LEGO Military Award Service 9:17pm, 12 June 2010

Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition this year.
Once again, we got a slew of terrific builds, and deciding among them was no easy task for any of us. As with the contest last year, many of the best entries showed up in the last 72 hours, keeping us all on our toes until the very end. There were some categories that were particularly competitive, and not all the great builds we saw ended up winning. We didn't all agree on which entries should win, but each judge had the final word in his particular category. We're planning to do a write up in the near future, with some comments on the winning builds, to give some feedback regarding what aspects we really liked about them, and why they won overall.

We would like to extend thanks to our generous sponsors.
They all came through for us with wonderful prizes for the winners. Dan Siskind AKA BrickMania, who contributed two annual memberships to his Instructions Club; Will Chapman of BrickArms, who is giving us 200 BrickArms items to share out amongs the winners; and Steve Witt of LEGO, who helped out with the big sets we're giving away.

Without further ado, here are all the winners!
(*Scroll down for details on prizes.)

Model - judged by Mad Physicist


●1st place: urthedead - Fl 282 Kolibri

●2nd place: Aleksander Stein - Focke-Achgelis Fa-223 "Drache"

●3rd place: Mainman - CH-54 Tarhe

Combat Engineer Vehicle

●1st place: stgeorg6 - M26 Dragon Wagon

●2nd place: lego junkie - IDF Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer

●3rd place: Aaron Patrick Morse - Bergepanther Armored Recovery Vehicle

MOC - judged by J5N


●1st place: Legomonster - SR 122a Peregrine

●2nd place: Carter Baldwin - Wyvern Attack VTOL

●3rd place: Bruno Vaiano - BAE Carcara

Alternative Reality WWII

●1st place: Qworg - Wunderwaffe - Cudowny wafel

●2nd place: 2 Much Caffeine - Foke Wolfe - Project 8

●3rd place: John Lamarck - Junkers EF-112

Vignettes - judged by ChandlerParker

*Unfortunately we didn't get in a great number of vig entries this year, so to keep things reasonably competitive, Chandler decided to only award 1st and 2nd place entries in this category.

Vig Series

●1st place: DarthNick - Evolution of War

●2nd place: imagelego - Peacekeeping

Interconnected Vigs

●1st place: BMW Indy - Rocket Escape

●2nd place: -infomaniac- - Battle for Tennis Court

Diorama - judged by MagnusLauglo

Mini Dio Behind Enemy Lines

●1st place: -infomaniac- - Sneaking Past the Tower

●2nd place: BMW Indy - Indiana Jones and the Battle of Beersheba

●3rd place: Sgt 57 - Somewhere in Cambodia

Large Dio Combined Operations

●1st place: urthedead - Thorns in the Beast

●2nd place: Aaron (- _-) - Assault on Bunker TK-427

●3rd place: Shilmasta Combined Arms

Forced Perspective - judged by Magnus_Lauglo

Small Scale Forced Perspective

●1st place: 2 Much caffeine - Sniper Mission New York

●2nd place: Cardz - June 6th, 1944

●3rd place: Atin - The Bombing of LA

Large Scale Forced Perspective

●1st place: Mainman - Furball Bullseye

●2nd place: Ewok in Disguise - Indian Ocean: Present Day

●3rd place: Snuffwuzz - Hind Attack


Prizes summary and details:

*OK, we apologise if this gets a little confusing here, but please read carefully...

We have alot of prizes to give away, but the prizes will be a little different and to some extent up to you guys and what you want.

All winners should send Magnus a flickmail with their mailing addresses and, if required, their request for which kind of BrickArms they'd rather have.

The 1st place winners in the MOC, Vigs, Dio, and FP categories will all win an 7749 Echo base Starwars set, plus five BrickArms items (send Magnus a flickrmail indicating whether you'd like WWII era, Modern, or Sci-fi BrickArms). The winners in the model category will win a one year membership in BrickMania's Instructions Club. In the case of urthedead, who entered two 1st place entries, he can choose between one or the other.

The 2nd place winners will get the following set: 7595 Army Men on Patrol, plus five BrickArms items (send Magnus a flickrmail indicating whether you'd like WWII era, Modern, or Sci-fi BrickArms)

The 3rd place winners will get a pack of about a dozen BrickArms items (send Magnus a flickrmail indicating whether you'd like WWII era, Modern, or Sci-fi BrickArms).

NOTE that you cannot select specific BrickArms items - you will simply get a surprise pack of items of whichever type you specify. In order to get these out to people without too much delay, (and hopefully before Magnus goes on a three week vacation), please let him know by (next) Wednesday, the 16th of June, 2010 which Brickrams packs you'd like. If anyone hasn't gotten in touch by then, Magnus will select the BrickArms he guesses you'll be happiest with, based on your MOCs and photostream. This is so that we can make our BrickArms order before the end of next week, so they will get to Magnus in time for him to send them out, before he goes away on vacation on the 26th of June.

If you entered more than one build that placed, you won't get multiple prizes, just the bigger of the two. Urthedead, who won 1st place for his Model and large dio entries, can choose between two big prizes, either the SW Echobase set plus 5 BA items, or the Brickmania Instructions club.

But wait, there's more!

We do have a few more prizes to hand out.

For the first time, we'd like to acknowledge our pick for the "Best Entry of the Entire Competition" - and that would be Mainman's Furball Bullseye, which really pushed the military theme as well as the Forced Perspective style to new heights. Please join us in congratulating Mainman, who will get a Brickmania T shirt and a mini Nebelwerfer set (in addition to his Echo Base set and 5 BrickArms).

We'd also like to acknowledge one of the most active new builders in the community. Snuffwuzz wasted no time in getting involved in the competition. He started building early and entered builds in at least three categories. For this, we'd like to recognize him as Cadet of the Year. As a prize, he'll be getting whichever prize urthedead decides not to take, either the Echo base plus 5 BrickArms items, or the Brickmania instructions club membership (in addition to his other BrickArms package.)

Many thanks again to all of our entrants and to our sponsors!

- The LMABC Group
J5N 7 years ago
Congratulations to the winners! I'd like to say a personal thanks to all the entrants, judges and sponsors, it has been a great contest.
Bruno Vaiano 7 years ago

Firstly, I´d like to express how happy am I of getting a Third Place. Being so close to Masters Diment and Baldwin is an enormous honor for me. The Brickarms ain´t bad either!

Secondly, thanks again for what is, at least in my opinion, the nicest anual contest in the LEGO community. I really had a fun time here!

Ironsniper 7 years ago
Congrats to all the winners!
Lego Junkie. 7 years ago
I'm honored to have won second out of all the amazing entries!

Beating Aaron is not something I pictured happening seeing his awesome Bergepanther.

Lastly, Thanks to all the judges and contestants for making it such a great contest.
danielzayac 7 years ago
A big Thanks, and congrats to everyone: judges, prize contributers, all the great builders, and to the little Danish company that rocks my world!
Snuffwuzz (Ali) Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Snuffwuzz (Ali) (member) 7 years ago
Great round-up guys! I definitely agree with all the choices for awards, there was some excellent building for this competiton which I enjoyed seeing!

Thank you for the third place, the FP was a very hotly contested category and many others could have also won! Also, thanks for the "cadet" award, I think it's a great idea to have a best newcomer (if that's what it is) award! (Although I would say that, wouldn't I)!

Anyway, great competition! Thanks for the inspiration!
Aaron (-_-) 7 years ago
Thanks a bunch for running yet another successful contest. Its funny to think that just 3 years ago I created a flickr account just to enter the Lego military contest. Heres to hopefully many more for years to come.
2 Much Caffeine 7 years ago
Cheers guys. I'm quite delighted that my two creations placed.

Thank you so much for running the competition. Having run a couple of smaller-scale contests over in the Steampunk group, I know how much work organising and judging these things are - it is much appreciated.
I think that the decision for 3rd place for the combined arms dio was awful, but it was still a good contest.
Wow, I had no idea this was over already! Congrats to all the winners!

Now I know of some other builders I hadn't previously paid much attention to or even known about at all!
BrickinNick PRO 7 years ago
Yippee! Thanks very much to all the judges and congrats to all the other winners!
[Carter] Posted 7 years ago. Edited by [Carter] (member) 7 years ago
Another excellent contest! Congrats to everyone (particularly LegoMonster), and a huge thank you to the judges/organizers/admins.

Would it be possible to get a post contest wrap-up like last year? I'd be interested to hear the judges comments, especially in my category.

it's generally considered pretty bad manners to denigrate a winner in the thread announcing their victory.
FirstInfantry PRO 7 years ago
Congrats to the winners!
Brian. R. 7 years ago
Wow... I am incredibly honored to have placed in a field that was probably (IMO) That had the most varied and awsome creations. Congrats to all the other people who placed and thanks to all the judges who dedicated there time to this amazing contest.

I do have one question though, was the FP catagory always gonna be split up into two sections? Or was it a decision made later?
mickomaley 7 years ago
Good job winners!
Lego Junkie. 7 years ago
Yeah a wrap-up would be awesome!
I realize you guys are probably sick of looking through all the entries though.....
Magnus-L Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Magnus-L (admin) 7 years ago
Thanks everyone who particpated. The judges will post their comments in the near future. We wanted to get the announcement out ASAP so I can start getting the prizes ready.

Thanks to everyone who has flickrmailed me, I will respond to emails tomorrow or Monday. I hope to get prizes in the mail by late June.

John C. Lamarck 7 years ago
Congrats to the winners and thanks to the judges and the sponsors.
Jack Marquez PRO 7 years ago
Wow! It's amazing to place up with Mainman's incredible FP MOC, and I was really impressed with the smaller-scale entries, too (especially Atin's; great photography!). Although military isn't exactly new for me, this competition really got my creative juices flowing, so kudos to Magnus and Mad Physicist for putting on such an awesome contest. A lot of the MOC entries slipped by me, so I'll be sure to check those out, too!
PhiMa' 7 years ago
All great entries, and deserving winners. Great job.
Aaron Patrick Morse 7 years ago
Great contest! Congradulations to all the other winners, and thanks for putting on this contest. (My first ever win!)
P E U F Posted 7 years ago. Edited by P E U F (member) 7 years ago
Congratulations for all the winners !
Specially for imagelego and John Lamarck

Thanks to the organizers !
Qworg_ 7 years ago
Congradulations to all winners. I'm not expected a first price. Thanks for organization of competition.
The Legonator 7 years ago
Well done everyone and a huge thank you to all the judges!
Aleksander Stein PRO 7 years ago
Congratulations to the winners, and big thanks to the judges and sponsors for organizing yet another outstanding contest!
Inconcievable- [deleted] 7 years ago
Congratulations! I've got a question for the judges, since I've never been in this before, I'm not sure when the next one is, is it the same time next year?
-Mainman- PRO 7 years ago
Thanks a lot, judges! This was certainly a fun one to build for. I have but one complaint: I'm now addicted to building military aircraft, and my space WIPs are feeling left out. :)
Magnus-L 7 years ago
Thanks everyone for the kind words. Competitions like this seem to bring out some of the best builds, and I'm glad to see so many military building veterans and newbies alike join in the fun. There were definitely entries that didn't win that I thought should have placed, but the judging system we used allowed us to wrap this up much more quickly (and likely with more internal harmony) than we could have otherwise.

I'd like to take a second to thank my fellow judges. Jas was judging for his third year running now, and provided some excellent graphics for us. Ralph and Chandler both joined as Admins at the old group, and have been very active in the last year as community leaders. It was great to have them on board for the competition this year.

I will get in touch with Will Chapman later this coming week with picks for BA items and ,assuming the LEGO sets arrive from Steve by then, I plan on sending the prizes out as soon as they arrive.
Rubén Riojas 7 years ago

pizzamovies is generally considered to be the emblem of bad manners.
^ It's called southern hospitality... Now get the hell off my land.

Nah, I was just in a cynical mood, and I was kidding... Whenever I kid when I'm cynical mood I usually offend someone. So, I'm sorry 'bout that.

ABStract/ 7 years ago
Congrats and thanks to all!
mickomaley 7 years ago
I dont think its fair to only have first and second place in the vig catergories.....
but , I guess if I was a judge I could do what I wanted, too.
nadnerB eroD [deleted] 7 years ago
Congrats to all the winners! Although, I'm kinda mad I didn't get my ship finished in time for the competition...

Speaking of competitions, are these monthly or just randomly occurring?
Lego Junkie. 7 years ago
Yearly, I believe.
Mad physicist PRO Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Mad physicist (admin) 7 years ago

Nobody ever said there were definitely going to be prizes for all the other categories either. In fact, I was very clear that we might limit ourselves to prizes only for the first place in each category. Compared to that you can consider a 2nd prize for vignettes a bonus! Chandler had reasons why he felt there shouldn't be 3rd prizes in those categories and the rest of the judges accepted those.

Fortunately we have very generous sponsors, but we'll be paying for much of the shipping for the prizes (all over the world) out of our own pockets and running the whole thing takes a lot of time. This is not something any of us can or want to do on a monthly basis. What Chandler and I have been doing in the last year or so, and will continue in the next months is running bi-monthly build challenges. There are no prizes or judges. It's just for fun. We'll post an announcement about the next one in a few weeks time.

There was a flickr LEGO military build contest in 2008, 2009. This year's was the third. We'll likely have one again around the same time next year.
Ezechielle ☭ 7 years ago
Speaking about the mounthly building challenge, I hope it will come soon! :p
nadnerB eroD [deleted] 7 years ago
Inconcievable- [deleted] 7 years ago
^^ Thanks, I'll be sure to have something to enter again next year! :D
Magnus-L Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Magnus-L (admin) 7 years ago
I won't respond to everyone individually, by Flickrmail, but thanks for getting your addresses and BA preferences in so quickly! BrickArms and the other remaining prizes have already requested, and are being shipped to me.

I plan to get stuff sent out to people in the US and Canada next week. I will be going on vacation to Europe in late June and if I have space in my baggage I may bring the European prizes with me so I can send them from Norway and save a little on postage.
Brian. R. 7 years ago
Wow thats really fast! Thanks for the effort your putting into this.
Jack Marquez PRO 7 years ago
Same here. The promptness of this whole thing is very impressive.
Lego Junkie. 7 years ago
-infomaniac- PRO 7 years ago
Have Fun in Norway :)
BMW_Indy PRO 7 years ago
Congrats to all the winners and thanks also to the judges for all the work. I found this a fun contest with challenging categories.
pepik_ 7 years ago
Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

Unfortunately I've had little time last couple of months to take part this year. But I've seen all the entries and I can see a year to year progress :)
Ribbitz 7 years ago
I'm a little late, but congrats to all the winners! This was a really fun contest, and I can't wait for next years!
Magnus-L 7 years ago
All the prizes have been shipped out.

Well played everyone, thanks!
Ezechielle ☭ 7 years ago
And thanks to the organizers ;-)
Jack Marquez PRO 7 years ago
I received my prizes yesterday (a bit mushed by the shipping process, but otherwise in perfect condition), and I would like to thank magnus again for both the quick turnaround time and for paying the shipping out of his own pocket. A well run contest from start to finish!
Lego Junkie. 7 years ago
I received mine today, not in the least smushed.
Thanks Magnus!
The effort put into this contest was immense and I appreciate every bit.
Aroŋ. 7 years ago
Congratulations to all of you!
Magnus-L 7 years ago

I've been offline for almost a week, but thanks for all the emails confirming that the prizes have started to arrive. If anyone has not received their prizes by now, make sure to let me know.


Aaron Patrick Morse 7 years ago
Sorry I've been dealing with some personal issues lately, not on as often as I'd like. I received my prizes there a couple weeks ago. They are awesome! Thanks for putting on this contest! :-)
Aaron (-_-) 7 years ago
Got mine just the other day. Thanks again.
`Cardz Posted 7 years ago. Edited by `Cardz (member) 7 years ago
I received my prizes a few days ago, I was to lazy to send a fm. Its always nice to have another army men pack around. Thanks!
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