I've being putting off painting this splendid miniature from Empress for far too long. I've seen so many stunning examples of these painted including this version by Keith on the Gentlemens Wargames Parlour that I was desperate to do it justice, so struggling as I am with 'man flu' I been quietly working on Private Henry Hook here for a couple of nights.
This 'Hollywood' version really is a great sculpt and was a joy to paint, a real treat from the skilled Mr. Hicks. Now in the movie Private Hook, portrayed by James Booth, is played as an insubordinate malingerer and only shows any degree of heroism during the heat of the battle. Nothing it would seem could be further from the truth; Private Hook had been awarded 'good conduct' pay shortly before the battle, and reports also suggest he was a teetotaler and model soldier. During the battle Hook was posted inside the hospital as part of a guard detail assigned to protect the patients still there.
Work in progress shot but actually gives a better indication of the colours. I will try and take some better photographs with natural light later in the week.