When I read the topic for this theme round, my first impression was ”Oh BLEEP!”. Victorian age certainly is nothing that I ever dabbed my toe into. Being more at home with Napoleonics my first idea was to paint Marechal Soult (for he had been present as a representative of France for Victorias coronation, but I felt this would be stressing things a bit too far. But then I remembered that more than half a decade ago I had bought a Lieutenant Bromhead (limited edition) Miniature at Salute which I had never touched. It seemed like a perfect idea. For one Rorke´s Drift took place in 1879 so well within Victorias reign and Bromhead was one of eleven VC recipients for the battle, so this seemed more than fitting!
While the miniature does not look too much like Micheal Caine in the movie (only enough I do not feel it looks too much like the historical pictures of Bromhead either), I based the colour choices on him in the movie. I started painting this before we left for our holidays in Wales and since I had never seen the movie UI had to work solely on pictures from the internet. Funny enough… I got to see the movie while we were away, somehow bringing all this full circle.