Since the category for this round seemed a bit open (in terms that is could have been Osgiliath, Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith, etc.) I chose to challenge myself and try out the circular form of the Minas Tirith wall. I'd always wanted to test the curve of the 1x2 brick, so it became a good opportunity to do so. Though the two levels are the primary model for this contest, the micro-scale battle was created to give the levels height and perspective.
I'm sorry this took so long. I bet the wait has been agonizing. So now for the moment of truth. I must say this has been brutal trying to distinguish. Each round I find myself making harder and harder tie-breaking decisions. This one outdoes them all, and it will be sad to say good bye to either one of you. Martin, in the end, was able to smash so much detail into that single 32x32 base-plate...While you had a masterful forced perspective and gems like magnificent micro scale oliphants, a curved wall, and a NPU trebuchet, I felt most of your techniques were 'brick-on-brick' so to speak. Your smooth transition from the rock with the suicidal Denethor to the forced perspective ALMOST turned the tide...but it just couldn't conquer Martin's out-of-the-box parts usage, rarely tried maneuvers like Light-Up-Bricks , SNOT, wicked angles and unique minifigures. At the end of the day, these overwhelmed your 5 star dio by the absolute SLIMMEST of margins and he got my vote. Its been great having you in the 2013 MELO and I hope to see you challenge for the title in future years.
I'll begin by saying that this took some thought. You both produced fantastic entries. Martin's build was packed full of delicious details, clever techniques, and interesting angles (overall, a slightly "cleaner" build). At the same time your entry also displays some lovely details/interesting angles, and you've presented some stunning forced perspective. When all is said and done, you've got my vote! If you hadn't included the forced perspective, it would have gone to Martin. This was a close call, good luck with your other judges!
WOW! That is an amazing build! Whole idea is great, and the forced perspective, just awesome! At first I wanted to make something similar, but I had some other ideas...looks like some really tough competition. Best of luck to you!