Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Knoest test build #5

I keep forgetting to include a real LEGO minifig in the pictures for size comparison... ;o)

But I guess now that I finished test building Kapitein Knoest's bicorne hat, it's a good opportunity to *not* forget it this time, so you can see the full size now.

As you can see, the test build is about 29,5 cm tall, and it's proving to be a good size to build, so I'll make the final version that size too. ;o)

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Majora's Mask's Big Master Plan

This is an oldie, but I wanted to make a vid and my papercraft LEGO Knoest isn't finished yet... ;o)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Knoest test build #4

Here's another very freaky picture of Kapitein Knoest...! :o)

Not so much because he is missing an arm, but the face texture ended up too small after all the editing and saving I did on it. It's an easy fix, though, so the final Knoest won't look so... freakish.

The epaulettes (those ornamental shoulder pads) look intimidating to build, but with the proper folding and pre-shaping they went together very easily!

The rings on top are about 3 millimeters thick, which is a lot bigger than the parts on some of my other models. ;o)

More about the head: old LEGO minifig heads used to have closed studs on top, but I thought the more modern, open stud style would look better on a big-scale paper model.

The open studs have kind of a three-piece open "pie-shape" on the inside, and although it's not impossible to re-create that too in paper of course, it was a lot more trouble than it was worth.

So I think I will still make an open stud, but not the open pie-shape. Luckily, that's only a small change on the 3D model again! ;o)

Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New webpoll: where are you from?

Not a papercraft related poll per se this time, but I literally get messages from papercrafters all over the world (that's not a complaint btw! ;o) so I'm curious: where are *you* from?

Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Australia/New Zealand
North America
South America

(I'm from the Netherlands, btw ;o)

Last time's webpoll ("How did you get into papercrafting?") got a lot of reactions again:
Not only from voters, but also on the Papermodels II Google group: of course there are many more ways people might have stumbled across papercraft than just these 4; I think probably almost everybody has made their own toy car, castle or dollhouse from a cardboard box as a kid! ;o)

A lot of people seem to loose interest in papercraft when they get older, though, until they happen to come across it again when searching the internet for the latest news about their favourite videogame, or television show, or whatever it is they're fan of!

(At least that's how I got suckered into papercrafting again - not that I mind, though... ;o)

But in the end, from most of the comments that I got, I think people get into papercraft because it's just so much fun of course! ;o)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Knoest test build #3

Here's a picture of my latest papercraft LEGO minifig test build, of the arms and the hands!

Well, one hand and one hook actually, and only one arm - but that's just because the other arm is exactly the same only mirrored of course! ;o)

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knoest test build #2

Aside from a few small texture fixes (and one big one in having to flip the entire shirt... ;o) I'm very happy with how the torso went together in this test build!

I'll switch around a few glueing tabs, and unfold some parts a bit differently, but I don't think I'll need to change anything in the 3D model itself as far as the torso goes. ;o)

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

LEGO Knoest's stylish shirt unfolded

Test building the model gives me the opportunity to see if the paper model goes together the way I imagined, or that it might be better to change my ideas...

Tab placement often makes it much easier (or much more difficult...) to assemble a model, so it's something I often end up changing depending on the test build; and sometimes I even end up unfolding a certain piece completely differently on the final model... ;o)

I also wanted to see how the shirt turns out (which somehow ended up getting mirrored here...) but since the rest of the torso is just black, I'm using a different colour so I can easily see the lines for the test build without having to change the line colours right now. ;o)

Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Papercraft LEGO pirate 3D work done!

So I finished making Knoest's skull and crossbones bicorne hat.

And some other parts; no self-respecting LEGO pirate should be without weapons. ;o)

I have no doubt Kapitein Knoest knows how to use his cutlass sword (or maybe not; he is missing an arm and a hand after all...) but how on earth is he going to pull the trigger of his flintlock pistol with his hook??

Now that all the 3D parts are done, I can start unfolding them for the rest of the test build, stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

LEGO papercraft test build #1

Although I haven't modelled all of Kapitein Knoest's 3D parts yet (his bicorne hat and maybe a few other parts) I wanted to start paperfying him already...!

So as you can see, I already unfolded and test built his hips and legs. ;o)

Although I raced through the test build (I hope you take more care building your models than I do my test builds... ;o) luckily everything went together pretty much as I planned!

One part I wasn't really happy with, though, was the flat edge at the hip-part of Knoest's wooden peg leg...

On the tiny minifig, it's so small that it still looks okay, but now that it's much bigger, I think it will look better if the hip-part of the peg leg is one, smooth semicircle, so that is something I will change on the final model.

But first, I'll finish the bicorne!

(or maybe I'll do some more test building first...)

(or maybe I'll do some more work on my Orange Star Fighter...)

(or maybe... ;o)

Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Poor Knoest...

Kapitein Knoest is his Dutch name, and in the United Kingdom, he was called Captain Roger, but North-America knew him as Captain Redbeard - and it's not hard to see why. ;o)

The Pirates line was the first theme where LEGO experimented with the as-unoffensive-as-possible look of their minifigs, and with Kapitein Knoest, they really went all-out...

Besides giving him messy, red beard, they gave him a wooden leg, replaced his left hand with a metal hook, and as if that wasn't bad enough already, they also took out his left eye and gave him an eyepatch...

Poor Knoest... And they wonder why he became a pirate??

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Creepy Knoest

Something seems missing... ;o)

Even though it's just a plastic LEGO minifig (or a 3D model in this case) and not a real person, for some reason I always find it very creepy when they don't have a face, brrr...

Only one thing to do about that, of course, make the face texture! ;o)

Stay tuned!
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