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Headcrab Mask Assembled by billybob884 Headcrab Mask Assembled by billybob884
Where to start, where to start, well, this was inspired mostly by :icontektonten:'s attempt using a Half-Life 1 headcrab model (this project was conducted with permission!). Also, at the time I had just discovered the web-series Freeman's Mind. I know it's a few years old, but I hadn't seen it prior to this, and it helped push this project into motion; I think I found it through someone's journal... can't quite remember who at the moment though.

The hardest part of this design was compensating for the wearer's head. It seems like headcrabs must crush their victims head a bit, or at the least break their neck. This is what the victims actually look like when you shoot the headcrab off; the victim's head is smooshed downwards so the mesh of the headcrab fits on-top without the human's head poking through the top. To compensate, I had to scale the headcrab up a little bit, and stretch it vertically. As it is, the inside of the top just rests on the wearer's head. All considered though, it's still pretty close to the original. Do note that there are no eye-holes or anything for the wearer to see through, so it's not really a practical mask for cosplay or what have you (aside from how fragile it is, being made of paper and all).

Overall I'm very happy with how it came out. The scale didn't turn out to be much of a problem, and it fits me pretty nicely. It's not actually that difficult of a model to assemble, though admittedly it is lengthy. Maybe not so much as the Needler’s 31 pages, but it’s still not a model for anyone with a tight ink budget. The worst part was the mandibles on the front; they take a good bit of patience to get right. Oh, and the legs didn’t end up riding against my chest and back as tightly as I had hoped, but what are you gonna do.

The final build comes to ~1'6" (~46cm) long, ~1'3" (~37.5cm) wide, and ~1'8.5" (~52cm) tall ~1'7.5" (~49.5cm) long, ~1'2" (~35.5cm) wide, and ~1'4.5" (~42cm) tall (original dimensions came from PePaKuRa, I forgot to update them with the measured ones after I completed it; also, the height and length got switched), with an incomplete* hole size of ~26" (~65cm). Took maybe... 40hrs to finish?, and I even plan to get a Styrofoam mannequin head to use as a stand for it.

* I ended up having to leave off a few pieces around the edge of the hole to leave it wide enough to fit my head easily. I'd estimate it to be about 3" (7cm) smaller if you include those pieces (there is a note about it in the PDF).
In hindsight I realize I forgot to cut out the extra tabs around the neck hole before I took these shots... oh well.

Also! If you plan on your model seeing a lot of use, I'd recommend some sort of reinforcement around the neck opening; maybe use cardstock for those loop pieces around the hole's edge. I didn't end up doing anything like this before I finished building it since mine was going to be mainly aesthetic, probably only worn a few times for demonstration and the "Assembled Image" picture. But in any case, keep this in mind.




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Have you built this or one of my other models? Feel free to let me know how hard you thought they were!
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:iconampeyro:
ampeyro Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
So cool.

Do you have the 3d file for it?

I'm planning to make an articulated and fleshy one with silicone skin, just to see if i can and it would make it much easier.
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
used to, had a harddrive failure about a year ago and lost all my papercrafting stuff...
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:iconsh1mat:
Sh1mat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Damnit. I meant to paste this: i.imgur.com/o1GKeTc.jpg
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
looks great! glad it worked out well for you!
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:iconsh1mat:
Sh1mat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I can not express how grateful I am for this!

Here's how it turned out: philip.joe.yevseev@gmail.com
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:icontzeentchianservant:
Tzeentchianservant Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I would Murder someone to have this
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:iconvesuvitheechidna:
Vesuvitheechidna Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
How can you see out of it?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
ahh... you cant?
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:iconvesuvitheechidna:
Vesuvitheechidna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
no
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:iconnelianens:
NeliaNens Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
LOOKS SO AWESOME. GONNA MAKE IT QUQ
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:iconkenyrandy666:
kenyrandy666 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Hello, could you post a tutorial in PDF or images of how you created it? From zero to the last step?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
sorry, i'm not taking requests right now
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:iconkenyrandy666:
kenyrandy666 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
N o no man, i need your tutorial please...i have your "paper headcrab" in my hands in this moment but... i dont know start this...
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
you can use this as a general guide to model building: [link]

but there is no tutorial on how to build this specific model
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Turn1p Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Now just go to street and start screaming like mad-man with muffled voice.
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:iconblaidddrwgoftardis:
BlaiddDrwgOfTARDIS Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured this piece on my Facebook page [link] and given credit, I also attached a link to this page :)


~Blaidd Drwg of the TARDIS
[Admin of FB page "Having An Obsessive Personality"]

If you are abject to my sharing your work let me know and I will remove it. Thank you!
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:iconthe-wisefool:
The-WiseFool Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
impressive work :D
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:iconterrmedia:
terrmedia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
that's awesome! i want to make it now :meow:
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:icontvvizted:
Tvvizted Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is soooo cool!
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:iconkaplanhorus:
KaplanHorus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I WANT IT
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:iconmammalfeather:
MAMMALFEATHER Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
billybob884, .....I just don't know what went wrong! [link]

Everything was going good until I tried to finish it, now stuff doesn't match up and I'm just going to glue things to other things to close it, lol.
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Yea sorry, this was a problem spot for me too... if I remember correctly it was something I forgot to fix before posting. Its all supposed to fold inwards to the point where the two faces end up almost flat against each other.
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yantzeeBTC Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
XD it's pixelated too
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:iconwhistlingwinds:
Whistlingwinds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I need to make one of these and sneak it on a flight to SPAAAACE!!! Or maybe I should give it to Kliener to try and cheer him up . . .
You are fantastic, I've always wanted a little Lamaar of my own, she really has a way of growing on you. Just thankfully not on your head! Most of the time. Ta!
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:iconnyrax2100:
nyrax2100 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
That's both awesome and creepy...
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
:D
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:iconp0n3pwn:
p0n3pwn Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The mask is incredibly well designed! Amazing!
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
:D thanks!
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feelsbadmanjpgplz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
DUDE
I would totally buy this from you if I could! I would use it for my halloween costume which is going to be a headcrab zombie! I guess I'll just have to make a hat myself though.
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I've actually been considering selling some of my older models to help clear some shelf space (it feels like too much of a shame to just throw them out...), but the biggest problem is shipping logistics... even though they would only weigh on the order of ounces, the post office is a bitch on prices when it comes to large/irregular package sizes
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paper-daemon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, but where I can get the assemling scheme?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
template is linked in the description
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:iconpaper-assassin:
Paper-Assassin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
omg that is amazing!
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:iconsuperman999:
Superman999 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I think i may use this soon! i may also try to put something strong around it and use it like a base kinda! :)
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:iconsalomandr:
salomandr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
How bout a paper Combine mask?
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:iconsalomandr:
salomandr Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
you should make the zombie hands
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:iconpersistentgerty:
persistentgerty Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay everybody put on your thinking hat. I know what I’m grabbing hehe.

“being made of paper and all” This is paper Wow you must have steady fingers to do all the folding.
Very clean work grate job!
:D
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
yeaaaaa, this one took a little while ;)
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:iconbobsideways:
bobsideways Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. Random con, ho!
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Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I started it yesterday in the afternoon, front arms already done This is my first try at folding papercraft, and I love this project! A perfect inspiration for my Halloween costume :] I started the right arm on the top, and folding the tip of it was a hell, so I started the left one @ the tip, and the part where the wrist(?) of it is, was like nightmare hellish cupcakes >.< Also, I have a lot seams, but they are very thin, do you think they are a problem? Also, I didn't know how to fold the flat pieces, so the parts where a pieces connects into itself are cylindrical XD
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
A little difficult for a first-craft, but good luck to you! Hope to see it when it's done!

Small seams shouldn't be a structural problem, though any seams at all will always be an aesthetic problem ;).

I actually recommend folding the pieces as little as possible, if I remember correctly (this was about 2 years ago), I don't think I even folded most of the tabs just to give it a smoother appearance...
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:iconnishikihebi:
Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the response :D I meant folding on surface which are not accompanied by tabs (straight ones), not at connections. And I realized yesterday evening that the front, where the fangs are, is impossible to do without folding >.< Also, hence I made the front arms before anything else, it seems a little problematic how I will attach them :S This is because I wanted to go from sheet to sheet, so the concept stays clear, but soon realized that some parts are scattered like leaves after a tornado :Đ But I WILL do it! I have some (4) pictures of it in my gallery, if you would like to, check them out :)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
yea, i had to split pieces up to cram them into fewer pages, otherwise it would have been twice as long
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:iconnishikihebi:
Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] It stands as this :D
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:iconarcrave:
Arcrave Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I need a color printer :(
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:iconnishikihebi:
Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do a black and white one. My friend who showed me this did one, and made his costume b&w too :D It looks kinda kick@$s if you do it well.
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DarkLotus94 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, freaky man! 8D
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:iconbiggreenpepper:
biggreenpepper Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Amazeing work~
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
:D
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hah! Awesome work, man!. Now, if you can work in some eye-holes, it'd be great for scaring kids on Halloween! ;)
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