The results of the voting are in for the 'Casualty' bonus round. For this round I bit the bullet and purchased a professional voting/polling application to assist me, and wow, has it made my life easier! It's actually more than what I really need, and I do apologize for it looking a bit clunky, but slips aside, I am slowly scaling the learning curve.
Accordingly, I'm going to provide a retrospective of the entries of five runners up as I thought they were all so excellent and each of the positions were hotly contested.
Stefan's wonderful vignette of the Death of Captain Ompteda on the field of Waterloo:
Anne's excellent Greyscale 'Rosier and Slig Soldier':
Ray's dynamic (and unfortunate) Stricken Crusader:
Lee's grisly Aztec Sacrifice:
and Sidney's Poor Bloody Poilu:
Third Place was taken by Samuli with his poignant scratch-built vignette depicting the recovery of Ensign Kennedy and his Colours from the front lines of Waterloo:
Samuli will receive 25 bonus points for his efforts. Wonderful work once again Samuli and congratulations!
For my part, I managed to secure Second Place with my greyscale WWI Belgian refugees:
My humble thanks to all who voted for my entry. I'm very, very flattered, especially amongst such talented company as we have arrayed here. I will respectfully take the 50 bonus points and scuttle off to add it to my tally.
I don't think anybody can be particularly surprised to who seized First Place in this week's theme. Michael Awdry's Whitechapel vignette is pure Gothic Horror genius. From its conception, execution and completion Michael has schooled us to how a simple (and chilling) vision can be fully realized within the area of a Compact Disc - absolutely astonishing work:
I commented on Michael's blog a few days ago about his entry, saying that I was delighted and honoured that he debuted his work in this Challenge as it sets such a high standard to what can be achieved in this 'little' hobby of ours. Bravo Michael - well done!
Michael, you will receive 75 bonus points to your total and have also earned a generous gift certificate from Edwin's fine literary establishment, 'Diplomatist Books'. Once again congratulations!
Okay everyone! One supreme effort and we'll be at the finish line. Next up is 'Last Stand', our grande finale to this Challenge year. So get to work with your entries. Let's go out in style!