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pilum4004 Jun 2015 8:35 p.m. PST

I've put a small gallery of my 54mm AWI collection on my blog. I use them for All the King's Men, Black Powder Last Argument of Kings, and Sharp Practice. These are all All the King's Men, Armies in Plastic, and Accurate Miniatures. Enjoy…


45thdiv05 Jun 2015 3:41 a.m. PST

Very nice. I like the mounted officer.

Gone Fishing05 Jun 2015 4:35 a.m. PST

You have a very impressive collection. Are the Hessian grenadiers by AKM?

I love your Ben Franklin figure.

Finally, what size table do you game with them on?

Thank you for sharing!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2015 5:12 a.m. PST

Most impressive

MacrossMartin05 Jun 2015 5:54 a.m. PST

Although I like my 54's in a more 'toy soldier' style, these look fantastic!

I have sometimes thought it would be great to do AWI in 54; something about the battles appeals in this size. Maybe it's the relative lack of cavalry, artillery, or the cast of (hundreds of) thousands present in contemporary Europe; 54mm is a great size for infantry-heavy actions at close range!

dBerczerk05 Jun 2015 6:53 a.m. PST

I think I am in love!

pilum4005 Jun 2015 7:47 a.m. PST

Yes, the Grenadiers are ATKM. I do like Ken's figures and frankly the price is comparable to "modern 28mm" miniatures when I try to get them from across the pond. I've found a good table size for All the Kings Men games is 8x6. I've got enough space in the Rat Palace to expand out to 16x6. If I'm playing multiple players, I'll expand the table from 8x6 to 12x6. If I'm playing 1v1 or 2v2, etc., I'll leave the table at 8x6. Makes for a good game in depth or if I want to have off table reinforcements. Ole Ben is from either the Accurate Miniatures or from Armies in Plastic. You'll find several iterations in my collection. I'll bring a Ben to my history classes. My students think he's cool. I'm doing a work in progress update on my blog today (Napoleonics). These guys are a long term project and will be a legacy for my son. Hopefully, he won't Bleeped text it away. Thanks for the compliments!

Steve Miller
DFW Irregulars-Southern Front

Gone Fishing05 Jun 2015 8:53 a.m. PST

Hi Steve, thank you for the response. The table size is helpful. Your collection is indeed incredible. ABSOLUTELY none of my business, but the only thing missing are some highland grenadiers.

If your son isn't interested, I will quietly add (in a whisper) that I am currently up for adoption.

WarWizard05 Jun 2015 9:21 a.m. PST

Excellent work, a 10!

pilum4005 Jun 2015 10:06 a.m. PST

I haven't painted any highland Grenadiers simply because painting tartans has been a bane of my existence since starting out in the hobby in 1979. I avoid them like Ebola. LOL I just adjust by justifying my "Scots without trews" as as close as I want to be to painting Highlanders. If you take a look at the Scots officer, he's in a tartan. I had to drink copious amounts to get him done. Thanks for the virtual whisper…it's appreciated. I'll pass it on to my son so he doesn't get "the big head".

ironicon05 Jun 2015 10:21 a.m. PST

Pretty exciting collection. I just started doing AWI in 40mm (Trident figs.).
The larger scale really seems to work for AWI.

Yesthatphil05 Jun 2015 1:07 p.m. PST

thumbs up!


allthekingsmen07 Jun 2015 4:02 a.m. PST

Sorry I'm so late to the party. Beautiful work, Steve, whether on metal or plastic figures. Your collection is truly enviable and diverse. I need to make that 12-hour drive to your part of TX just so we can get all our troops on one table.

pilum4007 Jun 2015 10:24 a.m. PST

What about Historicon next year instead? Let's both meet there and put on one helva' game for the Yankees. :) I could do it. I could drive to Ohio and pick up a couple of friends and dash to Historicon from there. ROOOOAAAAADDDDD TRIPPPPP!

Part time gamer25 Mar 2017 10:39 p.m. PST

You thought You were late to the party. lol

Havent read a single comment yet.. just ck'd your blog and wow.. they look Great!
Ive played only a cpl games of ATKM but enjoyed every minute of it. Its a great game and this looked like a fun battle.

Personally Im dying to do a cpl AWI armies in 54. However, my 28's (WW II, Dark Age, Zulu war) show enough of my painting (and worse) lack of skill. The hands arent as steady as they were.

@Macross Martin
Maybe thats it, the appeal of AWI that I never realized, the relativly few usually 'very' few cavalry. Ironic, love WSS, Sudan, AWI all in 54. BUT I have never been a big fan of doing a lot of "if any" cavalry for my games.
yes "Im a bad gamer" for not having them in my units lol.

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