Category: Ars Historia 10. Ars Historia:
Build a iconic scene of human history - once you chosen one, give us an article/proof/evidence for it (wiki/etc.) - in example: the murder of Caesar in 44 BC - please try to avoid WW I and WW II, it's getting boring ;-)
Don't worry, judges. You can breathe a sigh of relief....I didn't do any WWII. This one goes way back...to 1605 to be precise.
In the early 1600's, tensions were every rising between the Catholic and Protestant residents of England. "Bloody" Mary I had killed Anglicans in her quest to see England return to Roman Catholicism, while Queen Elizabeth the Great had re-established Protestantism as the chief religion of England. So when Protestant James I took control of all Great Britain (Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England) the Catholics hatched a plot to get rid of James and the chiefly Protestant Parliament and put James' daughter Elizabeth on the throne as a puppet ruler for the Catholics.
The task fell to a man named Guy Fawkes, who snuck into the cellar underneath Parliament and placed 36 barrels of gunpowder behind assorted logs and other flammable materials. Then, on the day of November 5, 1605 when all Parliament and the King would meet in the building at the same time, Fawkes snuck down into the cellar with the job of lighting the fuse and trying to escape the building before it went up into flames.
However, one of the men in the group of Catholic conspirators named Francis Tresham knew a man in Parliament. Francis did not want his friend to be killed so he sent him a letter, warning him not to attend the session of Parliament. In his last sentence, he stated: "[Parliament] shall recieve a terrible blow this Parliament, and yet they shall not see who hurts them."
When the Parliament member recieved the letter he was perplexed, and rushed the note off to the King. After studying that last sentece about "blow"ing and not seeing the conspirators, James made a brave deduction. He thought someone would try to blow up Parliament. So on midnight of November 4th, just before the November 5th Parliament was to meet a group of selected men searched the cellars. Sure enough, Mr. Guy Fawkes was there, and they were soon upon him. A dastardly plot was averted and England was saved!
As he was taken away, he said: "Oh had I been quicker; would I have set fire to the powder. Death would have been sweet had some of my enemies gone with me."
Now, on November 5, English light fireworks and burn straw men in memory of the Gunpowder Plot and how a group of the King's men saved England.
Now on to the MOC. Enjoy!
Here is Guy Fawkes, entering the cellar.
...Moving over to the barrels, reading his torch...
But the Kings men arrive!
The encircle Fawkes...
Some of the explosives...
...barrels of powder...
A stalactite, or stalagmite...I can never remember which one...
The leading soldiers.
The King's men trap Fawkes.
"Oh had I been quicker; would I have set fire to the powder. Death would have been sweet had some of my enemies gone with me."
The cellar without minifigures.
Our lead conspirator, Guy Fawkes.
From left to right: A lantern-bearing Nobleman, a strong Soldier prepared to Shackle the captive, and the Cellar-Keeper, leading the King's troops.
And the last set of figs: Our assortment of soldiers on a last minute assigment to eradicate a potential threat to England's ruling body.
Although the original goal was to add Paliament on top, time constraints held me to just the cellar level. However I think these are some of my best figs in a while and I am proud of the logistical design.