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.




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Society's reprint of Gladiolus soon available

The reprint of the Society game Gladiolus will be out in June.

Gladiolus was originally designed by the late Andy Gittins as a rapid and simple game of individual gladiatorial combat.

This new edition retains all the features of the original game, but Nick Harbud has completely overhauled its rules, components and artwork. The new edition also incorporates the big cat amendments devised by Colin Stutt and originally printed in Slingshot.
 



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Society of Ancients at 2017 Salute on 22nd April

The Society showed up at the April 22nd Salute convention in the person of Richard Jeffrey-Cook and Dave Edwards. Salute is the largest one-day wargaming event in the UK, run by the South London Warlords.

The Ancients period was well represented with Simon Miller's refight of Raphia and Hornchurch Wargames' War of the Roses (see below), besides a Lost Battles refight of Kadesh put on by Eric Cruttenden and others.

More pics of Salute games on Biglees Miniatures Adventures blog: http://www.blmablog.com/2017/…/salute-2017-photo-review.html


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Some Scenes from Soa Battle Day 2017

The Battle of Arsuf made for some interesting battles and scenery at the SoA Battle Day at Bletchley.

Check out Trebian's blog for a few pics and a battle report using his own specially adapted rules.

A few pics here:

Contestants getting ready for the punch-ups
  
Richard's army encircled by the Moslems

Chaaarge!