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

Peter Laing Marlburian Range early mention Wargamers Newsletter February 1973

Donald Featherstone wrote: “This month I am delighted to have two relatively new adverts from Phoenix Model Developments Ltd. of Northampton and from Peter Laing …

“Both of these makers have justifiable claims to prominence … Peter Laing is a pioneer in the new 15mm scale Wargames figures and his beautifully designed miniatures have a remarkable definition for such a small scale. So far he is concentrating on the Marlborough period and his latest items for January [1973] are listed in his advert …”

“This period of military history has fascinating material for wargaming and, having considerable experience in most periods one likes to name, I remain convinced that this is almost the best of them for table-top purposes.

These little 15mm figures are small enough to give more space on the table and yet they are not too small to be reasonably well painted and can actually save time because it is not possible to put so much detail on them as it is on larger figures.

Peter Laing is a small maker struggling, just as all the larger makers did in the beginning, to come through with a range of figures in which he has faith and which puts at the disposal of the wargamer items beyond our wildest dreams a few years ago – he deserves our support.”

Source: Wargamers Newsletter 131 February 1973 scanned pdf

Not a bad first or early review by Donald Featherstone!

Peter Laing also (first?) advertised in Military Modelling c. October / November 1972 and was championed by editor and writer Stuart Asquith, a long time Peter Laing fan.

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 ...

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