We took an invitation to construct Helm's Deep at the most minimal amount of material The club donated several large sheets of high-density foam to construct this massive project. We had only three weeks to pull this off for their upcoming event on June 14, 2008.
We were also given several criterias to incorporate several points while constructing this massive piece.
The difficult part of building is always the planning. Before we lifted any instrument or material, we had to plan out how to create a "game-playable" Helm's Deep. Many of the books, other wargaming clubs and terrain enthusiasts have built Helm's Deep to the exacting details from the movie. We give these people our greatest respect for accomplishing this daunting task (we don't think we have the guts to do nearly half the extensive detail that everyone put in). Many gamers told us that the attention to detail is superb, but never adequate for game playing.
We will pinpoint these "requests" and how we incorporated their ideas to our version of Helm's Deep. We understand that our version doesn't look nearly as close to the actual Helm's Deep. We were focusing on rules, playability and strategy mechanics of Helm's Deep from the gamer's perspective. Although our version may look ugly and hideous, these gamers will have an outstanding opportunity to play a super-thrilling game without any gaming sacrifices!
We used a large board to mock the dimensions of the playing field. We were only given a space of 5' x 2.8' from their main game board. As you may know, Helm's Deep walls extended very far from the castle - nearly 4 times the width of Helm's Deep castle! We knew our Deeping walls will be cut short. We also knew that we will not have the exact luxury of creating the exact accuracy of Helm's Deep based on the scales. A lot of improvising took place.
Mike Revier is the carpenter. With his skills, he was able to cut all the big building blocks to the size in matter of minutes. It's a good thing he has all those equipment in his workshop.
Mike and Ray measures out the dimensions for the structure. We are given a very limited space (5' x 3')
Shaping and cutting the foam board base to the proper size.