No seriously, my second submission to the APC was a 28mm metal figure from Black Pyramid Gaming - their Prof Stanton Brook.
The expected question was asked - "From your youth? How old are you Edwin?" No, I don't remember Manning, but I did spend quite a lot of time reading about him. (1) So much time that I even considered submitting him as my entry to the Nostalgia bonus round. (2)
1 He was the subject of my Master's degree.
2 But decided that was too self-referential and obscure.
Enough about me. What about the figure?
Whether the criminal mastermind has decided to disguise himself as Dr Manning, or whether - more shockingly! - His Eminence is himself the Napoleon of Crime will have to be the subject of further investigation. It is however an odd co-incidence that Manning's death occurred mere months after Moriarty's supposed demise in Switzerland...
The base. again, is one I won from RayR. I have tried to catch M's cadaverous pallor and broke the monotony of clerical black with some uncanonically grey gloves.(3) You mayor may not be able to spot the purple bib.
3 I'm sure you all remember the story about John Henry Newman donning grey trousers in 1845...
I titled the submission to the APC 'Eminent Victorian'. This is of course a pun on Manning's position as a Prince of the Church, but also a reference to Lytton Strachey iconoclastic book of the same name. (4) Some of you (5) will immediately think "By gad! He's going for a full set!". Yes, I've already done one of Strachey's
4 Of course, he was using the same joke - weak minds think alike.
5 I'm looking at you Mr Awdry.