“The Last Charge” Culloden 1746
This vignette shows the last battle fought on British soil, the battle of Culloden, a battle that was lost before it had begun...
We here se the last charge of these Jacobites, starved and tired these clansman will take part of the last chapter of the Jacobite rebellion.
Although I have been sculpting and painting for many years, I have to confess that I had not done any tartans before... I was just too scared in painting all those lines... ! But this battle and this scene was stuck in my mind and I just had to create this vignette!
I really wanted to show the different expression of these clansmen, from anger, to shock and fear... I also made sure that the tartans were muted and not bright and modern looking.
Another scene i really enjoyed doing and I learnt how ta paint a tartan. (well, at least I think so!)
This scene was created for the World Expo Show in 2017.
  • girlpainter57

    exhaustion - courage - oppression all conveyed

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks! I love to focus on the expressions and emotions when creating these scenes!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"


  • Marc MussatPLUS

    brilliant once again !
    composition , scupt and painting make this diorama masterful !
    love the atmosphere

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks my friend, I love to create and atmosphere when doing these scenes!

  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Gold for ever !

  • Bran

    Wow…. Incredible job !!

  • Luis Sánchez T

    Awesome Job!!! What a great diorama!!!

  • Vitaly Lapshin


  • Milosh Meehan

    I saw it in person and fell in love with it. such great art works sir.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you, I really enjoyed doing this one, even the tartan!
      And it is just Mike!!!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    your works are the proove that an historical piece can be dramatic, balanced, expressive and dynamic.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Yes indeed my dear friend. Dramatic art is how you approach and create a scene or a single figure. I never really cared if it is fantasy, historical or a civilian. Great art is great art, regardless!
      I love to see a creation that moves me, that create an emotion and a bond with the viewer. Th subject is secondary. Thanks for all your support and inspiration!

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS


  • Philippe

    Great! Gold.

  • Stefano LancioniPLUS

    The power of your vision.. I’m so fashinated. I read your book, everyone should read it, and I keep it always ready to read it again.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you for the kind words, and I so glad you like the book!!!

  • Alex ✍

    Beautiful work Mike!

  • Clive Jackson

    Great to see all these excellent vignettes, Mike, Gold of course! I remember when you swept the board at our ‘Soldiers’ Show in Glasgow all those years ago! The career has progressed in great strides!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Dear Clive, I remember with fondness that show. Great times and a great show! Thanks for your kind words!!!

  • WojciechBober72


  • Jakob VPLUS

    Stunning once again. I hope to see yout work in person one day!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks Jakob!!! Yes, I do hope we will meet in the near future! I will attend some shows this year, finally!!!

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  • Eduardo Garcia Lope

    Heroic work!

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Great work!

  • Steve Jourdain

    Que c’est beau, bravooooo

  • brian snaddon

    At long last.Someone who can paint tartan as it would have been in the highlands at this time.GOLD

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      And you should know, being a Scot yourself! Yes, these are no the late Victorian romantic version of the Clansman and the their tartan…
      The starved, tired and outnumbered army in rags under “Bonnie” was something else. I have always found this battle very interesting to study, the background, the participants and the inevitable outcome…
      Thanks my friend!

  • Mariano del Olmo

    Amazing vignette. Love the different expressions on their faces, and the ambience as a whole. Gold! Best,