About Us

Imperial Miniatures is owned and run by Mike Lewis who has been involved in moulding and casting white metal figures since he started the wargames company Black Hat Miniatures in 2004.

A large number of our figures come from the “All the Queen’s Men” ranges which were produced by Derek Cross until he retired in 2007 and which we partially acquired in April 2015 before acquiring all the ranges, moulds and masters in September 2018..

We sold off the figure wargaming side of Black Hat Miniatures in September 2018, retaining only the Coat D’arms paint range which we own and distribute to retailers.

Dorset Model Soldiers was acquired from Andy Gibbs in December 2019, who had originally bought it along with his partner Peter James from Giles Brown. Giles started Dorset in 1976 and had run it for 40 years, building up a reputation for quality and service.

We produce 54mm Toy Soldiers which are sold as castings, painted boxed sets or in vignettes. They are intended for the adult collector, may contain a small amount of lead and have sharp points and thus are not intended for children.

The Price List page lists all the sets we own and have moulds and masters for.  The online shop does not contain all the AQM sets and I will be updating the shop with sets as they are photographed.

Please note that we don’t have access to all the AQM paint masters so the figures may not match the original AQM production runs. If you do want to match an existing figure then providing us with a photograph or a figure to match to is the best solution.

As well as AQM we also produce our own sets which are intended to complement the AQM figures and cover other subjects; these are labelled with codes starting IM. Codes starting with TB are from the AQM ranges.

The Little Wars Revisited 19th Century range was originally produced by Black Hat Miniatures but is now sold through Imperial Miniatures.

Dorset Models Soldiers moulds are not designed for large quantites of production – this means that it will take longer to produce an order for 20 of one item than two each of ten items.

Please allow three weeks for castings and six weeks for painted sets. Imperial Miniatures is a single man business which is intended to be a semi-retirement business and this means there may be some delays in production of items due to illness or holidays.

All our figures are produced and painted in the UK.