I was in my local Barnes and Noble bookstore a couple of days ago, and what do I see on the rack alongside all the Military and History magazine publications? Several copies of the last issue of Ancient Warfare magazine! That was quite the shocker. Yes, I know that publications like Military History, Armchair General, and Strategy & Tactics Magazine aren't exactly mainstream, but to have something like Ancient Warfare displayed alongside these magazines at the front of the rack (okay, actually on the bottom rack) next to the bookstore cafe came as a major surprise. Of course, I immediately had to pick up a copy.
I've been meaning to purchase a copy of Ancient Warfare for some time now, but I've been put off a bit by the price. After finally spending some time with my initial copy, my impression is that it is still expensive, but not too bad, and definitely worthwhile, considering the unique content. Kind of like the Society of Ancients' publication, “Slingshot”, but on steroids. The magazine is glossy, lavishly illustrated in full color, and seems to have very knowledgeable authors for the subject matter. If you have a serious interest in Ancient History, or if you are an Ancients wargamer, I would think that a subscription to Ancient Warfare is something you really have to consider. In fact, after perusing my new copy, I went to the publisher's website and saw that they are offering trial subscriptions (3 bi-monthly issues) for 50 percent off the regular price. That's a deal too good for me to pass up.
Here's a link to the trial subscription page:
I can't wait for the next issue to come out. The theme concerns Italy Before Roman Rule with articles on Samnites, Tarentines, and the Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire.