Monday, August 1, 2022

Best Customs Contest

Since its inception in 2015, the BreyerFest Best Customs Contest has become a showcase for some of the hobby's biggest and most ambitious works. In the weeks leading up to BreyerFest, I usually write multiple posts sharing photos and creation stories for many of the entries. Since I was on of this year's judges, I wasn't able to do that, but now that it's over, I can share photos of the finalists! 

As always, this year's contest had five categories: Excellence in Finish Work, Best Custom for Performance, Theme (Make it Work), Most Extreme Customs and Fantasy. The winner of Excellence in Finish Work went to Nikki Button for her glorious dappled palomino Troubador.

Heather Bullach's roan tobiano Firefly placed second...
and Stephanie Blaylock's lovely little Appaloosa Silky Sullivan was third.
The top spot in the Performance category went to Danielle Feldman's Giuseppe, the donkey nanny.
Kenzie Williams' Trailbador with ducks placed second...
and Karin Hullatti's knights came in third.
On to Theme! This one was won by Amanda Brock.
Second place honors went to Ruth Sheridan.
Nickel Goings giant Mustang was third.
Most Extreme was won by Laura Skillern's gravity defying Elphaba.
Melanie Miller's wonderful Blackbonnet placed second.
and Kira Matrejek's Classic Quarter Horse Stallion to traditional scale Appaloosa foal placed third.
Last but absolutely positively not least, was the Fantasy Category. This class was dominated by two ginormous spinning behemoths: Kylee Parks' Nerissa...
and Sacha Phariss Time Machine.
These two were both so different and yet so amazing, it was almost impossible for the judging panel to make a decision. Truly, if we could have split that prize model in half, we would have done it in a heartbeat. Alas, that was not an option. After many hours of deliberation, the rosette went to the octopus.
The Time Machine placed second...
Bethany Wurl's gorgeous UnCommon Loon was third.
Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you for making this year's Best Customs Contest so memorable. It was truly an honor to judge your work.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't get to see these in person, so thank you. Wow... gravity-defying, and a few other things defying, is right...

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