You can NEVER go wrong with too many details on instructions!
I've always had this philosophy of making my instructions as detailed as possible. The Humble Hovel has about 180 steps over a 64 page manual, and each step features at least one illustration, often more. Even something as simple as the Skeleton paper miniatures came with a 9 page instruction manual, and there were 17 steps. For contrast, a lot of the stuff I've got from other publishers might have a single diagram, or nothing at all.
The thing is, I don't know if the person buying my stuff has ever even tried working with papercraft at all, so I feel that I need to make it as easy as possible for a complete novice to work out how to do it. Some of my stuff is also pretty complex, even for an experienced builder, so spelling it out exactly definitely doesn't hurt there either. On the other hand, The instructions can take forever to make. I know I spent over a week of 10 hour days making the instructions for the Hovel, and I'm not sure that anyone even read them. While I'm writing them out, I always have this worry that people are going to be bothered by the fact that I'm talking to them like they're 5 years old.
I guess the point I'm making here is that I don't actually know if it's possible to get too detailed with instructions, but it is definitely something that I worry about constantly.
Thanks both for the thoughts, glad I'm not alone with the 'to detailed" vs "not detailed enough" thoughts .
The instructions are 36 pages so far with about 4 pages of actual built photos to add (I'll add them, when I'm photographing the whole hoard).
I'm contemplating going slightly more generic as I always tend to unfold my cylinders, squarres/rectangles and triangles the same way. So I could add just a generic step section for those shapes at the front then for each piece refer back to those and simply include a picture of what each piece looks like finished.
For special shapes still continue with the full step by steps and keep the overview assembly diagrams.
But I'll need to do some mockups and run them past my wife she doesn't do paper modeling/craft at all so she makes a good not in the know person to run them past, if she asks me questions I know I've missed the mark.
Although its all a little academic as I seem to manage to finish about 1 model a year.... ;D
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2013 11:43:23 GMT -9 by Sirrob01
"There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humour." George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9