Hello! I’m Henry Hyde, a writer, designer and editor. My first non-fiction book, The Wargaming Compendium dealing with the hobby of miniatures wargaming, was published by Pen & Sword in July 2013 and became a best-seller. The book has its own website here. I’m currently working on a follow-up book, Wargaming Campaigns, due to be published in 2020.
I was the Editor of the internationally regarded monthly hobby magazine Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, which combined Battlegames (which started life as my own self-published venture in March 1996 before eventually being bought by Atlantic Publishers on 1st December 2011) and Miniature Wargames, the grand-daddy of the hobby which was first launched in 1983. I left this post in September 2016 to pursue my personal creative goals.
I am also writing fiction, particularly fantasy, sci-fi and historical novels. Watch this space. In July 2016, I launched Gladius Publications, the first step in launching my own self-publishing career. I shall also be using this brand to publish a carefully selected range of other people’s work as well.
I have been a professional graphic designer since 1991 and web designer since 1996. Nowadays, I specialise in book and magazine design, corporate identity and branding. I also have a keen interest in typography and photography. My own experiences over more than a decade have also given me the ability to offer sound advice on self-publishing and online marketing.
My other interests extend to international and military history (I have a European Studies: History degree from the University of Sussex), visual arts and music, languages (I speak German, French, Italian, Spanish and a smattering of Portuguese), cookery, health and martial arts. Over the last few years, I have been rekindling my interest in watercolour painting under the watchful eye of Cecil Rice. I have a deep and abiding love for the place where I live, and love travelling in Europe, with a particular love of Venice and the Dolomites. And when I finally put my feet up, I like to watch good crime (especially if it’s Scandinavian) or sci-fi series.
I’m in my 50s and live in beautiful Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England with my partner Ann and our two adorable cats, Bibby and Chuffy, and rescued goldfish Goldie. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019 and have been recording a series of no-holds-barred video diaries on YouTube.
Thanks for visiting.