Peter Cushing and His Miniature Soldiers

Chris Higgins

Peter Cushing is famous for his roles in the Hammer films, his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, his roles in Doctor Who films, and later as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (among many other roles). The man had some nerd cred. And he totally painted miniature soldiers and played with them, just like us. (For the record, I was six years old when I got into pewter minis, and about twelve when I gave 'em up. Ahem.)

In this short British Pathé news reel, we catch up with Cushing at home, painting his miniatures and then playing H.G. Wells's bizarrely over-titled (and sexist) Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books. Um. Enjoy!

You're...welcome? If you're curious about Little Wars, here's a heavily-YouTube-annotated 8-minute video showing a battle: