This advert appeared both in the July and August 1973 issues with a brief but exciting announcement about the forthcoming ECW Range:
A rather faded reproduction of a Peter Laing advert for the Marlburian range in Wargamers Newsletter July 1973 and August 1973 has a tiny corner announcement “other 15mm ranges Feudals, AWI, Ancients and (new) English Civil War”
This was to become the 500 range which I started collecting as youngster c. 1982/3 with my pocket money.
Samples had been well received by Donald Featherstone for review:
“the new English Civil War Range should greatly appeal to Pike and Shot enthusiasts. I have heard it said that 15mm is the smallest size likely to prevail because they are the smallest size of figures that can be adequately painted…”
The references to the elephants, camel lancers and mangonel A201 are interesting.
Other makers like Minifigs had obviously been watching the development of 15mm, such as Miniature Figurines / Minifigs (Peter Laing’s earliest 15mm rival?). Featherstone wrote of a visit to Neville Dickinson:
“Neville [Dickinson] is of the opinion that the wargaming of the further will be in 15mm scale and the manner in which the variety and range in this scale rapidly increases back up his judgement.” August 1973