Locust are so awesome, so much creativity must have gone into thinking up them, their image, their religion, their symbols, how they live, their various armour designs, the kantus priests...their commanders...so sweet...beats any other army i have ever seen.
Just a quick FYI, because your entry looks great and I can see you worked hard on it:
This entry does not qualify because it contains an image that is not the original work of you, the entrant, and did not originate from Gears of War Materials (defined as the assets provided by Epic on the contest site).
You're not allowed to - you can use their images they provide along with images you have created or purchased stock. You can't purchase these as stock, Google is a great tool lol but not one for this contest. Great wallpaper though I will say!
My interpretation is that you CAN'T use Stock images... Purchased or not... Has to "Original Work" of the Artist... I'm assuming ALL Gears Art must come from the Asset Pack... "except for the Gears of War materials, must be the original work of the Entrant without using any third-party stock imagery (licensed stock brushes and textures may be used)"
Your interpretation is correct. The rules expressly forbid third party stock images. Whether or not they were purchased is completely irrelevant.
From the official rules: [link] "...except for the Gears of War materials, must be the original work of the Entrant without using any third-party stock imagery (licensed stock brushes and textures may be used)"...
ONLY original art, or art that sources images found in the Gears of War Materials (assets) provided on the contest page. Even the "licensed" stock brushes and textures exception excludes any GOW brushes and textures, found here or anywhere on the web, since Epic games did not provide for licensing of any GOW brushes or textures.