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50th Anniversary of 15mm figures and Peter Laing mentioned in The 15 Mill online magazine November 2022

Rather late in the year, I realised that I had missed out my plan of mentioning the 50th anniversary of 15mm scale and Peter Laing figures in the only dedicated online magazine to the 15mm scale The 15 Mill :

This eclectic free online magazine is edited and hosted by Martin Goddard, who runs Peter Pig 15mm figures.

Peter Pig are arguably now the heirs of Peter Laing, holding on in this scale against the current dominance of 28mm figures:

The 4th edition of The 15 Mill (back in November 2019) featured a fine selection of WW1 Peter Laing figures from the collection or blog of the ABC Gamers.

Here for November 2022 is my email turned article:

One of the three page ‘article’ out of our emails that Martin put together at high speed.

The original first 15mm and Peter Laing advert, Military Modelling November 1972

During the email conversations that became this late article, Ian M. Dury also offered for future publication some recent material about Laing’s collaborator and successor John Mitchell who took over the Peter Laing range and introduced resin tanks and terrain.

Here is the rest of my 15 Mill article:

Thanks to Martin Goddard for including this mention of the father of 15mm, Peter Laing.

He also included a link to the Peter Laing Figure Collectors MeWe Circle forum/ social media page set up by Ian M. Dury:

Blog Post Script

As mentioned at the start of the article, Martin wondered if Peter Laing were still alive. Ian Dury shared a Hereford phone number passed on to him by a Laing relative or acquaintance in 2012 that he had never got around to phoning. Martin phoned it. It was disconnected. The Laing trail goes cold again …

Peter Laing would be 96 by now, which places him firmly in the WW2 wartime generation, potentially as a serviceman in the final years of the War, certainly as a National Serviceman.

Anyway Happy Birthday 15mm scale, thanks to Martin for keeping it alive and here’s to Peter Laing, wherever you are!

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN 12 November 2022


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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