My "SAW" movie themed Fractal R3 case

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  1. Roddy_001

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    Hey everyone.. long time lurker here on OCAU and finally decided to register... and share my story and progress pics on my SAW themed case.

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    So my old PC had finally gone kaput and I wanted a new case.. as the old one was an Antec 900 and quite a noisy one at that.

    I've always been a fan of the SAW movies - mainly the original ones SAW I and II .. before hollywood did its trick in flogging it do death.

    I must admit I never did art at school, I was shocking at drawings.. but thought I'd see if a break of 10 years from anything art related may have resparked something.

    I chose to get a Fractal R3 case, as I've read on reviews about the sound dampening components of it and it looked like an idea case for what I wanted to do with it..

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    All the bits laid out

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    So now that it's all apart.. now comes the fun of painting it. So I created myself a ghetto style paint booth so that any overspray didn't go on any of the cars etc in the garage

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    I sanded down the case with some 600 grit wed/dry sandpaper and painted some etching primer on it. Repeated sand/paint process with 800 grit and 1200 grit so it was nice and smooth

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    Now my original plan for the case was a copper style coloured paint which you can see here...

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    As with anything.. as soon as you start getting into it you change your mind and choose a different colour. I did however keep the interior of the case looking this colour. Painted with hammertone copper paint from Bunnings

    Now I dont have all the progress pics as I'm painting it.. but I ended up getting 80% through.. and had rushed some stuff on the side panels and ended up putting paint stripper on both panels and wiping back to a clean slate as I had a firm idea of what design I wanted.

    The water droplet effect is created by getting a pump spray bottle.. setting it to stream and spraying it to create the desired effect. In this case I wanted it to half resemble blood drops.

    I got a can of contrasting colour, and proceeded to paint the water droplets with a fine spray at an angle of about 30 degrees. I did that from all 2 or 3 sides of the water droplet, and then left them to dry. The water pulls the paint down as it evaporates. (I found this technique by searching for "water droplet effect" on youtube)

    I then after painting it all, polished it using some swirl removers and polish I had lying around. I used a lot of elbow grease to create the awesome shine and reflection that you can see in the photos below.

    The stencils of the SAW logo, circular saw and quote were all designed by just printing it out on normal paper off the intawebz, cutting it out and spraying round it.

    The crinkle effect was done by having a base coat of colour sprayed on. Once dried spraying the top coat of contrasting colour paint on, and then immediately applying cling wrap or plastic on the paint and pressing it down to achieve what pattern you want. I then lift it off and it gives that crinkly style effect


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    And this is the final result... Enjoy!



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    "X" marks the spot..
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    "Let the game begin" A quote used throughout the movies

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    water droplet effect
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    Just look at that reflection!
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  2. BlueRaven

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    Mate, that paint job is... sick. No other words. :D:thumbup:

    Can't say I'm personally a massive fan of the movies, but that is seriously fine work. :leet:

    Now stuff it full of GPUs and watercool it!

    EDIT: With blood-red coolant, of course.

    This should get you started. ;)
     
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    Really impressive, the water effect is awesome! :thumbup:
     
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    Heheh, thanks :)

    Ohh no.. why did you post that link? Now I'm gonna have to watercool my machine... lol ;) :thumbup: That setup would look sweet in my case!

    Thanks mate! I think I used 2 cans of clear coat to make sure that it never rubs through. I knew there was a lot of polishing to be done so better to err on the side of caution :thumbup:
     
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    ahh so you decided to make a thread about it, good work, I use to own an R2 so this build really impresses me alot!

    nice work, and +1, get some watercooling in there.
     
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    That paint job is awesome. i love the io panel. nice colour black/red.
     
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    wicked effort mate big:thumbup: on the paint job.
    though must admit +1 for WC the build.
    Awesome work though that reflection is sick and love the Water effect.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words :)

    I actually surprised myself by the time I had started polishing the panels...couldn't believe how great it looked.

    I'm waiting for people that I show it to in the flesh to call BS on me doin it and asking what website I bought it from :tongue:

    It's only a standard Photoshop/web/light gaming PC at the moment.. even so I can always transplant the case to house a tougher pc config in the future. The case will never leave me though ^_^
     
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    Nice paintwork man, thats got to be the best original work ive seen!
     
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    Although I don't really like the looks of that case, I MUST say the quality and skill of the paint jobs is fantastic!

    The droplet affect and spread of rusty red and copper is stunning

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    Great work on the water droplet effect. :thumbup: I had to look really close at the reflection before I could tell it was actually flat, and not bubbles/lumps. Looks like you did some good surface prep too. I always hate that part.

    Can you explain your like of the Saw movies? I feel like I should watch them for their merit in the horror genre, but I struggle to find enjoyment in watching non-supernatural horror (ie "torture porn"). Is there some kind of thriller or comedic gore angle I can have in mind that would let me enjoy them?
     
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    looks awesome paint work is incredible you should be proud of it.:thumbup:
     
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    that effect with cling wrap is increadibly good, i have done custom paint and stencils before but i have never seen that before.

    could you possibly explain it a little further it looks very profesional

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    so it was red with black over it and then you pressed cling wrap to it?
     
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    Please elaborate on the paint it looks really nice
     
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    When i saw the heading i was thinking to myself "Oh here comes a lame corny case which will be covered in red drops of paint etc".

    However i must say you pulled it off perfect! Paint effects are spot on with the theme imo :D

    Well done.
     
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    Heheh, yeah the surface prep was most time consuming. I've learnt in the past when working with paint that preparation is about 70% of the hard work :)

    The SAW movies originally sparked my interested as it was created by 2 Aussie blokes with a very small budget. Leigh Whannel (bloke that used to be on that ABC music show "Recovery" on Saturday or Sunday mornings both produced and stars in the movie SAW 1).

    I thought I'd give the movie a chance since its not my typical type of genre; and had more of a storyline to it than say "Hostel" (A movie I haven't seen and dont really want to based on the trailers and parts I've seen of it on youtube).

    The original SAW and SAW 2 are my favourites... as the series go on, its slowly been butchered by Hollywood since they sold the SAW movie franchise.
     
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    Thats right. I had painted the red and let it dry. I then ripped off a bit of a plastic drop sheet that painters use as it was a minimal area to be done; had the plastic in one hand and can of black enamel in the other. After doing a quick light one coat on it with black I immediately sort of dabbed where I just sprayed the paint with the plastic all scrunched up to give that effect.

    When I first did it, I let it dry for about 20 seconds and that was too long.. and found that it would pick up the paint beneath it as it was really sticky and not create the effect I was after. The link that BillyBro posted at the end of the first page is exactly the type of concept that I applied. I think with the marble effect if you can get "oil based" or some special sort of paints that give it that nice marbly oily swirly effect (<<<- great descriptive words there lol).. but you know what I mean :) I didn't want mine to be so consistent with the marble effect as it needed to have that "rough" style applied to it given the theme :)

    If you have a look around on youtube for "marble paint effect" or "crinkle paint effect" there should be a few videos demonstrating the technique :)
     
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    If you really want to complete the case connect a little speaker so that whenever you switch on the computer a sound wave plays "do you want to play a game?" :weirdo:
     
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    Wow...excellent mod right there :thumbup:

    Well themed and painted. Very impressive.
     

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