This is a difficult papercraft, so you should have experience prior to building. It is split
into 4 sections, the legs, body, head and extras/sniper rifle. The model benefits from the smooth building
method where you ignore most of the fold lines and only score the tabs (this is very important for the many angular
stepped sections/trims on his armour).
There are a few other places e.g. some folds in the forearms, head, legs and fingers that will benefit
from scoring- usually I'll mention these in the instructions.
The majority of the Mantis sniper rifle will also need to be
scored and folded due to the angular angular shape (the barrels and scopes can be smooth built though scoring can help them
retain the right shape).
You must use thick paper/thin card. Printer paper will not be strong enough! Anything from
120-200gsm should be alright. For the eye visor you can use transparencies/acetate/OHP sheets to make it see-through. Go
on, waste a whole sheet printing a little strip of blue! Worth it compared to an opaque paper visor. ;)
Also it's a good idea to colour some of the white edges of the paper with a black or blue pen to stop them
showing. A black 'inky' ballpoint/rollerball pen works great for much of the legs and body. Watercolour pencils
are also handy because they are soft and apply colour easily to the edge, though can still make them ragged if done
too hard (not as bad as regular pencils however).
Because of the way he stands on his toes, and his large top heavy body it is advised to weigh his feet down a lot early in the
construction. Several coins/blu-tack/putty/tissue paper help, but I think you'll need a lot because mine still falls over
backwards even with all those precautions (I stand him up using thin plastic sheaths of my craft knives wedged under the bend
of his feet).
It's recommended to build his Mantis rifle to fit the pose. If you don't want to then you could just glue his left hand
sideways instead to try and avoid it looking like he ought to hold something. You could even play around with the Tempest
SMG or Predator pistol found in my other model packs (Liara and Mordin, respectively) but they might look a bit small
compared to his larger frame.
For a model of this complexity, please take a look at the PDO files. These are 3D models which
list the parts and how they join together. You can open them with Pepakura Viewer downloadable
free here: http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/
The model comes with lined/lineless PDFs supplied for both.
All textures used are provided in case you want to edit them. This can be easily changed
in Pepakura by going to: Settings > Texture Settings and selecting the location of the texture you want to load.
Garrus Vakarian is a turian, formerly with C-Sec's Investigation Division. Like most turians, Garrus had military training at fifteen, but later followed in his father's footsteps to become a C-Sec officer. He was responsible for the investigation of Saren Arterius, the Council's top Spectre, after the Alliance claimed Saren had gone rogue. Though Garrus was told the investigation was over, he decided to defy the Executor's order and pursue another lead on his own. Eventually, Garrus joined Shepard's team, to help the Commander defeat Saren and the geth.
Garrus was put in charge of investigating Saren after Ambassador Udina complained to the Council, claiming that Saren had gone rogue and attacked a human colony. However, Garrus found himself hampered at every turn; as a Spectre, most of Saren's activities were classified, and it was nearly impossible to get any solid evidence. He appealed to Executor Pallin for more time, but Pallin, seeing only that Garrus had not found any evidence of Saren's guilt, ordered the investigation closed and reported that there was nothing to support a charge of treason. However, Garrus had one lead and only needed more time to look into it. He decided to pursue it on his own, regardless of Pallin's orders.
During the investigation to prove Saren has gone rogue, Commander Shepard learns from Harkin that Garrus has gone to the Med Clinic in the Wards. If Shepard follows this lead, the Commander arrives to find Dr. Chloe Michel being threatened by a group of thugs, not realizing that Garrus is lying low nearby. Shepard's arrival distracts the thugs, allowing Garrus to take one of them out with a single well-placed shot to the head. After the firefight, Garrus tells Shepard he is leaving C-Sec: he knows Saren is guilty, but regulations and his position mean that his hands are tied. Now, however, he is determined to take Saren down. Shepard agrees to let him come along and become part of the Normandy's crew.
If Shepard recruits Wrex first, Garrus will come to you later requesting to join your team, but the Med Clinic encounter will still be available. Shepard can refuse Garrus' request, and complete the game without ever recruiting him.
Garrus is very courteous to Shepard, calm and reassuring to victims like Dr. Michel, but ruthless when fighting. He is also very impressed by the Normandy, saying she is proof of what races can accomplish when they work together; he is eager to see what she can do in a fight, because the stealth system offers an entirely new angle on space combat. Though Ashley is suspicious of Garrus, despite the fact he's a C-Sec officer, Garrus tends to get along well with the rest of the crew, enjoying the chance to get off the Citadel and see how things are done outside C-Sec. He is surprised by Wrex, stating that he thought all krogan were savage thugs, prompting Wrex to retort: "What, using the genophage was more bearable when all krogan were savage thugs? You'd better head back to the ship, kid – any longer out here in the real world and you just might have to learn something."
Little is known of Garrus' past, other than the fact he grew up on Palaven—he says Virmire reminds him of home, and if talked to on Therum's surface, he will say that he "thought Palaven was hot"—and that he had a very "by-the-book" father, a well-known C-Sec investigator whose mantra was "Do things right or don't do them at all." Shepard is surprised to hear that Garrus was targeted as a potential Spectre candidate, but Garrus claims he was only one of close to a thousand potentials picked from the turian military. He could have received special training to prepare, but his father blocked his candidacy, despising Spectres for their extralegal freedoms. Garrus doesn't appear to have any regrets over losing his chance, but he is very interested to see how Spectres do their job, and wants to learn from Shepard. He has no qualms about hunting Saren, a fellow turian—in fact, that is one of the reasons behind Garrus' hatred of Saren. According to Garrus, Saren is not only a threat, but a disgrace to their species.
Harkin describes Garrus as a hothead who "still thinks he can change the world", saying he is always arguing with the Executor. Pallin himself respects Garrus as an investigator, but claims that as a C-Sec officer he should have more consideration for the law: he may see Garrus as doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. Garrus' main objection to C-Sec is the abundance of restrictions and regulations. He believes it doesn't matter how you do it; just get it done. Garrus and Shepard can debate this while aboard the Normandy. He is particularly frustrated when regulations mean a suspect goes free. He does mention to Shepard that he is concerned about their apprehension of Saren—if they arrest the ex-Spectre and bring him back to the Citadel, there's too much of a risk of him escaping, or being exonerated and protected by the Council to prevent a scandal. Garrus suggests that it might be better in the long run if they just kill Saren, rather than strictly going by-the-book. Shepard can offer an opinion on this.
Eventually, Garrus thanks Shepard for bringing him aboard the Normandy and letting him be part of the team. He says that he's learned a lot and that he doesn't want to let those lessons go to waste. Depending on what Shepard has said to him, and the commander's behavior throughout the mission, Garrus states that he is going to reapply for Spectre candidacy, with or without reapplying for C-Sec in the process.