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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!

-------Read Before Downloading-------

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: www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en…

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)

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:pc: Download Options:
1. Mediafire: www.mediafire.com/?k6xaf6snv4p…
2. DeviantArt download via Stash feature: sta.sh/01i4cj3oyp5e

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

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Questions:

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: fav.me/d61kb2x

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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iloveportal1852 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Just mind-blowing! Love Looks absolutely amazing, just like every other one of your papercrafts :) How do you manage to hide the white edge of the paper?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)

In the design stage I make sure than every edge/tab combo is in the least visible orientation, usually so the seam points downwards. When building I edge colour. With a dark model it's super easy to do with a broad black felt tip pen, with gaps touched up by a ballpoint pen. For more specific shades I have a few soft watercolour pencils.
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iloveportal1852 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! That's an ingenious method-looks like I still have a lot to learn! :D How long have you been making/designing papercrafts?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started building in mid 2008, and tried designing later in the year though I was pretty bad at it initially. It took me until mid 2009 to become a decent designer, and another year before I was able to work on these bigger, higher detailed figures. :S
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iloveportal1852 Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! That is quite amazing-you've definitely come a long way :) I started 2 years ago, designed only one papercraft. Hope to build some of your models in the future! 
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lunavixen015 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I love your papercraft works, I haven't built any yet as I'm not quite that advanced yet (I'm getting there though!). I have a question, is there any chance of seeing an Ashley Williams model at all?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and keep at it! It took me a while before I was able to build things like this.

Unfortunately my Mass Effect series is now over. Unless ME4 is good and spurs me into action, I won't be doing any more of these guys.
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lunavixen015 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Awwww, okay. Thanks for answering though :3

I'm currently building some of ninjatoes models, I figured that was a good starting place, I finished imp midna and am working on wolf link, and man is he fiddly.
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gabrieltavaresf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Hi, which paper do you use? I'm searching for a good paper and i can't figure out which one is the best to build papercraft models. Glossy? Matte? Textured? Photo paper? 
Could you give me a little help? >.< 
(Sorry for my english, my native language is portuguese)
Thank you!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there, for paper you need something with a thickness between 120-200gsm for strength. But the type of paper could just be preference, as I think the weight/thickness has more importance.

I personally don't like the squeaky, clammy feel of glossy paper in my hands but it is probably the most resilient type. I've been using either just matte, or "smooth" photo quality paper for the last few years (this Shepard model is build with smooth stuff). If you live in a humid climate, preservative sprays could also be something to look up.

Hope that helps!
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