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Peter Laing figure display trade box from 1972?

It is almost fifty years since Peter Laing started producing and advertising possibly the first 15mm figure range.

Here from eBay a few weeks back was an unusual Peter Laing box from his early Tunbridge Wells days around fifty years ago with some painted Marlburian figures glued down and bolted inside …

which led to a clever connection or bit of detective work by Philip Catton, member of our friendly Peter Laing Collectors’ Circle on MeWe.

For future reference – the original A3 Auctions Of Surrey EBay listing text : “Over the next few weeks we shall be listing items from an extensive hoard collated by someone that worked for multiple toy manufacturers between roughly 1965 and 2005 – an incredible 40 years in the toy trade. 

He was, we understand, principally a designer and model maker and worked on Triang, Airfix, Lone Star, Waddingtons, Britains Hasbro and Mattel products to name but a few. 

Therefore, among the standard issue items offered for sale there will be resin prototypes, test shots, colour trials and samples. resin prototypes, test shots, colour trials and samples. Some early samples are quite crude and often incomplete or unfinished, whilst others, nearer to the production stage, will bear close resemblance to the finished product. We strongly recommend you examine the pictures as there may well be unusual items throughout the hoard that we have not identified correctly. 

Sadly, most of the paper provenance was lost due to poor storage and some of the items have been exposed to damp and may need careful cleaning. We did however manage to retrieve a selection of toy fair trade badges that he would have worn whilst exhibiting and attending toy trade shows starting in the late 1970’s and a Waddingtons business card holder that we are offering for auction”.

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1 September 2022. 

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M410 Hun cavalry

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M410 Hun cavalry

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman and Pictish Army is now in my collection – some singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

I am reasonably confident of my figure ID here, partly based on the figures they came with.

I thought the quiver was quite a distinctive ID feature.

Phil Barker in WRG Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome notes of the Hunnic Light Cavalryman (101) that they had long hair, short sleeved tunics, fur capes, brightly coloured caps also trimmed with fur.

They carried bows, bone headed javelins and lassoes.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M407 Gallic Cavalry

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M407 Gallic Cavalry

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman and Pictish Army is now in my collection – some will be singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

I am fairly confident of this figure ID / identification.

Phil Barker in his WRG Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome notes of northern Gaulish / Gallic Cavalry that they have bronze helmets, long hair, spears and swords. They wore no body armour and carried an oval round shield with a bronze boss.

Stuart has painted them as a colourful bunch! Apparently yellow tunics were popular, purple, scarlet and brown trousers and tunics with stripes, check or tartan. Cloaks could be tartan, striped or bordered, especially scarlet, blue and black.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F420 Imperial Roman centurion marching

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F420 Imperial Roman centurion marching

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman Army is now in my collection – some singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F457 Kharu auxiliary

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F457 Kharu auxiliary

According to WRG’s Armies and Enemies of Egypt and Assyria by Alan Buttery

Kharu auxiliary troops were from Palestine. They wore a long robe of wool, carried a composite bow and spear or two javelins. They wore cross belts over the shoulder much like later Assyrians.

‘Kharu Aux C bow and spear’ – These figures in my collection were bought online with many other Laing Ancients by me c. 2013/ 2015. They were painted / owned by “A.Price” who thankfully labelled many of them on the base.

Now singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients A408 British chariot

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients A408 British chariot – 3 part kit of two wheels and cast waggon body

Pictured with A409 British chariot crew and A410 galloping chariot horse.

These were painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman and Pictish Army is now in my collection – some singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

In Comfortable Wargaming, his article reprinted in Lone Warrior, the late Stuart Asquith mentions that Peter Laing made or converted for him a special Boadicea / Boudicca Figure, which he didn’t sell me!

“… then there is a 15mm Boudicca in a two horse chariot with driver, made specially for me by Peter Laing.”

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M411 Pictish cavalry

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M411 Pictish cavalry

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman and Pictish Army is now in my collection – they will eventually be singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

Underneath the beer mat bases of these figures there is (Stuart’s?) tiny handwriting such as PICT CAV 3RD UNIT IRREG ‘C’ LC. This is presumably some important WRG / DBM coding.

Phil Barker in Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome has Pictish cavalrymen ‘fighting mounted, armed with javelins or spear and around shield, usually with a spiked boss. The riders invariably wear a tunic… shoes … saddlecloth varies in shape but is usually large.”

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M406 Mounted Roman officer

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients M406 Mounted Roman officer

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman Army is now in my collection – some singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients A416 Ballista

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients A416 Ballista

Crewmen – probably A905 standing gunner 900 Medieval series?

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman Army is now in my collection – some foot figures singly rebased by me for skirmish games.

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Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F424 British chieftain

Peter Laing 15mm Ancients F424 British chieftain

Painted by wargames editor and author Stuart Asquith, his Roman Army is now in my collection – some singly rebased by me for skirmish games.