In a way, you are all winners... but, in a slightly more accurate way, Karitas is the winner. Congratulations.
Karitas -Excommunicate Traitoris
Of course, that doesn’t tell the full story. I was simply stunned by both the volume and the quality of the entries. In total, I received something like 30+ submissions from over 20 entrants. That’s a lot of good stuff to look at (much, much more than I’d anticipated at the outset, to be candid). At the end of the day, you, the gentle readers, have genuinely impressed me with your talent and sense and general visual savvy. I had to coerce a solid opinion out of my lovely wife to help make the decision, as I was simply overwhelmed by all the gloriousness.
Even the act of narrowing a final five was fraught with second-guessing and general wonderment. Here are the remaining four from what we were able to narrow down:
Menzie -Cadian 512
I would feel remiss if I didn't also show you these two “honorable mentions,” based on good taste, bad taste, humor, and general class.
Rabidchild -Pick a Damn Army
...and Menzie again for pure graphic comedy brilliance. ouch
In the days that follow, you may notice that the banner rotates between the above (and perhaps even one or two more if I get the gumption). With all the quality floating around to choose from, it seems a blind shame not to, really.
As mentioned, and in the spirit of the “trophy generation” that is now, everyone who enters wins something. I’ve organized piles of loot and will be sending those out to the contestants later in the week.
Also, if you entered and if I’ve not contacted you about this previously, please send me note to let me know if you would like me to add a L or an XL t-shirt to your swag pile. Yep, t-shirts. And why not.
I would like to say congratulations and thank you to Karitas. I would also like to say brilliant work, gentle readers. Thank you and thank you again, one and all.