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koyli196824 Aug 2010 11:57 a.m. PST

I have just learned from Terry's wife (Shirley) that Terry past away last Tuesday 17th August.

He was diagnosed with cancer in March and passed away at home.

The funeral is Wednesday 25th – a simple commital in Doncaster – donations to The Red Cross or Marie Curie Cancer Care or MacMillan Nurses or Cancer Research UK.

Terry was my initial inspiration into the hobby 40+ years ago with his "Introduction to Battlegaming" and his regular columns in a variety of magazines on wargaming and modelling for wargaming.

I became a regular gamer with Terry in the 80's -every Friday night at his place with an excellent permanent table. Four of us formed the Doncaster Fanatics and became regular display game exhibitors at the major UK conventions in the 80's and 90's.

his rules were well designed simple and bloody and were published under his own publishing company Athena Books -ACW, Thirty Years War/ECW and Ancients. Very much of their time but so are many of us.

he wrote many classic books and Osprey published several of them.

His wit, generous nature and real committment to the hobby will not be forgotten.

A very gallant gentleman.

koyli196824 Aug 2010 12:00 p.m. PST

Could all friends pass on the news as Terry had many across the world to those who may not read THP.


Dave Knight24 Aug 2010 12:14 p.m. PST

Very sad news indeed

Sir Able Brush24 Aug 2010 12:44 p.m. PST

Very sad. Thanks for the inspiration.

battleeditor24 Aug 2010 12:49 p.m. PST

Thank you for passing on this desperately sad news. I know that Terry had been buying my magasine and I had a telephone conversation with him, probably about 18 months ago, in which I was glad to be able to tell him that his book had, in fact, been the inspiration for the name of my magazine.

One of my favourite 'old school' wargamers and a lovely man.


painterman24 Aug 2010 1:18 p.m. PST

That is such sad news; so many articles and books that Terry authored created so much enthusiasm as well as great sources of reference for me in my early wargaming days. Still find myself going back to them occassionally. I'm sure it's the same for so many others.
My condolences to his wife and family.

ttauri24 Aug 2010 1:26 p.m. PST

Inspirational figure to me as a youngster reading Battle.

Deepest condolences.

Cyrus the Great24 Aug 2010 1:36 p.m. PST

His books and columns were inspirational to me in my early gaming years. I still find myself going back to his books for an enjoyable read by an old friend.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2010 1:41 p.m. PST

Observation Post in Military Modelling with Terry Wise was my first introduction to real wargaming as a kid. I loved that column. His enthusiasm, knowledge and humour would shine through, and I would pour over his figure reviews for ages. Since then i've read masses of his stuff. He'll be greatly missed but certainly remain a wargaming icon.

Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Sgt Steiner24 Aug 2010 2:41 p.m. PST

Sad news

I too remember fondly his Observation Post column in MM and one of my first wargames books was his Airfix Guide ACW set.

Patrick R24 Aug 2010 3:35 p.m. PST

RIP Terry, thanks for all your work.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2010 5:33 p.m. PST

May God have mercy on his soul.

I enjoyed his OP column too.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

jpattern224 Aug 2010 6:18 p.m. PST

Condolences to his family, friends, and fellow gamers.

Nic Robson Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Aug 2010 7:57 p.m. PST

I bought a lot of good books from Terry when his shop was in Doncaster and also shared a long drive with him to visit Paddy Griffith and play in one of the WD Mega Games.
He told me that he had crewed on one of the last whaling expeditions from a UK port, which I found fascinating.
Very sad that both Terry and Paddy so go so soon.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2010 8:10 p.m. PST

His columns and book were inspirational when I was starting.
Being an American I never had the pleasure of meeting so many of the British greats but they inspired us in the "Colonies."

Mapleleaf24 Aug 2010 11:42 p.m. PST

A true war gaming great -condolences to his family and friends

Company D Miniatures25 Aug 2010 2:45 a.m. PST

Still have his books- He got me started in the hobby too.A very enjoyable read- still use these rules today, simple,nostalgic and all about fun.

Oh Bugger25 Aug 2010 4:45 a.m. PST

RIP Terry. You were one of the pioneers.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2010 10:43 a.m. PST

RIP Terry, you inspired me.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Aug 2010 2:32 p.m. PST

His books continue to inspire me. RIP

Scutatus26 Aug 2010 5:16 a.m. PST

This is a sad loss. I have his books and they truly are informative and an inspiration.

Thank you Terry, and God Speed.

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