Hi all, in good tradition of Captain Blood's 'team of teams' topic last season (http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=29561.0
) which featured his favourites I would like to share mine. So during the LPL I picked my favourite team of each round, making sure there were no duplicate contenders. Of course these choices are rather personal and influenced by the models, themes and styles I like and they are in no way objective. I hope you enjoy!Round 1: Dr Mathias - Mechanicus
Dr Mathias really set the tone for me early, his entry of long out of production Adetus Mechanicus was my favourite of round one. The painting is excellent, the scene seting is very atmospheric and these rare and old models really embody what this round was about for me: looking at quality miniatures from days gone by. Not only that, but the photo is great too with every paint job in focus, not an easy task with nine models to portray!Round 2: Old Coast - The Hunt for Rex Eleven
My second pick is also an SF one. Old Coast shares with us some great SF models, painted to a high standard in very good but neutral colour scheme, in a well constructed scenic background with some storytelling thrown in for good measure. I don't know what the fate of Rex Eleven will be but I doubt he won't go out withoutr a bang. Another good thing about this entry is that is looks like it could happen in a game too, very cool.Round 3: Bugsda - Bushido Savage Wave
Bugsda neve fails to impress us with well painted bright models, but even among his entries this red monster with the huge hammer stands out. A very striking entry with interesting models and vivid paint jobs.Round 4: Elysium64 - STALKER UN Forces
I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic entries so when Elysium64 presented this group I knew I just had to pick them among my favourites. The scene setting is very good with the dilapitated building, rusty fences and broken concrete. The models themselves are no different: a very good mix between rag-tag (look at those sneakers) and uniform, with nice and dirty equipment, not the least of which is the hummer. Excellence all around!Round 5: Valleyboy - The Fords of Isen
The Tolkien bonus round gave us many good entries, a lot of which were excellently painted and a lot of which featured the current range of GW LOTR models. Among them, the raw action of Valleyboy's entry stood out for me. Rather than a posed shot with atmospheric lighting the wild setup and the natural looking light makes you feel like men and orcs are about to die this very moment. It was for me the most cinematic entry this round with the orcs wading in the water and the distance between them and the rangers closing fast. You can really feel the tension as you look at this scene.Round 6: Blackwolf - The last earl of Montrose
Blackwolf has delivered us only great entries and I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite from among them, but this one ranks highly. His unique and recognisable style makes for dark, realistic looking pictures. The vehicles in this picture look very lifelike. The scenery looks great as well, and of course the painting on the models themselves is excellent as well!Round 7: Frank - Hear me roar
Frank is another big name in the LPL and his name cannot be missed in this overview. His entries are varied in theme but always feature very well painted models (often in large numbers too), great looking scenery and possible the best photography in the entire LPL. In this entry I love the dramatic banners and shields which really carry this entry to the next level.Round 8: Prof.Witchheimer - Revolte
A round of applause please for our excellent host on this forum and organiser of this Lead Painter's League. Throughout the leage we have been treated with Romans of various plumage by the good Professor and his efforts culminated in this fantastic entry: Revolte. Not all the models were painted for this round obviously but the ones that were look excellent, and the large diorama shot with the elephant is simply spectacular!Round 9: Lt.Hazel - Remembrancing
With Fantasy and SF being my primary loves it's good to see some good old Warhammer 40k on occasion. These sisters by Lt. Hazel are no exception. The paint job is great and gritty, and the work on the banner looks fabulous. A great entry!Round 10: Captain Blood - SBS vs Kriegsmarine
Captain Blood has been contester, winner and organiser of various Leagues but it's always best for us to see him competing. His painting style is clean and smooth with often a fair bit of black shading. In this entry his painting style really shines on the varied blue hues on the uniforms and on the precise highlighting on the ribbed sweaters. Add to that a well painted vessel and a really good looking piece of background scenery and you have one of my favourite entries for the final big slam!
Well, I hope you liked my selection. I love a bit of reminiscing about the past LPL and if you want to join in then feel free to post your own favourites.