Henry Hyde is creating blog posts, videos, podcasts, graphics, publications
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$779
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I'm Henry Hyde. I self-published the bi-monthly Battlegames magazine from 2006-2011, which you can still buy in PDF format from my Gladius Payhip site and, if you're lucky, in paper format from a few retailers who still have copies, or eBay (though they are rare).

From 2011-2016 I became editor of the merged Miniature Wargames with Battlegames before I left to pursue my own projects. My first book, The Wargaming Compendium, was published by Pen & Sword in 2013 and I am currently working on its follow-up title, Wargaming Campaigns. I have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to supporting the miniatures wargaming community over more than a decade now, and was instrumental in helping to create the Don Featherstone Commemorative Weekend which takes place every spring at the Wargames Holiday Centre near Basingstoke in the UK.

The Wargaming Compendium became, to my surprise, a best-seller (let's not get carried away, I'm no JK Rowling – miniatures gaming is an extremely niche niche!) and continues to sell steadily in hardback, paperback and ebook formats. I'm incredibly grateful for this, and also for the interest shown in the Shot, Steel & Stone horse and musket era wargames rules it contains. These rules have been used at the giant imagi-nation games played at Ayton which featured in my magazines and on various blogs and their development and expansion continues. There is a Facebook page and group for the rules, and they will feature from time to time in my Patreon posts.

Many wargamers also know me for my support of the Combat Stress charity which cares for veterans of the British armed services suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses resulting from their service. The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal has been running for several years now, is still active and has, at the time of writing, raised over £25,000 for this important cause. I intend to continue supporting and raising money for the charity indefinitely, so you are likely to see the Appeal featuring in my Patreon content from time to time.

I combine the skills of writer, designer and editor and, nowadays, videographer and podcaster too. I featured alongside Neil Shuck of Meeples & Miniatures fame in our occasional View from the Veranda podcasts, and I show up from time to time on Jay Arnold's The Veteran Wargamer show and Jonathan Reinhardt's Wargaming Recon. I'm also known for my skills as a cartographer, both of simple wargame battlefields and highly detailed maps of fantasy and imagi-nation worlds. I intend to put all these skills to good use to provide high-quality and professional content for my Patreon subscribers.

But the most important thing about Patreon as a model is that, rather like the patrons of the arts of previous centuries, it creates a direct link between you, the consumer, and me, the creator. More than just a financial transaction, it creates a bond, a deeper level of interaction than is possible if you were just buying a magazine off a shelf or a picture off a wall. Your input, suggestions, feedback and requests will be crucial in creating my output, to build a body of work that is satisfying to both of us. Already, in the comments below the blog post where I floated the idea, potential patrons are helping to shape my ideas about what to create, how often and even at what size, such as the length of podcasts and so on. If you have a great idea, let me know and I'll do my best to make it so!

But I suppose the biggest question you might have is: why am I doing this? I've been a wargamer ever since I was a young boy. My father gave me my first toy fort and soldiers in the late 1960s, and when he died in 1971, I discovered 'proper' wargames books written by the likes of Charles Grant and Don Featherstone in the local libraries. Since then, this hobby has been in my blood and I've been involved and highly visible in the industry, helping to promote this wonderful pastime, since 2005.

But the last few years have been a struggle, and like many people, I'm having to be ruthless about what I focus on in order to produce a meaningful income. I'm 56 as I write this, and as a self-employed person I have little to look forward to in the form of pensions or other investments – my business life has been adventurous, yes, exciting, sure, but not very profitable so far. Restarting Battlegames as a print magazine simply isn't possible – been there, done that, still have the scars to prove it! So I'm being forced to make a choice about whether to step out of the hobby spotlight and pursue other career avenues entirely, or see if I can really make a go of providing meaningful and creatively satisfying content to a wide and varied audience via the internet and the multimedia communication channels that it offers. And this, dear friends, is where you come in.

In return for your investment in my passion to create wonderful content for the hobby, you can be assured that my productive focus will have you and your fellow Patreon investors front and centre as I put pen to paper, stylus to tablet or fingers to keypad. If you don't like what I do, you can change your pledge amount or cancel your subscription at any time, so it's to our mutual benefit that I continue to produce work that you like and find entertaining. Unlike a traditional business model, it's much more like a partnership in an exclusive venture, and I want you to accompany me on the journey for the long haul, not the short hop.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I look forward to welcoming you aboard as a Battlegames Patreon Sponsor at whatever level you feel comfortable and providing you with content you love for many years to come. Please spread the word!

A QUICK NOTE ON DOLLARS AND VAT
DOLLARS: Patreon is a US company, so the currency is shown in US Dollars. At the time of writing, here’s an approximate exchange rate for my UK Patrons >> $1 = £0.71. In today's global village, I hope you’re happy to support me even if USDs aren’t your native currency.
VAT: Due to European Union regulations, Patreon need to charge VAT on pledges made by EU-based Patrons. Therefore, if you live in the EU, please bear in mind that the Reward values will have VAT added. Click here for some more info about it from Patreon.

Rewards
Lance Corporal
$1 or more per month 12 patrons
Thank you for your support. Every little helps to keep me producing creative content for wargamers, so your contribution is appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!
Sergeant
$2.50 or more per month 53 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a cup of coffee a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.

Lieutenant
$5 or more per month 39 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a couple of cups of coffee a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "Officers" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.

Major
$10 or more per month 26 of 50 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a cup of coffee and a sandwich a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "Officers" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll create something unique for you.

Brigadier
$25 or more per month 7 of 20 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a light lunch per month, you're making a significant contribution towards helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "High Command" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll and I'll create something unique for you.


Finally, at this more senior tier, you'll get additional secret bonus content according to your gaming/period preferences – just let me know what they are!

General
$50 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
Thank you for your support and congratulations for supporting  Battlegames at the most senior level. For the price of a good dinner with wine per month, you're making a highly significant contribution towards me being able to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "High Command" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll and I'll create something unique for you.


Also, at this more senior tier, you'll get additional secret bonus content according to your gaming/period preferences – just let me know what they are!


Finally, in return for your generosity, I would like to send you a surprise, personalised gift in the post, so please provide your postal address where indicated in the sign-up process.

Goals
$779 of $1,000 per month
BATTALION LEVEL
Once we reach $1000 a month, I will be able to start investing in updated pro level photographic, video and audio equipment to extend and improve the multimedia content I produce. It will also cover travel expenses to attend and visit shows around the UK and interview key figures in the wargames industry at their premises or at shows. I will also be able to produce occasional digital publications that Patreon supporters would receive free of charge.
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I'm Henry Hyde. I self-published the bi-monthly Battlegames magazine from 2006-2011, which you can still buy in PDF format from my Gladius Payhip site and, if you're lucky, in paper format from a few retailers who still have copies, or eBay (though they are rare).

From 2011-2016 I became editor of the merged Miniature Wargames with Battlegames before I left to pursue my own projects. My first book, The Wargaming Compendium, was published by Pen & Sword in 2013 and I am currently working on its follow-up title, Wargaming Campaigns. I have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to supporting the miniatures wargaming community over more than a decade now, and was instrumental in helping to create the Don Featherstone Commemorative Weekend which takes place every spring at the Wargames Holiday Centre near Basingstoke in the UK.

The Wargaming Compendium became, to my surprise, a best-seller (let's not get carried away, I'm no JK Rowling – miniatures gaming is an extremely niche niche!) and continues to sell steadily in hardback, paperback and ebook formats. I'm incredibly grateful for this, and also for the interest shown in the Shot, Steel & Stone horse and musket era wargames rules it contains. These rules have been used at the giant imagi-nation games played at Ayton which featured in my magazines and on various blogs and their development and expansion continues. There is a Facebook page and group for the rules, and they will feature from time to time in my Patreon posts.

Many wargamers also know me for my support of the Combat Stress charity which cares for veterans of the British armed services suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses resulting from their service. The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal has been running for several years now, is still active and has, at the time of writing, raised over £25,000 for this important cause. I intend to continue supporting and raising money for the charity indefinitely, so you are likely to see the Appeal featuring in my Patreon content from time to time.

I combine the skills of writer, designer and editor and, nowadays, videographer and podcaster too. I featured alongside Neil Shuck of Meeples & Miniatures fame in our occasional View from the Veranda podcasts, and I show up from time to time on Jay Arnold's The Veteran Wargamer show and Jonathan Reinhardt's Wargaming Recon. I'm also known for my skills as a cartographer, both of simple wargame battlefields and highly detailed maps of fantasy and imagi-nation worlds. I intend to put all these skills to good use to provide high-quality and professional content for my Patreon subscribers.

But the most important thing about Patreon as a model is that, rather like the patrons of the arts of previous centuries, it creates a direct link between you, the consumer, and me, the creator. More than just a financial transaction, it creates a bond, a deeper level of interaction than is possible if you were just buying a magazine off a shelf or a picture off a wall. Your input, suggestions, feedback and requests will be crucial in creating my output, to build a body of work that is satisfying to both of us. Already, in the comments below the blog post where I floated the idea, potential patrons are helping to shape my ideas about what to create, how often and even at what size, such as the length of podcasts and so on. If you have a great idea, let me know and I'll do my best to make it so!

But I suppose the biggest question you might have is: why am I doing this? I've been a wargamer ever since I was a young boy. My father gave me my first toy fort and soldiers in the late 1960s, and when he died in 1971, I discovered 'proper' wargames books written by the likes of Charles Grant and Don Featherstone in the local libraries. Since then, this hobby has been in my blood and I've been involved and highly visible in the industry, helping to promote this wonderful pastime, since 2005.

But the last few years have been a struggle, and like many people, I'm having to be ruthless about what I focus on in order to produce a meaningful income. I'm 56 as I write this, and as a self-employed person I have little to look forward to in the form of pensions or other investments – my business life has been adventurous, yes, exciting, sure, but not very profitable so far. Restarting Battlegames as a print magazine simply isn't possible – been there, done that, still have the scars to prove it! So I'm being forced to make a choice about whether to step out of the hobby spotlight and pursue other career avenues entirely, or see if I can really make a go of providing meaningful and creatively satisfying content to a wide and varied audience via the internet and the multimedia communication channels that it offers. And this, dear friends, is where you come in.

In return for your investment in my passion to create wonderful content for the hobby, you can be assured that my productive focus will have you and your fellow Patreon investors front and centre as I put pen to paper, stylus to tablet or fingers to keypad. If you don't like what I do, you can change your pledge amount or cancel your subscription at any time, so it's to our mutual benefit that I continue to produce work that you like and find entertaining. Unlike a traditional business model, it's much more like a partnership in an exclusive venture, and I want you to accompany me on the journey for the long haul, not the short hop.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I look forward to welcoming you aboard as a Battlegames Patreon Sponsor at whatever level you feel comfortable and providing you with content you love for many years to come. Please spread the word!

A QUICK NOTE ON DOLLARS AND VAT
DOLLARS: Patreon is a US company, so the currency is shown in US Dollars. At the time of writing, here’s an approximate exchange rate for my UK Patrons >> $1 = £0.71. In today's global village, I hope you’re happy to support me even if USDs aren’t your native currency.
VAT: Due to European Union regulations, Patreon need to charge VAT on pledges made by EU-based Patrons. Therefore, if you live in the EU, please bear in mind that the Reward values will have VAT added. Click here for some more info about it from Patreon.

Recent posts by Henry Hyde

Rewards
Lance Corporal
$1 or more per month 12 patrons
Thank you for your support. Every little helps to keep me producing creative content for wargamers, so your contribution is appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!
Sergeant
$2.50 or more per month 53 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a cup of coffee a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.

Lieutenant
$5 or more per month 39 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a couple of cups of coffee a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "Officers" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.

Major
$10 or more per month 26 of 50 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a cup of coffee and a sandwich a month, you're helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "Officers" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll create something unique for you.

Brigadier
$25 or more per month 7 of 20 patrons
Thank you for your support. For the price of a light lunch per month, you're making a significant contribution towards helping me to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "High Command" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll and I'll create something unique for you.


Finally, at this more senior tier, you'll get additional secret bonus content according to your gaming/period preferences – just let me know what they are!

General
$50 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
Thank you for your support and congratulations for supporting  Battlegames at the most senior level. For the price of a good dinner with wine per month, you're making a highly significant contribution towards me being able to continue producing creative content for wargamers and your contribution is very much appreciated. You'll get access to my patron-only posts and of course, you'll also get a personal thank you from me if we ever meet in person!


As well as my gratitude, you will also be listed on my "Support" page in the "High Command" section and be able to participate in patron-only Q&A sessions.


In addition, you'll be invited to participate when I organise live video chat hangouts, where you can ask me anything you like about what I'm doing, help me make plans for the future and bounce ideas and information back and forth with me and other top patrons.


Moreover, I'm so grateful for your level of support that I'd like to send you a unique scenario idea set in  your favourite gaming period, so email me at [email protected], tell me your favourite period/theatre/game level (platoon, battalion, brigade etc) and I'll and I'll create something unique for you.


Also, at this more senior tier, you'll get additional secret bonus content according to your gaming/period preferences – just let me know what they are!


Finally, in return for your generosity, I would like to send you a surprise, personalised gift in the post, so please provide your postal address where indicated in the sign-up process.