Monday, April 7, 2014

The Challengers' Choice for the 4th Annual Painting Challenge

On top of being very brisk, the voting for Challenger's Choice was was quite interesting to review. While the three months of the Challenge witnessed hundreds of excellent entries I found many ballots had several themes in common. Not surprisingly, I believe much of this had to do with the Bonus Rounds as they spurred many of the participants to put forward some of their best work over the event's seven themes.

In accordance, I've created a gallery of all the entries which received multiple votes for the Challengers' Choice. They are organized alphabetically except for the last three which are the podium finishers. See you all at the end for the final flourish!

Alan's 'Alias'
Anne's Monkey on Flying Carpet
Curt's 'Winter of Discontent' French Retreat 1812
Curt's 'Sledging for Marbot'
Curt's Belgian Refugees
Dave's 'The Duke'
Dave's Butch & Sundance
Dave's Mahdist Horde
Francis' 'Last Stand of Humanity'
Juan's Modern SAS
MichaelA's 'Say Hello to One's Little Friend'
MichaelF's 'French Battalion, 1807'
Millsy's 'Heinrich Kemmler's Undead Army' for OldHammer 
Millsy's 'Ney Supporting the Rearguard'
Sidney's 'Great War French Poilu'

Right! The top three entries voted by their fellow Challengers are, in 3rd place, Nick's stunning 'Last Orders from High Command' 

2nd place goes to Sidney's alternate fate for 'Mata Hari'

...and finally, last but not least, the top billing for Challengers' Choice goes to Michael Awdry for his brilliant (and chilling) gothic horror vignette set in Whitechapel, 1888.

Congratulations Michael! This vignette was an amazing triumph of both vision and skill - well done young man!

Michael, you will receive a gift certificate for products (along with free shipping) from the fine folks over at Dragon's Den Games.

I want to give my thanks again to all the Challengers for taking the time to submit their selections - I (obviously) couldn't do this without your help. My hat's off to you!

Tomorrow will be the announcement for the People's Choice Award so please stay tuned!