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.
Slingshot, 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.
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 http://www.soa.org.uk/.
Slingshot, 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.