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InsolentGnome

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  1. They would be sorely disappointed. And probably get splinters from the wood and cancer from the paint.
  2. “There's nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.” - The Wind Through the Keyhole So with most of the airbrushing done, it was time to clear my panels to see how they turned out. I have to say, the clearcoat really brought the detail out. Before: After: I also had to do something for the corrosion on the SSD's to make them look like they've been sitting around for a thousand years too. Since they were a chrome/alloy color, I decided to give it that whitish corrosion that you tend to see on alloy wheels. First up, some white and black, dabbed with a cloth to give it some texture. Then a bit of green over the top, dabbed with a cloth as well. I hit them with some clear as well. Actually two coats, one after the white, but before the black so they wouldn't mix or rub the white off, then another after the green. I would say, unfortunately I wound up with some lifting and wrinking cause I hit the second coat of clear a little heavy and the bottom layers weren't at full cure, but I actually like the look, so I'm gonna roll with it. Gives it some texture and an interesting look. Now we get to the part where the two cases start to take on their own identity. Each of the motherboard sides will have it's own theme. For The Gunslinger I went with leather for the tray since leather was a pretty useful material in the story and fits the wild west gunfighter feel. First was to lay out the leather in a way that let the most character of the piece show. Then some spray adhesive. And some trimming to finish it up. And with it's evil antagonist. Sponsored by:
  3. “There's nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.” - The Wind Through the Keyhole So with most of the airbrushing done, it was time to clear my panels to see how they turned out. I have to say, the clearcoat really brought the detail out. Before: After: I also had to do something for the corrosion on the SSD's to make them look like they've been sitting around for a thousand years too. Since they were a chrome/alloy color, I decided to give it that whitish corrosion that you tend to see on alloy wheels. First up, some white and black, dabbed with a cloth to give it some texture. Then a bit of green over the top, dabbed with a cloth as well. I hit them with some clear as well. Actually two coats, one after the white, but before the black so they wouldn't mix or rub the white off, then another after the green. I would say, unfortunately I wound up with some lifting and wrinking cause I hit the second coat of clear a little heavy and the bottom layers weren't at full cure, but I actually like the look, so I'm gonna roll with it. Gives it some texture and an interesting look. Now we get to the part where the two cases start to take on their own identity. Each of the motherboard sides will have it's own theme. For the Crimson King, I went with a hammered black paint to get some texture and give an old and dark feel to the tray. The Gunslinger gets leather, but that's a different build log. For details on this side, I had to turn to the king's minions and tools. There just isn't a whole lot of specifics about the king. One of the tools of the king is Maerlyn's Rainbow. Maerlyn was a great sorcerer of Roland's world. Think Merlin of the Arthurian tales, but with Maerlyn being an anarchist, preferring chaos over stability. Maerlyn created 13 orbs of different colors and powers. From The Dark Tower Wiki: Maerlyn's Rainbow, also known as the Bends o' the Bow or Wizard’s Rainbow, consists of thirteen colored spheres. The first twelve represent the Twelve Guardians of the Beams, each having the secret of a different form of magic; the last, Black Thirteen, represents the Dark Tower itself, which was filled with the evil of the monster-infested void that existed between worlds. Some have different powers to others with some showing Mid-World, some which show All-World, and some which have the power to transport. Others look into the future and the demon infested worlds as well as revealing the locations of secret doors which give access to other worlds. Additionally, others can see far into the world and witness vile acts most people would wish kept secret. One is said to give the power of levitation, and another the secrets of telepathy. All were cursed to bring despair and sorrow to those who wielded them, representing a corruption of the White and have a tendency to sap the life of the user, looking into them to a person to see their sins and shameful acts. Sounds perfect for the Crimson King build! I started with round dowel rod ends. A base coat of white so all the colors would come out. Then I painted them the colors of the Rainbow: Crimson, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Dark Blue, Dark Green, Indigo, Lime, Azure, Violet, Brown, Pearl Grey, and Black. It looks like I'm making freaking lollipops. Sponsored by:
  4. Thanks Bill! I just glad this part is done!
  5. Had to add a quick update for the weathering. It's 90% done, still have to add some holes on the Crimson King for some flash on the other side of the tray and need to clear both of the trays, but I'm super happy with how it turned out. First pass. It came out too regular but not bad for a first attempt at weathering and the first time really using an airbrush. Second pass. Sponsored by:
  6. Had to add a quick update for the weathering. It's 90% done, still have to add some holes on the Crimson King for some flash on the other side of the tray and need to clear both of the trays, but I'm super happy with how it turned out. First pass. It came out too regular but not bad for a first attempt at weathering and the first time really using an airbrush. Second pass. Sponsored by:
  7. 'Renounce the Tower. This is your last warning.' - Note left to Roland's Ka-tet, Wolves of the Calla Paint, paint, paint. This is always when a build starts coming together for me, but this one is a new challenge. It's not picking out a cool color and laying down a glassy coat, it's all in the details. And that means an airbrush, which I have, but have never been useful with. Let's see if I can change that. Since the back of the tray is supposed to look like 1000 year old tech that is more advanced than ours but seems a bit more clunky (I always pictured computers and robots from the futurists of the 50's and 60's), I wanted to give it a industrial feel with a ton of aging, plus add details from the series. I'm starting with riveted panels that everything will attach to. I started with some lines for the edges of the panels. Next came learning how to do rivets. And shading. Then all the components have to be painted to fit in. First the SSD's are getting a chrome finish. And then tackling the PSU. Naturally, I tape off the sticker and this happens. And then adding some details. The hazard marking comes from a spot in the story where Roland's ka-tet finds some of the hardware that keeps the beam of the bear and the turtle functioning. And the almost finished back panel with the SSD's, junction box, and PSU. Next up for the panel is some rusting and aging to make it look like it's been wasting away for a thousand years. And a bit of a teaser of what's to come... Sponsored by:
  8. 'Renounce the Tower. This is your last warning.' - Note left to Roland's Ka-tet, Wolves of the Calla Paint, paint, paint. This is always when a build starts coming together for me, but this one is a new challenge. It's not picking out a cool color and laying down a glassy coat, it's all in the details. And that means an airbrush, which I have, but have never been useful with. Let's see if I can change that. Since the back of the tray is supposed to look like 1000 year old tech that is more advanced than ours but seems a bit more clunky (I always pictured computers and robots from the futurists of the 50's and 60's), I wanted to give it a industrial feel with a ton of aging, plus add details from the series. I'm starting with riveted panels that everything will attach to. I started with some lines for the edges of the panels. Next came learning how to do rivets. And shading. Then all the components have to be painted to fit in. First the SSD's are getting a chrome finish. And then tackling the PSU. Naturally, I tape off the sticker and this happens. And then adding some details. The hazard marking comes from a spot in the story where Roland's ka-tet finds some of the hardware that keeps the beam of the bear and the turtle functioning. And the almost finished back panel with the SSD's, junction box, and PSU. Next up for the panel is some rusting and aging to make it look like it's been wasting away for a thousand years. And a bit of a teaser of what's to come... Sponsored by:
  9. That was the site I was looking for but never found, haha. It never managed to pop up on Google. Li Heat risers are solid. I had a 400mm origami'd like the old ide cables and no problems. I'm gonna stop bugging you about cables so you can start knocking this bad boy out. Can't wait to see the end product!
  10. That's right, didn't you have trouble last summer at PDX with a riser? Wish there was a way to roll your own displayport and the like, I'd do it more often. I wound up with a ton of extra in Gigantea. The butt wound up being full of spooled cables.
  11. Firstly, thanks for putting me on that short list. Not sure I'm judge material, but if elected to the position, I will build a great mod . . . and nobody builds mods better than me, believe me. I will be the greatest mod judge that God ever created. I'll have the best mods. They'll be huge. :P Secondly, I'd say going hardline with an EK or Swiftech setup is real watercooling. As much as buying a kit with components is. You may not spend the time deliberating over parts, but you are customizing the kit to your build as much as if you bought all separate pieces and bending your own tubing. A lot of this discussion really is gray area.
  12. Check out the Modding Guides section. Just a few lines below this General Discussion topic on the front page.
  13. "When the shooting starts, we kill what moves." - Roland, Wolves of the Calla Update time, and I guess, dirty copy and pasting time too. I've hit a spot in the Gunslinger and the Crimson King where they are almost perfect mirrors of each other so it only makes sense to do the work on both at the same time. And as usually happens along the way, I've changed things up a bit. I wanted a junction box on the back of the tray to fit the theme I'm going for and also for a place to hide some cable splices, so i bent one up. It was functional but just didn't seem right to me. And then wandering about the local hardware store, I thought I'd peruse the electrical aisle to see what I could put together for a junction box. Came up with this. I think it fits better than what I made up, plus knockouts are way easier than what I had planned. A few romex connectors and it'll work perfect, so I fit them over the holes I had already cut for my previous attempt. And opened up the pass through for a little more room. With 2 different cover styles installed. I'm liking the option for a knockout in the cover. Later, I can figure out what knockouts to knock out and it'll be good to go. With that sorted and somewhat finalized, I can start on the paint work. This ones gonna be a stretch for me paint wise, there's gonna be a lot of weathering and airbrush work, which I suck at. But first, something I'm totally familiar with, primer. And since I'm going to match the SSD's to the theme and that requires a total repaint, I pulled them apart... So I could prime them too. Next up was a coat of flat gray for the trays and laying parts out. Now that I can see what I'm working with I've got a better feel for the theme and can start to lay out my ideas. Sponsored by:
  14. "Christ the Man Jesus help me, I have Black Thirteen under the floorboards of my church. And it's come alive. Do you understand me?" He looked at them with his wet eyes. "It's come alive." - Callahan, Wolves of the Calla Update time, and I guess, dirty copy and pasting time too. I've hit a spot in the Gunslinger and the Crimson King where they are almost perfect mirrors of each other so it only makes sense to do the work on both at the same time. And as usually happens along the way, I've changed things up a bit. I wanted a junction box on the back of the tray to fit the theme I'm going for and also for a place to hide some cable splices, so i bent one up. It was functional but just didn't seem right to me. And then wandering about the local hardware store, I thought I'd peruse the electrical aisle to see what I could put together for a junction box. Came up with this. I think it fits better than what I made up, plus knockouts are way easier than what I had planned. A few romex connectors and it'll work perfect, so I fit them over the holes I had already cut for my previous attempt. And opened up the pass through for a little more room. With 2 different cover styles installed. I'm liking the option for a knockout in the cover. Later, I can figure out what knockouts to knock out and it'll be good to go. With that sorted and somewhat finalized, I can start on the paint work. This ones gonna be a stretch for me paint wise, there's gonna be a lot of weathering and airbrush work, which I suck at. But first, something I'm totally familiar with, primer. And since I'm going to match the SSD's to the theme and that requires a total repaint, I pulled them apart... So I could prime them too. Next up was a coat of flat gray for the trays and laying parts out. Now that I can see what I'm working with I've got a better feel for the theme and can start to lay out my ideas. Sponsored by:
  15. I like the GPU on the riser. Def shows it off better.