Peter Laing WW1 15mm Figures

This month I have spotted online and bought several new units of OOP (out of production) Peter Laing 15mm figures from his WW1 range.

I am quite pleased to have spotted them on eBay as they were vaguely or wrongly listed as “Minifigs / Other 15mm”.

Bird watchers talk about recognising the different “jizz” of similar looking SBJs (Small Brown Job) birds. Certain figure manufacturers have a typical or distinctive look and Peter Laing is one of those.

Originals were carved by hand from thick plasticard in the 1970s and 1980s in the days before ‘green stuff’. Peter Laing figures also have certain slenderness, deliberate under-detailing and a limited number of familiar Laing poses – advancing, firing, walking Officer with pistol – that make them more easily recognised.

As these figures are just about to vanish into the Christmas present cupboard for the next four months, I thought I would share these pictures with you.

15mm WW1 German Infantry and Machine Guns by Peter Laing.

Peter Laing 15mm WW1 (700s) with early pickelhaube spiked helmet

F0712 German Infantry Marching

F0713 German Infantry Firing

F0714 German Officer Marching

F0715 German Machine Gun and Gunner

F0716 German Machine Gun Loader

Distinctive and familiar poses of Peter Laing figures.

As well as German infantry, there were French WW1 Infantry

F0720 French Chasseur D’Alpin advancing

F0709 French Officer Marching

Chausseurs d’Alpins with their distinctive walking sticks

There was an interesting suggestion from Ian Dury fellow Laing collector who runs the Peter Laing page on the MeWe community forum (which replaced the Google + Community Peter Laing page) that, with walking stick removed, these figures make excellent 19th century Carlist Infantry (obviously an oversight by Peter Laing?)

Red and blue early war “target practice” and the more sensible later grey blue French?

F0708 French Infantry Advancing

F0707 French Infantry Firing Officer Marching

The machine gunners are not by Laing. The horses and artillery team at the back are Laing figures. Laing horses are very distinctive, with a primitive pony look to them.

The light blue French gunners, infantry and officers could pass as Austrians at a pinch.

Ian Dury (in his comments below) identified the artillery riders for me as

M0704 French Hussar with Lance removed.

A0706 French Gunner kneeling.

A0707 French Gunner kneeling with shell.

A0708 French 75mm field gun

If I have misidentified any Laing figures, cavalry or guns Ian Dury and the Peter Laing MeWe collectors group will happily always put me right – find us on

https://mewe.com/join/peterlaingfigures

I have no great desire to run any WW1 historical game scenarios, instead I look at these troops as Bronte ImagiNations fodder for Ruritanian conflicts and border skirmishes.

Hopefully I might have painted some more of my WW1 Peter Laing unpainted figures to join these painted ones in time for the 50th Anniversary next autumn 2022 of the first Peter Laing figures being advertised and sold next October / November 1972, possibly the first ever 15mm gaming figures.

Roll on Christmas !

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 20 August 2021