VAT Registration

Please note that our prices have risen as I have had to register for VAT as of March 1st.

This does mean that overseas customers will have the 20% VAT removed from their orders.

EU customers may have to pay their own country’s VAT and import tax on their orders.

Order Status and Christmas Closure

I have been ill for a lot of the last week so am slightly behind on orders but hope to catch up on some this week and clear some outstanding painting and casting orders. Unfortunately, things are taking longer to do while I am not well.

I will be closing for Christmas on the 18th December and reopening on January 4th 2021. You can still order over this period through the website but no orders will be processed until the start of January and I won’t be taking phone orders or responding to email.

Please place any orders you want before Christmas by 11th December and I will try and complete all orders up to 11th December by the time I close on the 18th.

Any painted orders placed in December will be worked on in January unless they are for stock items.

Delay in Orders

Please note that I am very busy at the moment and trying to finish writing up my accounts so orders may take a little longer than usual.

I have a couple of orders waiting on a new mould (where the insert for the original mould has been lost and so the figure is uncastable) but hope to get that mould made at the beginning of next week.

All painting slots for November completion are full so any new ones will move into December.

Also, please note that at the moment response to enquiries is slow as I am trying to clear paid for orders ahead of potential orders.

The website will eventually be updated with the rest of the painted sets and (hopefully) the start of photographing castings but that is not likely to happen until the end of the year.

Thanks for your patience.

Painting Schedule

I am receiving a larger number of orders for painted sets that previously and they are taking longer to complete due to various other work (the Coat D’arms paint side of the business is still extremely busy)

I have added a page detailing the current schedule for when I expect to complete the current painting orders and their current status. Hopefully this will be helpful.

The page is here:

Virtual Toy Soldier Faire

The Midlands Toy Soldier show which was scheduled for the end of Setptember is no longer happening as with most events. Patrick Campbell has decided to run it as a virtual show online on Sunday 27th September from 9am to 5pm.

I will be supporting the show with a special category section in the shop (Virtual Toy Soldier Show) which will feature a number of painted sets such as bands and individual figures at 10-20% discount for the day.

I have started to add some bands to the category and will be adding other sets over the next two weeks.

Unfortunately, due to a change in circumstances, I am not going to be around over that weekend so you will only be able to order online using paypal or credit card. Any sets ordered will be sent out the week beginning October 5th when I get back from Holiday.

You can find out more details on the Virtual Toy Soldier Faire here:

Welcome to the new Imperial Miniatures / Dorset Model Soldiers website

Welcome to the new website which now includes the Dorset Model Soldiers ranges in our online shop. This means you can order them directly for the first time rather than having to fill in an order form.

All the ranges are now listed in a table format which you can filter by category and by TAG, enabling you to look for all the heads or arms, for instance, in a range or across multiple ranges. I will be adding more tags in the future to let you narrow searches down to specific nationalities or figure types.

You can, of course, still order by Phone, email or via post if you prefer.

I have not managed to get all the painted sets for Dorset added to the website and these will be added over the next few weeks, along with some more of the Imperial Miniatures AQM sets that I have photographs for.

I hope to add photographs for the Dorset ranges as I cast and produce figures (providing I manage to find the time between processing orders!).

Closed for August 2020

I have decided to close the Imperial Miniatures and Dorset Model Soldiers websites to new orders for August 2020.  This is to give me chance to catch up on some things and to finally get Dorset properly sorted which has proved impossible while continuing to process orders.

I am planning to:

  • Sort all Dorset stock into new storage
  • Finish recreating missing documentation which will let me file away stock efficiently
  • Re-sort the painted samples which are in a random order
  • Hopefully work out some of the missing moulds and codes that I haven’t been able to cast
  • Work on a new website for Dorset and Imperial

And hopefully get away for a week or so on holiday!

The plan is to reopen in September with a new website.

If you place orders (especially for painted items) towards the end of July they are likely to be completed during September.

While I will endeavour to complete orders placed between now and August 1st some will be delayed until I reopen.


We are pleased to announce that as of 15th November 2019 Imperial Miniatures are the new owners of Dorset Model Soldiers, the well known supplier of Toy Soldier Spares and model soldiers based in Portland, Dorset.

We have bought the company from Andy Gibbs, who bought Dorset from the original owner Giles Brown in 2016.

Andy is currently completing any outstanding paid orders he has, and we are arranging to collect the moulds, masters, stock etc. from the Portland workshop around the end of November.  New orders can continue to be placed through the Dorset Models website, by phone or post (please note that cheques should be payable to Imperial Miniatures).

We hope to have the business back up and running and processing orders shortly after the London Toy Soldier show on December 7th and provide the same level of service that Giles made Dorset renowned for.

Please note the new address and phone number:

Dorset Model Soldiers , Nyetimber, Norfolk Farm Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 8LF, England

Tel: 01483 855757  (Cheques payable to Imperial Miniatures).

Dorset will continue to be run as a separate website and business from Imperial.

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