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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Mar 2021 6:22 p.m. PST

On a scale from 0 (no influence) to 10 (he was my mentor), how much were you influenced in miniature wargaming by Donald Featherstone?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 6:29 p.m. PST


Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 6:41 p.m. PST


I read most of his books in my formative wargaming years

cavcrazy18 Mar 2021 6:43 p.m. PST


huron725 Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 6:46 p.m. PST


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 6:48 p.m. PST


dbander12318 Mar 2021 7:20 p.m. PST

6. Gaming was supposed to be fun. He meant it!

John the OFM18 Mar 2021 7:22 p.m. PST

Maybe indirectly through the rules I played, where their authors were influenced by him.
But I never heard of him until a few years into my gaming career. Also, I never read any of his books.
Sorry. grin

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 7:41 p.m. PST


Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 7:56 p.m. PST

9 I did not even realize you could make a game out of playing with miniatures until I encountered him. I moved on from his rules, but kept his enthusiasm. His gentlemanly qualities were also important and still are.

Cardinal Ximenez18 Mar 2021 8:13 p.m. PST


KSmyth18 Mar 2021 9:07 p.m. PST


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 9:07 p.m. PST

I had never heard of wargaming until I found a couple of his books at the library.


dball5318 Mar 2021 11:24 p.m. PST

9 – Donald Featherstone and Airfix got me started all those years ago, and I don't regret a thing.

Martin Rapier18 Mar 2021 11:43 p.m. PST

1 very little, for some reason he passed me by back in the 70s. I went straight from Charles Grant to Bruce Quarrie and WRG.

advocate19 Mar 2021 1:00 a.m. PST


parrskool19 Mar 2021 1:24 a.m. PST

I think it's an Age Thing. If you are old enough to remember the 1960's DF was one of the few wargamers who had books in circulation…… you had what you could get and they were a great inspiration , helping the hobby to spread.
Younger folk by contrast are spoiled these days with a plethora of new books and professionally printed magazines not to mention online material.

Yesthatphil19 Mar 2021 3:54 a.m. PST

8 … I read all the books back in the 1970s and it is impossible to see the early days without his name and voice.

Then again, a bit like Martin Rapier, my own wargaming was more guided by Peter Young, Tony Bath and Charles Grant, through whom I discovered WRG and The Society of Ancients.

The rest is, as they say, history


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 4:00 a.m. PST


And I have been wargaming since about 1960 and was aware of his books as they were published. I did buy a few, but I cannot say that I was ever influenced and quit buying them. Just a matter of taste I guess. I do appreciate all he did for the hobby.


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 4:16 a.m. PST


I only met him once at Historicon. A real and true gentleman and a pleasure to talk with.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 4:29 a.m. PST

His books and a few random copies of Wargamer's Newsletter stoked the flames.

mildbill19 Mar 2021 5:20 a.m. PST

6 there were more influential people than him for gaming but I really enjoyed spending time with him. Great man .
so kind and caring.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 5:28 a.m. PST


Sundance19 Mar 2021 7:37 a.m. PST

2 or 3. I remember checking a couple of his books out of the library as a kid.

mad monkey 119 Mar 2021 8:38 a.m. PST


All Sir Garnett19 Mar 2021 8:45 a.m. PST

9 of course

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 9:36 a.m. PST

I had the same experience as Big Red but would rate him an 8 for general essence.

MajorB19 Mar 2021 10:22 a.m. PST


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 10:49 a.m. PST


BobGrognard19 Mar 2021 10:52 a.m. PST

10. I wouldn't be wargaming without the Don.

arthur181519 Mar 2021 11:18 a.m. PST

10 Me neither – it was an article by him that introduced me to the concept of wargaming, when previously I had been involved only in modelling and painting. I then read some of his other books, Young and Wise. Whilst I don't remember ever playing a wargame with hi rules, I was inspired by many of his ideas, especially those in Wargame Campaigns.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

8. I met him briefly at Historicon years ago. As someone else said, I think it is an age thing. He had more influence on we older gamers.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 12:14 p.m. PST


Augustus19 Mar 2021 1:47 p.m. PST

0. In hobby since 1980. No idea who he is or what he did.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 1:50 p.m. PST


Loved his books

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 3:03 p.m. PST

As one of the older rats in this miniatures gaming
barn, I was influenced by Don (and Tony B., Brigadier Young
and Charles Grant) by what was possible beyond

So 8

Bob the Temple Builder19 Mar 2021 3:48 p.m. PST


evilgong19 Mar 2021 3:57 p.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 4:00 p.m. PST


I started miniature gaming in 1968. My early influences came from Fletcher Pratt and Fred Vietmeyer.


rmaker19 Mar 2021 7:44 p.m. PST


The Last Conformist20 Mar 2021 6:07 a.m. PST

Direct – nil
Indirect – probably significant, but hard to quantify

BillyNM20 Mar 2021 7:58 a.m. PST

8 an important figure in stoking my enthusiasm – his rules may not always have been how I would do it but they always gave good fun games and fun is why I play.

The Tin Dictator21 Mar 2021 5:24 p.m. PST


tomrommel122 Mar 2021 7:23 a.m. PST

9 Met him at Salute once

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2021 2:12 p.m. PST

3, I owned a couple of his books from my 20s to my 40s. Not as big an influence as say, "Charles Grant".

Asterix13 Jun 2021 7:17 a.m. PST

9 or 10. His book War Games freed me from playing with rules a la Older Brother into something more objective. The same book introduced me to the Tony Bath rules that got me into Ancient wargaming something I've been doing for over 50 years now. So, thanks to both Don and Tony!

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