Please note I will not be hosting any Public events from 31st January 2023. Nothing too drastic from our side, just need a break.

I’ll be providing updates when we’re back, here and on my social media platforms.

Thank you for all the custom and friendship this has brought me to date.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon, both new and old customers.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the first Don Featherstone Annual Tribute will take place over the weekend of 21st-23rd March 2014.

The event, initially proposed by his great friend Ron Miles, is designed to commemorate Donald Featherstone and the remarkable contribution he made to the hobby of miniatures wargaming over a period spanning six decades. Whilst the event honours Don, the organisers do not wish it to be at all sombre or mournful – quite the opposite. Don is remembered as being irrepressibly cheerful and upbeat, and very much a gentleman who managed to get along with everybody he met. Our hope, therefore, is that the weekend will be tremendous, light-hearted fun for all concerned.

The Featherstone Annual Tribute

This spirit will be recognised by the annual award of The Featherstone Trophy (see photo above), generously donated by Ron Miles. The recipient of this magnificent glassware, decided by the votes of the participants themselves over the weekend, together with input from the judges, will be the person who is felt to have conducted themselves with the greatest generosity of spirit and gentlemanly (or, indeed, gentlewomanly) conduct during the event.

After the presentation, the name of the winner will be engraved on the Trophy which, for safe-keeping, will remain at the WHC. The winner, however, will also be presented with an exclusive vignette to take home, commissioned from the finest figure sculptors and painted by talented, professional brushmen. The vignette will be different each year, but depicting subject matter from Don’s favourite wargaming periods or even, indeed, the man himself, giving as wide a range of craftsmen as possible the opportunity to show off their skills, an aspect of which Don would have approved. More details of the vignette will follow.

The event and the winner of the Trophy will be publicised every year in the pages of this very magazine, which is where you will also find the booking details at the appropriate time. The organisers have the final say in the choice of the game offered and the specific details of the weekend, though of course we will welcome feedback from those that atttend.

We are delighted that for the inaugural year of this event,The Featherstone Trophy will be presented by Don’s daughter Jane, and we are grateful for her blessing the event. Part of the ‘spirit’ of the weekend is to ensure that Don’s legacy is never forgotten, and to this end there will be a jacket and tie dinner held on the Saturday evening, for which we have secured excellent rates to make it affordable to all. At this dinner, we shall encourage discussion about Donald Featherstone and his contribution to the hobby, and to this end a guest speaker will give a short talk after dessert. Again, we count ourselves as extremely fortunate that for this first event, the speaker will be Don’s great friend Dr Christopher Scott, who travelled the world with Don, visiting battlefields and wargames shows, and whose larder of anecdotes and recollections is fully stocked!

Please note that ONLY TWELVE PLACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE WEEKEND which will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

I am honoured to host the Don Featherstone weekend, a tribute to one of the hobbies iconic figures.

The full weekend will run from 4pm on the Friday, with player briefings and initial dispositions, with the game (The relief of Arnhem, since WWII was one of Don’s favourite periods) starting on Friday morning and concluding on Sunday afternoon, at which point a trophy will be presented before farewells and departure. Part of the Trophy award will be the engraving of the winners name on a Crystal Vase, in addition the winner will then take home a vignette specially designed and prepared for the occasion. Each year there will be a different vignette from guest designers.

Another important aspect to the weekend is that we have organised a jacket and tie dinner at the Basingstoke Hilton for the Saturday night, where it is hoped that guests will exchange Don Featherstone anecdotes there will be a guest speaker after the meal.

The emphasis of the whole weekend is intended to be light-hearted fun. So who will join us for this second annual event?

The weekend game is £150.00 including a £25.00 donation to the Charity Combat Stress.

Three-course dinner at the Basingstoke Hilton £25, drinks to be paid for individually.

If required, I can secure accomodation at the Basingstoke Hilton at a greatly reduced rate, please feel free to contact me for details.

More of the Battle of Gembloux, a fictitious encounter designed by Mark Herdman from the Reigate Club, great event and a superb day of gaming!

More on this at a later date!

This was the third Battle of Wachau-Markleeberg (Southern sector of Leipzig) fought this year, which seemed fitting given the Anniversary ties.

The images all have captions, you just need to hover over the images themselves.

The Battle was intense with a massive French drive initially, however, as the Allied reserve began to mobilise and engage it became a more defensive Battle for the French. Great game with a really great bunch of Guys.

A real pyrrhic victory, can you repeat the success of the Anglo-German and Dutch force against the French, take the Redans and drive them before you, or will you raise the hat of Boufflers and lead the counter charge of the Maison du Roi….This is a real tough battle for the allies and the French are significantly outnumbered, so take your pick and change the course of the battle! All using the Black Powder rules.

All you need to do is turn up on the day, no set up of terrain or tables, choose a side! Then start playing, I provide all the paraphernalia, dice rulers etc.

Lunch is included as is the Tea and coffee. All you need to do is turn up and at the end of the game, just say goodbye! I clear up!

Go on…give it a go!!

Re-fight the Battle of Gaines Mill, using our own adaptation of Fire and Fury, these include Regimental and Brigade rulesets to allow command and weapon variants.

All you need to do is turn up on the day, no setup of terrain or tables, choose a side! Then start playing, I provide all the paraphernalia, dice rulers etc.

Lunch is included as is the Tea and coffee. All you need to do is turn up and at the end of the game, just say goodbye! I clear up!

Go on…give it a go!!