Peter Laing’s first figures – the first 15mm Wargames figures ever produced in October 1972 – were a small range of Marlburian figures. Literally a small range as they are somewhere between 12mm and 15mm and very slender!
I have been chatting by email with fellow Peter Laing collectors Ian Dury and Alec Green in the Midlands about this Marlburian range, a few of which I bought directly by post from Peter Laing and painted c. 1983. Recently I found a small group of a few unpainted Marlburians, mixed in with other figures in a 15mm figure job lot online.
What I liked about Peter’s range were the link items or his suggested possible “Dual Use” items that fitted more than one range – more for your money if the figures could be (painted to be) used in several periods. I have some of these lovely Highlanders, but that’s another blog story.
Some of the early Peter Laing Marlburian figures can be seen in the advert (above) from Peter Laing figure collector Ian Dury, shown in Bob Cordery’s excellent blog: http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/in-praise-of-peter-laing-figures-part-1.html
Lots of tricornes, horses and turn-back long coats abound in this Marlburian range, it’s like an outbreak or episode of Poldark. Or Smoldark as it / he is known amongst the ladies at work …
Henry Hyde the editor of Miniature Wargames also has / had a Peter Laing collection from the Marlburian period, shown here on his blog: http://henrys-wargaming.co.uk/?p=1458 and a lovely Flickr selection of photos with some Marlburian figures I never had: https://www.flickr.com/photos/battlegames/sets/72157635085527870/
John Patriquin in his Wargames Hermit blog shows some more unusual sapper, hautbois musicians and other gunner figures from the Peter Laing Marlburian range: http://wargamehermit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/15mm-peter-laing-marlboroughs-campaign.html
Alec Green sent me a picture of a group of his well painted Private and Grenadier advancing figures (F122 and F121):
Lovely figures, half the size but still as charming and ‘toy soldier-like’ as the classic Spencer Smith 30mm 18th Century figures.
Posted by Mr. MIN, Man of TIN, September 2016.