The Last Sad Hour of Summer's Dream

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Bluesking, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Bluesking Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    This Diorama depicts the execution of Untied Irishman Henry Joy McCracken on July 17th 1798 at High Street Belfast. McCracken had been the military leader of the United Irishmen in Co Antrim and one of the founders of the movement. He commanded the rebel force at the disastrous Battle of Antrim on 7th June 1798 where the rebels attacked the town but poor co-ordination and planning lead to their defeat. McCracken had gone "on the run" but was eventually recognised as he attempted to board a ship to America and following his trial (where he turned down an offer of clemency in return for information), he was hanged later that day. It was reported that when his sister was lead away from the gallows Henry Joy stood and watched her until she vanished from view , then he tried to address the crowd but couldn't make himself heard - so stepped forward and put his head in the noose.
    The model depicts Mary McCracken leaving her brother (at his insistence) and Henry Joy watching her go - minutes later he would be dead. It consists of a couple of Metal Models civilian figures, a Rendel Patton Light Infantry Officer and the remaining 6 figures are made from Historex parts. The coffins below the gallows are scratchbuilt. Painted in oils through out.
    I know the pictures aren't very good I will take better ones and post later.

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  2. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Well done Stephen. A nice dio and an interesting read.

    Roger.
  3. Steve Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    And the 'King strikes again. Wonderful
  4. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Very nice Stephen ,you have been very busy doing this one.

    Cheers David
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Good story, and very good execution of it.
    Great.

    Marc
  6. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Stephen,
    Certainly different and nicely done. Thanks for the history lesson also.
    Cheers
    John.
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Well done Stephen!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  8. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Great work Stephen. I'd like to see some better photos.
  9. rej Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Very nice and very interesting Stephen!! Welldone......

    Ray ;)
  10. Bluesking Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thank you all very much for your encouragement
  11. Don Well-Known Member

    Great idea for a diorama Big Man and a lovely bit of work, glad you have something to keep you busy just now.
    Have you got a big box of Historex and other assorted figures ready for the next idea?

    Don
  12. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very interesting bit of reading and the dio brings the story to life, nice work Stephen.

    Steve
  13. Bluesking Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for the comments and encouragement. Yes Don, next one is under way. Long live Historex.
  14. Kirtles Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice work Stephen & clearly well researched.

    Keep at it - look forward to seeing the next one.

    Steve

    www.skminiatures.co.uk

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