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Helm's Deep - Microscale
My contest entry for the eleventh two-week challenge in The Contest Group. The theme was LOTR Architecture. We were required to build a Microscale version of a building from the world of Middle-Earth. It also had to look as if it was a LEGO architecture set, meaning a black border and no illegal techniques. I chose to build Helm's Deep, as it is so far my favorite castle in Middle-Earth. I would have chosen Rivendell, but the buildings are so beautifully detailed, it is nearly impossible to build them in Microscale form. I am hoping the judges know every feature of the castle because will be mentioning them.
About this creation


Aerial shot of the MOC. I tried to include a bunch of different features of the landscape. The trans blue rounds are supposed to be the stream that goes through the gutter in the wall. You can also see the back stairs, which on the MOC are the light grey slopes that go up from the grounds to the outer wall.



You can also see part of the causeway. The grey 1 by 4 tiles on the headlight bricks are supposed to be battlements. It didn't work as well as I hoped, but it's good enough for me. I just wish the image quality here was better.


I am not really sure what to say about this pic. Um....the rocks look nice? I'm sorry that this is a link I don't know why it is doing that.



This pic is to show the rock technique I use. I placed a LURP and a BURP and then built slopes around it to make it look more natural.



You see that angled slope? Under it you can see a 1 by 1 round stud placed sideways. You may think I used an illegal technique but the next pic will show it is not.



You might have thought I used a technic brick to attach the stud but it is actually a headlight brick. So no worries there.



Thank you for viewing this MOC! This is my first contest entry on MOCpages and on any lego website so I hope I did very well. Happy judging, judges!!!




Comments

 I like it 
  July 31, 2013
Great little vignette!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2013
Very nice work! I like the rockwork and the tower the most, though I agree with Halhi on that the trans studs look a bit strange as the river. Still, excellent!
 I like it 
  July 12, 2013
Awesome! Very accurate!
  July 6, 2013
Originality: 3, Build: 8, Architecture: 3, Presentation: 4, Personal Opinion: 3, Total 21/30
 I like it 
  July 5, 2013
very good I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS!
 I made it 
  July 5, 2013
Quoting Halhi 141 Originality: 3. I've seen it done before, including in their same scale and as a set. It's not easy, but there aren't a lot of intricate details like some other buildings. Build: 8. It's generally accurate. The wall on the left needs to be taller, though. I'd've liked to see some masonry bricks on the walls, that would really make it look good, though I understand if you don't have any. Some of the colors are a bit off (mainly the use of brown) and the river is a bit iffy. That's a technique I don't really like, the gaps between the 1x1 rounds really stand out. I'd prefer 1x2 tiles/plates, even if you have to change the color to normal blue or trans-clear. The build is really quite good though, you did a pretty good job with accuracy and techniques, it looks a bit messy though. Architecture Set-ness: 2. There's one illegal technique (separation of the top and bottom of the lever), and there are so many angled pieces that are only held in place from one side. Like I said on Dylan's entry, angled pieces in sets need to be attached in a way so they can't be moved or adjusted into a different angle. The BURPs use is questionable, if this was done as a set, it would either have normal rocks without them, or mostly slopeless rockwork that doesn't cover them too much. Presentation: 4. Background was good, but the pictures were a bit blurry. Personal Opinion: 4. The build was pretty good, with some nice techniques, but it just doesn't seem like a set. It seems just like a microscale MOC with a black border... Total of 21/30.
Thank you for your honest opinion. Good luck to the other contestants! I will surely be participating in the next challenge!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2013
Originality: 3. I've seen it done before, including in their same scale and as a set. It's not easy, but there aren't a lot of intricate details like some other buildings. Build: 8. It's generally accurate. The wall on the left needs to be taller, though. I'd've liked to see some masonry bricks on the walls, that would really make it look good, though I understand if you don't have any. Some of the colors are a bit off (mainly the use of brown) and the river is a bit iffy. That's a technique I don't really like, the gaps between the 1x1 rounds really stand out. I'd prefer 1x2 tiles/plates, even if you have to change the color to normal blue or trans-clear. The build is really quite good though, you did a pretty good job with accuracy and techniques, it looks a bit messy though. Architecture Set-ness: 2. There's one illegal technique (separation of the top and bottom of the lever), and there are so many angled pieces that are only held in place from one side. Like I said on Dylan's entry, angled pieces in sets need to be attached in a way so they can't be moved or adjusted into a different angle. The BURPs use is questionable, if this was done as a set, it would either have normal rocks without them, or mostly slopeless rockwork that doesn't cover them too much. Presentation: 4. Background was good, but the pictures were a bit blurry. Personal Opinion: 4. The build was pretty good, with some nice techniques, but it just doesn't seem like a set. It seems just like a microscale MOC with a black border... Total of 21/30.
 I like it 
  July 3, 2013
Nice micro build!! , good luck!
 I like it 
  July 3, 2013
Wow! Great recreation of helms deep! Good job!
 I like it 
  June 29, 2013
Great job! I was not expecting those LURPS and BURPS, it looks so natural from the outside! I liked that waterfall too, looks awesome!
 I like it 
  June 29, 2013
Cool!
  June 28, 2013
This is great. I love that you've put the little grate in there too. (Rated this on my phone and it accidentally gave it one out of five, hope it's showing five now).
 I like it 
  June 28, 2013
This is great! Awesome work!
 
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