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Nightmare Moon final prototype by muffinshire Nightmare Moon final prototype by muffinshire
Fully assembled model of the final prototype version of the Nightmare Moon papercraft design. Printed at this scale (four A4 sheets) it stands approximately 20cm (8") high. No major changes were made between this prototype and the final design other than a couple of tweaks to the textures and tab placements.

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moonshadowluna Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!
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Lovingitnam Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Is there a Luna one?
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Lovingitnam Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Or maybe you can make one. :)
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DashieSparkle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to make this. It'll be hard but I must do it for my favorite MLP villain.
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ShristiDoesArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student
Me too lol
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firefangs2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This looks epic but I'd never be able to put her together!
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blackrrose2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her
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Repthefox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Oh, its awesome. Is there any problem if i sell some finished models in a brony meet-up? Obviously giving the credits of the models to you. Also, i dont think im going to have a big profit anyway, but still...
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Repthefox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Oh, silly me. I just read the creative commons license. Nevermind.
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walkingdead600 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
has anypony actually though that paper craft patterns can be used for plushie patterns?
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muffinshire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having looked at the patterns plush makers have devised, I can tell you they are nothing alike. While there may be some conceptual similarities in having to visualise how to flatten a three-dimensional object into multiple flat pieces, the differences in materials make them quite different art forms. Fabric flexes, bends and stretches in a way paper cannot, so plush patterns tend to consist of fewer, larger components. A plush maker will want to minimise seams and joins, whereas in papercraft they are unavoidable. In papercraft the shape of the model is determined by the surface alone, whereas in plush making the stuffing material is a factor as well. Papercraft probably has more in common with 3D computer modelling than with plush design.
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walkingdead600 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok
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NintendoStarKnight Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This kinda reminds me of the N64's graphics. .w.
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:iconmuffinshire:
muffinshire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are some similarities between how video game graphics and papercraft models like this are designed. In the days of the N64 and similar consoles, you had to keep the polygon count (the number of triangular faces that make up the model) fairly low because of the limited processing power; with papercraft you're also limited because making the polygons too small or too numerous makes the model fiddly and difficult to assemble. I kept these models fairly simple in order not to exclude people who aren't already skilled at papercraft assembly, hence the somewhat blocky look. You can make models more complicated and thus smoother-looking - there are other pony papercraft kits more detailed than mine - but you need a lot of time, patience and practice to put them together.
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KayIscah Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Impressive, most impressive...
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YoshisGhost Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woe just wow this is amazing i didnt know you could do something so beautiful with paper!!!
i would love to try this even though im inexperienced :meow:
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Hononotenshi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I love love love it! Seriously! I'll give it a try and then if I don't mess up a lot I'll try Celestia. Oh please make one of Princess Cadence, or/and Queen Chrysalis!
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Hononotenshi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I love love love it! Seriously! Sure I'm going to try this one and then Celestia. Please make one of Princess Cadence! Or/and Queen Chrysalis, please!
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MrLegendAtWork1999 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PLEASE can you make luna like this? i want a large papercraft of her, but the ones available at the moment are a bit small :(
p.s: please? :)
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BuckingBrony Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
pour some casting resin inside to strengthen and car body filler on the outside for detailing and could easily make a sturdy model
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blueleaf22 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna try and do this without the paper-thingies, cuz my printer won't cooperate D:
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Abyssal-Berserker Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   General Artist
ooh im printing this out when i get ink.
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ExecutorElassus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
This is totally fan-servicey of me, but would you maybe consider rendering this:

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as a similarly-scaled papercraft? I have zero rendering/model-making skills, and GlaDOS/Alicorn crossovers make me feel warm inside.
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ExecutorElassus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Incidentally, for those who want to pair these with kna's lovely pony papercrafts, they scale nicely at 50% (that is, all four templates on one A3 sheet). At half-scale, though, the paper thickness makes some of the joints more difficult (the head took forever to do, because I had to clamp the joints and let them set one at a time. But I was using 200gsm, so maybe that was my problem). Anyway, awesome model. Any chance you'd do Luna to the same spec?
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thestudent52 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
awesome. i just discovered about you and let me tell you that your style is best suited for me than kna's so litle subscribe boton where are thou?
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CartoonkingDB Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
maybe someone can make a video and put it on to youtube on how to make it. u done a gr8 job on these.
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FailDuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesomesauce! Is normal paper ok to use for this?
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muffinshire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd recommend something a little thicker than your normal 80gsm copy paper, especially if you're using an inkjet printer (the ink tends to saturate the paper, and you get bleeding if you use a liquid glue). 120-160gsm thin card is more suitable. I did use regular paper for the early prototypes, but the result are not as good.
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FailDuck Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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whitewolfone Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Holy guacamole! I have to give credit where credit is due: This is fantastic! Simply fantastic!
I mean, ALL of your crafts are perfectly colored and on model, but wow, look at the royal sisters! This must have taken ages! You should really be proud of yourself, this is a wonderful work of art.
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Oomara13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
have you thought about making celestia?
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muffinshire Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm putting together a test version of her right now. If all goes well I should be releasing the final model in the next few days.
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Oomara13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
awesomeness. just finished my nightmare moon. not as neat as your photo, but still good. (albeit filled mostly w/ hot glue)make sure to let me know when you finish! :9
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crispicroissant Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I sad cause my parents are so mean and won't let me print out this papercraft:(
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FyreWytch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
AHH!!!! I was in the middle of designing my own!!! D: You have beat me to it!
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muffinshire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, don't let mine stop you. Mine turned out a good deal more complicated than I anticipated, and is probably not suited to less experienced papercraft makers, while your other models are all based around a simpler template. I'm sure fans will still appreciate having a choice of model types and sizes!
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FyreWytch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) I will still make that one, I honestly love it and how like the cartoon she appears. I may make a simpler one.

I just finished Princess Luna's model, but I made her legs farrr too long. I think I'll keep the leg lengths the way they are for when I do Celestial and Nightmare, but too long for "little sister Luna." I love this! I intend to make it. Maybe two, since my sister is most adament that she should have one.
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purplehayabusa Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Woahhhh this is BAWSS!
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