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

Peter Laing reviews by Donald Featherstone Wargamers Newsletter 147 June 1974

“Peter Laing, one of my most faithful supporters …” (and regular advertisers)

Peter Laing’s new Crimean and WW1 ranges were praised, his horses criticised by Donald Featherstone.

These ‘distinctive’ horses with cast rather than separate riders are often what allow me to pick out old / odd Laing figures in online auction photos.

Donald Featherstone writes: “Of course, when talking of these 15mm figures one must realise that their effect when painted up is in mass and that it is just as unfair to expect them to compare with a 25mm figure as it is to place that size alongside a 54mm figure.”

“Nevertheless I have played a dirty trick on Peter Laing and critically viewed some of his figures under a magnifying glass which resulted in me being highly impressed with the amount of detail he is able to get into these little men.”

Donald Featherstone writes: “I must confess however that I am not very happy with the cavalry horses, there is something wrong with them and they are by no means up to the standard of the rest of the range.”

“I am inclined to think it is because their heads lack shape, their bodies are a bit too long and their bellies are too near the ground which makes them look like very large dogs.”

“Peter will hate me for saying this but reviews must be critical as well as praising and I trust that he subscribes to my oft-repeated remark that it is better to be abused than ignored.”

“But I think the WW1 figures that have impressed me most …” and picks out the three Tommies in a moulded trench and Belgian cyclist for particular praise.

It is good to have a reprint snippet of Peter Laing’s letter to Donald Featherstone with his samples about future WW1 releases.

Photos of samples are included in this Wargamers Newsletter (fuzzier than the Military Modelling ones) – Colonial, WW1, Ancients.

The Crimean figures are well reviewed and the French and British standard bearers praised, as well as a link to the origins of the Crimean Range from a suggestion by Ian Maclellen of the South East Scotland Wargames Society for their forthcoming battle.

**** I wonder if this is the club collection held by Jim Duncan in his Wargames blog post of 2012:

I like the combination of the sort of typeset printed advert that would appear in Military Modelling alongside the typewritten new additions!

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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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