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’.
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.