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