Peter Laing 15mm Mounties on the Painting Table RCMP

I have been neglecting my Peter Laing 15mm figures a little of late.

Alan the Tradgardmastre of the Duchy of Tradgardland kindly sent me some spare Peter Laing mounted and dismounted colonial and ACW cavalry with bush hats.

I started painting them as US 7th or Union Cavalry.

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Then I spotted a Britain’s hollow cast Mountie in a display cabinet at home, and this set me thinking.

Wouldn’t a unit of Royal Canadian Mounted Police or  “Mounties” be an interesting use of these figures?

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So using this figure and an old 1930s Player’s cigarette card for uniform reference, I set about painting some Mountie test figures.

Downsizing to painting 15mm after months painting 54mm figures was a bit of a change.

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Painting those yellow trouser stripes on 15mm figures is a bit fiddly.
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Still on the painting stick …
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Does the brown or white / grey horse look more Hollywood, more cinematic?

These figures could also double up as redcoat colonial infantry or  Imagi-Nations troops for the Bronte Angria / Gondal sagas.

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Drugs? Murder? Witchcraft? Lots of scenarios there. 

And finally, what roles did or do the Mounties undertake? What scenarios might suggest themselves, having a bunch of Mounties?

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NWMP North West Mounted Police 1900 (Wikipedia Public Domain)

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/history-rcmp

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North-West_Mounted_Police#history

There are many interesting small skirmishes or battles that would form interesting and imaginative scenarios with my Peter Laing butternut Confederate figures  as  rebels. I have a small group of unpainted Peter Laing Native Americans to paint up who might be ‘Hollywood useful’ for all this.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Duck_Lake

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Frenchman%27s_Butte

Rewatching Gary Cooper in North West Mounted Police is also required.

Fun Fact – Francis Jeffrey Dickens (# O.29)
The son of famous British novelist Charles Dickens served with the North-West Mounted Police from November 4, 1874 until March 1, 1886. He also commanded Fort Pitt during the Northwest Rebellion, 1885.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 November 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 ...

8 thoughts on “Peter Laing 15mm Mounties on the Painting Table RCMP”

    1. Thanks for the warning but Too Late! I listened very carefully to the Peter Laing Mounties this morning and I heard the very faint tones of both Nelson Eddy and the Monty Python Lumberjack song with its Mountie Chorus being sung. I regret playing suitable Mountie music on YouTube whilst painting them. I tried reading the following article to them but it had no effect – https://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/1062/968
      Instead the section on “Mounties In American films” just got them overexcited again: “films such as The Law of the Yukon (1920, dir. Charles Miller), Nomads of the North, (1920, dir. David M. Hartford), Bring Him In (1921, dir. Earle Williams), O’Malley of the Mounted (1921, dir. Lambert Hillyer), and Law of the Snow Country (1926, dir. Paul Hurst), Canada is defined as a virtually empty space, a densely forested and mountainous wilderness, or alternatively, a frozen wasteland populated by the occasional French-Canadian lumberjack, mad trapper, singing Mountie, saloon girl, and “Indian.”

      Sounds a good enough cast of stereotypical characters to me!
      I’m sure I have a suitable Peter Laing figure for Jeanette Macdonald somewhere to do the usual stand in as the Governor Generals Daughter.

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