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Tali'Zorah Papercraft by XenonRay Tali'Zorah Papercraft by XenonRay
This is a better high res photo of my Tali papercraft model from Mass Effect 2.

The promotional image I used for the download page here [link] was alright, but too small to show the details, which owe themselves to the lovely quality of the original textures.

So here she is standing in front of a bunch of radio equipment in my Dad's study, because that's probably the most technical looking part of our house that I could find!

Model made from 160gsm paper, stands ~44cm tall.
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Bedsidespider Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Is there a Thane model somewhere in the future perhaps?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No sorry, I've retired from ME models now.
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Wesker86 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so bloody fantastic!!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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Wesker86 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome pal
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
These ME papercraft are absolutely mind-blowing! Fantastic detail and hard to tell that they're not action figures until I get a close view of them. Excluding Liara and Shep's faces, even the larger views left me saying "no way!" Brilliant work on all of them.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, they owe their shape to the original 3D models so maintaining accuracy wasn't too hard (excluding faces, which is why I prefer the less humanoid aliens and my helmet wearing Shep). But they all have been extensively simplified to get to a form which is feasible and not overly complex when built out of paper. :thumbsup:
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How durable are they?  They survive getting knocked over alright?  (My cats make a habit of knocking my figures over.  ;P )
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

With thick enough paper they're pretty strong, my Javik leans forwards too much and has face-planted on the laminate floor from my desk several times without a dent. Under their own weight they're ok, but could still be crushed in accidentally if something really bashed them.

Occasionally I might have to re-glue a finger or hand that comes loose. Only Mordin, who is very gangly is having trouble staying together as time goes by so he's 'retired' to my wardrobe now...

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Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive stuff.  Now, if you can figure out how to origami the joints to make them posable, you'll have achieve the ultimate level of awesome.  :D
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
hi bro, i'm about to finish my tali papercraft, but as you said before, i'm getting stuck to build hand part especially part number B27 and B44, can you please help me give more instruction about that :confused:

thanks in advance
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there, if you're still having trouble, B27/44 is not a particularly hard shape but its unfold isn't very obvious in showing you what glues where. [link]

It's just two tubes linked by a middle 'bridge'. Score and fold the lines I went over in red and curl the sides around to where the red arrows point. The PDO files are a great reference and tab guide: if you're not already using them, I really recommend it. :nod:

I don't know whether you're smooth building or not, but scoring and folding all the lines in the hands can make sure all the bits are precisely shaped and in theory fit neatly together (smooth building, while visually better for high poly models creates lots of inaccuracies which can add up).
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
okay, thanks... that's so helpfull.
i'll finish my build tonite and show you the result tomorrow morning,
actually i'm not doing smooth building, since i use lineless pattern and i only score some important lines, :(

perhaps for next models (which is garrus) i will use lined pattern, and as info i can't open PDO files since my PC was linux,

many thanks bro

btw, do you have any facebook account :D
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops I think you've got mixed up there, what you described is smooth building- only scoring tabs and important lines. Named because of how you bend pieces into place in smooth curves usually. The alternative...don't know what you'd call it (score & fold?) gives you precise angular pieces but makes every single fold line very obvious.

PDOs are very useful but sorry I forget sometimes that they're not an option for everyone. I hope future versions of Pepakura have better compatibility.

No sorry I mostly use it for people I know in person these days, don't worry you're not missing anything, I don't post anything about papercrafts there. :p
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
hi, i'm done with tali' zorah.. and it's amazing after finished it, such as large one, :D

and my i ask your opinion? i'm about to build one of your papercraft once again, but i'm still confuse, which one better,
Based on your experience, which one that better,
1. garrus vakarian
2. Shepard
3. or mordin? :D

thanks in advance
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Glomp!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mordin would be the easiest to do next after Tali. He is harder but not completely crazy with small minor details like Garrus and Shepard are :nuu:. Perhaps it could be a good idea to get some more practice before starting those two. Awkward parts on Mordin are his neck frame, gauntlets and getting him to stand upright.
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
okay, thanks for your advice, and sure, mordin will be my next victim... hahaa...

but i prefer to built lineless pattern, is it okay?
since i think papercraft look better without line appear on it, :p
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, build whatever you want! :D

I agree, lineless is the way to go for best quality builds. Lined sheets are there for fold reference and...well some people love to build things with angular pieces.
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Lorcain Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Keelah, that's as epic as the game itself!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Lorcain Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem :D
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StickingMango Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks
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DaCreature Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
u should totally make Thane next i want to see a papercraft of him next!!
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sirensa Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
If you leave Tali near those radios, she'll calibrate them for maximum effeciency. :)
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as she can filter out those reaper indoctrination signals then that's fine by me! :crazy:
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bachterman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
nice equipment!
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pensaremyfriends Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
so impressed. cannot articulate.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I guess that's a good thing, thanks ;)
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely amazing
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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CaptainErrol Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
OWOAW xD
Awesome! I do the same now!
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Diakrite Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
This is absolutely baffling. I used to make ships and spaceships from Yoko tsuno in a sturdy cardboard, used in architecture, but that didn't allow for the detail You've shown here...simply amazing..
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is double the weight of regular printer paper: strong but still very flexible and thin enough for some finer details, within reason!
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Destro2k Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
man, i really need more time to build all this things :D
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JouzuMania Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You did a really great job man. There are no cutlines or any glue to see. I haven't seen such a close/high res foto of her so far. She is definetely worth to build i think!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Well there's a few shiny bits of glue but I managed to keep it a relatively clean model over all! ;)
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JouzuMania Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah there always are the areas you want to hide. All depends on the photos' angle sometimes :D
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stuntjo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
my hat is off to you man soooo life like lookin!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I was really pleased how she turned out! :D
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Whoa, this is made from PAPER? With how realistic it looks, I don't even want to know how long it took to do!
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure is! About double the thickness of regular printer paper for stability.

Actually I blazed through her construction in about 12 days, since there were no major problems (unlike my Mordin model). Though I had less work to do back then admittedly!
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
"Blazed through" in ONLY 12 days: yeah, that's a lot of work lol. I'm just impressed you can make it look so smooth and have such small details like the fingers using paper. Anything I ever tried making out of paper was blocky, had lots of folds and wrinkles, and was more or less polygonal.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok 12 days as opposed to about 3 weeks maybe :p

I've been building stuff since 2008 so it's all practice I guess, though yes things like the fingers/thumbs are tricky- thank gawd she only has 6! The worst part was the mouthpiece, with the two narrow metal bits either side.
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I curse myself for still not having found the time to do this...
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh well, maybe someday then?
Liara (Lair of the Shadow Broker oufit) might be my next one. I'm currently 'assessing' the model and experimenting with some poses.
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Summer is coming after my exams. I'll do it then :)

:O I would freaking love you if you did that. I :heart: Liara.. :D
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tRickityhouses Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
coool
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