This post I shall dedicate to papercraft.
Who are you?
I'm the disembodied voice that's gonna ask the questions around here.
O-kay... Well for those who don't know, it means to build 3D objects using heavyweight paper.
Well that's easy enough to understand, but how does this relate to Warhammer 40K?
I was getting there before you so rudely interrupted.With a little alteration, many of the Warhammer papercraft templates can be used to scratch build plastic models.
Yes, an industrious, and most likely poor, enthusiast could build models on the cheap and give them some extra character. Plasticard (polystyrene) is readily available at most craft stores and thin (.5 - 1.0mm) sheets are easy enough to manipulate. Now, even .5mm is much thicker than paper, so some conversion is needed. Also, papercraft templates have glue tabs which aren't necessary with plastic. Most can be cut off and plastic welding glue used to secure the joints.
An example of what you can do with papercraft.
It wasn't that long ago that GW encouraged scratch builders, as detailed in this post. It's that post that started me scratch building and links to the template for the Baneblade pictured above. It also drew me to the Yahoo group BWC Archive which still adds templates on a regular, if long, basis. There I found templates for the Drop Pod that I am currently working on. So far I've used three sheets of Plasticard and have one more waiting to be used. I also used a small bit of Balsa wood, but most of it is still leftover.
|4 sheets of Plasticard||$7.64|
|1 sheet of Balsa wood||$3.82|
Knowing you built that model
everyone thinks came from GW? Priceless...
Here's a WIP video that shows my Drop Pod is already standing and the main struts are done. Once I prime it, few people will be able to spot that it's scratch built.
Say goodbye to the nice readers Mr. Voice.
Good enough. Hope I sparked some interest in scratch building.
Keep your ammo dry.