Like I posted on ZP, have my ramblings from my judgeyfile on each critter:
The Beast I really, really want a better look at this thing. It looks to have a lot of detail that the photos are eating (skull emblem!), and that's a damn shame with how nice the weathering looks. So many rivets. My only real complaint is the neck, it looks a bit stiff on an otherwise sleek critter.
Zeherl The story isn't involved in the contest, but I have to say I always liked seeing the drawing your customs were based on, and think it'd have been cool if one submitted photo was a compilation of the model and your drawing to show how you matched it. Also, love the use of Liger legs.
Depthcharge I wish you'd used some of the pics that were on Pheno's, they show this guy better D:. I also quite like the Hammerhead + Heldy fusion and the use of Elephander ears. I know some people didn't like the dischargers, I think they're fine here but might have been better pointing backwards.
Racing Chocobo I think I already said my piece on Pheno's, but this is a very wonderful blend of chocobo and Zoids that suited the theme well and made Jerk bits look *good*. The only thing bringing it down for me is the obvious Zero shoulder bits in the armor.
Hello!Fuehrer I didn't grade this super high, but if this contest were about what I thought was cool alone it'd have gotten lots of points :p. You still need to panel line it, man!
Pfeilcat I like Helcat customs. I'd like to see some more non-flash photos of this guy, I think he'd look nice and racy in better light.
Fusillade I confess, hueg airbrushed reallydetailed customs like this aren't my thing: I like my Zoids more toy than Fusillade is. But speaking objectively, it kicks all kinds of ass, and I have to appreciate the choice of critter as house centipedes are my second favorite arthpropoddy things ever - we'll ignore this is most certainly not a house centipede. The amount of work put in really shows. Now if only it could walk!
(And for those now saying "second favorite?", my favorite is the common green darner, which needs to be a badass air Zoid right about yesterday :p.)
Centaurian Avangaurd I don't like humanoid mechs, but this is a damn good centaur, and has some very nice use of parts and other details that still catch my eye when I take the time to look - the docking shield, the swords, the bits of many different critters smoothly blended together. I'd have sharpened the blunt Lanstag lance, though.
Dark Harbringer This is another "not to my personal taste, but very well built" critter. The color scheme's great (purple! lime green details!), and there's bits it took me time to ID. Defintely a better use of the spear than in the Pilebunker CP, and the articulation shines with the multiple weapons it's got.
Destroyer This contest called for overgunned, and Destroyer answered. Very, very well. It's rather obscenely armed, but in a way that looks deliberate, and Demonshead's head and tail just look awesome on Bear Fighter's body.
Blade Iron Kong. Plus Heldy. I would not have throught it could work at all, but it amuses me with the sheer audacity of it - which was part of the theme for this contest. The paint's a bit patchy, but the colorscheme itself is good.
Sabrefang Overlord It's blue and shiny and has huge freaking guns. While there's not much huge to this, I like it a lot, and want a better look at how you wedged that CP-10 on.
Imperial Lionfish And now, for a purely opinion moment -- this is one of my two personal favorites. Not that there aren't a ton of very wonderful customs here, and it's not the one I'd score THE highest, but I'm unashamedly biased to a lionfish on a personal level, and I think it captured them very well. Very hard critter to attempt and capture the feel of.
Stryker Comments: I love the used of the tinted clear pieces on this thing to bits. The pose is a little stiff at the chest/shoulders/neck bit, but the overall impression is wonderful, as are the flarable feathers.
Behemoth Draco The only thing I don't like is the proportion of large neck/head to smaller body and two two legs deal...it's not my favorite type of dragon. But this is a massive, bulky Zoid with real weight to it and some very great parts usage. I also liked your third photo being the pilotman - many people forget them!
Desert Sniper The first word that comes to mind is "cute", and I hope it sounds like the compliment it is. This is very well articulated, giving the Zoid a spunky, active look even without the "ears" of a stock Gun Sniper. Out of all the Zoids in the contest, this one looks the most like it could hop up and walk off.
Death Nemesis I have a thing for quadruped/biped switching Death Saurers. This one is wonderful - and it's my other personal favorite. I think my favorite detail is how the claws come down as paws when it's on all fours, then raise to be held more like dinosaur hands in the upright mode...and the tail isn't left sticking up, it shifts too. Genius.
Giant Tortoise Smooth, simple, and very effective. Gustav and Gordos bits to a tutle is a wonderful idea, and the box further sells the early 80s style (you even have the kana for the name!). About the only things that seem odd are the Stinger's cannons and the Sabre's missiles, and them more for being anachronistic for the era it's pretending to be from than for not fitting the Zoid.
to all the winners(and other finalists) congrats on your places this contest was amazing and i'm honored to have been allowd to compete with all of you. tilly thanks for the kind words on my sabre fang overlord if you want more pics of it just pm me(i've got one or two of the construction phase. paul
Congrats on your well-deserved 1st place win. Fusillade really is in a class in itself and it is now the yardstick by which all future customs will be measured. Over all you have raised the bar and I beleive this means better customs from everyone in the future.
Melvin, congrats as well. I really love your rooster and your work is always an inspiration.
To the other contestants, i hope to see more of your amazing works in the future.
Thanks to the judges and organizers for awarding me the honor of placing in the grand prix. This has been an awesome experience.
Thanks, Ped... coming from the father of Fire Emperor, that's quite a compliment!
I wanted to make sure and mention the organizers, forums and voting panel as well. Without all of your efforts we would just we would just be posting pics on a forum, and I doubt people would go all-out to create some of the works we've seen on just a pat on the back. (especially when your custom goes seriously wrong at midnight, in the winter, during a icy wind storm, with three space heaters trying to make your paint room warm enough!) You guys make it all worthwhile!