...bears all its sons away, as the old hymn goes. I learned via an email from Dan at Wargames Illustrated on Wednesday evening last that Duncan MacFarlane had passed away on May 28th. He was found as if napping at his desk in Lenton Business Park, Nottingham. Apparently he died peacefully and completely unexpectedly. The loss of someone I thought of as a friend and who greatly encouraged me as a writer for Wargames Illustrated is something I feel deeply. It's hard to take in any loss, but as each year passes we seem to loose another giant from our wonderful hobby, and Duncan's passing will be especially hard to take for many of my generation.
Perhaps the first television wargamer, via the Edgehill refight on ITV's short-lived Battleground series - which you can find on U Tube - to the Editor of first Miniature Wargames and then Owner/Editor of Wargames Illustrated, to the owner of Stratagem and latterly Trent Miniatures Duncan's influence and reach in our hobby has been exceptional. It's true he was somewhat eccentric, well, who isn't in our niche hobby really? He could also be irritating at times to deal with as an author, but it would be churlish to dwell on these minor flaws against the panorama of his immense contribution to the growth of our hobby. He didn't always get it right, but he did on balance drive us forward in so many ways.
Duncan was a friendly face at many wargames shows and a contributing factor in the establishment of Partizan as THE wargames show for historical wargaming. I had many a long chat with him at these and other shows, as well as holding up the sky/background as he took after hours shots at the short lived WarCon shows in Birmingham! I shall miss his friendship and always value his contributions to my hobby and my own personal growth as a writer and wargamer. Rest in Peace old friend, rest easy.