Press release about the purchase of Dorset Model Soldier below – still feeling a mix of nerves and excitement about the purchase…

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.


  1. Delighted to hear that they will continue. I have been holding off any orders because of the uncertainty. Hopefully the whole range will be available including the boxes, which I find very useful.

  2. Thanks Brian,

    It is a big range and I am slightly apprehensive about fitting everything into the house/wokshop – but my wife has been very supportive about me bring in more toy soldiers!

  3. Ian,

    Yes, full range will be available and there seemed to be a fairly big selection of boxes on the shelves…

  4. Good News. Looking forward to ordering more heads and arms for repairs in the New Year!

  5. That’s very good news! I’m sure the (vast) Dorset range will be safe in your hands and that your expansion will be a great success.

  6. Thanks Tim,

    The size of the range makes me slightly apprehensive, but the AQM range has 3,000+ figures in the range as well…

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