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“No Dragons, Dwarfs nor Dungeons” – Peter Laing advert and review Wargamers Newsletter December 1977

Another curious December / Christmas advert from Peter Laing – Wargamers Newsletter, 189, December 1977

“No Dragons, Dwarfs nor Dungeons? No! Nor Noddy or Big Ears.

Peter Laing (jokily?) reacting to the growing fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons market, with Star Wars mania just about to engulf my playground and the Kenner Palitoy action figures attracting my pocket money away from historical figures (albeit Airfix ones) for the next few years.

It would be another 5 or 6 years before I would be sending Peter Laing my pocket money to buy my first ECW figures, my first proper metal wargames figures. I still have these – and the Star Wars figures as well.

So no chance of a Peter Laing Fantasy or Sci Fi Range then in 1977. However his Ancients, Medieval and Feudal / Dark Ages ranges could offer up many useful adventurer figures, if a shortage of dragons and orcs …

By now at the end of 1977, after 5 years, the Peter Laing range covers Ancients through to WW2 in 15mm – “15mm – The scale with a lot of advantages”.

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Note: The familiar Minden address to which I sent off my pocket money orders! Peter Laing figures now available from USA and Australian distributors or dealers.

Image Source Wargamers Newsletter December 1977 – https://www.fourcats.co.uk/mags/files/WGN-189-Dec-77c.pdf

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In the same Newsletter, a review by Donald Featherstone of more new Laing figures and a new catalogue:

New 1977/8 figures are Vikings to extend the Feudal 200 Series into Dark Ages …

and his 3000 series of American Indian Wars figures.

Many good things said by Donald Featherstone about the extensive range of figures:

“There is no doubt that Peter’s great enthusiasm and the speed at which he has increased his range, have gone a long way towards causing the increasing popularity of 15mm wargaming.”

“All are made with the care and attention to detail that we have come to expect from Laing figures.”

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Finally as Peter says, “as you know I am no wargamer”, here is a curious and diplomatic bit of correspondence by Peter Laing about smaller scales and painting in response to a previous Wargamers Newsletter article by model maker G. Erik.

Peter writes: “I can assure you that after my initial ranges were produced all subsequent releases are based on wargamer’s requests. The only sad thing is that I cannot, for practical reasons, produce everything that is requested.”

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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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