Sadly I never bought any Naval Landing Party figures or tribesmen from Peter Laing, as pictured in the article, I was mostly buying Peter Laing’s English Civil War and Medievals with my schoolboy pocket money in the 1980s. Luckily I have now tracked down some lovely Peter Laing colonials over the last few years.
Maybe in my am-bush version of Featherstone’s Close Wars rules (two page appendix to his 1962 book Wargames) there is future space for some carpet forest terrain on my Heroscape hex bases.
If you want Andy Callan’s whole rules, track down a copy of Military ModellingSeptember 1983 through online magazine auction sites. All I wanted to do was share the atmospheric Peter Laing figures pictures and the lovely carpet forest.
Even this simple set of Andy Callan rules were a puzzle to me in places then but they really do suit the unusual type of Maori fighting.
“It’s all about the base, about the base, no trouble”
If only all decisions or mistakes about basing or rebasing figures were so edible.
Cake seems to feature quite heavily on this gaming blog, whether it’s making your own “Cakes of Death” figures from silicon cake decoration moulds to creating palm tree islands from cake and palm tree cocktail sticks.
Previously on Man of (cake)TIN’s blog:
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So today’s toy soldier / cake / gaming “mash up” is this natty cardboard cake topper guardsman and matching guardsman cake wrapper combo.
Sadly I can’t recall the origins of either of these cakey guards items; if I do recall the manufacturers, I’ll add it to the blog here.
(With apologies to Meghan Trainor)
Blogposted by Mr MIN, Man of (cake)TIN, July 2016.
My first Man Craft Hero featured on this blog is shown here from the August 1983 Military Modelling magazine, one of the early editions of this magazine that my Dad bought home for me.
I love this fort (based on Ladysmith Barracks in Manchester) which matches the style of old toy soldiers, an excellent simple display frame for these figures.
There is a nice depth to this fort and a lovely inner courtyard. Although designed for display, this is a fort that any child would want to play with. It has a lovely ‘toy’ feel to it.
Being myself a bit ‘cack-handed’ in the area of craft and woodwork, at the time I read this I was struggling through school woodwork lessons, so I was especially impressed that this obviously proud disabled young man called Nicholas managed to create this beautiful fort. It must have taken a great amount of time and effort. One deservedly very proud grandfather!
I have always found the pride in his handiwork by Nicholas and his grandfather inspiring.
The barrack gateway is nicely recalled in Nicholas’ fort. This gateway is all that remains of the Ladysmith Barracks which was demolished in 1985, two years after Nicholas made his model.
Once home of the late Manchester Regiment, the Ladysmith Barracks is pictured on the following web sites:
Toy boats of wood well crewed by tiny men of lead …
The tiny metal sailors are 25mm Crescent figures, c. 1950s /60s.
The FH 133 West Wind Falmouth boat was locally made by the former Tree of Life Toys company of Paul, Penzance.
These two small wooden boats were picked up from a charity shop in Cornwall c. 2007. They are just the right size for Peter Laing 15mm figures or for the smaller OO/HO Airfix figures and these Peco railway modelling sailors.
They also do quite well for my DIY Fimo cake mould figures of a Victorian naval landing party:
Lostwithiel in Cornwall is an interesting cluster of antique and bric-a-brac shops, a great stop-off on the railway. There I saw this handmade 1950s much larger wooden toy boat.
Bashed but with ‘patina’, this one probably won’t need much painting or repair.
It suits larger toy soldier or sailor figures, 30mm to 54mm.
Excellent scenic items for a harbour scenario, garden “floor wars” or H.G. Wells’ The Game Of Islands.
Insert your own reference to Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army here in his old red coat, fixed bayonets and “they do not like it up ’em!” Several companies now make redcoat and khaki figures of Corporal Jones.
Another good example of hobby learning: how technology of cloth, dye and weapon along with politics, geography, climate and (social) history are all to be found in the now deemed slightly odd but still pleasurable hobby of painting toy soldiers!
The two Boer wars were probably the turning point in tactics and uniforms, developing a trend for clothing matching the battlefield and climate that had unifficailly been going on in India and across Empire since the early Nineteenth century.
It was the end of black powder and smoky battlefields, an age of more individual fighting, snipers and improved rifles, not to mention binoculars, balloons and aeroplanes; all these made bright colourful uniforms too conspicuous. The French poilu soldiers in their red and blue, almost Napoleonic French flag uniforms learned this the hard way in the first years of World War One. The age of drab camouflage colours and in the toy world “green army men” had arrived.
Repainting the drab green toy soldiers in bright colours has been my mild reverse protest against the age of drabness ever since: