After two months of intermittent bludgeoning and tuning in the advanced critiques forum I’m calling this project “done.” Started for the weekend challenge topic “Freedom.” Come a ways since then, but still the same image. Pure Blender, a few textures in the Gimp.
Thanks to everyone who gave thoughtful and helpful feedback while I was blundering around. You guys rock!

Amazing! I love how it tells such a big story in one scene.

Wow… Looks alot better than the WC entry. Good job on this one!