Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Quakecon 2015 - Staff vs Staff Mod Off: The D.E.A.D.

  1. #1
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189

    Quakecon 2015 - Staff vs Staff Mod Off: The D.E.A.D.

    D.E.A.D. - Doom-ified Engineered Attenuation Device

    Used by a long lost scientist at the murderous beginning of what we all thought would be the end. Unknown scientific measurements of the horrible powers that were flowing through the rifts, it was thought that close analysis of the spectral energies would reveal a counter that the science community could use to assist our Marines, and save so many lives. But just as the maniacal scientists that brought his curse upon us were cut short... so too was the noble scientist that tried to stop it.

    Preserved in this stasis field... so new was the device and untested its tools, that after it's owner's death... it was found and removed in the most delicate fashion possible... so as to not accidentally activate it. One of the few UAC relics to survive the destruction, it had some how openly rebuked the encroaching infection that we called "Doomflesh". It's power sources exposed and damaged by what we can only assume were the imps and their fireballs, the box is in remarkable condition, even though it appears to have been hit by several fireballs. Flesh merged rocket fragments point to a Revenant attack possible that may have contributed to the impact damage seen. Small arms fire damage bear witness to what was most likely the final, frenzied minutes of heroism as the scientist and (we guess) the military escort, made their final, tragic stand.
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  2. #2
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189
    OOoooooo, DOOM! Its on everyone's mind!

    Starting with the Awesome Thermaltake Core X1, and the lofty ambitions of the above statement, I am going to try and make a strong statement on this build...
    Name:  img_md00013.jpg
Views: 367
Size:  42.0 KB
    First things first.... gotta disassemble the case!


    When pulling out the two 5.25 bays, I noted that the quick latch mechanism was easily removed!!
    Name:  img_md00014.jpg
Views: 363
Size:  33.0 KB
    Name:  IMG_1376.jpg
Views: 368
Size:  27.6 KB

    A small bit of pressure in the middle, and the little latching pillars come right out of the mounting holes!!!!
    Name:  IMG_1377.jpg
Views: 364
Size:  28.1 KB
    Name:  IMG_1378.jpg
Views: 365
Size:  39.4 KB
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  3. #3
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189
    So, in my vision of what I want a hardened case to look like, I needed to make the corners a bit... beefier. So I set out to add a little dimension to the front of the case.

    Put the bezel on its side and trace the outline onto the MDF:
    Name:  img_md00002.jpg
Views: 365
Size:  41.8 KB

    Name:  img_md00003.jpg
Views: 367
Size:  41.9 KB


    Duplicate the outline:
    Name:  img_md00004.jpg
Views: 362
Size:  37.4 KB

    Use the circular saw to cut them down into strips:
    Name:  img_md00006.jpg
Views: 367
Size:  67.5 KB

    Name:  img_md00007.jpg
Views: 363
Size:  61.8 KB

    Use the jig saw to get to the base details:
    Name:  img_md00008.jpg
Views: 366
Size:  37.3 KB

    Files and sander to finish the cutout:
    Name:  img_md00009.jpg
Views: 368
Size:  52.5 KB

    I then started working on a way that I can shape and mold the corner, so that required more MDF. I cut out more strips to build the corner out over to the adjoining face. This picture is the pieces gluing with clamps:
    Name:  img_md00010.jpg
Views: 362
Size:  50.8 KB

    Eventually, what I will do is sand and shape these corners down to a shape that is more appealing. It will also allow me to better create the battle damage effects that I want. More "chunky" damage is what I am envisioning....

    More in a bit!
    Last edited by tech-daddy; 06-16-2015 at 03:33 PM.
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  4. #4
    Wet Sanded XcaliburFX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Ga ... U.S.A.
    Posts
    700
    Work TD ... Work it brother. Can't wait to see more.


    "Moddin' ... Ain't It Cool!"


  5. #5
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189

    Thanks Vic! Hope all is well on your end of the world. You are in our thoughts buddy!

    Moving on into the mod.... remember, this case is believed to have been in the center of a final, frantic attack. Apparently things got *very close, where it is believed that an Imp got close enough to slash at the group, and the D.E.A.D. device took the brunt of that slash. For this effect, I focused on the vent side panel. I then used the Dremel saw:
    Name:  img_md00019.jpg
Views: 319
Size:  74.4 KB

    to pull that mesh out of one of the rectangular areas
    Name:  img_md00020.jpg
Views: 323
Size:  76.8 KB

    I then backed the cut out area with a sheet of styrene. In this case, I did not have a sing sheet long enough to cover this on one piece, so I stuck two pieces together:
    Name:  img_md00021.jpg
Views: 318
Size:  35.4 KB

    I then used a pencil to show the basic path I wanted the tear to follow, then used a sharpened blade (Xacto, razor, etc) to then cut our the center of the tear, then I randomly cut the metal tears for the sides of the main tear back into the material. Then, from the back, I used my heat gun to make the area pliable, and let gravity pull the side walls of the tear down and "out". Used my fingers to add a bit more curl to the protruding pieces of "metal" that resulted from the styrene heating.
    Name:  img_md00024.jpg
Views: 323
Size:  22.8 KB

    I then checked my work against the metal panel, and started preping for fiber glass work to try to make this styrene look more like a part of the case...
    Name:  img_md00027.jpg
Views: 315
Size:  51.7 KB


    MOAR LATER!!!!!!
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  6. #6
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189
    Hey all! Not a rally exciting update, but it is building up to what I hope is going to look SWEEEEEET!

    All of my parts laid out. All of them are a little nervous as I am not telling them who is going to get worked over next... I like to surprise them!
    Name:  img_md00028.jpg
Views: 289
Size:  47.4 KB

    So, in thinking about an Imp's hand, it is 4 fingers. So I try to visualize if an imp managed to get 3 out of 4 fingers on the device, outline it:
    Name:  img_md00029.jpg
Views: 286
Size:  41.7 KB

    Then cut it like the claws and fingers punctured the base. Made some cuts, and bent the metal back:
    Name:  img_md00030.jpg
Views: 285
Size:  48.8 KB

    Name:  img_md00031.jpg
Views: 288
Size:  38.3 KB

    Ok, so back to the boring piece of MDF. It will be the base on which the case resides. Remember.... the case has sat idle, and untouched for many years. It landed in an area where the Doomflesh was encroaching. And when they found this device, they literally cut it from the ground so as to not disturb the device. So, this is going to be the "ground" under the case. Because the fleshy ground in the came always appears more organic, I need the surface to be undulating.... think, muscles, tissue masses, stuff like that. So, a flat surface just wont do.
    Name:  img_md00032.jpg
Views: 292
Size:  36.8 KB

    Doublechecking the dimensions of the MDF:
    Name:  img_md00033.jpg
Views: 286
Size:  46.7 KB

    Measure out a coverage piece of the fiber glass:
    Name:  img_md00034.jpg
Views: 292
Size:  42.7 KB

    Now, this picture is the base panel of the case. You can see the claw punctures, I also added in corner damage where the base will be ripped away from the main case. In this step, I am visualizing the terrain under the base of the case so that the ground will interact with the base.
    Name:  img_md00035.jpg
Views: 293
Size:  47.1 KB

    Name:  img_md00036.jpg
Views: 286
Size:  40.7 KB

    Pile up under the higher spots to add support, and to push up through the punctures where the imp fingers came through. To create these undulations in the surface, I'm using cotton balls:
    Name:  img_md00037.jpg
Views: 290
Size:  36.8 KB

    Name:  img_md00038.jpg
Views: 286
Size:  49.8 KB

    I had to cut the fiber sheet to allow for the peaks of the cotton balls to remain high enough to push through the finger holes of the base
    Name:  img_md00039.jpg
Views: 287
Size:  49.0 KB

    Next update will have more work on the base, additional fiberglass work to build up the base and include some additional design queues that will hopefully lend themselves to a more "lifelike" version of doomflesh....
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  7. #7
    Wet Sanded XcaliburFX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Ga ... U.S.A.
    Posts
    700
    Dumplings!


    "Moddin' ... Ain't It Cool!"


  8. #8
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189
    Happy 4th of July! American's celebrate their independence, and I am celebrating by building an independently unique DOOM case!!!!!

    Ok, so the doomflesh base, there needs to be an appearance of some sort of circulatory system, so I pondered how best to make this happen. I settled on cotton yarn. Lay it out:
    Name:  img_md00040.jpg
Views: 248
Size:  50.1 KB

    Then saturate the yarn in fiberglass resin:
    Name:  img_md00041.jpg
Views: 249
Size:  46.9 KB

    then use the resin all over the fiberglass to smooth out the fiberglass. Skin texture does not normally contain interlocking glass weave, so I'm covering that all with the natural liquid settling properties of resin. This pic, the resin is totally dry. Looks wet
    Name:  img_md00046.jpg
Views: 253
Size:  47.4 KB

    Another coat:
    Name:  img_md00057.jpg
Views: 246
Size:  50.5 KB

    Same process, but with a little brush stippling on the panel to add in some surface fluctuation. I *really* like how this came out. I will likely do one final light resin coat on the base platform and achieve the same effect:
    Name:  img_md00056.jpg
Views: 248
Size:  49.4 KB

    I have some potential plans for the front fan intake.
    Name:  img_md00042.jpg
Views: 249
Size:  55.5 KB

    Those plans require that this front grating is removed! Ahhhhhh..... much better! Need to file down those sides.
    Name:  img_md00043.jpg
Views: 246
Size:  56.5 KB

    Painting the metal frame bits, Go over them well with a good scrubbing of a sanding pad, to open up that surface a bit. Then a good coating of self etching primer for all the bitsies.
    Name:  img_md00047.jpg
Views: 251
Size:  61.7 KB

    Name:  img_md00048.jpg
Views: 248
Size:  49.4 KB

    Name:  img_md00049.jpg
Views: 248
Size:  56.9 KB

    Name:  img_md00053.jpg
Views: 248
Size:  52.4 KB

    I've actually finished the base coats of paint, olive drab, and top coated them with matte clear for some additional durability. The color is pretty much the same as the self etching primer, so that would be like me reposting the same pics!

    Coming up next, after the resin cures, will be the base platform's base color coat, as well as the base color coats for the side panel that is ripped open.... WOOT!!!!!
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  9. #9
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189

    Basecoat grossness.... ;)

    So, since this is a bulk spray using rattle cans, I started off with a matte cardinal red. Intentionally "overly red" to fight back against the next coats of paint that land on the palette:
    Name:  img_md00058.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  45.7 KB

    Name:  IMG_1498.jpg
Views: 225
Size:  50.7 KB

    I then dropped on matte Cinnamon brown, followed up with a deep brown/rust tone
    Name:  img_md00060.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  55.7 KB

    Name:  img_md00061.jpg
Views: 225
Size:  59.2 KB

    Ended up here. Will get some sunlight shots tomorrow... but, for a base, this is about perfect!
    Name:  img_md00062.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  50.8 KB

    Name:  img_md00063.jpg
Views: 222
Size:  45.3 KB

    For reference, here are some reference pics:
    Name:  example1.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  96.5 KB

    Name:  example2.jpg
Views: 220
Size:  38.1 KB

    So, as you can see, there is still much to be done but the base is coming along nicely!
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

  10. #10
    Super Moderator tech-daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    Posts
    1,189

    Hey all!!!! Lots to show, not much time to finish!!!!! OOOoooOOOOoooooo
    0_o

    Break out the Matte Camo green! Paint up the frame and then hit the second large side panel.
    Name:  img_md00064.jpg
Views: 185
Size:  51.3 KB

    Name:  img_md00067.jpg
Views: 187
Size:  43.0 KB

    This panel has a bit of the Doomflesh that has grown up the side of it. Veins embedded under the effect. I textured this one slightly to give it a more of a stubbled appearance. In this pic, I am getting tready to paint on some......
    Name:  img_md00069.jpg
Views: 188
Size:  44.1 KB

    Name:  img_md00070.jpg
Views: 184
Size:  56.3 KB

    Liquid mask!!!!
    Name:  img_md00071.jpg
Views: 185
Size:  42.8 KB

    You paint this on into the uneven edges:
    Name:  img_md00072.jpg
Views: 188
Size:  50.7 KB

    Name:  img_md00075.jpg
Views: 187
Size:  34.8 KB

    and this is after all of the masking has been pulled.
    Name:  img_md00076.jpg
Views: 187
Size:  43.1 KB


    I then sprayed metallic silver from the back of the hole to get the contracting metal appearance on the inside of the tear:
    Name:  img_md00077.jpg
Views: 181
Size:  42.0 KB

    Then edge dressed all of the tear edges with a silver paint marker:
    Name:  img_md00078.jpg
Views: 183
Size:  50.4 KB

    BAM! Looking sharp! (no pun intended!)
    Name:  img_md00079.jpg
Views: 186
Size:  70.7 KB


    On to the damaged fuel rods. Going old school here. Pulled some old school plasma CCFL's out of mothballs.
    Name:  img_md00081.jpg
Views: 186
Size:  32.4 KB

    The feet on the plasma rods are too wide, so I need to sand them down... and after a couple of passes I had them slimmed down and fitting nicely!
    Name:  img_md00082.jpg
Views: 183
Size:  27.4 KB

    I cut the cable clutter for the power input substantially by splicing the two inverters into one adapter. Much better!
    Name:  img_md00086.jpg
Views: 185
Size:  52.6 KB


    Closeup of the coloring in the plasma rods:
    Name:  img_md00087.jpg
Views: 182
Size:  28.8 KB

    Sketching out where the rods would be damaged in relation to the tear hole. Then used a reinforced cut off wheel on a dremel to cut the hole out of the pipes.
    Name:  img_md00088.jpg
Views: 184
Size:  53.1 KB

    Test fit and ... yeah!!!!!
    Name:  img_md00090.jpg
Views: 187
Size:  38.8 KB


    Now, using my lego ninjitsu, I take the 90 degree elbow and the T,
    Name:  img_md00091.jpg
Views: 183
Size:  39.4 KB

    And cut them down a bit to make them closer together.
    Name:  img_md00095.jpg
Views: 187
Size:  44.8 KB

    Add the long pipes in to the new fittings:
    Name:  img_md00096.jpg
Views: 183
Size:  28.2 KB

    This *may* be the end design of the pipes config. Not sold on it though
    Name:  img_md00099.jpg
Views: 185
Size:  40.8 KB

    Keep it real, keep it fun!
    More later!
    -=Tech-Daddy=-
    blingGreen, Lupine, BOSS FX-57, DSF... what's coming next? Stick around!
    http://www.tech-daddy.com

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Quakecon 2015 Modders-Inc Staff vs Staff Mod Off Entry "Ultra-Violence"
    By Dirty South PC Mods in forum Modding Work logs
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-14-2015, 06:16 AM
  2. What is the 2015 Staff vs Staff Case Mod Contest sponsored by Thermaltake
    By Dewayne in forum 2015 Staff vs Staff Mod-Off
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-01-2015, 09:43 PM
  3. Quakecon 2015 Staff Vs Staff Case Mod Off- Writing On the Walls
    By llGl1tchll in forum Modding Work logs
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-01-2015, 09:24 PM
  4. The 2013 Modders-Inc Staff vs Staff Mod-Off sponsored by Thermaltake final results
    By XcaliburFX in forum 2013 Staff vs Staff Thermaltake Mod-Off
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-04-2013, 09:10 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-14-2013, 10:45 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •