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Shepard Papercraft Download by XenonRay Shepard Papercraft Download by XenonRay

My 5th Mass Effect papercraft, but the 1st one to use content from Mass Effect 3. Built between the 3rd-16th June.

This is a papercraft template of the female version of Commander Shepard wearing the classic N7 Armour. The model comes with three options for the head. The first is an uncovered head made by simplifying the default ME3 model. If her default appearance or my heavy handed editing isn't to your taste you can build a helmet wearing version with either an open or closed visor. I prefer the helmet version as the face didn't turn out as well as I hoped, plus the head looks small compared to the body.

Follow the download link below to get the resources you need to print and build your own version!

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It's a 39.4MB RAR file which contains PDFs and PDOs to print from or use as references. ~44.2cm tall (helmet version),18-19 pages and at least 267 pieces including the Avenger assault rifle.

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:…

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

Difficulty: 9/10 (Quite a lot of fine details)


:pc: Download Options:
1. Mediafire:…
2. DeviantArt download via Stash feature:

Note: I sometimes reupload versions with minor edits so for website posters please link back to this page as a 'hub' instead or your download links could end up broken.

Happy building!

Template by me, original 3D data and textures by BioWare


Will you make a male Shepard or [insert character]?
For me, my main file has been a female Shepard throughout the trilogy and while I don't dislike the male version (one's my secondary renegade file), I don't 'feel' the same connection or appeal. This is critical for making papercrafts because to work on something for about 2-3 months with several weeks of building requires strong interest in the subject matter. Other squad members could be made in future, though again I have to like them initially. Also I prefer the aliens because human faces are more annoying to edit.

Edit: Sanek94ccol has since made a good Male Shepard template, scaled to this one, here:

Will you make any more guns?
Not separately at least. I enjoy making the characters far more. The weapons are a second thought for pose purposes, and a nightmare to edit in any case. Currently all my packs except ME2 Tali contain one weapon template. (Mordin: Predator, Liara: Tempest, Garrus: Mantis, Shepard: Avenger, Javik: Particle Rifle, ME3 Tali: Scimitar).

Shouldn't the helmet have a red stripe?
No. Not in ME3 at least, check it out in game- the top of the helmet is dark grey in the default scheme.

Other Models
Tali Papercraft Download by XenonRayMordin Papercraft Download by XenonRay Liara Papercraft Download by XenonRay Garrus Papercraft Download by XenonRay Javik Papercraft Download by XenonRay ME3 Tali Papercraft Download by XenonRay

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Any chance you'd mod the file to make it life size? :dance:
XenonRay Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, that's very unlikely, I'm not really interested enough in life sized stuff. :cough:
griddark Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've actually made a few of these thanks to your very detailed instructions, I would never have considered myself a "crafts" person, but I just love the ME team on my window sill, and get a lot of comments from my friends. I'm just wondering why no male Shepard?
XenonRay Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for building and I'm happy to hear the instructions were handy. I always wonder how they are to other people since I can only look at the PDO file for my version!

As for a male Shepard I don't have any plans for one right now. I've played as both but the female one wins out for me in the end, and I kinda need to have a strong interest in what I'm working on to carry these projects from 3D model to papercraft. :1
DaoyiLiu Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Haha these are incredible. I want to try to build some, but i'm not sure how to get started... how did you start building these? What would be a good noob model to start with before i move on to building these guys?
XenonRay Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you. About 5 years ago I started with small simpler models derived from N64 games and gradually worked up the complexity to GC/Wii content, and finally high detailed current gen games. But as well as practice, having the right materials and tools helps a lot too. A good start for beginners could be some of the templates made by Ninjatoes (something of a papercraft god around these parts!)

His templates are from a variety of games/media etc. and are usually very builder friendly, with full instructions and references. If you get around to doing any of mine, the ME2 Tali is the easiest of this bunch, being surprisingly simple apart from the mask and hands.

DaoyiLiu Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :D I'll definitely check it out!
elmjuniper Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome!
I'm gonna try to make one for my girlfriend for xmas.
Thanks for posting. :)
XenonRay Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, should be enough time, good luck! :p
SultanOfAwesomeness Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, this is AMAZING!
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