15mm wargames figures, Peter Laing 15mm vintage 15mm

An early mention of Peter Laing 15mm in Wargamers Newsletter 129 December 1972

Source: Wargamers Newsletter 129 December 1972

I am quite curious about the wording when Donald Featherstone mentions “we have yet another range in the 15mm … metal figures”.

When did Minifigs launch their 15mm range as I have always thought that Peter Laing was the first maker in this 15mm scale?

By 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures.
I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures.
Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules.
To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

3 replies on “An early mention of Peter Laing 15mm in Wargamers Newsletter 129 December 1972”

Morning Mark – I would have to check back through my old ‘Military Modelling’s’ which are in store, but I am 99% certain that Minifigs did not start advertisining their 15mm range till one or two years after Peter first released his figures. There was a review of them in Military Modelling or Battle magazine (probably by Stuart Asquith) just after them came out and if I remember correctly that was in the then new A4 format that came out in 1973
As I understood it, Peter did not intend to make 15mm figures origiinally – he was aiming for 10-12mm (same as Scruby), which is why his earliest figures (like the Marlburians) tend to be smaller than his later ranges


Thanks Ian. Interesting that he was going for Scruby (N gauge?)
Peter tells the story in one of his 1970s Wargamers Newsletter comments or typed adverts about failing to make (1: 144 ?) plane crew, later retold in the 1982 Mil Mod article.
I thought using the online Wargamers Newsletter scanned pdfs would save you from having to scan all your 70s Mil Mods.
However Wargamers Newsletter only goes up to 1980 ..


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