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Hylian shield simplification by ninjatoespapercraft Hylian shield simplification by ninjatoespapercraft
Here's another insight in how/why I "simplify" so many parts for my paper models.

In this case, the Hylian Shield from Twilight Princess looks great of course! But for the scale I'm planning to make my paper model of Twilight Princess Link in, it is much too detailed...

Unless you make it really big (say, lifesized...? ;o) all the edges and bumps that give depth to the shield in the 3D model will become very small and almost impossible to build as it is.

As you can see, a lot of times "simplifying" a 3D model means editing the texture, so the details are included in the texture, rather than being seperate, difficult to build parts.

And if you look closely, you will also see that I made the shield a little bit thicker. That's just because I was afraid that when you would cut out the thin rim that runs around the shield, it would be difficult to handle and would tear if it was that thin...

But I still have to see how it will turn when I test build it all. ;o)
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Shadow-Wolf-2500 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can u make a life size version and send me the link if u do
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I finished this papercraft model a long time ago already ( [link] ) so you could take the PDF parts into a program like Gimp, and then enlarge the parts for the shield, but I don't think it would look very good because I made it simpler for the small size...

Another papercrafter called Haywan Chiu made a more or less life-sized Twilight Princess Link though, and it has the Hylian Shield and Master Sword too. They're more or less right from the game, so much more detailed, so maybe that's easier for you. ;o)

Here's the link to that Link. ;o)[link]

Have fun building!
z8-0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Nice use of image editing. Many people think papercraft is all about the 3D, but texture layout can be just as important.
PS: You could probably even join the two points on bottom left and right, kinda in between the center and bottom, too :P
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
on SSB:M Link's shield, you will see I cut it up in horizontal strips. I think what you're talking about (if I understood you correctly ;o) would work better for that method, because then you would have a more of less straight line of edges in the 3D model.

But this time, I want to try and see what it would look like if I were to cut the shield up in one outer "ring", and a flat circular/cone-like shape in the center.

Because you have to plan like for that in the 3D editing stage (making sure the edges are there to cut up in Pepakura) I came up with this. If you look at it closely, I think you can already see the parts that will become the outer "ring" and the center "circle/cone" already. ;o)

Of course if it doesn't look good on the test build, I will change it again, first in the 3D model, then in Pepakura again. ;o)
z8-0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Actually, yeah, I was thinking of the circular cone and ring too. I was just thinking it'd get rid of an extra couple tabs, no major thing. That looks great, either way. I'm sure Link will too, if the shield and Zora Link are anything to judge by.
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
I still have to test build it of course, maybe I'll end up doing it completely different... ;o)
InuIzayoi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
:D cant wait for the finished model it looks awesome
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Thanks, I hope to get it done soon, although it will probably still be a while...
InuIzayoi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
its ok :3 I'll be waiting. Take ur time
TracedScar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Gotta love that simplicity.
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