Saturday, May 18, 2013

RIP Frederick Funcken

On Thursday, May 16th 2013, Fred Funcken passed away at the age of 91 years leaving a legacy and fond memories for many wargamers and Comic readers on my generation. Fred was born in Belgium in on October 5th,1921, he published his first comic at the age of 12, then learnt his trade duing the war, first print making and then  working as a comic illustrator. After the war he joined his friend Fernand Cheneval at  Heroic Albums and later met his wife Lillianne, they started thier wonderful working relationship and the fantastic Tintin comics series. In the 60s Lilliane and Fred started the Uniformology Military Uniforms series covering all periods of history, which are still held in high esteem today, by wargamers and historians today.

His historical comic series included Tintin, White Knight, Harald the Viking, Jack Diamond, Lt Burton, Captian and the Saint Preux .

As a fellow red nut I was excited to get my tintin comics as a young kid, (and will now activly source all of this series) and at the age of Ten my mother bought me the two part series Arms and  Uniforms of the Napoleonic wars and I was hooked for life, 35 years later I now own probaly 8 of his uniformology books and always on the lookout for more of them.

Fare the well Fred



  1. Fare thee well indeed. A true freind to wargamers everywhere. His kids books seemed to innumerable as any gamer google searching will tell you.

    I think my SYW series will be going into secure storage now.

  2. That's sad news indeed, I own the two SYW uniform books they were some of the first books I bought when I started in this daft hobby of ours! I never knew he wrote the Tintin comics & all the others. A remarkable man!!
    RIP Fred

  3. Yes, sad new indeed. Always loved the Funcken books.

  4. Lace Wars and Napoleonic are the best

  5. I have collected the full range since the first ones were published. The medieval and 19th century books were my favorites. I remember reading lots of their comics as a child, they had always an historical background and it certainly inspired my love for history.