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 ...
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A while back I was thinking of getting into model trains again and was looking at Thomas the Trains as they are distinctly British. After seeing this, I might have to look for thereto go with my Peter Laing Victorian figures. By the way, I’m still green with envy of your PL citizens figures!
Hello John. Model trains are a family curse or madness that I hold at bay with toy soldiers. I spotted this kids magazine Plastic pushalong freebie Train in the newsagents, that looked promising, old fashioned and roughly 15mm.
I think N gauge should be close in scale to 15mm? (But expensive)
The Peter Laing Civilians were a lucky tip off by another collector of other non-Laing 15mm figures. Never seen anything like them before or since. I’m lucky to have them!
The PL civilians are great!
Derek Moore has also put some fine civilians on the Google+ Peter Laing Curcle that Ian Dury set up.
Great train! I am pondering doing my first railway modelling since I had an oval tacked to a board and a clockwork train circa 1967. We will see…
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