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WaltOHara29 Sep 2018 11:18 p.m. PST


Not sure how many people know yet, but I have heard on Facebook that Duke Seifried passed away. Duke created many an extravaganza in his day and was a pioneer of this hobby. He will be missed.

My feeble attempt at an obituary: link


Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 11:47 p.m. PST

His games at Historicon were legendary. He had a huge impact on this hobby and without his influence, wargaming might look very different today.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 2:09 a.m. PST


I bow my head in respect for a legend.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 2:35 a.m. PST
ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 3:27 a.m. PST

Met him in his store in Ohio & he took me on a tour of the place, showed me what he was sculpting & chatted. Later I was privileged to play in a convention game in Indiana that he was gamemaster. It was a FFL vs Tuareg game where he had sculpted & painted all the figures himself. Truly one of my most cherished memories. RIP Duke.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 4:52 a.m. PST

I multi-faceted man whose reach extended long and far. Most all of us owe our experiences in this amazing hobby to things he started, developed, or refined. He was a veteran, as well. Thanks, Duke.

Bob the Temple Builder30 Sep 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

Very sad news indeed.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

John Leahy30 Sep 2018 5:44 a.m. PST

I meet him at the Tin Soldier many years ago. He was teaching how to stain paint. I also saw some of his games at Historicon back in the early 90s. He was a showman!


23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Sep 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Rest in peace.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

A great loss for the hobby. RIP.

VonBlucher30 Sep 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

Just saw this and as he cut down the number of Conventions he attended each year he was still a regular at Little Wars each year I met the "Uncle Duke" for the first time back in the 70's and it was always good to see him at a convention and chat with him. The last time I saw him you could tell that his disease was starting to take a toll on him. RIP Uncle Duke and thanks for all you've done for our hobby!

Gone Fishing30 Sep 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Seifried, but he was a legend in the hobby.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

kcabai30 Sep 2018 8:25 a.m. PST

I had the great fortune of first meeting Uncle Duke, at the early Gencons, in the 70's. I can be very glad our friendship had continued through the years. My love of minis and LOTR has not doubt been nurtured by him. As an attempt to honor the man and his works, HMGS-Midwest, had made him the only permanent VIP, in our organization. He is going to sorely missed, and for many us he was a "Giant in a World of Miniatures."


JimSelzer30 Sep 2018 8:31 a.m. PST

I attended one of his speed painting classes at GenCon in the early 80's. Wish I had paid better attention.
RIP to one of the Masters


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

A huge lost – and Perpetual Light upon him and his huge gaming boards in the sky

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

So very sad. A great blow to the hobby. His games are some of my fondest memories of Historicons past. My condolences to his family.

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

ah yes, the "stain painting technique"….

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

A very friendly and unassuming fellow. He was always interested in what others were doing and what interested them. I met him first at Origins and even went out for sushi with him and others. RIP.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

RIP good sir. I'm glad my kids and I got to play some games with you.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

He was an amazing guy. May he rest in peace.

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

Loved seeing his grand and elaborate convention games. I was saddened when he sold off all his terrain from varied periods due to his health a number of years ago.
He was a nice person and an inspiration to anyone who loved the hobby.

Grumble8710630 Sep 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

Thank you, Walt, for your words. I don't think they were feeble at all.

Uncle Duke was a great showman, but behind that show was an amazing amount of substance. No smoke and mirrors here!

RIP, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Hitman30 Sep 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

What a great gentleman!! An inspiration, a leader, a class act and a great friend. He will be missed greatly by many people, especially his family and friends. Thank you Uncle Duke for your immense input into our hobby world!!

Your friend

Anton Ryzbak30 Sep 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

From such giants legends are born.

R.I.P. Duke!

shthar30 Sep 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

He's just started his next re-generation. He has to do this every 80 years or so. He'll turn up about 2040, goatee and all.

Hope I'm still around.

RudyNelson01 Oct 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

Met him in 1977. RIP

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

I had the pleasure of seeing many of his magnificent games at Historicon but not meet him until he brought his gorgeous Aztec game to Bayou Wars some years ago. It was a very great delight to stalk with him and to participate in his game. He was a tremendous figure in, as he liked to call it, "adventure gaming" My condolences to his family and friends. The light of gaming is a little dimmer tonight.

kcabai02 Oct 2018 5:23 a.m. PST

For those who are interested about services for Duke. There will not be a funeral, but Annette will be doing a memorial/wake later this month. Will keep you posted.

brucka02 Oct 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation can set up an online memorial that can raise funds for research.
If someone close could write a tribute and share his story we can contribute in his name?

Tom D104 Oct 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

Another giant of the hobby passes. I am so sad to hear this. RIP.

coolyork Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

While there is no schedule for ones departure from this world , Uncle Duke lived long enough to give so many gamers moments of great joy from his friendly nature to his vision and talent with his game tables .

Dont mourn him for he is in a better place with many of the giants of our hobby . Instead celebrate his life and endeavor to enjoy and advance this hobby that he so loved .

His family I hope takes great solace in the positive effect Duke has had on so many in our silly hobby ! RIP

Nick Pasha05 Oct 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

I first met Uncle Duke at Historicon in the mid 1980's (I don't remember exactly which year). He started a relationship with me and my family. He was always good to my kids, friendly to my wife and took me under his wing. He showed me how to improve my painting style and was always very generous and gracious. And he was a showman. I was convention director for a Hurricon in Tampa (the one that was hit by the hurricane) and was able to bring him down to the con where he put on a fantastic game. Even with the Hurricane people came to see him. One of my fondest memories.

Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 10:23 a.m. PST

Met Uncle Duke 1977 at Staten Island Origins convention. Always loved to see him at our cons. Nice guy to talk too. He will always be remembered as my Uncle Duke. I'm sure I've got a lot of cousins. Duke was a major major contributer to our hobby.

kcabai08 Oct 2018 5:44 a.m. PST

Memorial Service for Duke Seifried

The Memorial Service for Duke will be Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m., at Hope Lutheran
Church, 335 Dairyland Dr, Milton, WI. There will be a visitation prior to and luncheon following
the service. The Jazz for Jesus band, of which Duke was a member, will perform.

This willdefinitely be a Celebration of Duke's life, as he requested – "no doom or gloom!" There will be
an opportunity at the service for those who want to share remembrances to do so, and vintageDuke video clips can be viewed during the luncheon. If you are planning on attending theluncheon, please e-mail me so we have an idea of how much food to prepare.

My e-mail is:
Due to family members with allergies – please, no flowers.

Our family cannot adequately express our heartfelt thanks for the many kind words and
remembrances we have received. We are touched and grateful.

Thank you all and may God bless you. We look forward to seeing you on October 20th.

Annette Baker (Duke's wife and number one cheerleader) and Family

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