PHLPOST — Slingshot July/August Arrives

In one of those bizarre occurrences that has made 2020 a year of, well, bizarre occurrences, PHLPOST managed to deliver my July/August copy of Slingshot to the Makati Office last week, where they had delivered the September/October copy to my home in Angeles City the week before (see PHLPOST comes through — Slingshot Arrives).

To be fair, I guess the backlog being cleared is greater in Metro Manila that here in the province so maybe a bit slower. Still, the important thing is the read, and another cracking read it is.

Topics in it include:

  • Honour and Loss – Phil Sabin recounts his long and stimulating acquaintance with Patrick Waterson
  • Sumerian Military Camel Riders
  • What a Wheelie – Chariots anyone?
  • In the Lab with Legions – How does one model the triplex acies legion on the gaming table?.
  • Making 15mm Siena Military Companies
  • Refighting Cannae
  • Aquae Sextiae with DBA
  • plus the usual Guardroom, book and rules reviews and figure reviews

Just the thing to read on a cold winter’s night here where the temperature has plummeted to 24 degrees Celsius.

PHLPOST comes through — Slingshot Arrives

PHLPOST appears to be rebranding itself from the old to something newer. And given that I moved to Angeles City just over a month ago, and notified the Society of Ancients of my new address just over 2 months ago, it was a happy surprise today when  the September/October issue of Slingshot found its way across the front fence (we don’t really have a letterbox here).

Waiting for a break from the work day to settle in to a good read of this issue. Topics in it include”

  • Every Man’s Hand – a ruleset for historical medieval jousts – the real ones not the Hollywood type
  • Garamantes – a DBMM Army List fine-tuned
  • Going Back to Gaugamela – refighting that battle using l’Art de la Guerre
  • The Sound of Battle – a general’s ability to communicate through sound signals
  • An Armati List for Cyrus the Great
  • Counting the Enemy – how big was the Caledonian army at Mons Graupius?
  • Telamon in Anaheim – Battle of Telemon using DBA rules
  • T’angoed! – the T’ang military machine and a recreation in 15mm
  • Warfare in Antiquity – the King’s College conference from 2019
  • plus the usual Guardroom, book and rules reviews and figure reviews

Plenty of entertaining reading is this issue and kudos to the new look PHLPOST for tracking me down and delivering so quickly. With Slingshot in one hand and a single malt in the other I can well feel that the world is slowly returning to something like normal, at least here in the exotic East!

PhilPost and Slingshot — Back to Work

They might look like plain envelopes to you, but to me they are a few night’s good reading!

PhilPost has re-started clearing its backlog, after the last Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) period in Metro Manila.

I did miss that MECQ as I was away in the provinces. I fact, I arrived in Pampanga in the morning on 2 August 2020. The prez came out in the evening of 2 August and noted a return to MECQ for Metro Manila for at least two weeks.

So, staying in Pampanga won out, see Work in Progress, On the Workbench — Nil, Nada, Nothing … although it was a little expensive and the bank account hemorrhaged for a couple of weeks but the burgers and beers were most relaxing.

Two issues of Slingshot await my return to Makati

I got back to Makati Saturday 22 August after a three week sojourn. BAck in the office Monday to see the last two issues of Slingshot on my desk. They were received into Makati Central Posit office in July. Interestingly, the May/June issue arrived AFTER the July/August issue. I should note that I am still waiting the arrival of the March/April issue.

I guess the backlog of mail and parcels etc is cleared from the bags nearest the door, and they are the ones that come in last.

Mind you, if you have any sort of interest in Ancient Wargaming, or Ancient military history for that matter, I do recommend the Society of Ancients. Slingshot is their journal and it does arrive regularly in the letterbox.

Right, time for a coffee and a little read!


Slingshot 323 – Arrived in Manila

Rather, it arrived in the office today. It arrived in Manila on March 28 then spent until April 4 making its way the 5 kilometres from the airport to Makati where the office is. Still, it is an anticipated read every two months and with postal times, it gives me a wargaming fix between the digital editions of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy turning up.

Also, in perfect timing, it arrived immediately before lunch, so it was sandwiches today, manageable in one hand and no dangling bits flicking chilli sauce everywhere and spotting magazine and shirt. Sandwiches also left one hand free.

So, what is in this read?

The issue starts off with a continued “fiery” discussion of the New Chronology of Egyptian Dynasties as well as the Jebel Barkal temple. Both these discussions have been moved to the SOA forum to keep relevance and stop us all hanging on for two months for the counter-arguments or the gracious folding of a position.

Aaron Bell discusses the Battle of Thapsus between Caesar and the Pompeian forces there led by Scipio and Juba. While a battle I knew of, for some reason I had never really got around to reading about it in detail. Lunch stretched a little past the hour today.

Of particular interest to me is David Kay’s use of 3D printing to produce 6mm accessories. Now that honourable number two son has a 3D printer and is printing Dystoptian War type vessels I may pay more attention that when he is telling me than in the past.

The refighting of the Battle of Arausio with DBA from Andy Offer was also interesting to me.

Of a high interest as well is the item by Periklis Deligiannis in the Battle of the Kalka River. After a fair time living in Mongolia I still have an interest in Mongol goings on. I also have this battle at home in a board game which I have not even punched the counters on. I may get that down off the shelf this weekend – the article is tonight’s post dinner reading.

Also including in Slingshot 323 is:

  • Over by Vespers: a Mediaeval Scenario Game – by Anthony Clipsom
  • Inventing Early Bronze Age Scenarios – by Steven Neate
  • 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

If you are not a member of the Society of Ancients but have an interest in Ancient History and in particular wargaming, the Society’s membership fee is well worth the cost. Recommended.

Slingshot 296 Arrives in Manila

296 CoverThere was a pleasant surprise in the letterbox here Thursday night – Slingshot 296 from the Society of Ancients had arrived. The contents of this edition include: the Macedonian Cavalry Wedge; War, Games and Wargames (4); Destrier Rides Again!; Books and Game Reviews; and Battle Reports from the Society’s Battle Day, on Montaperti, 1261 AD.

That is all! I am now too busy reading!

Slingshot — Issue 290 — Sept-Oct 2013

Slingshot 290 -- Sept-Oct 2013
Slingshot 290 — Sept-Oct 2013
The Society of Ancients is catching up. Slingshot for Sept-Oct 2013 appeared in the letterbox here in Singapore on Monday. I believe that Issue 291 has gone off to the printers already so should arrive shortly completing 2013. It’ll be time for a renewal of membership then and hopefully the 2014 printing schedule will catch up with the passing of the actual months. In this issue, however, are some interesting articles:

  • Ruspne 46 BC — Reconstructing the battle using Lost Battles – Part 2
  • The increasingly long “A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100 AD – Part 6”
  • A piece on the Battle of Hastings
  • The Campaign and Battle of Sambre in 57 BC
  • Army Selection and Gaming Style
  • Chinese Dynastic Colours — a really interesting piece from Duncan Head
  • The Battle of Montaperti 1260 AD — the SOA Battle Pack

The only problem with the issues coming out so quickly at the moment? Instead of savouring the journal I’ll need to read it somewhat more quickly that I had planned.

And Speaking of Slingshot

slingshot_288Issue 288 of Slingshot arrived a couple of days ago. With the changeover of editors and one thing and another it seems to be running a month or two behind schedule as issue 288 is the May/June issue.

I always look forward to the arrival of Slingshot and have for many years now. Not every issue is full of stuff of interest to me but generally there is enough content of interest to keep me, well, looking forward to the arrival of the next issue.

Slingshot is the official organ of the Society of Ancients and concentrates on ancient military history and ancient wargaming. This issue has some interesting reading including:

  • Part 5 of a Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400CE to 1100CE
  • St Albans, 17th February 1461
  • Part 3 of Transjordanian Tales
  • The Roman Republic Against the Italian Gauls
  • Gauls and Romans Scenario
  • The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
  • Tablets of Stone
  • as well as book and wargame figure reviews.

As I mentioned, this is always a good read and well worth the annual membership fee.

Slingshot 287 Mar/Apr 2013

Stacks Image 140Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients, arrived here in Singapore last Friday (I guess still beating delivery times to Canberra). The cover this time represents the Muslim army bypassing Poitiers and marching on to Tours. As in previous issues, the cover art is taken from an Osprey Publishing book.

The always interesting contents of the journal this time include Part 4 of Transjordanian Tales, discussing warfare and wargaming prospects around Moab in Biblical times. There is also some lively discussion in Guardroom, in part about Transjordanian Tales.

Also included this month is an interesting piece from Jim Webster on the Iphikratean Peltast/Hoplite. A Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100AD moves into part 3, discussing the entry of the Moors to the Peninsula (and I just had a sudden flashback to the performance of Shakespeare in the Park here in Singapore which this year was Othello – brilliant production).

Other articles include:

  • 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

Along with figure and book reviews.

This issue also marks the last with Mark Watson as editor. From the next issue the editor will be Perry Gray from North America. As always, as a whole, the journal is always worth a read. It is not only on the top of my still growing pile of reading, it is my lunch reading for today.

Highly recommended.

If you haven’t seen a Slingshot recently or have an interest in ancient warfare and wargames and haven’t seen a Slingshot at all, I can recommend this journal. It is colour throughout and for the £24.00 membership fee ((Note that the cost includes postage – local or international)) (Slingshot is free to members, 6 times a year) it is money well spent. Details are at

Slingshot 286 Jan/Feb 2013

ss286 coverSlingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients, arrived here in Singapore yesterday. A wonderful cover representing the arrival of Hanno the Great to hear the demands of the mutineers during the Libyan War of 240 BCE.

The contents of the journal this time include Part 3 of  “a Short History of the Iberian Peninsula from 400 to 1100 CE”, this part dealing with the Visigoths, a topic of interest to me.

Also included is “The Western Mediterranean Way of Warfare Debates” a lively discussion of the Western Mediterranean. Nick Harbud presents a piece on building an army for a wargame, there is a continuation of a piece called Transjordanian Tales, discussing warfare and wargaming prospects around Moab in Biblical times. This has almost had me reaching for some chariots but no … elephants first!

The rest of the journal is filled with pieces about some wargame competitions and such.

As a whole, the journal is always worth a read and it is inevitably on top of the growing pile of reading next to me here.

If you haven’t seen a Slingshot recently or have an interest in ancient warfare and wargames and haven’t seen a Slingshot at all, I can recommend this journal. It is colour throughout and for the £24.00 membership fee (Slingshot is free to members, 6 times a year) it is money well spent.