"Many of these tiny replicas are made from compressed drawing paper"? Like teeny tiny papier machet figures??
Guess it's time to start making our own minis, the old-oldschool way =)
Though, watching further, it looks like they may have been referring to some of the terrain pieces, rather than the figures themselves.
I looked into this the first time I watched the Pathe film. I don't know the composition of the figures that Cushing is painting on screen, but I do remember reading that paper pulp was a legit miniature figure type in some years past (before injection molded plastic). I wish I could find you a link. To the best of my recollection, the molds were for a larger figure scale; and the profile was somewhat closer to the old "flats". Paper is boiled(?) and pressed into the figure molds, dried, and details are painted on.
The "compressed drawing paper" figures may be pre-war Elastolin; is the best I could come up with. However, the cavalry officer shown in the film is not nearly so crude. It is probably W. Britains.
It seems to be primarily associated with dollhouses and dollhouse furniture, but compressed paper appears to be a totally legitimate material for miniature figures. za.pinterest.com/pin/516014069777392205/