Our judges for the Fantasy ACTION Contest are:
Myself, Capulet, and Hurricane also provided some commentary to go with our ratings. Entries were mostly judged for the presentation and intensity of their ACTION, as well as general all-around quality and originality.
I have decided to award a First Place (Gold) and Second Place (Silver) medal for each category (LEGO, art, and writing). The LEGO category (since it has the most entries) also has a Third Place (Bronze) medal. The others do not. I will PM the first place winners about their prizes, and give the medal icons to the rest of the winners some time soon.
Without further ado, the results! The numbers by each entry's name are the average ratings. Judge comments can be found in the spoiler boxes.
FIRST PLACE: Battle of Terenthál Bridge (LEGO) by Thrawnie = 9.75
Hurricane: Gorgeous. I love the bridge, and how it's SNOT, I dig the cracks in it too. Absolutely fantastic. The fact that it's actually stilted up over a baseplate shows me how much fun you had with it, and how many ideas you've incorporated. It's principally a brudge, and using the sand baseplate definitely was a nice touch, though far from the focus. I'm a sucker for ruins too, so the crumbling was a nice touch.The armor coloring differing from the stone coloring is a nice touch too, a new option provided us from the great minifig plastic injection molders of our day. Had they have matched colors it would have been gross. The minifigures look great too. Enough variety in the armor and weapons to avoid being bland, or looking like a chess set. Your stonework is pretty good too. I would have made it come in at less of a steep angle however, but really as if that matters.
SECOND PLACE: Blood Pit (LEGO) by Nightstalker = 9.25
Lord Capulet: This was an excellent entry, with good use of custom pieces and weapons, and it set the environment of the arena perfectly! The variety of fighters and spectators was stunning, though I was puzzled as to why the farmer brought his pitchfork with him (Maybe he was in a hurry and forgot he was holding it, but I digress). My only nitpicks were: 1. that the protagonist seemed to be ignoring the spikes on her caestūs, holding them at a useless angle and apparently striking with just her fingers, unless you have another explanation; and 2. that too many of the approaching gladiators had very similar poses. I realise there are limitations in lego, but there are other ways to brandish their weapons than just upward at an angle, especially if they are planning to swing them immediately afterward. Still, those were the only problems I noticed, and this MOC was very fun to look at. Well done!
THIRD PLACE: The Desert Snake (LEGO) by Darkwoods = 8.5
Lord Capulet: A lot of detail went into this tiny little scene, and it has certainly paid off! I am curious if these plague doctors are being driven out of some kind of beastfolk village...or if the beastly appearances of the townspeople are a recent development that they are blaming the plague doctors for… Anyway, the plague doctors have an interesting design with the matching colors, though they seem remarkably unconcerned about the mob behind them. If that was not your intent, simply posing one of them to be looking back nervously would have helped. Still, the terrain was very well done, and at least one side of the action definitely looked motivated.
Lord Capulet: In all honesty, I had trouble understanding what was happening here, at first glance. Not the battle, that was plain enough, but the setting. Since the plank/bridge was the same color as the ground, I at first thought that this was a vignette of a fight between two ships. However, the “keep out” sign and the obviously stone wall told me that the “water” I saw was simply the moat of some kind of ramshackle fortress. As for the action itself, I thought it was done quite well, especially with little details like the terrified bandit watching his friend die, or the one who seems to be in pieces...and in the moat. In short: not a bad entry, even if the scenery was a bit too confusing and “busy” for my taste.
FIRST PLACE: Dagoth Ules meets his end (art) by Dagoth = 8.75
SECOND PLACE: Untitled (art) by Ouflah = 7.25
Untitled (art) by DragonJedi = 6.75
Hurricane: Basing the vote off the action, and not so much the artistic level which I really am no good at, I just wonder to myself what's going to happen to that knight if the dragon backs up and doesn't let him land in his mouth.
Leaning aside from the first bandit's strike with seemingly contemptuous ease, The Timberwolf's blade flicked out to guide the bandit's weapon into the path of the second bandit's slash, entangling the two weapons and leaving both men off-balance for a moment. Twisting aside from a thrust by the third bandit, The Timberwolf shifted its grip, moving its second hand from the hilt to halfway down the estoc's blunt-edged blade —holding the sword as if it were a quarterstaff. Fluidly continuing the spin, The Timberwolf brought the tip of its sword up to parry an overhead chop by the forth bandit, with a twist redirecting the bandit's blade through a loop that put it off to one side. Quickly stepping inside the fourth bandit's guard, The Timberwolf levered the other end of its weapon around to smash the sword's solid steel pommel into the bandit's face —the man reeling back from the blow, clutching at his broken teeth.
FIRST PLACE: Lone Wolf (writing) by Sareth = 8.75
The bandit rider tore straight through the other side of the tent, ripped linen covers now providing them with an excellent view of the chaos in the camp. A dozen mounted raiders had torn in from the silence of the night, smashing their way through the temporary housing the caravan had established as they made a scramble for any valuables they could find. The caravan’s guards, though caught by surprise, were already in their own rush to take up spears and bring down the attackers.
SECOND PLACE: Of A Certain Half-Blood, Part 2 (writing) by Akira/Exan/Siegfried/Grant/Fluttershep = 8.25
Hurricane: Teenagers. Lesbian teenagers? Who knows.