122: Geiger Xenomorph (alien)

Posted by wonko on May 2, 2011 in creepy crawly, humanoid, scifi |

I loved Ridley Scott’s “Alien” – so dark, terrifying and it introduced a much reprised xenomorph originally designed by H.R. Geiger.

When I first saw the instructions for a paper xenomorph (in Spanish) I filed them away in the “yeah, prolly not” folder.

Conventionally the diagram should have symbols to reinforce what is happening (sometimes with words also, except these were in Spanish). First exception to the rule was a TURN OVER with no corresponding flip symbol!!! Grrrr. Following my realisation that I was folding the wrong side, I tried again only to be baffled by “Quedan la dos solapas mirando hacia la derecha” describing a collapse, followed by “Introducir las solapas dentro de los bolsillos” to describe a pocket tuck … poor paper (and finger tips) by this stage. Thank you Google translate.
Now I admit I broke a rule here – I got part way towards collapsing the base and realised I missed an instruction to open some side flaps so did all the nasty folding over the top of some snarly pre-folding instead of on the yet-unfolded side. I discovered this when i opened up the model expecting to find pre-creases only to find none – oops. I was determined to complete this model, so I started again – so sue me.

This is AMAZING – appendages, tail (ouch, that was painful to fold at this scale) and I re-worked the head to be a little 3d and characteristically domed – very pleased with this model. For an A3-cut square to reduce to a model barely 7cm tall, there is a LOT of paper torture, thank goodness for fingernails – I am amazed the copy paper did not simply disintegrate (it would have had I used the model I folded in error first).

For all you Alien fans out there, this one is for you (in commemoration of the theft of a classic line in the movie “Paul” I saw last night – “get away from her you bitch!” – lol.

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  • wonko says:

    LOL, my son thought it was “Dorothy the Dinosaur” from the Wiggles – as far as I know, she never ATE SOMEONE’s FACE OFF – I think it is fairly faithful to the monster in the original, but is also a little too cute to be so vicious

  • Philipp says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I follow your blog on a daily basis, and admire not only your ability as a paper folder but also your diligence.

    This isn’t strictly alien-relating. Seeing what you have folded makes my day happier each time and I will be sad if your project is over.

  • Is there anything that a sheet of A4 cannot model! Wow… can you do a TieFighter 🙂

  • Dr. Winston O'Boogie says:

    Are you TRYING to give me nighthorses???
    First the King Cobra and now Geiger’s Alien!!
    Both are so exquisitely fearsome.
    Wonderful folding.
    More bunny rabbits please …

    • wonko says:

      you will get a bunny once a month – it is the Year of the Rabbit, so that will be my aim … beware however “The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog” whose only weakness is a certain hand grenade used thusly:

      “…And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, “O LORD, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.” And the LORD did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats and large chu… [At this point, the friar is urged by Brother Maynard to “skip a bit, brother”]… And the LORD spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.” Amen”

  • […] This model was a little trickey to fold – I had to nurse the copy paper as at many junctures it looked like it would disintegrate – I managed the fold without any paper fatigue I am proud to say and it is a worthy proto alien to compliment the adult I folded earlier in the year […]

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