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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Oct 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Which well-known miniature wargamer most influenced you?

cavcrazy26 Oct 2018 10:53 p.m. PST

Dick Bryant

nevinsrip27 Oct 2018 12:02 a.m. PST


advocate27 Oct 2018 1:47 a.m. PST

Have to go with three:
Donald Featherstone for the books and inspiration rather than the rules
Michael Blake and Steve Curtis for their skirmish rules
John Tunstill – author of Discovering Wargames, a small book of rules for several periods.
After that I bought and played many rules, and tinkered with all of them.

Winston Smith27 Oct 2018 1:53 a.m. PST

Charlie Sharp

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 2:07 a.m. PST

Scot Bowden then Richard Clarke then Pierre my pal for all those last 33+ years.😋

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 2:12 a.m. PST

My friend Jim Kirwan, sadly passed on years ago.

DestoFante27 Oct 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Eric Burgess is a continuing source of inspiration: for the Piquet modules he wrote, the beautiful games he organizes at convention, and his support and enthusiasm for everything hobby-related.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 2:51 a.m. PST

Probably Dave Rotor – he recognised someone who was a potential lifelong customer and was very patient whilst relieving me of my weekly pocket money.

nsolomon9927 Oct 2018 3:07 a.m. PST

Scot Bowden

Fat Wally27 Oct 2018 3:29 a.m. PST

Probably Rich Clarke of TFL

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 3:37 a.m. PST

Rich Haseanuer.

Jeffers27 Oct 2018 3:50 a.m. PST

Terry Wise. His Airfix ACW book kicked everything off for me.

skinkmasterreturns27 Oct 2018 3:53 a.m. PST

TMP member War Artisan. He got myself and a friend started back in the mid 1980s.

Prince Alberts Revenge27 Oct 2018 3:59 a.m. PST

Paul Hague. Sea Battles in Miniature was a book that I checked out of the library on a weekly basis.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 4:09 a.m. PST

Fred Vietmeyer

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 4:16 a.m. PST

My big brother pzgeneral. It's his fault.

Black Hat Miniatures27 Oct 2018 4:58 a.m. PST

H G Wells for the copy of Little Wars I took out of the library aged 12…

rustymusket27 Oct 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

I was influenced more by the first rule set I was introduced to than anyone. I grew to learn names of Donald Featherstone, etc. and read some of the books written by the famous, but it was more of a coalescence of all things taken in than one person drawing me in to it. I played different rules sets and learned such things as "game mechanics" as part of my education in gaming.

Vigilant27 Oct 2018 5:08 a.m. PST

Donald Featherstone and Charles Grant were my entry into the hobby in the 70s.

boggler27 Oct 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

Not famous but a chap who got me back into wargaming about fifteen years ago – Dave Spender – with a bucket full of experience, enthusiasm and generosity. RIP

Cerdic27 Oct 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

Don Featherstone and Bruce Quarrie.

Bruce seems to get overlooked these days, but he published a fair amount of stuff. His day job as an editor for the publishers PSL only made his influence wider due to the number of wargamery-type titles they put out!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 6:23 a.m. PST

Fred Vietmeyer.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

Charles Grant and Arty Conliffe.

khanscom27 Oct 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

Don Lowry and Jack Scruby

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 6:52 a.m. PST

Ed Miller, who is my gaming "mentor", Dick Bryant and Bob Beattie.

Extrabio194727 Oct 2018 7:02 a.m. PST

Brigadier Peter Young And Col. J. P. Lawford for "Charge," and Charles Grant for "The Wargame."

21eRegt27 Oct 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

Charles Grant Sr., Phil Barker, Scott Bowden and Dean West as my interests and knowledge progressed.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

None of the big names really, It was a very dear friend of mine that we lost a week after 9/11, Terry Boldt. Introduced me to miniatures gaming. If I had to pick a big name it would be Charles Grant for he Wargame….

KSmyth27 Oct 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Rich Hasenauer and Larry Brom.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Oct 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

Rich Hasenauer and Frank Chadwick

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

John the OFM

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

My Brother Ray and his Friend Danny. Curse those lovely Airfix French Foreign Legionnaire and there fort.

dBerczerk27 Oct 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Toby Barrett

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

Dick Bryant. HE introduced me to miniature wargaming 46 years ago and the original Courier got me into it big time. We still game together, though not as often as time and distance can be an issue.

PJ ONeill27 Oct 2018 9:21 a.m. PST

John Hill showed me why we move those toy soldiers around a table-top, because it was fun to crush your enemies, and see them run before you (Connan)

Phil Hall27 Oct 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

Greg Novak. He introduced me to miniature wargaming.

jefritrout27 Oct 2018 9:26 a.m. PST

Wally Simon

Cyrus the Great27 Oct 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

Joseph Morschauser.

wrgmr127 Oct 2018 9:41 a.m. PST

Chris Leach.

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 9:43 a.m. PST

Jack Scruby then Don Featherstone

Timmo uk27 Oct 2018 9:59 a.m. PST

George Gush, it was his writing and rules that really got me into the ECW followed by Bruce Quarrie who cemented an interest in Napoleonics.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

In no particular order:
Don Featherstone -- books and rules
Jack Scruby -- figures and rules
Dick Bryant -- The Courier magazine
Larry Brom -- The Sword and the Flame rules
Jay Stribling -- college room mate and gaming buddy
Bill Protz -- rules and gaming blogs
Jim Purky -- painting, gaming blogs, and figures


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

Dick Bryant and Larry Brom.

parrskool Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 11:55 a.m. PST

Don featherston
Charles Grant
Terry Wise

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

Gene McCoy's "Wargamers Digest" Vol 2 No 5 (which I still have).

Followed by Airfix Guide #9 "Ancient Wargaming" by Phil Barker(signed by the man himself).


Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

John Hill and Richard Clark.

Dragon Gunner Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

Bob Brynildson

When he was owner of Legacy Games in Saint Paul ( Now The Source). I walked into his store when I was a kid and he invited me to play a KV-2 in a skirmish game on the store sand table. I had a blast and was hooked!

saltflats192927 Oct 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

My dad.

Perris070727 Oct 2018 1:44 p.m. PST

Don Featherstone, Peter Young, Tony Bath, and Jack Scruby.

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