A successful bid on an online auction site around New Year brought a kilo box of lead figures for spares or scrap for recasting, all for £10.
Among them I thought I had spotted some 15mm Peter Laing figures in the single photo of a mass of random lead. Now that Peter Laing figures are no longer made, finding new ones is exciting.
So throughout the last two weeks in odd moments I have been sorting through this random mix of Napoleonic troops of many nations, a few ancients and even the odd space figure.
It’s like a gamer’s owl pellet, ready for dissection. Mostly painted, with few broken figures.
Two weeks on and off spent flocking and basing and I am still not through this kilo of this scrap lead mountain. Almost all will return to active service, few will end up in the casting ladle.
Most are 15mm to 20mm with many different manufacturers, with some good matches for Peter Laing 15mm figures and others of the gnome type of chunky 15mm that I thankfully bought very few of in my early gaming years.
I was right that there were Peter Laing figures in that kilo of lead – sadly less than I thought – but I really like the randomness of the other figures.
The Peter Laing figures match quite well with some of the other figures.
Some of the figures I recognised from the amazing collection of Peter Laing figures by John Patriquin the Wargame Hermit blogger.
The rest of the kilo of mostly Napoleonic era troops in their distinctive shakos, bicornes and helmets will be organised with minimal repainting into Gondal, Gaaldine, Glasstown and Angria forces for my Bronte juvenilia inspired skirmishes later this year.
They all look battle-hardened figures with battered bayonets and muskets to be carefully straightened.
Just one interestingly shaped Peter Laing horse – not sure what – distinctively shaped even amongst a jumble of figures.
Posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, January 2017.