Category: "DON'T PANIC - Build something from Douglas Adams classic Scifi comedy, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."
Another entry for the MO here, this one from Douglas Adam's famous Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. I originally wasn't sure if I was gonna put out an entry for this round just based on my time and piece, but I managed to throw this entry out. For those who are unfamiliar with this classic sketch from the movie, Vogons are arguably the third worst poets in all of the universe: "Vogon poetry is of course the third worst in the Universe. The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a recitation by their Poet Master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem "Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning" four of his audience members died of internal haemorrhaging, and the President of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council, survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been "disappointed" by the poem's reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save life and civilization, leaped straight up through his neck and throttled his brain. The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England, in the destruction of the planet Earth."
This is just a representation of a cartoonish vogon from the movie. I wanted to stretch out and challenge myself, so I decided to go for something different this round. I wasn't really used to building faces and sculptured bodies like this, so this definitely stretched me in a good way.
Nick, you are a fantastic builder and it is an honor to have made it this far and to be placed against a builder of your caliber. It has been a pleasure. Good luck with the judges!
Thank you judges for all the effort and work that you guys do for the community. It is such a gift and sacrifice.
Sorry for the delay, Blake - I just checked emails to find Chris asking if I could jump in for a tie-breaker vote. You guys both did some terrific work, and the form on this one was well done. It took a lot of switching back and forth between your pages, as these are really close in so many ways. I finally decided to give my vote to Nick, based mostly on the scale of his build being a bit larger and (IMHO) just a bit more ambitious. Nevertheless, you've done another really nice piece here, and the decision was obscenely difficult. Nice work, bro!
This is by far the toughest matchup of the games so far. This was one of my categories so I was very pleased to see such wonderful creations come out of it. you both did an incredible job, there are things I like better about each build making it almost impossible to pick a favorite. That being said, I think yours was cleaner and really had the feel down, therefore you get my vote. I think this ties it up, so it could easily go either way. Best of luck!
I would guess it comes to a tie, and well deserved for both. I really like the style of Nick, but I must say I am also more familiar to his builds.Your build is geniuous, and really truly extremely well looking, Nick's build has something more of a scene in it. I wouldn't be able to pick 'the best', lucky me I'm not in the jury. I wish you both all the best!!
How fun that you both got to build to a D. Adams theme! About a month ago I finished reading his 2 Dirk Gently books. After seeing both you and Nickís entries, I am certainly going to have to read the Hitchhikers series too! It appears Adamís Hitchhiker series are just as wacky as his D. Gentlyís books, allowing you both to take your own unique routes in following the theme! Best of luck with the other judges. :)
Super build Blake, is there anything with the brick that you can't turn your hand to? I find the construction of the fig really satisfying here, and the clean base with the crab and rod are perfect detail touches to frame him nicely. Excellent stuff and balanced nicely at 2-2, so good luck to you!
I woke up this morning to some superb builds. Thanks for giving me such a tough job all round. This is a beautiful build, the Vogon is full of life and the base exceptionally well executed. Unfortunately Nick's build recalls for me the iconic spirit of the book, and the scope of his build, vehicles, characters and architecture meant he edged my vote. Still I love this and you certainly made little judge's head work.
This probably sounds trite by now, but you semi-finalists have blown my mind! Utterly brilliant performances all around! Having played in the MOs before, I know how tedious Round after Round can begin to feel. The fact that you chaps are going stronger than everóIíd go so far as to say that this Round has produced the best in show thus faróis a testament to each of your masterful abilities with the brick. Bravo! But as you're well aware, I unfortunately have to pick between you and your opponent. When all is said and done, you've got my vote Blake. Congratulations!
I can honestly say at this point in the contest that there ARE only winners. Truly a spectacular build Blake but I think Nick just eeked past ya on this one. He got my vote. Good luck with the other judges! ~Chris.
Excellent entry, I'm glad you found time to post. You and Nick both brought some great interpretations, in very different styles. It's a really tough call for me - I think Nick has the edge (by a hair) in building finesse, though your entry appeals to my aesthetic vision more. It's a tight margin, but you have my vote. Best of luck with the other judges.
Awesome Blake! You really captured the revolting qualities of the Vogon. (That's a good thing. =]) I'd say that you have successfully stretched into the realm of sculpted face and body. Amazingly well done for a first time. Impressive and good luck to you!