This was one of the hardest rounds for me too choose just one favourite. But I had to find just one, but there are so many for me to choose. There is Robert E Lee, Napoleon, Rommel, to name just a few from history without going into books, T.V. and films, some I had to dismiss straight away or I would have been defending my choice for ever and I do not have time for that. Obviously I thought it wise not to enter another SPIDER as the last one of those caused utter chaos!!
So I sought the aid of my wife in helping me narrow it down, which became as much use to me as climbing a ladder with broken rungs. The shortlist of candidates had not shrunk at all. Then a spark lit the imagination and one of my all time pass a few hours films is Gladiator, I know not exactly why but I do find it entertaining and it certainly has a moral value in its story line that is often inspiring "Strength and Honour".
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
I spent a lot of time working on this vignette, the figures are from the 1st corps 28mm range and were very nice to clean and paint. However I wanted to ensure this was kept in a very muted palette as the opening of the film is quite dark and moody. I wanted the figures to recreate that look. Quite hard when you consider I nearly always work in a bright and vivid Palette and a distinct style. To suddenly change your whole approach to a subject is tricky at times. Though I am really pleased with the finished piece. I was really deflated when I took the images as they are not as good as the figures themselves in real life. Sometimes things just go wrong and you have to accept thet, which I have, but it would have been good to get the right images.