Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:09 AM
008 by Eurolock, on Flickr
009 by Eurolock, on Flickr
I posted a few pics of this before the great crash of 2012.
Thought I would post it again in a thread of its own to get some feedback (this is my first attempt at castle).
What I was trying to do was expand the official set so that it was a much more complete representation of Helms deep (comparable to the Weta polystone environment). The aim was to keep the general scale (as defined by the front gate) and design aesthetic. I also wanted all the major areas seen in the movie to be represented (interior of the keep, back stairs, glittering caves etc)
This rear shot shows the interior of the keep and the caves beneath
001 by Eurolock, on Flickr
The caves are connected by a passageway to the front area of the fortress as depicted in the movie
003 by Eurolock, on Flickr
This shot shows Eomer on the back stairs. The stairs actually work as a sort of 'ball-track' play feature as a boulder can be rolled through the back gate and will follow the winding path of the stairs knocking down any uruk hai in its path. This is a nod to an event in the book where a great boulder is cast down upon the uruk-hai as they attempt to take the rear gate.
002 by Eurolock, on Flickr
This shot shows Eomer on the walkway that connects the inner and outer walls. I changed the original model here so that the walkway enters the inner door through a doorway as shown during Aragorn's retreat to the keep. You can also make out the entrance to the passageway through to the caves.
005 by Eurolock, on Flickr
Aerial shot. I had a lot of trouble with the spiral ramp that leads up from the front gate to the area in front of the keep.
011 by Eurolock, on Flickr
Gamling in the caves. The whole set-up is modular and a section of the caves can be removed for separate play. The lack of roof was necessary for access.
016 by Eurolock, on Flickr
015 by Eurolock, on Flickr
The battle in full swing....If only I had as many Uruks as Deathleech...
Helm's deep by Eurolock, on Flickr
Errm...don't know how I managed to post the same new thread twice. Sorry.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:10 AM
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:14 AM
I know there have been a lot of Helm's Deep MOCs, and most of them look fantastic, but what sets yours apart is how effortlessly it looks like it totally fits with the current Helm's Deep set Lego released. Rather than totally rebuilding the walls and front castle like so many others, you just tweaked it here and there and added a lot on. It looks like the official Lego version if they would of made it a (much) larger set.
I hope to sooner or later try my hand at my own Helm's Deep MOC, and when I do I will probably use yours as inspiration!
Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:29 PM
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:23 PM
Maybe you could add some length to the Deeping-stream? In the official set it looks a bit pathetic, like a murky pool instead of a running stream.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:18 PM
I've deliberately avoided working out how much it cost to build. I got a second helm's deep (cheap) and used about 90% of that doubling the height of the tower, extending the causeway, raising the rock base etc. I also used about 8 pick-a-brick cups of Lbg and dbg bricks. But inevitably multiple bricklink orders were required for loads of arches, plates and especially dbg slope bricks. Overall it was probably about $400-500.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:56 PM
What you could add would be the field and campsite behind the left wall and of course more rock walls around it. But that's just a idea.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:46 PM
Really similar to the original scene from the film
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:37 PM
I will be getting mine this Christmas, so I doubt I will have time to modify it to compete with this, so good job! But if I ever decide to, I will look to this thread for inspiration.
Keep up the good work!
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