As you (most likely did not) know, I'm a recent convert to the Castle theme. I've found it to be a nice diversion from the sci-fi themed stuff I usually build, though that's not to say I'll be abandoning sci-fi any time soon.
At any rate, this MOC is a double first for me: My first Castle MOC, and my first vignette. Please bear this in mind when writing your scathing critiques. :P
Lower angle shot. Photographing from these angles was a pain, as you can no doubt tell from the edge of the backdrop being visible in the corner.
Front shot. I've been making an effort to stop mixing gray and bley in my MOCs, and for this I chose gray for the walls. Bley probably would have looked better, but I'm actually not sure I have enough bley 1x2s. I probably do, but scrounging them would have been annoying.
A rather washed-out shot of the upper bits of the vignette. This part was mostly an afterthought.
Close-up of the duelists and the floor. Fun fact: this vig uses my entire collection of red-brown 1x4 tiles. All four of them.
The vig sans figs for a better shot of the stained-glass windows. They were by far the most time-intensive part of the MOC, but I'm really happy with how they turned out. I can't take full credit for the design, however, that goes to Daan Bargerbos.
Another shot of the stained-glass. I tried to orient the light behind them to give a better effect, but I'm not sure how well it worked.
The back, so you can see how everything fits together. Kind of crude, but it works and it's stable. You can also see the few bley pieces that managed to sneak in.
And in closing, a shot of the duelists themselves.
The dark shot with the light behind the vig is the best one, even without the figs. The atmosphere is just perfect. And the technique is really interesting. When you place figs in that dark scene, IŽll rate it 10/5. Just one word - AWESOME!