Etruscan Hoplite, by Jamie Welling

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Slingshot 282, May/June 2012

48 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • The Butcher’s Dog, by Edward Harvey
  • Carthaginian Citizens in Arms, by Jim Webster
  • A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100AD – Part 1: Prelude, by Robert Heiligers
  • The Role of the Master of Dragons , Part 2, by Jim Sye
  • Scramble - A Tale of Two Tournaments, by Martin Myers
  • DBA Competition Reports, by Martin Smith & Richard Pulley
  • Kadesh with Command & Colors: Ancients, by Andrew Lawrence
  • Very Very Little Wars: Experiments in wargaming with 6mm figures, hexagons and a spreadsheet, by David Kay
  • Exercitus: A Personal Rules Solution for Legion verses Phalanx, by Adrian Nayler
  • Book Review, Warfare in the Medieval World, Reviewed by Anthony Clipsom
  • Book Reviews, by Mark Watson

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Slingshot 281, March/April 2012

48 pages, containing articles on:

  • Editorial: Slings & Arrows
  • Guardroom
  • The Seventh Crusade, by Keith Hawkesford
  • The Role of the Master of Dragons (Part 1), by Jim Sye 
  • East Roman Cavalry Warfare and Tactics, c. 410-641, Part 3, by Ilkka ‘Ike’ Syvänne
  • Ruleset Round Table, Version 2.0, edited by Mark Watson
  • The Third, Fourth and Fifth Dynasties of Ur will Emerge Victorious!: the 2011 Victorian Field of Glory Championship, by Steven Neate
  • Figure Reviews, by Aaron Bell & David Edwards
  • Book Reviews, by Mark Watson

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Slingshot 280, January/February 2012

48 pages, containing articles on:

  • War Elephant, by Patrick Waterson 
  • East Roman Cavalry Warfare and Tactics, c. 410-641 Part 2, by Ilkka ‘Ike’ Syvänne
  • The Golden Age of the Franks (751-843 AD) Part 5, by Robert Heiligers 
  • Sound the Trumpets, by David Edwards 
  • Naval Battles of the Lamian War 323-322 BC, by Rob Brennan 
  • A Moonlit Night at the Ilian Palladium, by Alastair McBeath 
  • Do-It-Yourself Transfers, by Lawrence Greaves 
  • Problems with DBA, by Richard Gill 
  • Where Less is More: Improvements in the Use of Field of Glory, by Steven Neate
  • DBA in New Zealand - Reflections on 2011, by Keith McNelly 
  • The English DBA Open, October 2011, by Martin Smith 
  • ‘On they went with loud shouts...’, Society of Ancients Battle Day 2012: Plataea 479 BC, by Richard Lockwood and Daivid Barnsdale
  • Rules, Book and Game Reviews

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Slingshot 2012 Back Issues

6 back issues, from 280 to 285 inclusive, for £5

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Slingshot 2011 Back Issues

6 back issues, from 274 to 279 inclusive, for £5

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Fifty-Five Years of Slingshot, 1965-2020, on USB - £40

 

 

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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45 Years of Slingshot, 2006-2010, CD Upgrade

 

The 2006-2010 CD is aimed at anyone who has the 40-year Slingshot CD/DVD (from the first beginnings to the end of 2005) and wants the next five years without spending £35 for the 45-year DVD.  The CD itself contains all issues from 2006 to 2010, issues 244 to 273 inclusive.  Choose your issue using a new and eye-catching sliding graphic display of issue covers, and right-click on the cover of your chosen issue to view the contents in a down-scrolling pdf.

 

 

This CD is also the only way - apart from ordering the 45-year DVD - to obtain 2006 and 2009 Slingshot back issues.

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45 Years of Slingshot, 2011-2015, CD Upgrade - £18

 

The 2011-2015 CD is aimed at anyone who has the DVD and/or CD collections of Slingshot up to 2010 and wants the next five years without spending £35 for the Golden Years DVD.  All the issues for the years covered are available in PDF form.

 

 

 

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Additional Material for the Argonautica Articles, by Alistair McBeath

 

This is a downloadable PDF that contains a wealth of additional material by Alistair McBeath for his excellent Argnoautica series of articles in Slingshot.  

It's pretty large (15Mb) so you will need to download it from Cartloom by clicking on the Add To Cart link below (don't worry - it's still free).  

 

 

 

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55 Years of Slingshot, 2016-2020, USB Upgrade - £20

 

The 2016-2020 USB is aimed at anyone who has the DVD and/or CD collections of Slingshot up to 2015 and wants the next five years without spending £40 for the Fifty Five Years USB.  All the issues for the years covered are available in PDF form.

 

 

 

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