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Cardboard Warriors Forum – Paper Miniature Hoard 89

Took me a bit of time to get this one together and I had some issues with getting some of the miniatures scaled correctly. However it’s finally finished the Cardboard Warriors Forum Hoard 89, the theme was Robots and Androids. Once again this is not my work but the work of all the people across at the Cardboard Warriors Forum

Links to the files:

Zip File

or from this Forum Topic:

Forum Hoard Topic

 

Cardboard Warriors Forum – Paper Miniature Hoards 87 & 88

Jim across at the cardboard warriors forum is taking a short break, while he’s away I volunteered to compile and post the forum hoards. I’ve now compiled two hoards on behalf of the contributors on the board. It should be noted these are not my work, well I did submit the parcel mimics in the Nov hoard:

The Forum hoards are a great way to get started in paper miniature creation so feel free to head over to cardboard warriors forum and submit something :).

The above miniatures as well as a bundle of others can be downloaded from this thread.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Great New Year and I look forward to producing some more paper miniatures in the new year and stay safe if your traveling.

Dragonfly – Papercraft VTOL

I finished up the Dragonfly paper VTOL this weekend. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out in the end and it should make for a good addition to my terraforce army. Ironically I have built two but neither is in the colour scheme I selected for my army, but thats test builds for you.

I had mostly finished the texturing before Annette’s back gave out for 2 months, although there was still a solid 3 days worth of work to finish the model off. Basically I started of by re-familiarizing myself with the GIMP layout and checking what was missing. First up I had to complete some minor changes to the overall textures and adjust some of the glue tabs, plus design some landing struts. Once that was done I temporarily exported the files and created the craftrobo GSD cutting file.  Then I completed my first coloured test build, while constructing the below test build I took all the construction pictures I would need for the instructions:

The Dragonfly looks a little odd on it’s landing struts, but I don’t expect if anyone else does make one that they’ll be using them.  After the above test build was done I extracted each of the unique layers from GIMP that I wanted to use in the layered PDF. This step is quiet time consuming as you have to be careful to include the correct GIMP layers on your exported layers. I ended up with 24 layers exported ready to be turned into a layered PDF, which is just an import and then save as layered PDF job. Before generating the layered PDF I used the pictures from the initial assembly to create the instructions on how to put a Dragonfly together. This is the bit I like the least as it’s horribly time consuming and it seems when you get to the end you haven’t really achieved anything. I put the instructions together using Openoffice and then exporting it as a PDF document. After the layered PDF had been assembled I carried out one last test build to confirm everything was okay one last time, as it turned out I had missed a couple of scoring lines on the GSD cut files. We end up with the stock military Dragonfly paper VTOL, I mounted it to a 40mm square base:

The clear stand is just a folded up piece of transparency cut a glued with superglue (see below).  I’m not 100% happy with the dragonfly there are three spots that I feel are to fiddly and in future I’ll be more careful during the design stage. watch out for the windscreen, body and the rocket pod holders. The last thing I did for fun was create a bit of a fluff or background  for the Dragonfly in the theme of a military file. You’ll need to click the image to read it 🙂 :

As the Dragonfly PDF is a layered PDF you will need to use Acrobat 6+  to correctly view it and set layers on and off. The files are quiet big 12mb for the actual build file and 2mb for the instructions so it’ll take a little time to download:

Dragonfly (30mm) – PDF

Dragonfly Instructions – PDF Instructions

Dragonfly GSD Page1 – GSD, save as and rename extension from .odt to .gsd

Dragonfly GSD Page2 – GSD, save as and rename extension from .odt to .gsd

Stand Final – Templates for the Posts , no GSD as it blunts blades very quickly

A few notes on the stand posts I have done two heights and a flying level, bank right and bank left version. When you glue them up Superglue gel is easiest to use as it doesn’t run everywhere and cause the transparency to frost up. If you don’t have printing transparency simply print the template out on plain card spray some re-positionable spray glue (no spray glue, cheap glue stick should also work) onto the front side of the card and lay a piece of normal transparency on top. Simply cut out following the card lines and peel the card of the back when your done, you may need to rinse the transparency of before assembling to get rid of sticky residue.

I’m pretty tired as pulling the above together in the past 4 days has been pretty full on :). If anyone does build one I’d love to see it, feel free to post a link in the comments or post a pic in onemonks gallery.

May all your enemies tanks turn into smoldering slag piles, onto the next project for me.

Bugbears (Onemonk bash) – Paper Miniatures

I needed a little bit of a rest from drawing as I was getting a little bit frustrated with my current attempts at drawing my next paper miniatures. I really like Onemonks bugbears but unfortunately their is only one miniature. Bugbears are one of my favorite fantasy monsters so I decided to do a little bit of modification to the existing miniature to come up with four new ones.

I’m not going to detail exactly what I did as it would take to long a post 🙂 . I worked on each variant for about 1-2 hours each trying to make sure I hadn’t corrupted Onemonks artwork to badly and that the fronts and backs still aligned. I ended up with a Gimp file over 2gig in size when open and something around 200 layers for the 4 miniatures , the old computer was really starting to chug at the end. I constructed a:

  • Spiked stick club version, the club was borrowed from a troll,
  • A round mace version taken from Onemonks weapons sheet,
  • A dual weilding axe bugbear, existing axe plus one from the weapon sheet,
  • And a longbow wielding bugbear, I’m unsure if bugbears use bows but it looks good.

I had fun making these as I find bashing and modding much more relaxing than drawing, probably the most disappointing piece is the rear of the shield arm it just looks a little odd, but overall they look okay and the edits are hopefully not to obvious. A picture of the finished  bugbears:

Once again a big thanks to Onemonk for allowing us to mod his figures and change them around. I’ll definitely be putting these into Onemonk’s hoards once they are back up and running.

The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

Paper Miniature Bugbear(Onemonk mod) – PDF

Bugbear – GSD

Have fun with them.

Elven Alliance Dragon Rider – Paper Miniatures

I’ve been working on putting together a Elven Alliance Army using Onemonks Elven Alliance paper miniatures/standees. I always liked the Dragon rider from the old warmaster High elven army and no elven army is complete without a dragon rider. So I drew a dragon and then combined one of Onemonks existing elves with my dragon, it turned out pretty good and it’s the first standee were it almost turned out as I visualized it in my head .

First up was to draw a dragon, I looked at the old warmaster mini and used that as the base for my drawing. I did change a few things like the front leg being way up in the air. After redrawing a resizing the drawing a few times I ended up with the below:

It wont win any prizes or drawing contests but it provided me with a base to use to start drawing in Inkscape. I began tracing the above in Inkscape and made a few changes as I was tracing the drawing in: thickened the body, made the wings flatter as I planned to do a 2.5D model rather than flat, Redraw/modified the legs and feet, actually drew a hand. I’m not sure why but I can draw passable hands/claws in Inkscape but on a piece of paper no luck. I coloured the dragon as far as I could in Inkscpae but due to all the complex curves etc I could not colour as far in inkscape as I normally do. I was very careful with the colouring this time and used high contrast shades as I was pretty disappointed with the Chimera shading. Below is the final export from Inkscape, you can see all the parts that were assembled later in Gimp. I also did a test build at this point just to check everything worked as expected:

After importing the exported file to Gimp I broke each component onto it’s own layer and then begin the task of colouring and finalizing the pieces. First up was the body shading which was done by doing an ever shrinking mask of colours for the body and flood filling these masks with lighter shades of blue. Once all the layers were coloured I blurred them all and then combined. This step was extremely fiddlly as I had to find a compromise between to light and to dark. Next up was the reverse side of the wings which compared to the above was a very easy; apply drop shadow each layer and assemble the layers in order. This bought the dragon step to completion:

Now I needed to add the rider. First up I rechecked the sizing of the dragon compared to rider and checked that on my craftrobo cut template. I had a little bit of space and as the dragon was looking a little puny next to the rider I scaled him up by 10%. Next was to assemble a rider, using all three of One monks Castailian Knights I manged to assemble a complete (very close) Knight with no weapon. Next I grabbed a pike from the elf pikeman set and shortened it’s handle and lengthened the shaft a little, I also added a larger hand protecting cone similar to what you see on jousting sticks. Lastly I grabbed a shield from the elf Javeliners as it seemed more appropriate for a Dragon Rider. After fiddling around with the above parts and using the most minimalistic additions so that edits are hopefully not obvious I ended up with a workable Dragonrider.

Adding the Rider to the back of the dragon was simply a matter of sorting the layers in the correct order and erasing parts or pieces of parts that couldn’t be seen. Lastly I layed the Rider out onto a page and created the Craftrobo GSD cutting file. As it turned out I had scaled the dragon up a hair to much so The elfs head just pokes out of the cutting area but it’s an easy 2cm curve to cut by hand. Final print/assembly/Test cut and I ended up with the below:

Pretty Happy with how it turned out, I would recommend using at a minimum the 50mm pill shaped base, better is a 40/50mm square either way glue the dragon into the base permanently. You’ll definitely need to add some weight to the base to make it 100% stable, ie magnetic bases or cut your own from magnetic sheet . I will release the Dragon as a separate standalone mini later, I need to figure out an easy re-colour method (a post/project for another day). A big thanks go’s to Onemonk for allowing people to use and mod his existing models. The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

Elven Alliance Dragon Rider – PDF

Dragon Rider – GSD

I hope some other people get some fun out of this standee.


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