Wednesday, September 4, 2013

RIP Donald Featherstone


The hobby was left the poorer yesterday at the passing of Donald Featherstone, 1918 - 2013. 
Donald Feathestone and the late Peter Gilder

I remember as a boy haunting the local library in search of his titles on the shelves. His rules were simple enough for me to grasp, yet gave great games with all the flavour of the periods they represented. In later years I bought a number of his books for my own collection, and they sit, much treasured, on my shelves today. His narrative approach to Colonial games is one I admire and try to emulate in my own gaming. A veteran of the Western Desert campaigns in WW2, he lived to see the golden age our hobby now enjoys. RIP, Don, and thank you. 

2 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Sad news, but he did live a good long life, contributed much to the hobby and seemed to be involved to some extent even quite recently.
He was one of my early wargaming and miniatures influences, through the local libraries. I can't tell you how many times I checked out his books on solo wargames, campaigns, etc., and how many hours I spent marvelling at the pictures and dreaming about being able to have games like his.
I will celebrate his life and his contributions and influence. I just recently bought his book, Bowmen of England.

Little Warrior said...

A sad day indeed. No true wargamer could claim not to have been influenced by his many books. In truibute I'll be reading Solo Wargaming tonight.

 

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