Saturday, September 17, 2011
Making a test build is a lot of extra work, but for me, it's an important step: I always find things that I like to change to improve the final paper model. ;o)
Of course a test build can be fast and sloppy, because it only serves to try out the way I want to cut up the separate parts, so often I don't bother about the line colours and exact shape or size of the glueing tabs and things like that.
After the test build, I often have some things left to change on the 3D model, and then on the final unfold, I have a better idea of which fold lines you don't really need so I can hide them in Pepakura Designer, which edges should have the glueing tabs and what shape and size they should be, I can change the line colours so they blend in with the parts when printed and so on...
And then in Photoshop, I can make the final fixes on the final templates, and add some nice illustrations, part numbers, extra directions, etc...
The final templates for Linebeck are finished now, so now I can build him for real!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I was pretty happy with how Linebeck's head went together after the first test build, but I changed quite a few things on the rest of him so I wanted to do a new test build to see how that worked out (this is also the bigger size, about 20 cm instead of 16).
Now just a few changes on the changes, and I can finally make the final templates!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The in-game sea charts for the Phantom Hourglass game do their job in the game as navigational tools for Linebeck's ship, but they wouldn't look very nice in a papercraft model I think...
For a short while, I looked into using the European box art, which has a nice sea chart on the back, but although it looks very stylish, it also wouldn't fit Linebeck's paper model I think.
I wanted to make a chart that looked more like the one Linebeck is holding in the artwork, but not 100% the same (if you look closely, you can still see the LEGO Pirates treasure map influences ;o)
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, so I hope it will look good when printed too! ;o)