Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Prince Albert's Revenge
Many of you will remember that I have an interest in early Victoriana. Belltop shakos and 1830 Woolwich Pattern muskets. Well, I was slowly collecting the figures and it was going nowhere to be frank with you. Then Maff became highly excitable about In Her Majesty's Name and was trumpeting it's praise.
I picked up a brand new copy on eBay for around £7, not expecting much but wanting to support Maff and have to say that I was quietly impressed. IHMN was the first set of rules to fire my imagination in some time. The rules themselves are short, elegant and let's be honest wouldn't be out of place as a stand alone feature in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy.
The upshot is that my mind returned once more to Victoriana and where The Winter of 1839 had started to morph into a Sharp Practice proxy for Napoleonics, IHMN lifted my thinking, reducing the overall number of figures required for any individual faction, allowing me to indulge in some of my favourite Victorian episodes for very little effort and cost. Whilst all along maintaining a strong 'fun' element. All lessons that I've been quick to reapply to Winter of '79.