Tuesday, September 24, 2013

1913 to 2013

2013 has been an important year for miniature wargaming.  It is the 100th anniversary of the publication of H.G. Wells book, Little Wars.  It is the first modern book about miniature wargaming for civilians.  It was the beginning of miniature wargaming as we know it.

2013 is also the year that Donald Featherstone died.  He published a wargame magazine and wrote numerous articles on miniature wargames.  He also wrote many books on miniature wargames.  The first book I ever bought about miniature wargames was Solo Wargaming written by Mr. Featherstone.

When I was a teenager my mother tried to get me to give up the army men, saying they were kids toys.  I found Mr. Featherstones book and showed her that men did play miniature wargames and even published books about them.  It saved my wargaming collection.  Mr. Featherstone served in combat in the British Army in WWII.  He was introduced to miniature wargames by reading H.G. Wells.


Sam Wise said...

Nice story of you and interesting Wargame's story !
I don't know that book "Little Soldiers" ...

Mike Creek said...

Little Wars is an interesting book. Every wargamer should read it at least once.

1Mac said...

That picture of H.G. Wells in full Edwardian dress, on his knees playing with toy soldiers, is pretty excellent.

Mike Creek said...

Yes 1Mac, the standard of wargaming attire has declined some.