Peter Laing 15mm WW2 DAK Desert Africa Korps

 

 

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Peter Laing 15mm WW1 Late War German infantry, converted to WW2 Desert DAK Deutsche Afrika Korps. Almost finished except for faces,  fine details and gloss varnish.

You won’t find a Peter Laing 15mm WW2 Western Desert range as his WW2 range was a limited WW2 range of Americans, British and Germans.

Now that the Peter Laing figures are sadly no longer available and the original moulds probably lost, there will be no specific WW2 Western Desert range. However the slight detail of Peter Laing’s 15mm figures, which were painstakingly carved from laminated plasticard, here proves to our benefit:

“Detail is kept muted so there is no overscale effect, the detail in the figure depends on the amount that is put in the painting.” (Peter Laing Catalogue intro)

“It is naturally difficult to cover every Army type, but I have tried to give a good representative range to enable satisfactory games to be played. In 15mm scale it is possible, by judicious use of paint, to vary one figure to represent various army types, and of course the use of a file and knife can extend the utility of a figure even further.” (Peter Laing Catalogue Ancients section)

Conversion was something Peter encouraged through his suggestion of Dual Use Items / Suitable Items from other  ranges.

As Peter produced an unusually comprehensive WW1 range at a time when few makers (except Airfix) had any WW1 gaming figures, there are perfectly good WW1 Late German infantry and artillery that can be used for WW2 troops.

F743 German Infantry Advancing, Steel Helmet

F745 German Infantry grenade thrower, Steel Helmet 

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Simple paint detailing of straps on the rear side.

This set of unpainted WW1 German figures came with a few Feldgrau painted figures, some with red insignia and piping etc of a WW1 German soldier or a colourful early pattern camouflage of a Stalheim or Steel helmet.

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Peter Laing 15mm field grey WW1 Late War German Infantry F743, also suitable for WW2.
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Some of these already painted but second-hand WW1 Peter Laing figures needed a little repaint but arrived with some useful conversion  details such as the  Plasticard square / rectangle knapsacks. The centre figure has the colourful WW1  stalheim camouflage.

 

At some point when I have acquired enough Peter Laing British steel helmet figures, picked up online in ones and twos, I shall  paint these spare British infantry in desert colours for a small WW2  desert skirmish force. Some of the khaki Indian infantry with Turbans would complement these well.

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My 2017 WW1 era desert skirmish with Indian troops and a trial  Desert DAK type German figure with WW1 Turks.

I have also experimented with filing down the pointed dome of the pith helmet on some spare WW1 British Infantry Tropical Helmet F748, working on spare figures who have broken bayonets etc,  in order to make more of a steel helmet WW2 “desert rat”. They already have the desert shorts. I should be able to make a scratch  rifles Platoon / section  for small skirmish games in this way.

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Peter Laing 15mm WW2 figures

I have posted previously about Peter Laing’s WW2 range and skirmish games

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/peter-laing-ww2-figures/

which also mentions the excellent Tim’s Tanks blog about Peter Laing WW1 and WW2 range.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/peter-laing-15mm-ww2-skirmish/

and a WW1 blowing up desert train sounds scenario using the Indian troops

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/blowing-up-desert-trains-part-1/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN blog February 2018.

 

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#FEMbruary challenge 1: Two Queens and one VC

 

 

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London 1945: A young Princess Elizabeth in her ATS uniform meets Civil Defence ARP workers whilst  the amazing WRVS lady provides the tea (Asset Miniatures and Britain’s Ltd.)

The first of my #FEMbruary challenges was to find and photograph some of the female figures in my toy soldier collection:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/fembruary-hobby-challenge-conversions/

This is based on a #FEMbruary challenge by Leadballoony which ImperialRebelOrk passed on, in his own words: “I would like to propose that we add Fembruary to the list – a time of year for us to collectively challenge the male domination of our collections, and commit to painting some female miniatures for a change…”

https://leadballoony.com/2018/01/29/more-eru-kin-and-the-fembruary-challenge/

I may not have painted any of these following fine toy soldiers but they do challenge the male dominance of my toy soldier collection in a big way.

If you are going to give young women (gamers) something to identify with and aspire to, why not start with the top job?

First out of the toy soldier cabinets were two very different Queens, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. Both are recent hand painted miniatures from William Britain’s Ltd.

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2006 HRH Princess  Elizabeth II in her WW2 ATS Uniform

This WWII young Princess Elizabeth is quite a different figure from her familiar Britain’s metal incarnation on horseback as Queen for Trooping the Colour.

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/2002230/hm-queen-elizabeth-ii-b-1926-when-princess-elizabeth-trains-as-an-a-t-s-officer

A far less glamorous uniform, more in common with the sensible stockings and drab green of the WRVS lady, although I think this WW2 Princess Elizabeth figure rather “bigheaded” in its moulding.

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This fine Britain’s horseback Queen figure lives in a box or a display shelf. Somewhere I have a  fine parade version on her horse Burmese in the modern Britain’s Hollowcast Figure range.

Two Queens, two very different Wars, separated by a century. Two reigns ending and beginning fifty years apart.

An even finer horseback figure is the young Queen Victoria in a recent Britain’s release of Queen Victoria presenting the first VC to Commander Raby, RN for his service in the Crimea.

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Fine attention to detail. – The Navy were presented at first with a blue Victoria Cross, long before its current purple ribbon.
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The postcard shows one of the original prints or paintings by G.H. Thomas probably used as source material for this fine young  Queen Victoria figure.

Raby’s  headstone and VC are described here http://www.friendsofhighlandroadcemetery.org.uk/vc/raby.htm

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How Commander Raby RN earned his Crimean VC, the first one presented by the young Queen Victoria.

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http://philatelics.org/~allan/shrop/victoriacross/firstvc2.html

These sets look good from all angles, with excellent toy soldier Gloss style painting. Having these in your collection gives  you some fine reference points.

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So that was the top job.

Somewhere I have a rather Davros looking,  stern  Queen Victoria in her old age (Dorset Soldiers I think) to look out and finish painting for FEMbruary.

My next #FEMbruary blogpost will feature some slightly more ordinary women than HM the Queen, women such as the WRVS lady and others,  along with another Crimean figure. A female one … any guesses?

Blogposted for #FEMbruary by Mark, Man of TIN February 10th 2018.

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

Here are the candidates for my #FEMbruary challenge 2: some Featherstone Airfix footballer conversions to Wild West saloon girls …

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https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/donald-featherstones-unusual-take-on-casualties-and-campaigns/