50th Anniversary of the first 15mm figures advertised by Peter Laing November 1972

Military Modelling November 1972

Read more about the birth of 15mm and Peter Laing figures here:


Blog cross-posted by Mark Man Of TIN blog, 1 November 2022

Distracted by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes

Not been up to much painting and gaming in the last week or two thanks to dark early evenings and the lethargy after COVID / flu jabs …

Crossposted from Man Of TIN Two blog


Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN 15 October 2022

Lacrosse stick as a Ranged Weapon? St Trinian’s and Invasion Be Blowed! WW1 Boy Scouts

Crossposted (with apologies for any duplications) from my Man Of TIN Two blog,


being a selection of recent blog posts from my DMZ Demilitarised Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project. https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com

Man of TIN Blog one is now almost 100% full of its free GB amount after six years of photo-heavy blogging about gaming and toy soldiers. I will maintain Man Of TIN Blog one and crosspost as needed from its progression / extension site Man of TIN Blog Two.

Specific posts about Scouting Wide Games, Sidetracked (railway overlaps with gaming) etc. will continue to go out on their own niche WordPress blogs.

Blog links posted by Mark Man of TIN, 8/9 October 2022

Bicycle Troops – The Cyclist March 1945

Bundling up past WW2 project items to pass on, I came across this interesting advertisement for scarce rubber tyres from Firestone Tyres in The Cyclist magazine March 1945.

The Cyclist incorporated for wartime paper rations as pages into Geo. Newnes Practical Mechanics magazine).

This gives an illustrator’s idea of what the Second Front “over there” looked like with a couple of months to go before VE Day in May 1945.

Bicycle troops, dispatch riders / Military Police, field ambulances, jeeps and army trucks / lorries, ruined buildings, barbed wire (bad for tyres).

The cyclists with haversacks have rifles or possibly Sten guns.

The jeep has a snorkel.

Storm clouds or smoke on the horizon?

These perilous “forward areas” of timbered buildings do not look very Italian Front, much more British or France / Germany / Northern Europe.

The morale of this story: you can help the war effort “over here” by looking after your precious rubber tyres and “Keep all tyres properly inflated“.

Artist: initials ING near the rubble on the right?

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 7 October 2022

Blog Post Script

Danish Bicycle Troops the April 1940 film