Don Featherstone on Wargaming & WW2

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  1. Paul Reed

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  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Very much alive! :)
     
  3. Mark Hone

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    Several of his books, together with other wargames classics and some interesting sets of 'professional' wargame rules such as the 1956 British army set, are being reprinted in inexpensive editions by John Curry Events.
     
  4. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Are they? Thanks!!! :)
     
  5. Paul Reed

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    Yes, it was John Curry's post about it on TMP that brought my attention to the video in the first place.
     
  6. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    From Vintage Wargaming

    Bob O'Brien died this morning peacefully in his sleep after a short illness and a fall. He was 92.
    He was one of those responsible for WRG and many Airfix Magazine article of converting soft plastic figures; articles that have influenced many of us even if we still have no idea where to get Banana oil!
    Bob intoduced me to wargaming Seven Years War using the WRG 1685-1845 set (naturally) with a raft of home mods so was my first opponent. A couple of weeks ago when a friend umpired an Russo-Japanese war naval game, which I lost badly, I had the honour of being his last wargame opponent.
    Bob's interests covered wargaming from earliest recorded history onwards and on land or sea and in the air. His impact on the hobby has yet to be fully assessed but he will be missed. As a veteran of WWII both with the BEF in 1941 and later in North Africa his store of ancedotes could both enlighten and distract. When telling him about our BattleAxe game 2 years ago I mentioned Halfaya Pass, his response 'I know it well'. Few men have driven the along the whole of the coast from the southern border of Turkey to Tunis. Much of it more than once.
    Gentlemen if you knew or were influenced by him then, at your leisure, raise a glass to what Bob described as the wargamer's toast: 'Confusion!'

    RIP, Bob!
     
  7. Paul Reed

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    Sad to read that - only just caught up with this thread again.
     
  8. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    In Memoriam.

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  9. Paul Reed

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    Good find - that copy of Battle was what first got me to the Somme.
     
  10. Mark Hone

    Mark Hone Senior Member

    Sorry to hear about Bob. Ah, the much-missed 'Battle'. If I'm not much mistaken that issue contains part of the 'Battle of Scorpion Ridge' modern warfare series by Bryan Perrett. The magazine was at its apogee around that time.
     
  11. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Hmm...

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    One year or so after it was absorbed by Military Modelling, to much chagrin expressed in the Letters to the Editor :)

    The great times before the Internet, the Romphaia Controversy between Grant, Bath, Barker et al took years, letter after letter in MM and Slingshot :D
     
  12. Paul Reed

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    Do you get Battlegames Za? It's the nearest thing I know to Battle.
     
  13. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Battlegames? No, had never heard of that one... Thanks for the tip :)
     
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  15. aron

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    Good old Donald Fetherstone, he got me started wargaming back in 1962 still have his book, Also his book advanced wargaming , Along with naval wargaming and air wargaming books.
     
  16. Paul Reed

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    Yep, great books and a great man.
     

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