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Project OSLB Colyn V2 (Old School Lan Box) (Updated: 22-06-13)

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Hi Everyone,

While I wait for parts and certain bits & bobs for my current little scratch mod Crimson Server Desk Module and having a few days with a bit of extra time I figured I´d do something else, so, I thought I´d finish a little project from over a year and a half ago that I never finished due to moving on to something different.

That project was OSLB Colyn, the idea behind this casemod was to house my secondary pc, the one I tend to take to local and/or small Lans. For refference this was how the case originally looked like:

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and here are some pictures of what more or less it looked like before I put it aside.

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At first I thought of just finishing it but having it in my workspace for this long just sitting there... let´s just say time hadn´t been good to it. Furthermore I wasn´t very happy with how some things turned out on it so... decision is to start it from scratch, keeping some features and changing others.

This is the state it was in...

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As you can see, not great :S

So, first step is to sand down the whole thing, get rid of the lacquer and the superficial paint and essentially leave it smooth for a fresh coat of primer, paint and lacker, so after a couple of hours, here it is, all sanded down.

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The first change I want to make is fill up the old floppy opening in this case (yes it was a very old case, the owner that donated it mentioned it was a Compaq P4 machine), originally I wanted to add a cylon like light in there but I don´t longer care for that idea. So filler comes out and here goes the first coat.

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While that dries up a bit, I aplied primer and after the first coat of silver (yes, I really do like the silver I did originally so I´m keeping that style) to both side panels.

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While that dried I aplied the second coat of filler:

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And now, it´s time to leave it to dry till tomorrow so I can sand it down then.

That´s it for now, thanks for reading!
    
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Hello,

First I have to say . . . big fan of your previous mods (Post Apocalyptic Steam Punk and Fallout). thumb.gif Your work was the inspiration for my own mod I am currently working on ( http://www.overclock.net/t/1400635/case-mod-build-log-post-apocalyptic-mod ) as I have always wanted a rig which had an aged and used appearance. I find you can really have a lot of fun with being creative.

What is the theme this current build is going take . . . you mentioned Cylon then decided against it?

Looking forward to seeing what direction this one takes.

Cheers

Fen
    
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Hi Bad Fenny!

Thank you very much! I´m really glad one of my projects gave you the final push in to the awesome yet expensive world of modding! I have to say, for your first mod, you did an awesome job!!!! Hell, I would´ve never guess it was your first if you hadn´t said so.

Back on topic, I´m thinking I´d like to keep that cylon-ish look, I intend to do the black striping again, I may add a bit of red in there, Definatelly going to focus on battle-wear but at the same time not obsess with does it look cylon-ish or not as was my idea originall back then :9
    
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Hey Luciel,

Sounds cool . . . I know you are not obsessing on Cylon look but were you leaning toward Cylon a la BSG redoux or Cylon 1980s?
    
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Tricky question, I love the redux style and the show itself (provably one of my fav shows if not the fav of all time) but the curves of the case worked better with an original 80s Cylon look smile.gif
    
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Very big fan of the reboot version as well. thumb.gif

Have you given any thought of the reboot version of the Cylon Raider. When I first saw the case it kind of put me in mind of this. When you mentioned heavy battle damage, I remembered the episode where the Viper pilots were all after that one Raider, the one with the scar on its face - I believed they referred to it as Scar. The top curve and bottom flat panel of the Raider is almost identical, albeit you may extend the curve a bit. I find the raider model stuck a bit closer to the original Cylon look.



Just a thought.

Cheers smile.gif

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Bad Fenny, answer is in the update! smile.gif


Today´s update!

With the filler dry, I went on to what would become a couple of hours of sanding and this is how it turned out.





I went ahead and gave the sidepanels the second coat of "dirty silver" (actual color name, with a name like that I just had to get it).



I´ve decided on giving this case a battle-worn look, then again, it wouldn´t be a project of mine if it didn´t have ageing would it? I think it´s becoming a trademark of my projects, is it wrong that I don´t care for clean-looking projects? Not that I don´t like them (eyecandy!) I just don´t care to do them myself (even thought I have done a couple in the past) so I gave the initial signs and also prepped the top of the case and aplied a coat of primer to it.





While this time round I´m not "obsessing" about giving it a Cylon look, "Bad Fenny" suggested that the shape of the case really ressembles the center of a raider from the remake of BSG.



And that comined that with the sidepanel bullet holes it reminded him of the raider named "Scar". I really liked that concept so I figured, hell, let´s give it that frontal "Scar" look (thanks Bad Fenny!"). So what I did is start with superficial bullet trail that eventually goes deeper so only a part of the scar goes completely through (might add some red illumination under it at a later stage).





So that´s all for today folks!
    
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Hey Luciel,

Glad I could be of some help. Like the concept so far.

"Is it bad that you don't care for clean looking projects?" I think to each their own. I am a big fan of the aged look ever since I saw your Fallout case and have never thought of a clean build since that time. However, I do think we are in the minority. I like the clean builds as well, but I think there is something cathartic in taking something new, tearing it apart, cutting it up and creating something different. Besides (in my case), if it doesn't turn out as expected, I can always blame it on the theme . . . "Oh that extra hole or lopsided cut . . . its suppose to be like that because someone shot at it and it blew up" guiltysmiley.gif

Not to mention, I can get a lot of cheap extra bits and detail at hardware stores, repurpose them and add them for detail (as the repurposed toilet installation bracket is witness to) biggrin.gif

Cheers

Fen
    
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I couldn´t agree with you more Bad Fenny, I do like clean mods as well, they have great eye-candy potential, I simply don´t enjoy doing them. As you said, the other side of the spectrum I just find so much more enjoyable and it allows one to be much more resourcefull with materials and left overs we have laying about so I guess you could almost call it "green modding" (not really but you get me haha).
    
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