Little Wars Railway – Peter Dennis PaperBoys Paper Soldiers 54mm Civilians

The fabulous Little Wars Paperboys volume by Peter Dennis of 54mm figures

Whilst I was cutting out more of the civilians from Peter Dennis’ Little Wars PaperBoys book, I thought that these figures not only look good on a toy theatre stage but they look very much like railway civilians with their bags and baggage.

With all the head and arm variants, these are highly versatile Victorian, Edwardian and early 20th Century 54mm paper card figures.

Peter Dennis’ PaperBoys 54mm paper civilian figures as passengers on Little Wars Railway (the LWR and HGWR)

Tucked away on the platform is one of my paper suffragettes (made using one of Peter Dennis’ figure outlines for scale).

Keen eyed ‘Little Wars’ / ‘Floor Games’ fans will spot an advert for Jabz Hair Colour (as handwritten in Floor Games by Wells or G.P.W. one of his two sons).

I presume they are meant by Peter Dennis to be evacuees for the War of the Worlds element of the Little Wars PaperBoys volume of H.G. Wells, as well as civilians for Wells’ Little Wars.

The station is plastic OOHO Hornby platform, Lemax Christmas Village lantern, whilst the Halt building is our family’s old wooden farm buildings from the 1960s.

You may have seen a similar platform set up with 54mm hollowcast and new metal figures on my LWR Little Wars Railway blog post here on my Sidetracked blog in May 2020:

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/on-railways-and-floor-wars-the-lwr-fwr-the-hgwr/

The train set and track is from a toy plastic battery operated Wilko Western Express bought in 2018.

Blogposted on Sidetracked by Mark Man of TIN, 21 December 2020.

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

4 thoughts on “Little Wars Railway – Peter Dennis PaperBoys Paper Soldiers 54mm Civilians”

  1. The Little Wars paper folk make an excellent station crowd and I do like the look of them. Floor games is an excellent book for inspiration. I like the idea of island games and the ships made of blocks. Coincidentally yesterday I came across a set of wooden blocks I used in my job as a finishing off challenge. I brought them in to the house to see if there was a way to use them in my games…

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    1. I thought that this would redeem the mournful side of evacuees from Little Wars (of The Worlds) into jolly crowds like those on the Southwold Railway newsreel.

      I have known Floor Games for decades after discovering the original article in a random volume of The Strand Magazine c. 1911. The island games, ships, temples and railway stations of these “Floor Wars” are great, beautifully illustrated by J.R. Sinclair and also express the frustration that I felt as a child that you could find few civilians to visit the zoo, farm, station etc.
      I love the book hills over the track in Sinclair’s illustrations – Celebrated Uncles. I’m sure Anna with her book binding skills can knock up a range of Wellsian Floor Games railway hills and bridges https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/on-railways-and-floor-wars-the-lwr-fwr-the-hgwr/
      So now you have your own finishing off challenge with your blocks. I keep a box of old wooden blocks for such things, well battered from hard use in the family but rescued before they went to the charity shop.

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