Flying Horse and Flying Stabhorse

Origami, Original Designs

Somebody triggered me thinking about flying horses, and I thought it might be nice in origami. There are already a lot of them, but I wanted the design to have the hair as a different colour. It was pretty tricky, but I kind of like the outcome.

WKO_024_PEGASUS (105) WKO_024_PEGASUS (106)

WKO_024_PEGASUS (107) WKO_024_PEGASUS (104)

I’m calling it “flying horse” instead of “Pegasus” because I’ve never been sure if Pegasus was just his name. There was only the one in Greek mythology.

WKO_024_PEGASUS (110) WKO_024_PEGASUS (111)

WKO_024_PEGASUS (112) WKO_024_PEGASUS (109)

This was all fine, but I was playing around the next week, like I do. Again, I stumbled into a model. This one’s a flying horse with a horn. It’s not as complicated as the other one, but I like it a lot more because it basically has the features I wanted in a more minimal and elegant way.

WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (103) WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (102)

I’m calling it “Flying Stabhorse” instead of “Flying Unicorn” or “Pegacorn” because I don’t really like the term unicorn. It just means “one horn”. “Flying Stabhorse” is much more descriptive.

WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (101) WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (104)

WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (105) WKO_025_FLYING STABHORSE (106)

Mindflayer and Kobold

Origami, Original Designs

Here are a couple more origami I designed.

Awhile ago, I was at a game shop that specialized in little miniature dudes for Warhammer 40k and the such. I didn’t want to get into another hobby, but I did pick up a little mindflayer guy to put on my desk. They’re like priests, with the long robes and magic, with squid or octopus heads. They’re also in a lot of video games. Eventually, I thought he might make good origami.

wko_020-mindflayer-105 wko_020-mindflayer-101 wko_020-mindflayer-103

I think I could have defined the hands better, but I like them this way because they kind of look like tentacles. His head is more squid like, which is more like the ones in Final Fantasy games than most other interpretations.

wko_020-mindflayer-104 wko_020-mindflayer-106

He has 13 face tentacles. I thought that was a good number for any monster, but I noticed that they usually have less. Do you think 13 face tentacles are too many face tentacles?

Much more recently, I came up with a Kobold. I found out a friend of mine plays a Dungeons and Dragons game online, and I asked him what he thought would be a good monster in origami. When he said “a Kobold”, we were on completely different pages. I was thinking something wolf-like, but, because it’s an older, vaguely defined mythological creature, it has a lot of forms, some of which shape-shift.

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wko_022_kobold-102 wko_022_kobold-101 wko_022_kobold-104

The D&D version is more dragon-like, and mine is based on the 5th edition version. I eventually designed the one above but accidentally ended up with an extra pair of limbs. I thought I could make the extra paper be belts and stuff, but it just looked bulky. It bugged me enough that I changed the design and added fingers. The tail ended up really long, but I think I like this version.

wko_022_kobold-105 wko_022_kobold-108 wko_022_kobold-111

wko_022_kobold-107 wko_022_kobold-106

Godzilla/ゴジラ

Origami, Original Designs

There are some things I can talk on and on about to people’s annoyance. One of these is Godzilla and Godzilla movies. I like to start these entries with some random stuff about the model subject, but I’m going to try to keep this limited.

If you don’t know who Godzilla is, he has his own wiki here for him and his friends. The most recent projects are Shin Gojira (which is spectacular) and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla-Kong film universe series thing. They seem to be on track to essentially remake King Kong vs. Godzilla, the third entry in the original Godzilla film series from 1963. I was always bothered by Godzilla being so much bigger than Kong, except when they meet. I guess it was a different Kong than the one in the 1933 King Kong movie, who died, but still. Anyway, Legendary has already thought of this, making their King Kong, from Skull: Kong Island, almost laughably gigantic.

I hadn’t seen too many Godzilla origami models (see last paragraph) and found a good base just messing around. I couldn’t figure out exactly where to put the spines, so this was the initial model.

wko_021-gojira-0-102 wko_021-gojira-0-101

Next I shifted the plates around a bit for this Godzilla.

wko_021-gojira-101 wko_021-gojira-102

Then I made a couple more Godzillas with some slight changes to bulk him out and make a more rounded head. The second has the seams spread out to make glowing orange skin sections on the body like in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. I’m pretty happy with how he turned out.

wko_021-gojira-104 wko_021-gojira-106

wko_021-gojira-105 wko_021-gojira-109

wko_021-gojira-107 wko_021-gojira-108

Really though, I actually hadn’t looked for Godzilla in origami for a long time. There are now a couple of really good ones out there, such as Kade Chan’s and a model based on Shin Gojira found here by Zenigami Danshaku. I mean, I think that’s the original place for the Shin Gojira, but I don’t understand the Twitter.

Gothmog

Origami, Original Designs

I thought this would be a nice one for Halloween. While I was making orks, I thought it would be fun to try and make Gothmog. Here he is.

wko_019-gothmog-101

Gothmog is the king of the Balrogs in the Silmarillion (from the Lord of the Rings universe). There’s another Gothmog in the Return of the King who’s an ork or something. So not that guy. Gothmog (more or less) killed Fëanor, the elf dude who made the Silmarils. He’s my favourite character in the whole that stuff (although I did kind of only skim the Silmarillion).

Balrogs aren’t exactly well described in any of the books. They’re probably man-sized, unless they just look that way from a distance, and may have wings, as long as they don’t just cause shadows that look like wings. They all have fire whips and may have swords, except Gothmog, who has a big black axe.

wko_019-gothmog-104

wko_019-gothmog-125 wko_019-gothmog-124

He got a little complicated, so I made the whip and axe out of different squares of paper. He has some pretty large wings, hands with fingers, and a little tail (mainly because I had some extra paper there). The main feature is the head. He has two large teeth/tusks on the bottom of his mouth, four on the upper part, and a large tongue. He also has a mane of fire and 12 horns (6 on each side). I think he ended up pretty good.

wko_019-gothmog-122 wko_019-gothmog-118

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Orks

Origami, Original Designs

Mostly unrelated, I updated the scorpion.

I’ve wanted to come up with an ork or balrog or something like that for awhile. Eventually, I came up with a good and flexible way to make the head of something like an ork. By flexible, I mean I can add extra tusks or horns or whatever pointy things I want to pretty easily.

WKO_016 - ORK A (103)

This made it so I had to decide where the best place to put the head would be (i.e. location in the paper; I know the head should go on the neck). At the same, time I needed to solve a good body.

WKO_016 - ORK A (107) WKO_016 - ORK A (104) WKO_016 - ORK A (102) WKO_016 - ORK A (101)

This first finished one is kind of cartoony, but I think he looks pretty good. However, it’s bugging me that I’ve seen a cartoon or a video game with a monster just like this one. I thought it looked like the artwork to a moblin from The Legend of Zelda, or an ork from one of the cartoon Lord of the Rings movies (LotR, RotK), but neither of these are the cartoon I remember.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (107)

The second one I came up with I’m calling a Devil Ork. This is because he looks a bit like Jun Maekawa’s Devil (I folded the Devil again to check, and the only thing similar is the tail’s triangle). When I stood him up, the first finished one looked like he was posing like Hojyo Takashi’s Vajrapani (Growling Form?). While I’m sure it’s just in my head, it makes me really happy for some reason.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (103) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (101) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (102) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (109)

I didn’t want to forget how to make this one (a few parts were a bit tricky), so I went a bit nuts making extras in a lighter red, yellow, green, and blue.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (116) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (114) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (113)

I also came up with a balrog, but I’ll save that for later.

Puchi Mage

Origami, Original Designs

This is the fourth and last of the Dragon Quest leaf bros. He’s the mage/black magician.

WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(101) WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(103)

His yellow versions are プチマージ (Puchi Mage), FooMage, and Conkjurer, while his blue variations are コロマージ (Koro Mage), PodMage, and Wiz Pip.

WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(104) WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(106)

I think this one came out the best of the designs. He has colour change on his hat, cape, and wand, has a leaf collar, and has fingers and a wand. The collar and cape should be the same colour (they are probably the same leaf in the original concept), but I couldn’t figure out how to do that. I’m really proud of the wand with the little star.

WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(105) WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(107)

WKO_005 - PUCHI MAGE(109)

Scorpion

Origami, Original Designs

I wanted to do the next Crease Pattern Challenge next, but, after I finished it awhile ago, I only took a couple of pictures that are a bit blurry. Sometime between then and now, I lost the model. So I’ll have to whip it up again. Instead, I’ve got something I came up with.

WKO_015 - SCORPION (101) WKO_015 - SCORPION (104) WKO_015 - SCORPION (103)

WKO_015 - SCORPION (105) WKO_015 - SCORPION (106)

This Scorpion is another one of those models that just kind of clicked. I had been working with this base pattern a lot, and I just thought, “Hey, scorpion”. It is an extremely simple model but still looks really good (I think). Again, I figure others have come up with a similar scorpion due to its simplicity. Hopefully, this does not lead to some kind of vendetta, like in Kill Bill, Titus Andronicus, or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

WKO_015 - SCORPION (110) WKO_015 - SCORPION (109)

WKO_015 - SCORPION (107) WKO_015 - SCORPION (108)

I was also going to use this scorpion for the logo. I have it in a wooden cage in the picture below and changed it to grainy black and white (shown below). I liked it because it wasn’t immediately clear what it was, but I ended up going with the exact opposite in a stark cartoon scorpion outline thing.

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UPDATE YO:

When I first made this scorpion, I thought it looked a bit similar to a scorpion I’d seen before, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I was organizing stuff and noticed a previous post here with random models.  It was this scorpion by Robert Lang from The Complete Book of Origami. Yes, I had folded and put it in a previous entry and still couldn’t find it. I actually searched for “Robert Lang origami scorpion”, but he has gone on to bigger and better scorpions.

So, I folded them both at the same scale to compare. I don’t think they’re too similar. The similar feature is the tail, which radiates out from the dead center of the square in both models for length. The arms, legs, and head are completely different. However, the tail is such a prominent feature they do look similar.

WKO_015 - SCORPION (201)

The biggest difference between them is that I didn’t realize there is a difference between legs and arms in arachnids. Specifically, it’s not “eight limbs”, so a scorpion has both eight legs and two arms. You’ll notice, Lang’s scorpion is a scorpion, in that it has eight legs and two arms with pinchers. Not only does mine have only six legs, the arms don’t have pinchers. I know I google imaged “scorpion” while making this, so I’m really not sure what happened. Since the arms were a little long, I decided to pull some legs out of them.

WKO_015 - SCORPION (203)

I have the initial attempt above on the right, lined up with my original on left and Lang’s in the middle. Below is the updated scorpion.

WKO_015 - SCORPION (206) WKO_015 - SCORPION (207) WKO_015 - SCORPION (208) WKO_015 - SCORPION (209)

Puchi Fighter

Origami, Original Designs

Another Puchi Dragon Quest monster is the Puchi Fighter. He is the warrior class leaf dude.

WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(101) WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(102) WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(103)

His yellow versions are the プチファイター (Puchi Fighter), FoFightr, and Conkerer in the DS version of Dragon Quest V. The blue/grey ones are コロファイター (Koro Fighter), PodFightr, and Battle Pip. I really don’t get why they decided to rename the Koro Hero to Pip Fighter and the Koro Fighter to Battle Pip. I guess it doesn’t make much difference when the yellow/green ones are all Conk-puns, but I still don’t get the name shell game. Is “Battle Pip” a thing? Like an expression or brand of cola?

WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(105) WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(106)

I actually made this one last (after the Puchi Mage). I couldn’t get the hat colour changed, but I’d really need 3 colours to do it justice anyway. I do like how the hat and colour change turned out. Also, an axe is extremely hard to make out of paper.

WKO_006 - PUCHI FIGHTER(107)

 

Rhamphorhynchus

Origami, Original Designs

It’s a mouthful, huh? A rhamphorhynchus is a type of pterosaur, like a pteranodon, with a long tail and fairly long neck. If you think of a typical flying dinosaur, the rhamphorhynchus’s neck is about twice or three times as long as that one’s. So, it’s not like a flying giraffe, flailing through the air.

Calling it a dinosaur is incorrect (as is the term “flying dinosaur” above), but a lot of people group pterosaurs in a general, non-sciency term of dinosaurs. Hopefully, I’m not getting on anyone’s nerves when I do that. On the other hand, who puts that many silent h’s in a word?

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (101) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (102)

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (103) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (104)

I’m not the most consistent person (just look at my posts’ dates). Whenever I fold this, I tend to do something a bit different. The two above are earlier versions, and the green and black ones each have very different heads. I also thought the neck was a bit long and the body was small and/or undefined.

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (112) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (111)

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (108) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (106)

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (107) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (109)

WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (115) WKO_002 - RHAMPHORHYNCHUS (113)

These three are more recent. Instead of making them uniform, I played up the individuality in the heads and made the wings unique also. It’s hard to see, but the new black model has swirl eyes similar to the previous black one. The lines in his wings also kind of cascade. The yellow one has eyes like the green one but a head like the black one. It also has more well-defined wings. The red one has peacockish wings and what turned out to be a muppet-like face. They all have shorter necks, which I used to define the separation between neck and body.

Puchi Priest

Origami, Original Designs

The second Puchi leaf dude I made was the Puchi Priest. The priest is the cleric/healer of the group (both with this monster and with character classes in Dragon Quest games). This is why he has a cross (and possibly a pope-ish hat).

WKO_004 - PUCHI PRIEST(102) WKO_004 - PUCHI PRIEST(103)

The green variations are プチプリースト(Puchi Priest), FooPriest, or Conkuisitor, while the blue editions are コロプリースト(Koro Priest), PodPriest, or Epipany (names from the Japanese, English SNES, and English DS editions of the games).

WKO_004 - PUCHI PRIEST(105) WKO_004 - PUCHI PRIEST(108)

I mentioned I was going to go over the names a bit, but I’m actually not so sure about the English names. I have no idea about Foo, Conk, or Pip, which recur in the English names. I think Pod refers to “pod people”, which are plants that replace humans in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Not sure tho.

Anyway, the Japanese names are プチ (Puchi) and コロ (Koro). Puchi is just a word for small/petit. Koro is more interesting; it’s from コロポックル (koropokkuru), which are little spirit people who live under plants in Ainu legend. I like little spirit people over alien abductors by far.

WKO_004 - PUCHI PRIEST(110)