About In Her Majesty’s Name

In Her Majesty’s Name is a set of skirmish wargames rules set in the late Victorian period, but not the one our current history remembers.

This is the 1895 envisaged by Jules Verne, H.G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, H Rider-Haggard and Rudyard Kipling.

It is a world of heroism, sacrifice and betrayal.  Where the Great Powers, building upon the advances wrought by the success of Charles Babbage’s calculating engines, have advanced faster than one might have thought.  Where ownership of the latest technological marvel might just be the thing to build fortunes, destroy empires and win fair ladies.  Where a few men’s pluck and cunning can change the course of history.

Written by Charles Murton and Craig Cartmell, these rules were released by Osprey Publishing in May 2013, with a supporting figure range from Northstar Miniatures.

The first supplement for these rules, covering companies from the Dark Continent, Old and New Worlds, called ‘Heroes, Villains & Fiends’ was released in November 2013.

The authors are now working on a second supplement covering companies from India, China and Japan. This shall be called ‘Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun’.

Authors’ Bio

General Lord Craig Arthur Wellesey Cartmell and Field Marshal Charles Napier Murton are two of the Empire’s unsung heroes. They narrowly avoided Isandhlwana, managed to dodge the bullet at Khartoum and were nowhere to be seen at Omdurman.

They did, however, run up the largest mess bill ever recorded at Horse Guards while celebrating Her Imperial Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. For which they narrowly avoided being cashiered. The Board of Inquiry decided that the only way to clear this bill was to promote both of them, again.

They might have been immortalised by Kipling, but were recovering from another hammering at the tables when he passed through their Hill Station in the Himalayas.

Both are now non-playing members of the Old Corruptibles and regular, if anonymous, contributors to Punch.

They reject utterly the slur in the London Daily Chronicle that they were “naught but poltroons and shameless publicists of that cad Lord Curr“. Lord Curr is a family friend and a former comrade-in-arms, so they shall not hear a false word against him.

12 thoughts on “About In Her Majesty’s Name

  1. Just a comment regarding the American company identified in the IHMN Osprey rulebook: Historically, Wild Bill Hickok never ran and never appeared in a traveling European Wild West Show. Hickok died in 1876. His aquaintance, Buffalo Bill Cody, created Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1882. It was Cody’s (and Texas Jack Omohundro’s) show that traveled throughout Europe in the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th Century. These two individuals did invite Hickok to Europe in 1873 to be part of a play titled, Scouts of the Plains,but that was the only recorded involvement between the two parties in their later years.

    • You are correct, he didn’t.
      However, IHMN is about all those little twists, the little things that might have happened if things went a differently. What if Charlie Rich had let Hickok change seats with him in that fatal poker game?

  2. Hi Craig
    Thanks for the comment on my blog.
    I have a miniatures query. What were the civilian miniatures used on page 54 of the IHMN rulebook- particularly the thug with a club. I have my eyes on him for my IHMN company.
    Frontline armchair

  3. Craig,

    I have created a new company which I would like add to your blog, with your approval of course, but how do I do so?


  4. Hi Craig
    I’ve posted the first IHMN South America list up now on my blog. If you’d like to mention it over here that would be most appreciated.
    Frontline Armchair

  5. Hi there!

    I’m part of Ghost Train Games (www.ghosttraingames.com) we’re running a Kickstarter based Alternative Civil War miniatures game.
    Some backers told us you can recommend miniatures from other companies for your game.
    Maybe you feel some of ours could fit in your game.

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi there,
      Although we are good friends with the North Star crew we have no objection to writing reviews of other VSF ranges.
      Let me have some photos and ill have a look.

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