The Don Featherstone Commemoration Weekend: Opening Moves

I had quite an, umm, ‘interesting’ time getting to the WHC which is located on a small industrial estate just outside Kingsclere, not far from Basingstoke.

Not to worry, I arrived at last, only to discover that the battle had already begun and I had been given the role of… Marlborough! No pressure, then! 😄

I managed to play a turn before we broke for the night, concentrating on getting my infantry across the Nebel, my cavalry following close behind. I find myself across the table from three Don F weekend veterans: John Secker, Paul Wisken and the inimitable Melvyn Jenkins-Welch, so I’m bound to have fun—and of course it’s unusual for me to be playing at all. Crikey, I hope my allies don’t expect too much from me!

Anyway, here are a few piccies I took on opening night. Much more tomorrow, with cannonade-off apparently scheduled for 9.30.

11 comments for “The Don Featherstone Commemoration Weekend: Opening Moves

  1. Purp
    31st March 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Absolutely awesome and what a period.
    I was quite surprised when I saw WHCs YouTube video and you randomly popped up!

    I’m visiting the battlefield in July and this has helped wet the appetite which was already sodden!

  2. Ernie FOSKER
    20th March 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Looked a superb game – what size were the figures, please? WoSS – probably my favourite period, thank you for posting the pictures.

    • henryhyde
      20th March 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Hello Ernie

      The figures were all 25/28mm. I believe they were mostly old Trent Miniatures, now out of production. WHC owner Mark Freeth has a large number of them. You might like to contact him via the site at to find out more.

  3. 18th March 2017 at 9:46 pm

    What excellent fun!!! Looking forward to hearing more about the weekend and, if it occurs to you, the dedicated space you’re playing in. Worthy of a prodigious battle.

    • henryhyde
      20th March 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I’ll be posting more photos soon, Sean – and the space is the Wargames Holiday Centre, see

  4. Ole Thureholm
    18th March 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I wish that I was there too. Have fun, and congratulations with the appointment as Marlborough.

  5. 18th March 2017 at 9:59 am

    I’m jealous. Of course, whoever left their cup of tea on the playing surface should be blackballed immediately!

    Enjoy your weekend – looks fabulous.

    Best wishes, Keith.

    • Ernie FOSKER
      20th March 2017 at 2:25 pm

      I agree – bl**dy philistine

    • henryhyde
      20th March 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Gosh, shocking! 😀 Players were so absorbed in the fast-moving game that mugs of tea appear in quite a few of the photos. Outrageous, I know, will we ever live down the shame?

  6. 18th March 2017 at 9:40 am

    Looking at the pictures, it looks like a great event.
    Have fun!

    • Melvyn Jenkins Welch
      19th March 2017 at 12:27 am

      It was great fun. Never before have I enjoyed watching my units decide they had a pressing engagemwnt back in Paris. It must be the man opposite.

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