“Enemy at the gates” Siege of Vienna 1683
“Enemy at the gates” Siege of Vienna 1683
Ok guys! Here is one more, you had been warned!
This 54mm scratch built diorama shows the defenders of Vienna during the Turkish siege in 1683. This i indeed one of my all time favorite parts in history.
This diorama was a great chance to practice on painting a monochrome scene, something I truly enjoy.
When working on a diorama like this, composition is everything. From placement of the figures, the colors, directions of lines, backdrop, levels, etc, everything should work together. To get full control of this I even added those stone rabble stone by stone, carefully added one by one... But t was worth it!
Diorama made in 2016.
And yes, I will add some new stuff as well soon... !
  • Alfonso Ciattini


  • Michael "Knedlo" Nejedlo

    I´m not much into medieval things, but this is truly a masterpiece!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    That’s one of most spectacular and grangioso of historical battles, and you did a great work on the scene. Gold!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you so much!!!
      Yes, it was indeed a spectacular and important battle in European history.

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    another marvel !
    the monochromatic painting enhances the whole diorama !
    masterful and inspiring !

  • WojciechBober72


  • Bran

    Extraordinary !!

  • Luis Sánchez T

    Wow, awesome as usual!!

  • "SCV Park" Yeong Min

    Nice Painting~! Gold~!

  • girlpainter57

    precise achievement of defiance

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks, that was what I tried to show here, the defiance, never to surrender and to fight until the end…

  • Ivan Hortal A.

    The best

  • Thorbjorn BaronePLUS

    Looks amazing!

  • Philippe

    Great job! Gold!

  • Jakob Villien

    Incredible once again. Hands down one amazing piece!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you so very much Jakob!!!

  • Milosh Meehan

    fantastic works! I love seeing all these that I missed before.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      I am glad you enjoy seeing them here my friend! Thanks!!!

  • Poliakov_Andrii

    WOW!!!! 999,9 GOLD!!!!!!!

  • Clive Jackson

    Quite stunning work! Gold!

  • Eduardo Garcia Lope

    Superb vignette, really great!

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf


  • Alex ✍

    Fantastic work Mike!

  • brian snaddon

    World class,outstanding,superb,brilliant etc,etc,

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      A million thanks for your words my friend!

  • Steve Jourdain

    Magnifique, j’adore vôtre travail qui est très inspirant pour les peintres historique comme moi !!!

  • EmpireOfGhosts


  • eric wolfsPLUS


  • Alfonso Floren

    Maestro todo tu trabajo es impresionante y lleno de inspiración.

  • Clive Jackson

    Amazing Mike! Bill Horan better look to his laurels! Lol!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Haha! Thanks!
      Bill was, and always will be, a huge inspiration to me, his animation and composition.
      Without his work and without all the articles he wrote, I would probably be collecting stamps instead!!!

  • StephanPLUS

    I follow you since the last 20 years. You are the best for me.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you so very much Stephan!!!

  • Jero Miniatures

    The way you make viewer’s eye dive into your compositions is masterfully played. There’s lot to learn from you.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Evgeny Golubev