Society of Ancients – Slingshot


Society of Ancients members can stop reading now 😆

One of my favourite reads every two months is Slingshot. This is the journal of the Society of Ancients, based in the UK. The Society is a collection of wargamers, historians (military and otherwise) whose common interest is ancient military history and playing games with small soldiers (or similar).

Over the last couple of years the journal has changed its shape and the cover to the left here is the current iteration of the journal. It is now printed with a soft cover and colour throughout, with more colour illustrations to illustrate articles (we do live in a colourful world after all).

The journal now looks and feels more like a magazine than it has ever felt and whilst it avoids a look that is “slick” it does feel good reading through it.

The contents this month consist of the usual sections – editorial, guardroom (that’s the letters to the editor – some people still do write them), figure reviews and book reviews. In addition this month there are articles on the Seventh Crusade, the Role of the Mast of Dragons (Later Romans), a continuation of East Roman Cavalry Warfare and Tactics c. 410-641 as well as some specifically wargaming topics, such as the report from the 2011 Victorian Field of Glory Championship and perhaps my favourite article this month, the Ruleset Round Table where the authors of a number of wargaming rules were asked the same questions. Some interesting reading indeed in there.

One thing I was pleased to see was William Shepherd’s Plataea receiving a very high accolade from a reviewer, an accolade I agreed with when I wrote Plataea 479 BC – Part 2.

If you are not a member of the Society of Ancients but you have an interest in Ancient Wargaming or Ancient Military History, then I suggest you head over to their website – it is not expensive for a year’s subscription and worth every cent.

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