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Project: APASF ("A Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Future")

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  1. Luciel

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    Todays Update.

    I´ve started with the paint. Basically everything that´s not wood, is copper, but adding the post-apocalyptic flavour in there. This technique I´ve been developing for a while and it´s the first time I implement it in to a mod.

    By the end of this update you will not see the final product, you will see what it looks like before the ageing process, i.e. the copper goes in most places a lot darker, like real copper, the reason for the extra light copper color is to be able to have highlights once it´s ben aged. The turquoise is the opposite, it is very pale here, and it will have aged highlights once finished. The reason I can´t do this today is due to the fact that to get to this point requires quite a few coats and it needs a lot more time to dry, which it needs to be completely for me to aply the ageing process to this.

    Without further wait, the process pictures.

    First, the primer.

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    To continue, a solid coat of the orange-y copper and before it dries, a light coat of turquoise. Once aplied, using absorbant paper I go all over the fresh paint creating a non solid surface or color which will be the base.

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    Once dried, I aply a almost solid coat of the copper orange from further away than the usual, as you can see the dried paint uneven surface is doing it´s job by not allowing the fresh coat to reach every corner. I also further the paper usage to create a more uneven surface for the next coats.

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    This goes on for 2 more coats alternating both colours.

    To finish off, I give a completely solid coat of turquoise and very quickly another of the copper. The wet coats and the surface react with eachother giving me the final look before the ageing process.

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    The final rusted copper look coming tomorrow.
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  2. Luciel

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    Update,

    Had some internet issues last night so you couldn´t upload the pictures.

    Aniway, the rust effect is finished, I aplied the ageing technique and several tones of copper to give it a more realistic look. The turquoise is very mild and I can´t quite catch it on camera, I took some pictures outside in the sun, hopefully that helps.

    You´ll also notice I decided to add some extra effects and I´ve made it look as if the case had been partially submerged from the bottom left corner upwards.

    This has without a doubt been the hardest and most time consuming effect I´ve ever done, the whole copper rust thing.

    Hope you like it.

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  4. Luciel

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    hahahaha awesome, I take it mine wasnt in the list since it aint finished? :p
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    Update:

    Today I haven´t done much progress in the sense of progress I can show you with pictures. The 3 hours I had today to work on the project I pretty much spent measuring up and deciding mounting of the liquid cooling components (yes, they arrived today).

    But, for the sake of posting a picture, here´s a teaser on where the rads will be.

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    Initially I had planned to mount them with spaces, however, I´ve decided against it for two reasons. First, the weight of the rads would provably unbalance the tower if separated. Secondly the metal sheeting, while thick, isn´t thick enough to keep the rads firmly straight and I don´t like them being able to move at all if touched as it can weaken the sheet metal.

    So due to these 2 reasons I will be mounting them straight on the metal plate.

    Hopefully, a rather big update tomorrow in prepation for the final update (I´ve taken tomorrow morning and friday morning off work in order to have enough time to finish this by friday midnight, the deadline for the competition, wish me luck!
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  7. Luciel

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    First update of D-Day -1.

    I am plausibly going slightly crazy...

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    ...yes

    Started drilling based on measurements taken yesterday and test mounted both radiators.

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    Matt black painted the chasis, even though in the picture it doesn´t look matt, that´s because paint wasn´t dry yet.

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    Painted one side of both radiators (mainly the middle as the the non-radiator-y-bits will receive the wood treatment later today. Before anyone goes crazy about loosing performance and all that. I´ll say what I´ve said every other time I´ve painted a rad or heatsink and noticed no loss of performance. If you do it with acrylic paint, it´s fine. It´s not fine when you do it with synthetic or plastic paints. You can argue all you want, but I wouldn´t be doing it if I hadn´t tested it countless times : )

    I´m hoping I can run the system without fans on the radiator to acceptable temps, since there´s 2 rads and all they are cooling is the cpu, if not, will add fans at a later point, but for the "final" look they won´t have fans on them.

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    Painted the plastic parts of the reservoir...

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    ...and it´s mounts.

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    And finished all the wood effect trimmings.

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    Piping won´t be done today as all the parts need to be mounted and while that will happen today, it won´t before the plumbing supplies shop closes for the day.

    So will be going hopefully first thing tomorrow morning and getting all the piping done, leave the loop running for as many hours as I can allow it to and still have time to mount the hardware and psu in and finish by midning tomorrow.

    ...I can´t believe I haven´t aplied the matt clear coat finish yet...

    Now I have to go to my actual job and pretend like I´m not freaking out about not finishing this in time :S
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    Right, I´m at then end of D-Day -1, tomorrow is the last day.

    Now, a lot of stuff has been finished but because some where still drying I didnt want to risk mounting what I need to measure for the piping till tomorrow morning, then as I mentioned in the previous post, piping time.

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    Rads finished.

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    If all goes well, tomorrow 1 to 2 updates + final update... after that, beer and a nervous breakdown :D
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  9. Luciel

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    Right guys, we´re at that point, this is the update before the final update (in theory aniway).

    So, this morning I assembled all that needed to be in or on the case in order to do the piping.

    So, rads, motherboard and other assorted pieces.

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    And this is what the case looked like pre-piping.

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    So went down to my local friendly plumbing supplies shop and with some help from the shop attendant (my mate) and later on the owner of the shop (he was intrigued on what we were doing), I put it all togueter, it was incredibly hard to measure everything up correctly, tighten all the fittings being very carefull with the fragile ones (like the plexy ones on the cpu cooler or the plastic ones on the pump and reservoir). And after almost 4 hours, got it ready.

    So here is the bare essentials case (nothing is screwed in, details wise, only the liquid cooling related stuff.

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    I now of course have to aply all the ageing effects to the fittings and pipes.

    After that I went to my actual job (as I mentioned in previous posts I took both yesterday morning and today morning off to work on the project but still had to work 4 hours in the evening.

    I´ve taken the motherboard out and left the loop running to be sure there´s no leaks before I put everything togueter.

    And yeah if there´s no leaks I feel optimistic about meeting the deadline but words cannot express how tired and generally exhausted I feel.

    Again, thanks for reading and following the project.
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  10. Luciel

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    Hi Guys,

    I tried my best, I´m sure you all know from my hectic updates these last almost 3 weeks that I´ve been working every second I get free on the project. Unfortunately it was not enough. The reason for starting so late was waiting for parts to arrive and basically financially being able to buy all the materials, paints, etc I needed to make this truelly unique.

    The fact is I´m about 1-3 days short worth of work on detailing, fixing some last minute issues (that always pop up) and so on to be happy with the final result.

    That said, I have made it as presentable as posible to be able to participate in the competition I started this for.

    As you can see some parts are missing like the wood trimmings (that´s what those holes in the metal are for), some modifications to make everything fit better, and a few other things, also theres 2 very small leaks on 2 different fittings on the radiator side of the case which I need to fix.

    And a long list of "small things to do".

    Goes without saying I am finishing the project, but since the hectic deadline is now over I will be taking my sweet time, and making sure everything is as perfect as my skills allow it to be.

    Aniway, here are the pictures of how it looks right now.

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    Update:

    I´ve been fighting for the last two weeks with the tubing, I´m still trying to fix the leak on one of the outputs on the reservoir, the other two leaks have been fixed (I took apart those sections and reinforced the joints with teflon which seals it quite nicely, for whatever reason that doesn´t seem to be working with the reservoir.

    I have a couple of options I will be trying on monday, hopefully one of them will work. Worst comes to worst I can permanently fit the joint which will fix the issue but will not allow for it to ever be taken apart again (not that its an issue as I never planned to but its nice to know I can if for whatever reason I need to).

    Updates to come following that.

    On another subject, I´ve been nominated for MOTM over at bit-tech, and the voting has been going on from the 6th of July. The voting ends on the 6th of Aug, i.e. tomorrow monday at 8 am. I´m currently fighting for the first place so if you feel like helping out, pop by and vote. But I´d like to stress that, only do it if you believe APASF is the best out of the 6 mods shown there. I´d greatly appreciate it : )

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=233580
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    Now that just looks silly
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    Thank you everyone who voted for me on the Bit-Tech.net Mod of the Month June Edition Competition. I´m over the moon for winning! ^^
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    Hi Everyone,

    After almost a year since I started the project, it is now Finished.

    Since October I´ve been adding paint effects, ink effects, done some detail changes, added missing details and essentially obsessed over there damned thing. Following the original idea I did 2 casings, one for the psu and one for the gpus, unfortunately I just wasn´t happy with them, I felt they changed the overall look to much. I never wanted it to look clean as it simply doesn´t fit the post-apocalyptic style so in the end I opted for a rough way around it. The last 4 PSU connectors are bare and inked cabling for the GPUs. I´m sure quite a few of you would´ve proffered casings but I feel this way is what suits the style of the project best.

    I also pretty much "coated" the whole thing with a mix of inks that took me a month to get right for a more old-n-gritty feel as while I was very happy with how the faux wood effect turned out, I felt it didn´t much the rest of the oxidized copper effects, this slight effect ink helps blend these two together and really make it look like it´s been around for a hundred years. If you compare these final pictures to the previous update pictures you´ll find you can´t exactly point why, but you´ll understand what I mean (or at least I hope you will :) )

    I also realise there´s no SLI bridge, this is simply because I´ve misplaced mine and didn´t want to wait till I ordered a new one to make the final pictures as I didn´t feel it was that important and... I really needed to end this stage of my life.

    APASF is the project I´ve always wanted to do ever since I started painting and modding and while there are somethings that NOW I may have done differently, I´m extremely happy with the final outcome, I´m also relieved it´s over, it's taken a huge toll on me and in the end, it was more of an obligation and obsession rather than something I enjoyed doing as sad as that may sound.

    I´d like to thank my sponsors for being so patient with it as it´s taken 6 months more than I originally thought it would and of course for being there with me all the way.

    Right, without further wait, here is the final shoot of APASF "A Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Future".

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    Thank you all for reading through this long worklog during what for me has been the hardest project I´ve ever done!

    Until next time,
    Luciel
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    Very cool mod:toast:
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    de.das.dude in deed mate :)

    Thanks :)
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    Great mod just WOW :eek::nutkick:
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    Why not WC those GPU's with two 360mm radiators???
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    Didn´t fit my design ideas for this project :)
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    That has turned out to be the coolest case mod I have ever seen! I cannot imagine the total number of hours. "Great Job" just isn't enough!
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    Given thought to wiring the GPU power connectors to the exposed side of the PSU instead of routing inside the case? Could add even more steampunkness to the build with proper cable treatment.

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