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

Peter Laing 15mm ECW 500 advert Wargamers Newsletter March 1974

In March 1974 the new Laing “kids on the block” were his 600 series Colonials and the 500 series of English Civil War figures.

The advert shows that the first releases (probably in a previous February 1974 advert) were F501 -F509 (the core ECW Foot or Infantry figures) and M501 – M506 (core ECW cavalry figures).

The troopers are described as English / Swedish Troopers as this was designed as a dual ECW and Thirty Years War Range.

New arrivals here in March 1974 were F510 – F514 foot figures and Artillery figures and guns (below) A501-A506.

Image source Wargamers Newsletter March 1974:


Two of my surviving 1982/3 ECW artillery bases (left) Saker A502 and Culverin (right) A501 with crew A503, A505 and A506.

This advert and range is of especial interest to me as around eight years later I would be saving up my pocket money and paper round earnings as a youngster to buy these ECW 500 series, my first proper metal wargames figures, chosen as a period not covered by Airfix!

These ECW figures from my collection can still be seen on the ECW catalogue page


Donald Featherstone mentions Peter Laing again in this March 1974 issue of his Wargamers Newsletter in the same breath as other well-known and long-established makers introducing the “Golden Age” of metal wargames figures

Donald Featherstone wrote: “Over and above these ranges of 20, 25 and 30mm figures are other scales that are rapidly becoming popular, such as the 15mm and 5mm regimental blocks by Miniature Figurines, the 15mm figure by Peter Laing, the N gauge (9mm) of Scruby and the astonishing 1:300 scale wargames figures at present in the Napoleonic, American Civil War and modern periods by Heroics.”


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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