Sad news for us all

Jeff Bayton, a Co-Vice President of the Solo Wargamers Association from its earliest days, informs us that Honorary Member Stuart Asquith passed away on November 4th. Among his many contributions to our hobby, Stuart was the author of The Partizan Press Guide to Solo Wargaming. May he rest in peace.

 

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3 Responses to Sad news for us all

  1. Peter R. Barkworth says:

    This is sad news indeed. Over the years, I have read many of his books and articles and was looking forward to many more.
    Although I never met Stuart Asquith, I corresponded electronically with him a couple of years back when I asked about Sedgemoor on the Old School Wargamers forum. A friend of his told him about my enquiry and he contacted me with plenty of information and then scanned parts of his “Charge” rules (he and Alan Cook created their own version published by Terence Wise in the eighties) when I asked him about the ’45 Rebellion. Certainly a very kind and helpful gentleman who had his own way of wargaming, which he stuck to and simply got on with, gaining much enjoyment on the way.
    I am sure we will realise over time how much he has contributed to our hobby, including the solo side of things.
    May he rest in peace and my condolences to his family.

  2. admin2 says:

    (Rob Morgan submits the following.)

    My recollection of Stuart is in his role as Editor of ‘Practical Wargamer,’ arguably the best produced and varied magazine that this wide gaming interest has ever produced. It thrived, or seemed to, in the ’90s and as a bi-monthly publication appeared to hit the nail on the head. Stuart’s editorship was steady and very capable.

    Like many writers, I frequently found, then as now, that I produced articles, games and scenarios which simply wouldn’t fit into any of the narrower Society journals and paper newsletters — there was little or nothing electronic then, of course. Stuart’s broad church approach meant that many if not most of these could find a home, and be read and commented upon. Even more wonderful, the magazine paid! Unlike the hollow promises of some of the other glossy magazines, the cheque would always arrive soon after publication.

    The Editor’s comments, and editorial role were never overbearing, and he clearly recognised that this was a wide ranging magazine. Issues could include articles on the Macedonian Phalanx, Mons Meg and aerial warfare in WWI, alongside Napoleonic and ACW pieces. He would frequently dip into the realms of SF and fantasy too. I don’t think I ever failed to read an issue end to end. Before I sat down to write this, I looked at a few of the notes and comments he sent to me 25 years ago, all sound advice. The sudden demise of ‘Practical Wargamer’ astonished most of us, and with its closure my relationship as a writer, with Stuart, a remarkable editor, ended. Of course his own substantial writings, reviews and many articles will stand the test of time, and his role as a major player in the world of wargaming will not be forgotten.

    A sad loss.

    — Rob Morgan

    • JAird says:

      Rob, you’ve said exactly what I was going to say – Stuart was a fine editor at Practical Wargamer (not just because he published things I wrote!) and uniquely (in my experience) was very quick to send things back if they were not up to scratch, which is actually a really useful and thoughtful thing to do.

      I only met Stuart once as far as I can recall, at an introduction to wargaming event that he was running one Summer at the National Army Museum – I was one of the youngsters who’d signed up to participate so it was a long time ago!

      I think my favourite of all his own writing was the ECW Battles series that he did for Battle for Wargamers, and continued in Military Modelling. It was a different time, of course, but his compact delivery of “all the information you’ll need” was very inspiring.

      Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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