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Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:34am
 
While looking through some books, I found images of slingers, painted by modern artists. They may have been put in this forum already, though I have not found them here yet.

The Thracian and Balearic slingers are from the German translation of Penrose, Jane: Rome and Her Enemies, 2005.

The Britanno-Celtic warriors are from the German translation of Wilcox, Peter: Rome´s Enemies, Vol 2: Gallic and British Celts, 1985.

Sorry for the lack of quality. As I could not scan the images, I took photos of them.
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Reply #1 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:35am
 
No. 2: Balearics
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Reply #2 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:35am
 
No 3: Britons
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Reply #3 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:45am
 
A better look at the Britons...
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Reply #4 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:46am
 
...and Sassanids, also from Penrose´s book.
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Reply #5 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 2:19pm
 
Great pictures.  Thanks.

Can't help but notice that several have their stones in pouches on their throwing side.  A bit awkward, that. Wink
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Reply #6 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 3:39pm
 
I would once have thought so too, sash.  But after a lot of experimentation, even I am among those who prefer to load the sling from the slinging hand, and carry the ammo on the slinging side.  With practice it simply become natural.
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Reply #7 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 3:43pm
 
These are all oil paintings by Angus McBride, from the Osprey Men at Arms series. I generally like AM, but two remarks: he was sometimes a bit fantasy-prone; his human beings look, well, sometimes a bit improbable.

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Reply #8 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 3:46pm
 

I keep my ammo in a bag on my right side and reload with the right hand. After a throw I take the pouch with the left hand:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GXkmT7eJFo

Then reach into the bag with the right hand and bring the ammo to the open pouch. I grip the pouch around the ammo with my left hand and take the dangling release cord with my right hand and slide along it to the release knot.
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Reply #9 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 3:58pm
 
I like the Balearic hair net. Wink
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Reply #10 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 4:47pm
 
The first pic, if I remember correctly, illustrates men in the Makedonian army in the third Makedonian war, between Rome and the Macedonian kingdom, 171-168. The slinger is not based on any ancient representation, but just a guess the man's given a Thracian cap and a "pelta", a light shield. But did ancient slingers fight with shields ? I must say I don't know
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Reply #11 - Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:18pm
 

You certainly can, if the shield straps to the forearm. I have done it and it didnt slow me down at all. Trajans column shows a slinger with a shield, although I'm not keen on the other details there e.g. ammo in the cloak.

If I was a military slinger I would definitely take a shield with me.
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Reply #12 - Nov 7th, 2009 at 9:44am
 
Oh yeah, sling and shield! Love it. Id really like to spar with someone whith bot of us armed that way (tennis balls).
Yeah ive never seen evidence of historical sling and shield fighting either. They surely must have done it though.
Ah, there we go. Just had a look at Trajans column, yup a slinger with a shield allright.
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Reply #13 - Nov 7th, 2009 at 4:01pm
 
This thread contains some pictures from the Maciejowski Bible. There is a picture of the siege of Rabbah where a slinger is holding a shield.

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1166260547/5#5

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Reply #14 - Nov 7th, 2009 at 6:19pm
 
and a single grip, bossed shield at that
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