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The Dozing Dragon Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 8:47 a.m. PST

Images uploaded to my blog, quite high res so should be good to download etc. Also, a note where the moulds went to a John Mitchell at some point in the later 80's? Anyone any ideas? I don't have any examples of Peter Laing's figures and do feel the need for at least a few!

skipper John24 Feb 2022 8:54 a.m. PST

Hehe… these castings were so, so bad. Ancients anyway. They were what they were by how you painted them. Never saw the WWII stuff though.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 10:41 a.m. PST

I bought a lot of them when they first came out. I really thought 15mm was the way to go back then. Detail was minimal but en masse they looked fine.

I still have them sitting in boxes. I haven't used them for ages now.

Jeffers24 Feb 2022 11:10 a.m. PST

I had a load of his colonials and they worked very well for a young teenager! Cannot remember what happened to them, though.

Swampking24 Feb 2022 12:10 p.m. PST

I had a bunch of WW1 Austrians and Russians that I bought in '85 (?). Like other posters, they were my first 15mm and were oh, so bad. Again, en masse, they looked okay and like Jeffers, I have no idea what happened to them after I broke up with my girlfriend du jour.

All Sir Garnett25 Feb 2022 3:21 a.m. PST

Didn't Peter Laing invent 15mm?

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Feb 2022 11:30 a.m. PST

They were very much figures of the start of the 1970.
I think Peter Laing did invent/start the 15mm size. His figures were around a year or two before Mini figs.
P Laing figures were more about proportion than detail. They were very cheap too.

I had many thousands of the little chaps and enjoyed using them for ACW, Ancients, WW1. WW2 and Colonial. Wonderful gaming with those.

Sadly John Mitchell died a couple of years ago. John was a very nice chap.
I am not sure if Peter Laing is alive or not. A great figure in war gaming with miniatures.


John Armatys26 Feb 2022 9:44 a.m. PST

Martin is right – Peter Laing was the first to sell 15mm. The range was enormous, I've still got my late 19th Century British in Home Service helmets, and they were easy to paint. As others have said there wasn't much detail, so you did what you wanted to – and they still look to me to be a very pleasing army that no other manufacturer (as far as I know) has made in 15mm.

And thinking about it, most of my 1860-1870s Prussians are also Peter Laing, but I bought then painted on a bring and buy.

Ian Dury04 Mar 2022 11:31 a.m. PST

Rdfraf – if you ever want to part with those Peter Laing figures you have, there is a very active circle of collectors who I am sure would be delighted to take them off your hands!

John Armatys – the same comment applies if you wanted to dispose of those British or Franco-Prussian War figures. Like you, my 1864-71 Prussians are all Laings (two whole Army Corps worth!) – as are their Danish, French and Austrian opponents, the last courtesy of Bob Cordery who passed them on to me recently.

If anyone is interested, our Peter Laing community is on MeWe here:

Jefthro3 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2023 2:11 p.m. PST

I used to save up my "coppers" back in the early eighties and send a postal order for a couple of quid ( pounds Stirling ) to Peter back in the early eighties, he guest that l was a young kid and always sent me extras he said that he actually originated near to where l lived. I think he originated 15mm figures l was not aware of any others on the science, they had a style of their own more like 12mm figures these days, not at all detailed but good on Mass, l would certainly , next in the scene for me was early mikes models but l know minifigs were out there.

oldjarhead26 Jun 2023 8:51 a.m. PST

Used them for SWY, had unusual musicians hautboys(oboes) etc. and an open coach with general.

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