Slingshot 337, July/August 2021

Editorial

The view from the editor's chair including thanks to those who responded to his pleas for articles to replenish the stock and a reminder about the wealth of interesting material that originates in that other source of erudite debate, the Society Forum (check it out).

Guardroom

Stephen Brennan serves up some fascinating material about late medieval Hebridean mercenaries as a useful extension to that provided by Anthony Clipsom in his recent article, "An Archer’s Tale".

The Rise and Fall of Nomad Military Power, part 1 c. 1000 BC - 1200 AD - by Michael Fredholm von Essen

Asiatic nomad armies created some of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Michael Fredholm von Essen analyses the nomad strategy that eventually transformed them from tribal federations content with opportunistic raiding into empire builders.

Solo Wargaming - by John Hastings

Given the scattered nature of the Ancients wargaming community, plenty of wargamers have no choice but to adopt schizophrenia as a recreational modus operandi and play against themselves. John Hastings discusses how it is done.

Slingshot interviews Simon Hall - by Gordon Garrad

Mortem et Gloriam has become a very popular ruleset in the Ancients community. Slingshot interviews its creator, Simon Hall, and asks him about his wargaming background, rules writing career, his experience with MeG, his futures plans, the meaning of life, and so on...

The Philistines are upon you - by Richard Andrews

Heavily-equipped but unwieldy Philistines vs. lightly-armed but agile Jews is a classic gaming setup where terrain makes all the difference. Richard Andrews analyses the historical composition of the two armies and how it applies to the wargaming table.

Game Mechanics and Realism - by Anthony Clipsom

Everyone knows that realism and playability are at odds with each other. But is that really the case? Anthony Clipsom makes the argument that you can have your cake and eat it, with sufficiently plausible realism happily wedded to enjoyable gameplay.


The Murder of Evesham - by John Graham-Leigh

Evesham ended the hopes of Simon de Montfort’s supporters (and the life of de Montfort himself). John Graham-Leigh plays a refight of the battle using DBM, with a convincing result.

Assyrian 'Kallapani' - by Daniel McLaughlin

Kallapani have been a standard part of Assyrian army lists but with highly variable properties. Daniel McLaughlin examines the evidence to see if we can know anything certain about them.

Slingshot Book & Game Reviews 

Including reviews of: 

  • Commands & Colors Samurai Battles by game designer: Richard Borg
  • Hellenistic and Roman Naval Warfare, 336BC-31BC by John D. Graingerenn.

 

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SLINGSHOT 336 INTERNET LINKS

 

The Rise and Fall of Nomad Military Power

Notes

10. Hermann Sauter, Studien zum Kimmerierproblem: www.kimmerier.de/studien.htm

 

Battleday

The Battle Day page on the website: http://www.soa.org.uk/joomla/battle-day

 

Book & Game Reviews

Commands & Colors Samurai Battles

GMT website: https://www.gmtgames.com/p-724-commands-colors-samurai-battles.aspx

Older version of the game: https://www.gmtgames.com/p-169-samurai.aspx 

Boxed game components: https://theboardgameschronicle.com/2021/04/01/video-unboxing-commands-colors-samurai-battles/

 

Videos: How to Play C&C Samurai Battles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIq5xoms-h8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECqk31mlgeg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0j_0iLlyQ4

 

C&C support website:

https://www.commandsandcolors.net/samuraibattles/

 

30 scenarios for the Gempei War:

https://www.commandsandcolors.net/samuraibattles/maps/genpei-war-1180-1185.html