To show their appreciation for BioWare and EA’s sci-fi space RPG, Mass Effect, a talented papercraft artist has made life-size models of two of its characters.
Showing your appreciation for a beloved video game or movie series can take many forms. One of the most common is cosplay, with facepaint and fanmade costumes being a perfect opportunity to represent your favourite character from a series. Too, those who don’t want to embody their virtual counterparts might just take to an easel and canvas, painting their favourite characters of a title in a light different to how the game or movie’s own art designer sees them. But, there’s also the world of papercrafting, where, using mostly paper based materials, papercraft artists rebuild iconic locations or even characters. Now, one DeviantArt papercrafter has done just that, replicating EDI and Jack, two characters from the Mass Effect video game franchise.
Going by the name of ‘Tankball’ on art sharing website, DeviantArt, the two models, which are both life-size, have been garnering plenty of headlines due to their impressiveness. EDI, a character on the Normandy, your protagonist’s ship in the Mass Effect games, is featured in Tankball’s work, standing, in all her glory, as a life-size model.The model of EDI also features blue LEDs, showing just how much hard work has gone into creating these models. Tankball also states that EDI cost between $150 and $200 in paper, ink and wood to make, although most of the EDI papercraft model was made from cardstock.
On the other hand, Tankball’s papercraft of Jack, who you can see in an image above, a character introduced in Mass Effect 2 as a prisoner you rescue, is also created here in papercraft form. Tankball says that the Jack papercraft model even features real hair. As for future works, Tankball wrote in September that Mass Effect character, a turian named Garrus, is scheduled to be built, with no date being listed as to when we will see that papercraft fully made.
We’ll keep you posted once we know more.