I am not changing Queen for King!

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In my collection ERII will remain at the head of the Trooping of the Colour display… not that I do not have the Charles III mini too… but there you are I was born in 1952 and habits and frame die hard.

Surely Charles will do a lot of ceremonial but not so many as his mother I fear.

We collectors are like that. I think that I already did a Post about them but not going to check… today is my wife’s anniversary so… a good homage to the Queen of my heart.

Incidentally, Jack Duke from DUCAL did for me a lot of “specials” that are in this pic try to find them…


PS: On second thoughts maybe… just maybe… I will paint a King Charles III… he is from my generation after all…

Dorset Soldiers Parcel Arrival…

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To make a long story short… they are finally here!… you need to have some considerations when placing an order in painted 54MM Toy Soldiers.

In my experience the waiting list is always long. Not always mind, but other factors get in the way… Toy Soldiers Shows… the circumstances of real life delays and not scheduled normal activities… whatever…

In this particular case relations been top notch and cordial I asked politely in November 2022 about the possibility of having a shiny Toy Soldiers Box a month starting February 2023 (note my prudence!)… and so I placed my orders to get five boxes painted and some casts (unpainted) here and there.

Casts of the French Foreign Legion missing items to complete units arrived quite fast (and thanks for that) and also more exotic things as ADC’s and Policemen on Bikes… I dutifully painted those when waiting for February to start things arriving… well, they did not, my carefully arranged shedule of a box a month never worked out and I got the whole lot in a single parcel just at the limit of the time span (meaning February-March-April-May-June)… by the end of June and a couple of days of July I did not mind at all… everything was ready… pics sent to me of the painted units… and parcel dispatched via DHL (Fast&true).

So in the end all worked out alright for me… excepting the “intervals”.

The quality of the Toy Soldiers is TipTop, true to my specifications (some quite complicated because they were necessary to fill gaps on an existing collection). And all is well what it ends well.

I just thought to make this post to clarify the process and to let you know the true value of patience!

If ordering from DORSET SOLDIERS / IMPERIAL MINIATURES say hello to Antony Spencer!… a genial chap and really helpful!

Same thing can be said about REPLICA (Andrew Stevenson) and other manufacturers as Tradition of London or RPWorldModels.

Just have lots of patience and then ENJOY!

Tirailleurs Senegalais
British Colonials & Allies
Staff car and a gift!
“My” XIX Corps d’Afrique… now complete!
“My” British Colonials now complete (+ Allies)

They are in the Post…

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November 2022… after a long reflection and no REPLICA in the works (yet)… I decided to contact Mr. Antony Spencer from Dorset Soldiers (Imperial Miniatures nowadays) about the possibility of completing some units as to have them organized in “dozens” – aka 12 minis each-).

No problem with “new” sets… you just order 12 minis units and the trick is done…

But it was different with the sets done by REPLICA a couple of years back… it was a task of finding the right hues of paint and the models themselves… mind, they are still in the Post… but have some pics to show you… so here they are!


4 Toy Soldiers to complete the Guides set.
4 Toy Soldiers to complete the Gurkhas set.
Alternative set of Ensigns (GUARDS).
An NCO and Dr. Watson (Conan-Doyle’s character) at Maiwand.
A few good men for the kneeling set.
Variations on a theme…
Maybe redundant but I will find a use for him… that ends my Kakhi Collection for good…

Trying my hand at 6MM proxies (IV) Baccus slightly modified.

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Next one will be when properly based (Pendraken) and mounted officers added.

Slow Postal system I am afraid.


The Brigade is finished (it lacks a coulple of standard bearers in the Post) on first plan the mounted officers.
Those are 6mm remember…
One side
The other
When chain painting is the norm…


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It is always a big pleasure when a parcel containing Toy Soldiers arrives… if they are old looking casts a la Britains to paint myself even better!

Not that it did not include a box of Grenadiers painted (to serve as a guide for painting).

Months ahead of what I am doing they are scheduled for the next future, I have learned to stock ahead… because if not you get lapses of void time (between ordering and delivery sometimes MONTHS elapse!).


Carefully packed
Nice models…
Properly checked… and with a 42MM gift sample!

British Artillery. Mountain Guns by TRADITION OF LONDON and other various makers (RPWorld Models and others).

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I am not a fan of Artillery, give me an Infantry Soldier or a Cavalry one any time… I do not know why but it is so… As an Infantryman myself I suppose I do not like to be a target of incoming Artillery fire… whatever… I do not have an extensive collection of models about that theme.

But of course you need them if a completist.


Above two sets of Mountain Batteries. Below Guns and Machine Guns.

British Colonial Cavalry. Ducal 54MM.

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Red Coated Dragoons and Blue clad Lancers (17th)… Zulu War times more or less.

Once I finished collecting Household Troops I went Colonial for a while… there was always something of interest in the Ducal Catalogue… and if it was not there you politely asked if it could be done… as the fictional standard or colour of the lancers!


British Foot Guards in my Collection.Ducal 54MM

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When I was a child I was fascinated by those red coated Guards… got a box of Britains with Coldstream Guards… and then when I started collecting “seriously” they were my first addiction… I bought books about them and slowly it dawnwd on me that it was five different Regiments! LOL

Well… there they are (with some other minis just for fun)


Grenadiers above, Coldstream below.
Scots above and Irish below.
Welsh Guards

Ray Daunter’s “FIND”… and what a find!… heavily converted Britain’s.

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Sometimes one stumbles upon an interesting Post in Facebook, by the way it is explained they were bought in a bunk or as a full lot or collection.

This is what the author qualifies as a find (a rare find in my opinion) because even if Britain’s did do soldier “to be modified”… the level of attention here is awesome.

Looks as if the original owner wanted Russians of various periods and not finding them commercially had a go at onversions (a twin soul of mine somehow).

I was really impressed.


Mainly Russians
More of them
Some here look like Lucotte
Hours of work
General view!