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Garrus Papercraft Download by XenonRay Garrus Papercraft Download by XenonRay
This is my 4th Mass Effect 2 papercraft template, hardline Turian agent, Garrus Vakarian.

Built from 25th Sept-12th Oct though has been in the 3D editing stage since mid-summer. I'm glad he's done but it will probably be the last character for now. I've done most of the guys I like and will have much less time in 2012 if my career plans go anywhere.

Follow the download link below to get the resources you need to print and build your own version! The notes file and comments on PDO/PDF #1 contain additional information that you should read.

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It's a 37.4MB RAR file which contains PDFs and PDOs to print from or use as references. 27 pages, 278 pieces including his Mantis sniper rifle. Just one colour scheme, in his pre-scar state, much more photogenic before he got a missile to the face. Stands at a formidable ~48.5cm tall. Why yes he even has teeth.

You can open the RAR archive with software such as WinRAR, Alzip, 7Zip. Just search around! ;)

You can open the PDO files with Pepakura Viewer downloadable free here: [link]

Please do use this as it's immensely helpful as a resource and will show you exactly where parts go. Almost essential for a model of this complexity. It doesn't work on Macs unfortunately though.

Difficulty: 9.25/10 (Holy dooley! Make sure you know what you're doing :ohnoes:)

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:pc: Download Options:
1. Click Download File in the top right
2. Mediafire mirror [link]

Happy building!
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Template by me, original 3D data and textures by BioWare

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Also check out DaiShiHUN's ME3 Garrus!
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:iconbrucehorner:
brucehorner Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New member
This is a superb model, both striking in final appearance and with very cool assembly tricks.  Thanks, Chris for working on this and sharing!

Some info/tips for others who may also want to make this:

* I used 150 gsm card stock and it was perfect except for the fingers, parts of the weapon and the narrow spines on the head
* For the fingers i used 100 gsm which is like heavy printer paper and though it is softer when the glue is wet, it's much easier to make the small spaces. 
* Really no need to precrease as Chris mentions.  Most of the model folds smoothly and some pre-creases can leave marks on the model
* I spent just under 60 hours building this!  Lots of fun, but make sure you have time if you have a deadline in mind
* Really needed to look in Pepakura Viewer for some of the details as there are some gaps and minor mistakes in the instructions

Now looking for the next model to make... :)
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for building, and taking the time to provide some advice!

The amount of pre-creasing/folding/shaping is a variable thing. Ultimately I can only write based off what I experienced and a bit of guesswork to what else could be troublesome. I only get 1 chance to take progress photos and it's shamefully easy to forget to do so. I hope my instructions have improved over time though! (arguably better than none at all, which is the case with most templates ;)

Still, instructions or not, I recommend everyone to use the PDO files.

If you can build this one, any of my others should be fairly easy!
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:iconzacic:
zacic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is his helmet in the files?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I didn't make a helmet for him. Only what you see in the pictures is included in the files.
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lisandroulloa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
thanks :D
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ev1lmunchk1n Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Sorry if this question was addressed before somewhere, but do you recommend typical printing paper for this papercraft? I was thinking about using cardstock paper but I wasn't too sure if it would be too thick for this sort of project.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your instincts are correct about cardstock! Printer paper is very weak, so I wouldn't recommend it as I haven't designed the model with enough inner reinforcements for that. 

People usually recommend cardstock or thick paper between 120-200gsm, although I'm never sure how that converts to the US basis weight exactly.
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ev1lmunchk1n Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
ok, thank you very much!
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Kaispidergirl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can it also be a pmd for mmd for mikumiku dance I would so love to play with him on that program
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not familiar with that, sorry. But this model wasn't ever rigged and has been split up into a bunch of separated parts during the editing process. So the 3D is not a good starting resource for much...besides papercrafting. :p 
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
just amazing! Now I feel the need to start learning a new craft...
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von-erebus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
May I ask what your preferred method of adhesive is for doing your papercraft models? I'm used to using hot glue on bigger pieces like full sized armor and helmets but with such small pieces i can see that being very problematic. 

Any advice will help and be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! 
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hello there, glue guns are technically a possibility and they've been mentioned in a papercrafting guide I'm helping to work on at the Nintendo Papercraft blog. Personally I think they are overkill for the requirements of small models as cheap, thick PVA glue works wonders and is probably less of a hassle to work with. So you don't necessarily need anything fancy there! ;)

Just make sure whatever you use doesn't make the ink run on printed paper (probably more of a problem with gels).

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von-erebus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
thanks for the advice and the quick reply! now it is glue buying time! I also have to decide on which one to make first! heh.
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Senram Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Absolutely marvelous work! :D (Big Grin)
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elhain Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
CAPS AWESOME /CAPS
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlachoirplz:
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:iconawrah:
awrah Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Woah...
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draconiangem Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY CRAP! I have no words of how amazing these are. Ive seen papercraft... but Mass Effect? Blew me away.l
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Yep, well I guess if there's 3D models available it's possible to make a papercraft of it!
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Zingbaby Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Writer
oh..my... goodie.. gumdrops. O.O
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I guess that's a good sign, thanks! :)
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Nomentionofkev Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Wow, looks great! Do you plan on doing Miranda?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Being honest, probably not sorry. :(

Past projects have taught me human faces from 'realistic' games are very hard to edit without them looking a bit off. Also I've had trouble in the past with anything to do with long hair.
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Nomentionofkev Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Bummer, if you do, Let me know, I'll give this a try!
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Silverstar3 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
These are like 20 kinds of awesome. Great job! Are you planning to make the remainder of the main crew?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks :p

Well there's a lot of guys out there though being honest I've done all of my favourites now. There's a Legion model on the way from DaiShiHUN (he's also done Grunt) but I think my most likely choice now is ME3 Tali since she was my first back in 2010 and I can do a much better job with the textures these days.
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Silverstar3 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough, makes sense to just do your favorite. Regardless, thanks for making what you have already. You've done a fantastic job!
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KhajiitJzargo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I'm new at this, but can you wear it?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...yes and no.

I didn't intend for these to be upscaled for cosplay/prop purposes so they are likely not well shaped or proportioned for wearing. However I know a few people, such as this guy: [link] who has used parts of my templates as a basis for his outfits. So...I guess it can be done, but likely more effort is involved than just building a bigger version. :shrug:
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Sorceress-Nadira Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to learn how to do that JUST to make Garrus. OMG. You just made my day :heart:
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks, although I recommend some practice on something simpler first! ;)
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Sorceress-Nadira Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I will, definitely will XD Wouldn't want to spoil myself the pleasure of Garrus by making him look sloppy ;)
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arc5555 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
He's awesome . I've just made one .
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, and very good work! :)
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AlphaMusician Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I've started this one, but all I have done is the head...what part of this do you think is the most difficult?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my view I'd say the head is/was the hardest because of the small pieces and odd build order forced by some parts.

The rest should be easier, if only for being bigger pieces but points of difficulty exist in the raised armour details on the legs (there's no 'good' order) and the multiple stepped trims on the lower body (lots of thin strips and 90 degree angles).
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gothed Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
asking permission to download this model :clap:
awesome :D
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha of course you can! ;p

Thanks!
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gothed Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
hahah okay thanks, i'll tell you as soon as posibble after i finished to build it :D :clap:





*still waiting for your N7 papercraft project *:kiss:
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jepi12 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great works! .. inspiring man
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:iconkirsui:
Kirsui Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
My gawd... Now I really need to start practising paper crafts, I want to try making this one. o_____o
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and yep, it's definitely a good idea to practice a bit on something simpler if you're new to the hobby!
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:iconkirsui:
Kirsui Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
One day I'll definitely get back to this and build it though. =P It'd be totally awesome to have Garrus on the shelf. XD
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chengda-inferno Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of paper should i do this on?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The rule of thumb in the papercraft community is anything from 120-200gsm (grams per sq. metre) or equivalent weight/thickness in other measurement scales.

I use 160gsm to give a good balance between strength and ease of manipulation.
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bevveh Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Must. Obtain. Paper.
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myks0 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GLOB
my friend linked this today to me
... i still can't believe what i'm seeing!

if you didn't mention this is a PAPERCRAFT, i would have thought it's a regular clay sculpture or something... (well yes, now i see back side of the paper on his mandbile, but still!....) You, Sir, are my new god now. I'm deeply shocked. You should get a Noble or something.
The fact that You're sharing the template with other is just.... gaaah :heart: So much hard work You've put in here.
Details on a sniper rifle are AMAZING.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! This template owes a lot to the wonderful original textures and 3D meshesn but yes it was a labour of love to simplify and build the whole thing!
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MotherMcKarther Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.... O_O ....How did you.........? What the.... ? ... Hooooooow?! This is amazing! How on earth did you do something like this?! How did you have tha patience?!
Well done :iconclapplz:
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