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allthekingsmen02 Jan 2014 6:22 a.m. PST


Hello, this is Ken at All the King's Men Toy Solders LLC. Here at ATKM we make 54mm metal figures for wargaming and collecting. Customer Tim A approached me about amassing a Russian army to fight the French one I had already assembled for him. While ATKM doesn't offer Russians (yet), I was able to acquire some and set out to painting his troops. Tim uses the "All the King's Men" rules, which are available as a free PDF download from our site:

PDF link


Much of 2013's painting schedule was spent on this force, which comprises 6 units of infantry, 3 of cavalry, 2 of skirmishers and 3 of artillery, along with a general. As a frame of reference, units sizes for ATKM games are:

12 men + 2 command for infantry
6 + 2 for cavalry
6 + 2 for skirmishers
4 + 2 + gun for artillery

In short, that's a lot of 54mm figures and a lot of painting! The majority of the figures are metal from Black Cat. My understanding is these figures are no longer available in metal, but the owner Harold offers the foot in plastic.

The cavalry are Armies in Plastic and Italeri figures converted (considerably in some cases). Horses for two out of three cav regiments are from DSG.

You can see all the pics of the army, along with some other projects recently finished, here:


ATKM offers 54mm figures, terrain and rules for the American Revolution, War of 1812, Napoleonics, and American Civil War. I also offer a painting service exclusively for 54mm miniatures. I prefer to focus on the figures we make, but will consider painting other manufacturers' products if you supply them. Contact me to inquire about painting rates. My email address is on the ATKM website.


WarWizard02 Jan 2014 6:45 a.m. PST

Excellent work.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2014 7:19 a.m. PST

I'd love a 54mm Russian army but the cav is pretty problematic.

allthekingsmen02 Jan 2014 7:31 a.m. PST

Agreed, Joe. I made what I would say are convincing uhlans and chasseurs from AiP figures intended for the Crimea, and cossacks from Italeri Mamelukes (all converted, of course).

Jeigheff02 Jan 2014 8:54 a.m. PST

Those Russians look really beautiful. Thanks for sharing these photos, even though this was a private commission.

45thdiv02 Jan 2014 11:56 a.m. PST

Well done Ken. I like them a lot.


Texas Jack02 Jan 2014 4:05 p.m. PST

Wow, that is old school gaming at itīs most elegant!

coopman02 Jan 2014 7:33 p.m. PST

Great job, Ken.

CraigSpiel02 Jan 2014 7:49 p.m. PST

Looking good, Ken!

GDrover02 Jan 2014 10:06 p.m. PST

Really nice paintwork!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2014 5:53 a.m. PST

Excellent work Ken!

Whatisitgood4atwork03 Jan 2014 6:02 p.m. PST

Lovely work. Well done.

dBerczerk05 Jan 2014 2:13 p.m. PST


Do you carry or can you obtain the Russian Cossack heads you used in your conversions of the Italeri Mamelukes?

What a clever idea!

They look great!

MacrossMartin05 Jan 2014 5:06 p.m. PST

You know, that's not a crazy-huge number of figures, especially when compared to most 15mm or 25mm forces, but the overall effect is of a BIG army. That's a very impressive force, and beautifully finished, too. Applause!

paulalba05 Jan 2014 6:29 p.m. PST

Stunning figures!

Clays Russians27 Jan 2014 1:08 p.m. PST

damn, im jealous

dBerczerk28 Jan 2014 4:12 a.m. PST

It is a quite beautiful collection!

Skull and Crown31 Jan 2014 11:03 p.m. PST

Some of your best work yet! What a lucky collector.

jeffreyw312 Jul 2014 1:55 p.m. PST

I love this…

Sebastian Palmer21 Jul 2014 3:01 p.m. PST

Fantastic! Russia vs Napoleon is my thing… but in 6mm & 10mm, because of time/ money/space constraints… Maybe one day… sighs :-/

Sebastian Palmer21 Jul 2014 3:02 p.m. PST


Russia vs Napoleon is my thing… but in 6mm & 10mm, because of time/ money/space constraints… Maybe one day… sighs :-/


ModelJShip21 Jul 2014 3:53 p.m. PST

Lovely work, excellent!!! It must be very difficult to paint figures as large as good finish.

Marc the plastics fan22 Jul 2014 6:16 a.m. PST

Oooh – a painting guide/how to – yes please grin. That would be good to see.

Marc the plastics fan18 Apr 2018 11:41 a.m. PST

Crikey. Almost 4 years and just tumbleweed

archiduque22 Apr 2018 4:01 a.m. PST

Fantastic work!!!

Part time gamer23 Apr 2018 11:29 p.m. PST

But it also shows the main reason I do Not 'go larger' than 28's, no matter how tempting.
The hands were never great, but these now 50+ hands/eyes, could never do justice to this scale/detail.

Marc at work24 Apr 2018 5:08 a.m. PST

Ahh, but remember, the detail is bigger and so easier to see/paint. And "the dip" covers a multitude of sins…

Part time gamer25 Apr 2018 11:33 p.m. PST

This is possible *Marc, but I never was much of a 'dipper'. grin

I did find 'waaay back', that the fastest way to permanently and I do mean permanently, seal & protect GW's 1st run (bird beak helmets) of Space Marines, was to dip them in polyurethane.
Yea nothing got in, out or loose.. ever.evil grin
Found later, using a wide brush not only gave a much better and thinner coat, but looked and turned out better results as well.

I have seen some great results with various dipping methods not just Army Builder but others I understand also you.. furniture stain IIRC?

Marc at work26 Apr 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

Sorry, I use the term to describe the product – I never actually dip, just brush it on. More control and less waste

PeloBourbon26 Apr 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Hi Ken,

I followed the link to see more pictures of these stunning stuff but I can see the Russians in your site. Did I miss something?

Thank you !!!


PeloBourbon27 Apr 2018 9:00 p.m. PST

Please forget the previous post, I found the pictures! Again beautiful stuff!!

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