I'm gonna say it: THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING! Man, you should have won first place. This is uber badass! The details and lighting are awe-inspiring and simply beautiful. The pose is striking and just eye-catching! Even if you didn't win, fantastic job.
as much as i loved the winning entries... this one seems to trump them all. the way you handled color and lighting, and the pose of the figure is just so majestic. elegant work all around. you win the contest in my head.