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

Peter Laing ECW 500 Range announced Wargamers Newsletter July and August 1973

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

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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