Then modeled out the individual parts, lined them up and painted the shadows in the right spots.
Once I got all the elements together, I had to make a lot of minor adjustments to the texture and geo to get it working like the concept.
As always, I finished it up the night before it was due. The great thing about web contests is that there are deadlines. I could spend another 10 hrs polishing this up, but the deadline always saves me from my OCDetailing ways. :)