Dear Friends
I couldn´t resist adding one more medieval diorama, and I have done quite a few over the years... !
This 54mm scratch built diorama shows the last stand of the Templar knights at the battle of Hattin in 1187 where the kingdom of Jerusalem was lost to the victorious Saladin and his forces. Having read a lot about the crusades this is one moment that has stuck with me, the desperate last stand at this important battle...

I had a great time focusing on the different emotions, both in the figures body language as well as their facial expression.
From aggressive to fear, from pain to despair. This scene was done in 2017.

Now some of you guys might wonder why I keep adding these "oldies", well I thought that not all had seen these before so here we go! There is more to come and there will be new figures and vignettes as well.
  • eric wolfsPLUS

    very dynamic vignette with great white painting ! Gold

  • BranPLUS

    What to say in front of so much talent ...

  • FrançoisBourgouinPLUS

    This famous scenery is still impressive
    Gold

  • Renato

    Beutiful use of lights and shadows you are and remain the must important inspiration for me!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you, I feel honored to hear that!

  • Ingvar_L3x

    Dear Author!
    This is one of the best Crusaders Diorama in the 1:32 scale that I’ve seen before. Definitely talented and бгср qualitative painting and figurine’s sculpting.
    Additionally, I have a very simple request is to share more pictures from different angles…
    Cheers.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks!!! I will add some more photos!

  • Vitaly Lapshin

    Золото

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"PLUS

    It is so rare when sculpring and painting talents are stick together. And you are that case. Gold from me.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks, and I really love to sculpt and paint equally!

  • Milosh Meehan

    Please keep adding the “oldies”. I for one have only seen a few of your works. One of my best loved is “emperors new clothes” show that one.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Many thanks, it is fun to see these oldies. (well, usually!) I will try to did up some more!

  • Fabio Ricci

    beautiful scenario, congratulations

  • WadePLUS

    I remember discussing this project with you at my first Monte show :) Beautiful ^^

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Haha! You still remember! Thank you so much!!! Love the Monte Show!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    youre one of the biggest legends of all times.  and its a honro to have u here., this piece.. is legendary

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Many,many thanks my friend. It feels really good to be here. I feel very honored and glad. I had been visiting this forum for some years and I though it was about time to join in here. And I could not be happier. What an excellent company there is here, so much talent and inspiration. And if I can contribute to give inspiration to other, well that is the highest award for me.

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    another legendary diorama !
    so nice to see some historical work as Editor’s !

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks my friend, I feel very, very honored to be in the Editor´s !!!

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Once again a fantastic achievement, super good!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Tackar min vän! Thanks a million my friend!

  • Rhett “Saint Toad” JenkinsPLUS

    The way the light draws your eye around the scene is sensational. Fantastic work.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you, I really love to play and compose with the light, especially with a monochrome scene like this!

  • Jero Miniatures

    Legendary. Soooo much to learn from you and your art.
    Great to have you here Mike. Kudos for You.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      And it is great to be here, thank you so much!

  • scott a shalterPLUS

    Wow! Very dramatic! Gold! Keep them coming!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      And I will! Now that is a promise and a threat!! Thanks!!!

  • Philippe

    Gold!

  • Stefano LancioniPLUS

    GOLD! for one of my favourite artists

  • Evgeny Golubev

    Very dynamic , great job, gold!

  • Gabriele LeniPLUS

    A truly masterpiece

  • Alex ✍PLUS

    Beautiful work Mike!

  • WojciechBober72

    Złoto

  • RickB

    Remarkably well done and a very moving vignette.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you so much, I try to convey an emotion and a feel when I compose and sculpt these vignettes and dioramas.

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  • John Delamere

    So dynamic and amazing!

  • David KuehnPLUS

    Mike! What a great pleasure to see you presenting your fantastic work here. It has been too long. Can’t wait to see more of your art, here on P&P - and please add a few more pics! Best from sunny Germany!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Dear David. Many thanks for your kind words!!! I feel very welcomed here indeed! And there will be more projects to come… stay tuned!
      All the best from sunny Stockholm!

  • Poliakov_Andrii

    GOLD!!!

  • Steve Jourdain

    Un classique !!!! Or !!!!

  • luigigraffi

    A great Masterpiece!!!! GOLD!!!!

  • Jero Miniatures

    Masterpiece. There’s so much to learn from your art Mike. Thanks for sharing it here.
    Huuuuge Fan Sir.
    Gold.

  • Jim JacksonPLUS

    Love the contrast ... the white is fantastic!