New member here! I've been out of modding for quite a while, but I've recently been re-bitten by the modding bug and, since my old modding forum of choice is all but dead, I've found my way here.
Part of what triggered my mod itch was coming across my old project when cleaning out the basement, and since it qualifies as a beigemod, I figured I'd share it. Here's Blue Matrix
I'm not quite sure how long ago I made this - I know it was some time around the 2nd Matrix movie, so maybe 2003-4, but the original case is much, much older. I don't have any "before" pictures - this was long enough ago that I didn't yet own a digital camera - but it was an abandoned server that was sitting in a closet at work. I don't know what the server once did, but it did it running an AMD clone of a 386.
The dremel work on the window cuts were a bit sloppy, and I never got around to doing anything with the original front panel. I had the panel's reset button connected to power - the original power switch was for the blue liquid neon light you can see hanging at the top of the lower window. The lower portion of the front had a bunch of diagonal grooves that I (poorly) filled with body putty before cutting the hole for the fan. The fan filter was an add-on as well.
The paint is all rattle-can - black metal-flake with bright blue for the lettering. For the letters, i started by using a laser printer to print the pattern onto plastic overhead projector transparencies, then used an Xacto knife to cut them into stencils. I used spray adhesive to stick the stencils to the case, then peeled them off right after spraying. I also disassembled the optical drives and painted the drive faces as well
I used this case for a few years, then switched to something boring, generic, and way
easier to haul to a LAN party.
I'm still in the planning stage for my new project, but I'm planning a "sleeper" mod, putting modern guts into a Pentium 2-era IBM desktop. I'm going to keep the outside appearance almost completely stock, but with some lighting effects once I turn it on.