Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Most Black Hole units in Advance Wars 2 have kind of a "robot-army" look, and even the simple design of the Rocket and Missile units have something mysterious about them...
Anyway, if you want to build your own (out of paper that is...) then get the parts and instructions to do so from my papercraft webpage:
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Black Hole Rocket and Missile units are for a big part exactly the same, so I decided to make both of them at once.
They'll be up after I've made the instructions, so stay tuned!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As you can see, at just the size of a finger, some parts like the boots and arms just proved *too* small to build, and she had to replace the head with a bead, but even with the improvisations she had to make, you can still easily recognize that it's Link!
Must be the green outfit and Master Sword and Hylian Shield... ;o)
It's amazing how Amanda managed to build these tiny parts, but if you'd rather wait for the regular sized version, I should have it ready in a couple of days!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Don't worry though, I'm making good progress on HoL's final build and instructions, and he'll be ready for release by next weekend.
But I didn't think it would be very interesting to show almost the same pictures as during the test build again, so instead here's a sneak preview of a new side project that I also started.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
As much as I would love to see a teeny-tiny Hero outfit Link, if you'd rather wait for the regular sized version, it will be released as soon as I'm done making instructions. ;o)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Master Sword has some small parts obviously, but I think they're worth it. All in all it went together pretty easily, but I think I will make the blade just a bit longer and give it a pointier tip.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The hardest part of the head were the ears, but with some extra care they look pretty good!
The head, hair and cap went together easily, using the same "slit and tab" method I used on some of my other models.
(but you'll see what I mean when I finish the model and the instructions ;o)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
In this example, the corner of part B where the shoulder meets the torso is coming loose, because both the glueing tabs from part A and part C are underneath part B.
Because part B has to be curved, there is a lot of tension in it, causing the paper to rip itself loose (it wants to be flat again).
If you switch the glueing tab at the front so that the glueing tab is on part B and underneath part C, it will press against the backside of part C but will have nowhere to go, so it can't rip itself loose anymore.
Alternatively, you can also do a better job glueing the parts together. ;o)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
But to properly unfold the parts for the test build and final templates, I always make seperate files for the seperate (body)parts.
That way, it's much easier to see all the nooks and crannies of the 3D model, and you're not so overwhelmed by the work you have to do on one file. ;o)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
They're blockheads of the main characters for the new Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles game Crystal Bearers!
You can find them on the japanese Crystal Chronicles news site.
Although it's a Japanese website, all the pictures are in English, so it's not hard to figure out where you need to click to download the templates:
(okay, so those last three are all in the same post... ;o)
I looked through the backposts, but it seems we're still missing Cid and Vygari, so bookmark the site and check back regularly or subscribe to the newsfeed to see if they might get posted in the future! ;o)
Have fun building!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The rim of the cap is a little bit wider than the cap itself, which creates a nice effect that I'd like to keep.
In a game, you can just suffice with a hollow shell, but if you would try to make it into a papercraft model like that, you would have to make a very thin strip of paper with a lot of awkward valley folds...
In this case, I think it would be better to close the "rim part" of the cap and make it into a flat, closed disc, so that you can simply glue the cap itself on top of the flat surface.
I often use this method and although it works pretty good in many situations, when making a papercraft model it's up to you to figure out what those situations are. ;o)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This way, it's much closer to the original version in Twilight Princess, but it does require some additional, small folds. The test build will decide whether or not it's worth the extra trouble. ;o)
I also played around a bit with the textures of the sheath, to make the golden decorations look more shiny.
And although I think I succeeded in that, I'll have to decide whether or not it fits the style of the Twilight Princess game, which is actually such a dark game...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The length looks good, for those who would like to put it in the sheath.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I re-textured it to fit the (easier) shape I wanted it to have (still need to finetune the texture a bit more I think) but I'm also not quite sure about the hugeness of the sheath; it kinda looks way out of proportion!
Luckily it can easily be re-scaled, the next parts (the head and hair and the Master Sword's guard will be a lot more work than that...
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Twilight Princess design looks great, but it's much too detailed for the scale the paper model will be in.
To make it much easier to build, I edited the texture so that all the little ridges and bumps don't have to be seperate parts anymore.
It's not 100% perfect, but I think it will look pretty good on the paper model. ;o)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
And I'm not quite happy with Link's waist (where the tunic meets his belt). It just looks really flat and uninteresting like this, so I think I will change it, to give the impression that the tunic is kinda "overflowing" the belt, like it should be.
So stay tuned! ;o)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I know, I know; I'm supposed to be working on TP hero Link... ;o)
And I am, but after already starting this Yellow Comet Artillery unit when I was making the instructions for Lulu's Moomba doll, I just had to finish it first:
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Although this is a picture of my original hand drawn version of the U.S.S. Defiant, this post is actually about a retexture done by a certain person calling himself Bones McCoy.
A couple of years back, Bill Perry already did a redraw on my Defiant model, and now Bones has taken that version and edited the textures again!
I'm afraid I don't have a finished picture of it for you (hence the old one ;o) but here's the link if you want to check it out:
Have fun building!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
And because many female papercrafters have told me there's "just something about Link's legs" (don't ask me what though... ;o) I felt obligated to show it. ;o)
Monday, October 5, 2009
When building the final papercraft model though, it's best to start with the feet and legs first so you can work out the balance in as early a stage as possible.
So I guess I'm just used to working from the bottom up. ;o)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
But don't let that stop you from downloading and building Lulu's Moomba doll:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
As you can see, I finished my build of the Moomba doll, so once the instructions are done (hopefully tomorrow) I can release it on my website.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I usually start my instructions with the basic tools you need to build a papercraft model. And that's really not a whole lot!
All you really need, are the parts, a sharp knife and glue, and if you don't want to ruin your desktop, a rubber cutting mat.
Besides these basic tools, you can really use anything you happen to have handy: I often use a toothpick for those hard to reach places (or to pre-shape small fingers ;o)
Because toothpicks are quite small though, I also sometimes use a thin metal rod, which is a bit longer (and stronger... ;o)
I always print the parts on 200 gsm paper, which is about 2.5 times as thick as regular paper. Other people use 160 gsm, or 120 gsm paper though, or just plain printer paper. And some people even use different thicknesses for different parts on the same model!
The knife I use is an X-Acto knife with a #11 blade, but really any (hobby)knife will do, as long as it's very sharp! ;o)
The glue I use is called "Tesa hobbyglue", but they don't seem to sell it in a lot of other countries. But they're bound to sell other hobbyglues suited for papercraft!
Like I said, these are just the tools that work for me and you will figure out your own preferences soon enough after building a few models. Yamaha has some very nice video tutorials explaining several basic papercraft techniques, so be sure to check it out!
Have fun building!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The only thing is, that I think it needs to be a bit bigger; my test build is will only be about 14 cm tall (including the spiked hair) and now that it's being assembled it just looks so... small. ;o)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
And then there are the things that I think will really make it a better construction, I think. It's probably immediately apparant on this particular doll, that its arms, legs and tail look pretty fragile.
But because of the way the doll is built (the legs are basically pieces of strings between the body and the paws, and don't really "grow" out of the body and paws) I think it would look pretty good if you'd emphasize that and use it to your advantage.
By making a hole in the paws and body, you can push the "legs" into the paws and probably get a stronger joint as well, instead of just glueing them on top of the paws with the little surface/contact area there is, or using "hard-to-reach-inside" valley folds.
With good glue and some patience, the other methods would probably work as well, but it's something I'd like to try out and like I said, this one is perfect for it. ;o)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
When I decide which one will be first, I'll let you know. ;o)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I finally figured out why Tomb Raiders 1 through 3 are still the bests in the series: they have T-Rexes!
And now you can make your own:
Have fun building!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The festival should be well underway by now (August 15-21) and now that it's finished, you can see they gave Alice the more classic look from Alice in Wonderland.
This way, she fits better with the lots and lots of other decorations the people from Carrer de Bruniquer made for the festival: slideshow
Like I said, the festival should still be underway, so if you happen to be in the neigbourhood... ;o)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I kinda like the pose he has, I think it could really work on TP Link too; although like this, I would lower the arms a little, and maybe make the stance not *that* wide... ;o)
And make him lean forward a bit less (so he looks less like a hunchback... ;o)
And the Master Sword kinda looks a bit big like this, but overall, it's a nice tense pose that would capture the warrior Link quite nicely!