I've known of Donald Featherstone and his work for about as long as I've been a wargamer. Although the only times I encountered his books were in various libraries. I never seemed to find any in the game stores. (This was back in the pre-online shopping/E-bay days).
I met the man once, back in 1997. Some gamers I was briefly acquainted with, while stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, knew Mr. Featherstone. He'd arrived to join them on a road trip to the Siege of Augusta wargame convention. During a private gaming session on the night before they left, he chatted with me about his superimposed image on the cover of Campaigning with the Duke. He said the advice he was giving Wellington was on where to buy the best fish & chips.
So even though my encounter with Mr. Featherstone lasted only several moments, he did sign my copy of Wargaming Ancient and Medieval Periods. So his passing feels a tad personal to me.
Rest in Peace Mr. Featherstone and thank you for all you've done for our hobby.
I'm a retired USAF TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member, now working for Washington State Emergency Management. In addition to being an Emergency Operations Specialist at my day/night/weekend job, I'm a Foreign Affairs Specialist, gamer and writer.
I maintain three blogs as an on-line platform. "Stern Rake Studio," my central site, explores a variety of topics on gaming, pop-culture and writing. "Station WTFO" is where I post comments and discussions on the national and international issues that concern us. Finally, "The Redshift Chronicles," is a spin-off of "Stern Rake Studio." This site focuses on sci-fi gaming and is home to my long-form webcomic "Breakout from Bongolaan."