Monday, September 26, 2011

Zelda Linebeck papercraft download!

The instructions are finished, so I uploaded the files to build your own, papercraft captain Linebeck from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass to my papercraft webpage for you to download:
Have fun building!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Papercraft Linebeck v2

Paper is very easy to work with and it's very forgiving, so there is always quite a bit of tolerance in papercraft models. But after I built Linebeck, I felt that there was a *too* much tolerance on his head...!

It was leaning back a bit *too* much, so I re-made his neck to remedy this, and luckily for Linebeck, I think it cured his whiplash. ;o)

So: now the instructions, and then the release. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Linebeck papercraft WIP 13

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!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Linebeck papercraft test build 3

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!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Linebeck papercraft WIP 11

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)

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Linebeck papercraft WIP 10

The ingame textures in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass are understandably quite small, so when they get scaled up for a papercraft model, they aren't as sharp or crisp as the textures on more realistic games might be of course.

On most of Linebeck's parts, I like the effect though, but I felt the eyes just looked *too* pixelated, so I did smooth out those a bit.

Because instead of the "clump" hands I made 2.5D hands, I made some simple textures with nails for the separate fingers, and I also made the grin I gave him a bit sharper.

There's one more texture I want to change, namely the sea chart. The ingame sea charts work very well in the game (they're nice and clear) but they I don't think they'd look very nice compared to the artwork...

I've been using a LEGO Pirates treasure map (3068px9) as a temporary substitute, but for the final paper model, I want to make a sea chart that's a bit more like the artwork.

Stay tuned!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Linebeck papercraft WIP 9

So I've test built Linebeck's body, and it went together okay, but I'm still thinking about making him a little bit bigger (he's about 16 cm tall now). I haven't decided yet, but since it's just a matter of adjusting the scale, it can wait. ;o)

To be honest, I really like the 2.5D hands, so I think I'll go with those instead of the original "clumps", they fit much better with the rest of the model.

There are several other things I'd like to change (round out the arms and legs a bit, change some shapes that just don't look right to me in the paper model etc.) so...

Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ninjatoes' Twitpics free papercraft model sites

There are lots and lots of people making papercraft models for you to download and build!

Many of the papercraft models I tweet are not new releases (but some are ;o) but since most papercraft link sites only exist since a few years and only post the newest releases, I think a lot of people will still find a lot of "new" models!

The Twitpic widget in the sidebar (-->) only shows my 5 latest Tweets; if you want to see all my Tweets with lots more links to other people's papercraft models, you can browse through all my Twitpics on one page at vvall Grid:

Have fun building!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Linebeck papercraft WIP 9

Obviously, this is Linebeck's body, unfolded for the test build. I'm not expecting too many problems, but you never know. ;o)

Stay tuned!
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