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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2020 8:55 p.m. PST

" It was inevitable that I would select Charles Grant for my 'people who influenced my wargaming' posts. When I was struggling to understand what wargaming was exactly about in the late 1960's and early 1970's I managed to buy a copy of the Military Modelling magazine which contained an article written by some wargamer called Charles Grant concerning how to fight a Napoleonic Wargame. I was hooked from the onset as each month this man produced pages of information concerning the rules for fighting such a wargame and illustrated by black and white images of wonderful terrain and figures by someone called Peter Gilder…"


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Personal logo Kaiju Doug Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

I never had an opportunity to decline. Being the youngest of three brothers, I grew up thinking that war gaming was the norm. Dice and pieces of string was all we needed. My older brother's Britains fought many battles on our ping pong table. Outside activities centered around digging trenches for plastic army men. I often wonder how my life would have turned out without the influence of the study of history and military warfare. Since I've run a military miniatures war gaming conference here in NW Ohio for the last twenty years, I guess the appreciation of this hobby is here to stay. And I am better for it.

Perris070714 May 2020 7:21 a.m. PST

Donald Featherstone for me. My childhood games were inspired by Wargames given to me by a high school friend. I never would have gotten as involved as I am without that book.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 11:32 a.m. PST



Old Peculiar14 May 2020 12:46 p.m. PST

Don Featherstone and Brig Peter Young

Cavcmdr14 May 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

Donald Featherstone – "Battles with Model Soldiers"

My father bought me the book even though he was sad I was turning away from Hornby trains.

Timbo W14 May 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

Gavin Lyall here Operation Warboard

gamershs Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 9:38 p.m. PST

Ray Johnson got me involved in Napoleonic Miniatures. One year Don Featherstone was a speaker and he and Ray Johnson put on a Napoleonic battle. Got to use my Baverians in the battle.

Timmo uk15 May 2020 12:16 p.m. PST

A few school friends and a Terry Wise article.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2020 8:21 p.m. PST

Another vote for CS Grant.

We even named one of my sons Grant – though to be honest it was US Grant. However both Grants have been an impact on my gaming.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2020 6:37 p.m. PST

Two guys influencers me tremendously: George Johnson who founded GAJO Enterprises and Greg Novak. Miss them both; think about them often.

AICUSV01 Jun 2020 7:41 a.m. PST

My Dad, he started collecting "toy soldiers" before WWII.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2020 3:15 p.m. PST



greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jun 2020 10:13 a.m. PST

Being in my early 60's I am to young for a lot of the before mentioned giants in our hobby,

First off for me "Dick Bryant" aka MGluteus of the Courier. I met him in maybe 1970 when the Courier was the newsletter for the NEWA our of Brocton Mass.

Then Peter Rice of The Toy Soldier fame in bath Maine. I met Peter in 1975 and had the AWI bug. he got me into Scruby 12mm I think and we (he) wrote the rules.

Both are great men and still going strong in the hobby..

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