(Lyn) Haywood - Military Illustrator, Mine Warfare Expert,
Firearms Expert, Model Maker, Graphic Artist, Teacher, Whaler, sometime Mercenary,
packed more adventure into his life than most people would experience in three
lifetimes. Lynís unique combination of military knowledge and artistic skills
enabled him to design items used to educate and train most of the professional
protective security staff in government and other agencies world-wide. However
it is for his work as a military illustrator that he was best known, particularly
in his contribution to numerous mine clearance projects, where his clear and
concise illustrations of mines and other ordnance are a vital training and
identification tool. Lyn had an illustrious military career which included
the following campaigns: Korea, Algiers and also as a Military Advisor in
the Congo. Other career choices included comic strip artist, merchant seaman(Whaler),
Fine Art magazine editor and of course Actor - with a beautiful operatic singing
was a founder member of an organisation which produced Military training aids
such as precision models of mines that allowed the method of disarming to
be safely taught to Military personnel. The company also produced Scale models
of Military vehicles to allow safe recognition of opposing forces technology.
Lyn was one of the key figures in making sure that all the tiniest details
were correct and produced many, many prototypes, which set the quality standard
for future production.
In 1992 Lyn saw an area
in the Security Industry that had not been developed to its full potential,
and that was the need for more realistic training aids in the field of Counter
Terrorism. A company was therefore formed, producing precise replicas of the
devices used by terrorist organisations around the world, the unique feature
of these replicas, being that the image under X-ray conditions is practically
identical to that of the real item.
could not mention Lyn without thinking of the illustrations that he was famous
for, ( Janes Infantry Weapons/Mine Clearance and Small Arms Review articles
to name just two, and the many "standalone" books that Lyn did drawings
for), Also the intricate hand drawn technical diagrams and paintings that
he produced effortlessly and the cartoons that were drawn in record speed
to mark special occasions.
On a personal note, Lyn
was always there when a friend was needed or advice was sought, he had ability
to look at problems with a calm perspective and was very much a believer in
lateral thinking. Lyn was a great prankster and enjoyed nothing more than
the correction of mistakes by a razor edged witty remark followed up by a
cartoon just in case the point was forgotten.
If you ever met Lyn, then
you knew what the phrase "Larger than life" meant.
Born 18th August 1936
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Died 29th July 2001.
Lyn has submitted
some great work to this site, which again I'd like to draw to your attention.
You can find several
cartoons of his here (the world
famous U.P.Grade series), a Luper
P08 review, and also a great
MP44 review here. - Arnie
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM
Except where noted copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft