Peter Laing 15mm WW2 DAK Desert Africa Korps

 

 

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Peter Laing 15mm WW1 Late War German infantry, converted to WW2 Desert DAK Deutsche Afrika Korps. Almost finished except for faces,  fine details and gloss varnish.

You won’t find a Peter Laing 15mm WW2 Western Desert range as his WW2 range was a limited WW2 range of Americans, British and Germans.

Now that the Peter Laing figures are sadly no longer available and the original moulds probably lost, there will be no specific WW2 Western Desert range. However the slight detail of Peter Laing’s 15mm figures, which were painstakingly carved from laminated plasticard, here proves to our benefit:

“Detail is kept muted so there is no overscale effect, the detail in the figure depends on the amount that is put in the painting.” (Peter Laing Catalogue intro)

“It is naturally difficult to cover every Army type, but I have tried to give a good representative range to enable satisfactory games to be played. In 15mm scale it is possible, by judicious use of paint, to vary one figure to represent various army types, and of course the use of a file and knife can extend the utility of a figure even further.” (Peter Laing Catalogue Ancients section)

Conversion was something Peter encouraged through his suggestion of Dual Use Items / Suitable Items from other  ranges.

As Peter produced an unusually comprehensive WW1 range at a time when few makers (except Airfix) had any WW1 gaming figures, there are perfectly good WW1 Late German infantry and artillery that can be used for WW2 troops.

F743 German Infantry Advancing, Steel Helmet

F745 German Infantry grenade thrower, Steel Helmet 

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Simple paint detailing of straps on the rear side.

This set of unpainted WW1 German figures came with a few Feldgrau painted figures, some with red insignia and piping etc of a WW1 German soldier or a colourful early pattern camouflage of a Stalheim or Steel helmet.

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Peter Laing 15mm field grey WW1 Late War German Infantry F743, also suitable for WW2.
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Some of these already painted but second-hand WW1 Peter Laing figures needed a little repaint but arrived with some useful conversion  details such as the  Plasticard square / rectangle knapsacks. The centre figure has the colourful WW1  stalheim camouflage.

 

At some point when I have acquired enough Peter Laing British steel helmet figures, picked up online in ones and twos, I shall  paint these spare British infantry in desert colours for a small WW2  desert skirmish force. Some of the khaki Indian infantry with Turbans would complement these well.

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My 2017 WW1 era desert skirmish with Indian troops and a trial  Desert DAK type German figure with WW1 Turks.

I have also experimented with filing down the pointed dome of the pith helmet on some spare WW1 British Infantry Tropical Helmet F748, working on spare figures who have broken bayonets etc,  in order to make more of a steel helmet WW2 “desert rat”. They already have the desert shorts. I should be able to make a scratch  rifles Platoon / section  for small skirmish games in this way.

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Peter Laing 15mm WW2 figures

I have posted previously about Peter Laing’s WW2 range and skirmish games

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/peter-laing-ww2-figures/

which also mentions the excellent Tim’s Tanks blog about Peter Laing WW1 and WW2 range.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/peter-laing-15mm-ww2-skirmish/

and a WW1 blowing up desert train sounds scenario using the Indian troops

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/blowing-up-desert-trains-part-1/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN blog February 2018.

 

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Author: 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 ...

6 thoughts on “Peter Laing 15mm WW2 DAK Desert Africa Korps”

    1. It does make the figures more versatile to some gamers, whilst at the same time putting other people off. Bearing in mind that these were carved from plastic card and I don’t think he used Milliput.
      Each to his own – Having just bought a small random collection of 15mm with some Peter Laing in it, it was interesting to see the variety of detail and overscale in an eclectic scrapings from the back of a 15mm gamers drawer. Still prefer the slim elegant Peter Laing figures.

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    1. Hopefully if people see that these are still in use and valued or do sell on EBay then they won’t get needlessly melted down as shapeless blobs and scrap metal.
      I do get the occasional person approaching me through the blog (I’m sure the other Peter Laing user bloggers do too) having read about my interest in them with random small batches to find homes for and so can post this on to the Google+ Peter Laing collectors community.

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  1. I was wondering if the WW1 British Infantry in tropical helmet could be used as Afrika Korps in a tropical helmet? If interested I do have a large collection of F748 figures; I certainly could send some your way.

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    1. John
      Why didn’t I think of that? I remember some of the plastic Afrika Korps Airfix 1:32 (multipose?) figures had similar Tropical or pith helmets. I have an unpainted batch of these Peter Laings from Alec Green to paint up so will give this a go as well as doing some WW1 tropical hat khaki British infantry with the blue shirts for comparison. Thanks for the idea and the offer of figures. Mark Man of TIN

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