After my success with the papercraft Battlecruiser from Starcraft I decided to complete another model based on machinery from a sci-fi franchise. Initially I looked at my library of Warhammer 40k vehicle templates but realised many had major structural issues. Eventually I resolved to build a heavy star of Clan mechs, with the current plan involving a Shadow Cat (medium), [Timber Wolf](http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Timber_Wolf_(Mad_Cat%28) (heavy), [Summoner](http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Summoner_(Thor%28) (heavy), [Mad Dog](http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Mad_Dog_(Vulture%28) (heavy), and [Dire Wolf](http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dire_Wolf_(Daishi%28) (assault). Many of these mechs are fielded by different clans, but they were the main ones for which I had templates.
I started with the Timber Wolf (“Mad Cat” in the Inner Sphere), a relatively simple model to ease back in after a few months break.
You can see in the above picture that it came pre-textured, creating a much more vibrant and “realistic” model. In some areas the texturing even works to create a 3D effect that would have been nightmarish to create with cardstock.
At this point I started to worry it might not be stable without support on such thin, backwards jointed legs.
Here are the completed legs, body, and one arm.
An imposing, low-angle view of the finished Timber Wolf/Mad Cat MechWarrior.
Here’s another shot of the completed piece in all it’s earth-stomping glory. Pretty happy with how this turned out.
This was a relatively quick build, taking about a week in April; I delayed writing up the post due to a busy work schedule. It wasn’t overly taxing but the end product still came out nice. Can’t wait to see how the next models go!