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.

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

    • 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 http://www.wargameshc.co.uk to find out more.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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.