Sunday, September 17, 2017

Burning Rome, new Punic Wars card game, now available

A new 2-player tactical card game recreating battles from the Punic wars that play in 15-30 minutes. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the game has 4 factions: Rome, Carthage, Spain and Gaul, and offers historical battles as well as player-created custom scenarios. More here:

https://suntzugames.selz.com/item/59a199e7cca91803cc58c660





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Marvellous find at Hadrian's Wall

A Roman cavalry barracks with pristine artefacts has been unearthed at Vindolanda, the fort at Hadrian's wall that was subsequently built over it. The finds include Roman cavalry swords (one complete with wooden scabbard, hilt and pommel), cavalry lances, arrowheads and ballista bolts - and non-military objects like combs, bath clogs, shoes, stylus pens, hairpins and brooches. More here:
https://www.theguardian.com/…/hadrians-wall-lost-secrets-ro…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Gladiolus now available.


This game of classical single combat is for two players who each have either a gladiator or a wild animal.  Play is challenging and entirely without dice, relying upon a player’s ability to outmanoeuvre and bluff his opponent.  Games are fast, with a typical combat taking 10-15 minutes and an entire multi-combat tournament can be conducted in an evening.
This luxury remake of the Society’s most successful board game includes sturdy, pre-cut counters and no fewer than 140 ready-to-go cards – no cutting and pasting required. 

Suitable for ages 12 upwards.

More information here




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dux Britanniarum ruleset review

A recent review by Skirmish Wargaming of the popular skirmish ruleset released by Too Fat Lardies in 2013:

'At this point Dux Britanniarum is my favourite Dark Age rules set. I like the fact that it is incredibly strongly interwoven with the campaign system and how the campaign rules are very quick and easy to pull off while having all this amazing period flavour built in. It starts pretty low-key with these single raids, but later on the game introduces sieges, as players climb the ladder they have to take care of their land, build great halls and secure the borders, there are spies, speeches, clergy, regicide, cavalry and so on.' Read on.


And a YouTube intro video by Too Fat Lardies here:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Slingshot 312 out shortly

..with the following offerings:
· 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
..and more besides. Stay tuned.



Monday, June 5, 2017

Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior by Osprey

An interesting upcoming book (due in August) by Gareth Williams, curator at the British Museum since 1996, examining the the weaponry, tactics, strategies and underlying military organization of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, especially as revealed in three crucial battles: Ashdown in 871, Maldon in 991, and Stamford Bridge in 1066. Well worth a look. More info here.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Two UK wargaming conventions in June

The first is Phalanx, run by the St Helens Wargaming Society, which takes place on June 17th in Merseyside. It offers a huge range of products and demo games covering all miniatures genres from Ancients to Sci-Fi. More details here.





 The second is Phoenix, put on by the West Coast Gamers group, which kicks off on June 24th at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria. It combines a cross-section of boardgaming and miniatures, including a demo game of the Battle of Dyrrhachium 1081 in 28mm. More information here.