The pictures here are from Studio of M.M's excellent 122cm build! Have a look at some of her full photos: [link] [link]
Derived from her trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I edited Twilight Princess' fiesty imp into a form suitable for building way back in autumn 2011. But it was in an awkward floating pose and I ended up working on my Garrus model instead and forgot about her for a long time. A year later I learned to re-pose it in Blender to a more basic but workable standing position, edited it a lot more and made an unfold.
But technically there's a catch compared to my usual models. I only built most of the body file before stopping (not however due to bad design I stress). Sadly the colours of the skin came out all dark from my printer, including what should've been the lighter toned bits. So I lost interest but it would've been a shame to shelve the model for a second time. Fortunately *studioofmm volunteered kindly to help me out...although she had it in mind to edit and enlarge the whole thing to build a life sized version! So now with her great finished photos and the knowledge that the model is buildable all the way through, I'm releasing both of our versions of the template.
So in short there's a normal 37cm version and a life sized 122cm version available (the Fused Shadow makes up about 33% of the height). But no instructions, PDO files only because you'll certainly need them: best not to be messing around trying to figure things out from a PDF. But we've included plenty of notes to try and help you, however it goes without saying that you might want to have some experience in papercrafting already.
If you have any questions, please ask me about the general model/smaller template, or Studio of M.M about the life sized one. We'll try to help as best as we can!
Please tell me if you spot any errors that I might have missed due to not building it myself. (not something I'm going to make a habit of)
-------Read Before Downloading-------
It's a 8.75MB RAR file which contains PDOs to print from and use as a references. 17 pages for the small one (not including stand), and a whopping 120 pages to bust your printer ink on for the life sized one.
You can open the RAR archive with software such as WinRAR, Alzip, 7Zip. Just search around!
You can open the PDO files with Pepakura Designer downloadable free here: [link]
You will need to use these to print from and figure out where the parts go, especially for the big template. It won't work on Macs unfortunately unless you emulate Windows etc.
1. Mediafire download: [link]
2. DeviantArt download via Stash feature: [link]
Take a look at my Twili Midna model, made as a collaboration too between me and Squeezycheesecake.
And many thanks for minidelirium for the first photos I've seen of the small version!
(My plan is to start with pepakura and then paint resin over the paper, to make something that's lighter than foam but still sturdy.)
This surface would probably have to be cut out to make room for a human head though, and as a prop to wear it might need a few bits of improvisation for comfort and stability (or as far as I can guess based on the template). Hope that helps!
I downloaded the files and Pepakura Designer, and after checking it out a bit it certainly seems like a better jumping-off point for my idea than the other Fused Shadow papercraft design I've been able to find! Thanks for your help, and I'll be sure to share and progress with you in the next few months. ^_^
Unless someone's made their own, we didn't release PDFs for this one. The life sized one would be extremely difficult without a PDO to reference all the huge split parts. The smaller version lacks instructions and while not impossible, would be a bit tricky to figure out too.
Studio of M.M [link] also provided some notes on the life sized version which I've included in the download pack. I'm sure both of these super crafters would be happy to give you some advice.
I don't build life sized models so I can't really go into specifics on how you'd make it strong enough. I would guess a lot of scrap card could be used to brace the ankles, neck and other weak points since it's a top heavy model. The key thing would be to use thick enough paper in the first place- at least 3 times thicker/heavier than normal printer paper. For liquids, well there are some matte sprays people use to coat models (Krylon is a brand that comes up a lot) but it's just a principal of papercraft to keep them away from water in the first place.
Glad you like it, I'm very grateful to Studio of M.M for building my template and providing these lovely pictures
Usually I make picture based instructions and also put some PDFs to print from, as well as the PDOs so people can use whatever combination to build. But since I never finished my version this isn't a real option anymore. :/
PDO only forces a bit of a restriction initially but Pepakura Viewer or Designer are very handy tools and free to download. The reference they provide is invaluable so it'll make things much easier to work out and I dare say essential for the life sized version (as you can't lay pieces out intuitively if there's only 1-2 massive parts per page!).
I mean, this is so awesome and I have standing orders from friends to build her if anyone ever made templates for her... I'm SO happy you made her!!! I can't express the gratitude I feel! this is one of my 2 top wish-builds! so thank you a million times! <3<3<3
(I'm gonna ask studioofmm too, just wanted you to know that too)
With regards to selling...well I suppose if it's only a limited few between friends...just 'private' commissions so to speak then that is ok.
anyway, I don't want to make money off of your work but I do want to be able to take money for the materials without feeling like a thief if you see what I mean?
and again, I've waited and hoped for her for SO long! she's AWESOME! thank you for this template! thank you a million times over! <3
Will update the pack, splitting it into Lined/Lineless PDOs shortly.