Show news

As many of you are aware I run the show side of the Ministry, and have plans to attend a record number of shows this year.

Due to unforeseen circumstances (a house fire) the Ministry shall not be attending Carronnade in Falkirk, and quite possibly Partizan in Newark this month.

We shall keep you up-to-date with this situation as it develops.

Meanwhile Dave Wise and the stalwarts of the Games Club Network shall continue to run fantastic skirmish participation games, some of which involve our rules. SO keep an eye out for their excellent tables.

Update 08/05/2018

We shall not be going to Partizan this year, but shall aim to go to The Other Partizan in August,

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A little modern history

2013 – Salute at the Excel centre in London. This was the show where In Her Majesty’s Name was launched by Osprey Publishing.

Salute 2013

That is Nick Eyre (who has changed one jot – I need to check his shed for a painting methinks), my little son Conor (now a hulking 6’3″) and I. Charles was still in his ‘no publicity’ phase, so is out of shot.

As you can see I am still in shock. I turned up expecting to find a few books on sale, instead there was this amazing 12′ long London City Board by Shaun and Terry. The White Hart members were already running games using the figures Nick had produced, and a fair few others as well.

We attracted a lot of attention that day, it was a much better launch that we could have envisaged. So thanks to all those involved.

For new recruits to the fellowship of IHMN, this is long before the formation of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, so no bowler hats or polo shirts.

The following year we ran our own games and found two other groups running IHMN as well, and so it began. We have run games at every Salute since, and at shows the length and breadth of Britain.

Well here we are, five years on. Six books on the shelves, a seventh on the way, and plans already being laid for the eighth. Many thousands of books have been bought by you all, for which we are eternally grateful (and not a little confused).

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Salute 2018 – updated map

Salute 2018 Us and Friends

As is our custom now, we have added the locations of a few traders that may be of interest.

Too Fat Lardies are the premier British independent rules creators and well worth a visit. They are putting on a demo game just up the alley from us too.

Ainsty Castings sell all of our Ministry books and a goodly number of the IHMN figures too. ell worth a visit for their sheer range and friendly service.

Bad Squiddo is the legendary Annie Norman, purveyor of fine, properly attired, lady miniatures, and various livestock.

Wargames Illustrated and Wargames Soliders & Strategy, are both old friends of ours, and produce excellent periodicals.

Trev Dixon has been sculpting and selling miniatures from when I was a nipper. Most of my Samurai collection come from his talented hands. He has also become a friend to the Ministry. This year he has the misfortune of being next door to Forgeworld. So force your way through their queue and show you still support our legends.

Andy, at Heresy Miniatures, is a legendary one-man band. His figures hold a charm that few can match.

And last, but by no means least, the boys at Osprey gave us our start in the business, so will ever be our friends.

On week to go folks… so don’t panic!

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Mars Attacks

As you may already know, the BBC are doing a full series, Edwardian adaptation of H.G Wells classic The War of the Worlds.

You can find a full report here:
Of course we published a genre pack for this some time ago, which you can find at the bottom of this page:


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For King & Parliament!

I have always had a fascination with the English Civil War, having had a brief flirtation with a reenactment group back in the day (the 80’s), and being in love with 17th century history in general. So when this was announced I was all ears…


If you are thinking the cover looks familiar, it is because we share a layout artist – Millsy from Cobalt Peak Design.

‘For King and Parliament’ is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England (and Scotland and Ireland) of the mid-Seventeenth Century.

Written by our good friend Simon Miller, and ECW afficionado Andrew Brentnall, they use mechanisms that will be immediately familiar to players of the popular ‘To the Strongest!’ ancient and medieval rules.

Simon, and his Companions, have been seen at shows the length and breadth of the land putting on ‘To the Strongest!’ demo games that are famous for being 20+’ long and featuring thousands of 28mm pikemen. Yet the game only take 2-3 hours at most (with stops for tea and scones along the way).

This year we can expect less pike, but many more gorgeous banners, as they take to the shows once more, but with the forces of the honorable Parliament or the dastardly Tyrant Charles. I, for one, am really looking forwards to seeing them.


Did I say less pike? Hey, look at the banners!

You can find Simon’s blog, with many more details here:


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Salute 2018 – our stand location

This year we are right at the back opposite Britannia Miniatures, and not far from the seating area.

Salute 2018 Stand Location

We shall be running at least two Thud & Blunder participation games as well as displaying the rest of our games and welcoming back Mark Byng with his updated IHMN Boardgame.

Please drop by to say hello, have a chat or a game and, if you should feel so inclined, drop off some cake 🙂

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The Ministry’s show schedule 2018

Anyone bringing Craig cake will be made a member of the ministry’s Legion d’Honneur.

The show season is about to really kick-off, so we thought that we would share our current schedule with you;

* Fiasco is still to confirm, but the rest are on.

This year we shall be touring with between one and three different Thud & Blunder tables for your delight and delectation. Most games take 30-40 minutes, which includes teaching you all the rules you need to know, and are for two players. We regularly have players as young as eight beating their parental units into the dust.

IHMN Gothic at Barrage 2017

We are always happy to take time and chat with you players, tell you about upcoming publications, and even settle rules queries (though all statements by me have to be ratified by my Principle Private Secretary – i.e. Charles).

If there is an important show that we are missing please let us know. It may not be too late to fit it in.

We hope to see you, and our band of regulars, at one of these shows this year.

Note that Dave and his stalwart Coggers shall also be at a lot of shows running IHMN and other splendid games. His stripped down IHMN games are a joy to behold, so keep an eye out for him under the COGS banner :D.

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