EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Hole in the Blogosphere

Late last night I received the sad news that the well known wargames blogger (amongst many, many, other things)  Jeff Hudelson of Saxe-Bearstein finally lost his heroic fight with cancer earlier this month.

A shot of the battle of Wollmitz lifted from Jeff's blog.
My friend and ally Tom trying to negotiate a town on our left flank.
Jeff and I lived on opposite coasts of Canada, over 6,000 km apart, so I have only once had the pleasure of facing him across the table. The occasion was the Battle of Wollmitz in 2008, back  when I was maintaining a website rather than blogging. There was also a rather disastrous (for me) but fun Renaissance PBEM mini-campaign that he invited me to play in a few years ago ( alpianduchy.blogspot). Above all though, he was a valued friend, e-correspondent and fellow blogger whose emails, questions and observations often got my brain whirring.

He will be missed.

Rest easy Jeff.

(Obituary)

21 comments:

  1. Such very sad news. I knew Jeff as well through the blogosphere and communicated many times over the last few years sharing an interest in the ECW. Tragic loss.

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  2. So sad to learn this news. Thanks for letting us know, ROss.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  3. Ah sh*t... we lost another good'un... RIP Jeff.... :o((

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  4. So sorry to hear about his sad demise, a great blogger and gamer, Tony

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  5. I am so sorry to hear the news.Had I not had the gracious email invitation to join EvE the Duchy of Tradgardland would never of happened nor would I have begun as a blogger.In all my communications with him through the blogsphere he was considerate and helpful. He will be missed.
    Thanks to you Ross for letting us know.

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  6. I didn't communicate with Jeff directly but I always enjoyed reading his comments here and would have enjoyed his company, I am sure. My sympathies to you, Ross, and to all his friends. Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

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  7. Sad news, indeed. His was among the first of the blogs I encountered: wonderful stuff. Though the community is virtual, the loss is palpable. RIP Jeff, and condolences to his family and friends.

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  8. Sorry to hear this, Ross. I met Jeff at his house on Vancouver Island once and had a nice visit with him. He used to e-mail and ask for samples of my home made figures which I was always glad to send. His enthusiasm never seemed to wane even in the midst of treatments and illness. A nice man. John B.

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  9. That's very sad news Ross. Very sad indeed.

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  10. Sad news indeed. Jeff was one of the first commenters on my blog, and always had kind comments and helpful hints for me.

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  11. Aw, that is sad indeed. RIP, Blue Bear! Thank you for sharing Saxe-Bearstein and Stagonia (boo! hiss!) with us! You will be sorely missed, and never forgotten.

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  12. A lovely blog from a lovely man, RIP Blue Bear!

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  13. Thanks for telling us, Ross. Sad news indeed.

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  14. A mighty tree has fallen. We shall not soon see another like him. Rest in peace Blue Bear.

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  15. Damn. I was wondering about him just the other day while trawling through the blogosphere.

    Maybe it's time to raise a Saxe-Bearstein regiment for the army.

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  16. Such a sad way to go, but he shall be remembered

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  17. Such a sad way to go, but he shall be remembered

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  18. Sad news indeed.... we sparred with comments on a couple of ECW blogs, Jeff being a fervent Royalist supporter. May he rest in peace. Thanks for letting us know.

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  19. What sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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