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Skyrim Frost Dragon Papercraft - Greenscreen comp. by g3xter Skyrim Frost Dragon Papercraft - Greenscreen comp. by g3xter
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After many, many requests, here are the (HUGE!) PDOs with the HR textures. Now you do not need the High Res designer to view them.

Download HEAD
Download BODY
Download RIGHT WING
Download LEFT WING
Download HEAD
Download ROCK

ALL CREDIT FOR THE PDO GOES TO DaiShiHUN

DaiShiHun's Frost Dragon daishihun.deviantart.com/art/S... has been on my "defininite to-do-list" ever since it got released. Yet with 30 pages and over 900 parts it was always quite deterrent.

Nevertheless, as the winter days were cold and boring, I asked my GF is she would be up to a big project that would take a couple of weeks. As we agreed to build it there was one big flaw that bothered me about the dragon: Its textures.

Although split in various parts, the 1024 textures were mushy, grey, dull and boring. They looked nothing like the shiny, crisp Frost dragons you see in the game. If I were to build this dragon, it ought to look awesome. So I got my hands on the High Res dev version of Pepakura that supports 4096p textures, grabbed a 8192x4096 texture from a HR dragon texture mod from the Skyrim nexus, added transparency features like translucent wings and some shadows that I got from a prebaked texture.

Besides looking more like the original dragon and being much crisper, the textures had another advantage: They were very economical in tint, only using black and a slight cyan tint.

I also retextured the rock to fit a snowy setting and tipped it off with a mixture of decorative sugar and baby powder.

I printed the Legs and wings on 140g/sqm semi-glossy and the body and head on 120g/sqm high glossy photo paper.

The assembly is far from perfect and took about 5-6 weeks. The model is held up by a wire pinched through the tail and leading to the rock.

I finished it today and thought I'd make a little photoshooting in front of an improvised greenscreen to edit the pictures with some in-game Skyrim screenshots.

I will be uploading some unedited photos later, unfortunately I only have a cheap digital camera available.
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:iconlierdak:
lierdak Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
master could you teach me?
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Sovriin Apr 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
WOW. JUST WOW.
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Vashtari Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want something better to use for a solid, clean background, you can make a large light box out of a massive cardboard box, like from Lowes/Home Depot. If you want to be super crafty with it, I'm sure you could compile two boxes to make it wider - just cut off a side on each one and hot glue the seam. You can then just cut a few yards of your color choice and create an interchangeable backdrop.

Obviously you did great cutting it out/editing, but if you wanted something that gives a smoother, easier background to manage, this really works: [link] I did something similar with poster board. Once I used a frozen pizza box that I recycled, and taped on some tissue paper to diffuse.
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:icong3xter:
The greenscreen idea was rather spontaneous, I just finished the teeth and wanted to take pictures as long as the sun was still shining for a more natural lighting.

I just took this huge (but still small compared to the dragon) neon green cardboard and took some pictures. Made cutting out a lot easier.

I usually don't bother taking professional pictures as the only thing I own is a cheap digicam.
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Vashtari Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have a cheap digital cam, but good lighting can help the overall quality of your photos. Regardless of what kind of camera you have, a lightbox can do wonders. I was only suggesting anyway. At best, you'll have something you can store in a closet, and take out whenever you do want to take photos. I got tired of trying to find a convenient blank wall.
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:iconcjm99:
I get it now that its a re-skin of DaiShiHun's Frost Dragon [link] - I read that it was but its amazing how the different texture pack makes it seem completely different!
also green screen worked epic - didn't belive it was paper :P

would be neat to have your skin for pepkura available - wink wink hint hint
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:icong3xter:
Each file has 3 texture mappings and the texture is, although compressed in JPEG, 14Mb, meaning each body part is 42Mb+ big, with 5 parts that's far too big to upload.

Just uploading the texture wouldn't work as default Pepakura would just downscale the texture to 1024p.

Here's a compressed version of the texture [link]

If you're interested in the PDO files you can send me an E-mail at g3xter@googlemail.com
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:iconcjm99:
oooh he looks awesome ... why must you tempt me so? :O
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