Sunday 8 September 2019

Peter Laing WW1 -A trip down memory lane -Part 1 The British

In a response to a post one of the comments mentioned Peter Laing figures and this set me off on a trip down memory lane and I thought I would share some pictures (a lot) with you.

These were my WW1 British French (some FPW), Belgians and German Peter Laing figures and vehicles.  I say my figures, almost all came from Stuart Asquith many years ago.  I added some of the vehicles and a couple of tanks some were Peter Laing originals and some I made from plastic card.  Those were the days.  Bob had the Russians and Austrians, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of them.

The last time they saw any action was at the time of the Falklands War in 1982.  At the time they were reporting casualties and this all seemed too real and they got packed away and left in boxes until 2012 when I sold them to Ian Drury.  If you have ever seen any of Ian's Peter Laing figures you will realise just how well these figures can be painted.

As I said there are a lot of pictures so I have broken this down to 3 posts (sorry they aren't better but hopefully they are enough to evoke memories).

The British.

(I can only claim a couple of lorries and tanks from this array including the anti aircraft gun on a lorry)

There were also a few British Colonials

Next the French and Belgians


  1. Peter Laing figures have a certain style which although perhaps dated now I still like immensely .

  2. I know what you mean. Glad you liked the pictures and it jogged a few memories. Thanks for posting.

  3. I had never seen the Peter Laing figures before seeing them on your site. I can remember reading an article about how the masters were created and I definitely think they have a real charm to them. I looked at your blog numerous times over the past few years and I was very sorry to read of your bad news as I have enjoyed looking at the S range conversions you have created. All my best. Chris B.

  4. Hi Chris
    Many thanks for posting and for your kid comments. It is odd but at the time I probably felt that The Peter Laing figures and indeed Hinton Hunts (more flash than figure) were rubbish compared to what was coming on the market in terms of detail etc., But with the passing of time as with Hinton Hunt and Peter Laing when you see they way they can be painted it makes you look at them in a completely different light. As with the S range figures they do as you day have a charm all of their own.