Unfortunately, I have to deliver some bad news.
We have made the difficult decision to disqualify this entry. Please allow me to explain.
For starters, we love this entry. It’s a clever idea with excellent execution. The blend of the top entries is a wonderful concept, and I personally am a sucker for sketches, even in the face of digital artwork. So this decision is not being made out of any bias against it, you have sincerely done a wonderful job, as you did during the MOCing portion.
Our decision comes down to the fact that this is not an illustration based off the winning entry in majority. While this creation stands very well as one on its own, it is not based off the winning entry - it is based on six entries.
In our art topic, we state the following:
While this clearly has portions taken from that model (the right arm, the shield, pieces on the shoulders, pieces on the shins, and some tubes), they do not comprise the majority of this entry, and are given equal value to the fundamental alterations made to the basis.
As such, we do not feel confident permitting this entry to be voted upon, as it simply is not based on the winning model, and as such would defeat the point of the prior portion of this contest.
Thank you for your participation, and please forgive us for this decision. It is not one we made lightly, and it does not please us to make it. We are sincerely inspired by both of your entries and are grateful that you entered.
Once again, thank you. We will accept any ire that may come from those that are upset by our decision.