I am still in a learning curve on the creation end of this project, so the terrain will improve a lot as we go along. For now this is simple and easy to build.
While I am new to creating this stuff from the ground up, I am not new to paper terrain. I've built a ton of this stuff, with fair success and have had quite a few people ask me how the hell I can build so much stuff so fast. I thought this might be a good time to post a tutorial for anyone interested. Now, that being said, if you want to see the RIGHT way to build this stuff in all its glory, you should go to Vampifans blog! But if you are like me, more of a dark side of the force type, (faster, easier) than this is the way to approach it! With me, it is always about mass effect. Anyway, here's the scoop!
Oh, and VERY IMPORTANT! Please read the first step about printing very carefully. And pay attention to the glue in step 3.
|This is pretty much what all you will need. Cardstock paper (the heaviest you can feed through your printer), ruler, cutter, markers, and glue. The glue is crucial, see next step.|
|Here I am breaking the rules with a free hand cut. Normally my other hand would be close by to steady the paper but I had to hold the camera.|
|Cut out the outline of the entire building, including the fold over tabs. Learn how much pressure is required to cut all the way through the first time around and try to do so. Coming back and re-cutting is usually harder to do, and wastes time.|
|Now it is time to pre-fold all the sections. Folding large sections is easy, and it is a bit trickier when you ave very small tabs like shown. Fold them all the way over (overbend) and then let them come back a little.|
|Here is my building cut out, and pre-folded.|
|So while we wait for that seam to really get some strength, I will get the foundation ready. First I cut out the outside and inside squares.|
|Then I cut through the corner tab joints. Cut these through so they can fold up.|
|Here is the cut and folded foundation piece.|
|But we still need to black line! On these, you just need to do the outer edge. All the tabs will be hidden inside the building.|
|Sorry for the horrible photo. Now we grab our building and apply a bead of glue to the three roof tabs.|
|Then smooth out the glue.|
|The one occasional use I do have for the ruler is to reach down inside deep structures to push a fold tab against a wall. Once again, be gentle here.|
|Here is one of those darned white lines that shows up against a dark background after making a fold. If they are bad enough I get out a smaller tipped marker and give it a swipe.|
|While not perfect, it does look a lot better.|