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Same treatment for the top panel, again cut with a scrollsaw

 

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And now something pretty unique. Aside from the resin panels, the new technique I couldn't wait to try out for this project was... growing crystals! And what better fitting project than a Realgar project? :D 

What I did was forming a shape in polymer clay, let it dry, then coating it with glue and lay some borax on the surface, so that it could cover it and stay there once the glue dried.

Then I boiled some water and created a saturated solution with borax, adding it until it couldn't dilute anymore. I put the piece in the solution, waited over night and here you go: a nice big geode!

 

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Unfortunately, I tried to dye the solution with red, because I wanted the crystals to be red, but it turned out I had to add sooo much dye in order to obtain a crystal that was red enough. In fact, what I got was more like a pink salt colour

 

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Ready to take on another try (that would've meant buying gallons of dye), I thought YOLO and tried to paint the crystal with a metallic red, which is also a bit translucent, so maybe I wouldn't have lost most of shine from the crystals. And it turned out awesome, even better than I could've imagined!

 

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This is what it was made for

 

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Still for the front panel, I had to make something to fill the other cutouts I made. So I cut a pair of acrylic panels, turned them into a frame and taped the bottom with aluminum tape. It was time for another epoxy pour!

 

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Finally got started with the paintjob! I had a very specific idea for this: balancing a stone colour/effect with shiny red details that resembled the minerals inside the stone. For that purpose, I chose two colours for the stone, an avory white and a golden grey, and helped myself with two different stone effects from Rustoleum. They're simply clear coats with chunks of paint in it, that will simulate a stone-ish look after having dried.

 

I started with the main frame of the chassis, giving it the golden grey

 

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Then I moved on to the two panels from the lightbox, as well as the two back panels (how cool to they look when clear? :D ). This time I went with the avory white

 

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And the internal top and bottom panels are done as well

 

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I also gave a stone look to the radiator, and now it's a true monolith with crystal fins! :D Some will have doubts about painting the fins, but to be honest, for what I want to achieve with this project, I won't need those 2-3 degrees, but I really needed to get rid of most of the black in the build

 

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It's external panels' turn now. I mainly used avory white for these, except for the plastic part of the front panel, for which I used the golden grey

 

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Time for another batch of crystals, this time for the front piece that used to have I/O ports on it. I cut everything that was visible when mounted, and filled the void with pipe cleaners, so that when the piece gets dipped in the borax solution, crystals will grow on them.

 

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I had to adjust the crystals a bit with a file because they grew too much in some area and the two panels wouldn't fit

 

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Since the shape of the pipe cleaners was still a bit too visible, and I wanted some bigger crystal, I grabbed some of the single crystals left from the first batch, and super glued them on the new geode

 

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The painted and the result was beautiful imho!

 

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Then I went to finally put the front panel together! This whole panel took a whole lot of work and different techniques applied, but I think it was well worth it.

 

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Also painted the top mesh, after having stripped the black paint off it, so that when going over with the metallic red, which is slightly translucent, some of the shine from the metal would pop up

 

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Bonus pic: I finally finished polishing the resin panel. Man it does take quite a lot of work to get a nice result!

 

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The final assembly continues. For the hidden areas of the loops, I often like to use soft tubing, because it makes maintenance and cable management way easier (since the hidden tubes are always in the cable management areas)

 

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Next, I made a simple yet effective mod to the two VPP755's: I took the metal cover off and drill a hole on the side, then sticked the cables through it and now I don't have anything coming out of the bottom of the pumps, a much cleaner result

 

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For the little panels that I had made for top and bottom, I also shaped the front end so that I didn't have a straight line (since it appears straight lines are enemies in this project :D), but I didn't like how I could see what was behind, so I made two little red pieces and put them there to close the hole. I really like the contrast there

 

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I gave the GPU a stone look as well. I didn't paint anything red because this GPU has load of RGB lights that will be set to red

 

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And to continue with the crystal treatment, a mod that's been pretty controversial on social media in the last days. Everyone seemed to care a bit too much about VRM thermals in a show build, or let alone in a H370 motherboard that can't even use overclock. Painting VRM is something I've been doing for years and never once it gave me an issue.

As for the red crystals, I glued them in and painted, just like I did for the external piece. Everyone seemed to compare it to jam, ketchup, candy and stuff like that, but I think it will look as it should once in the finished build.

 

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The final assembly goes on, hardware with cables extensions are in.

 

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Now to the tubes. Tubes and fittings will be the big contrast I wanted against the natural and rough look the build has, thanks to the shine from the acrylic tubes and chrome from the fittings.

 

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PSU and all the cables are in as well. What I've been doing in my project for quite some time now, is not handling cable management on the main sides of the case, to allow for more beautiful look all around the build. In this case, I was able to put the PSU hidden in the top section, that is being used, together with the bottom section, as space for cable management. While the hidden front section is being use to route the needed cable to the bottom. This makes cable management way easier and comfortable as opposed to the traditional way, where you have a couple cm of space at max. It may not be pleasing to the eye, but once the build is complete, not a single cable will be visible at all, except for the beautiful extensions, and as for practicity, it has no rivals.

 

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The coolant is in with zero leaks!

 

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OS installed and now struggling with RGB softwares. Geez I hate them!

 

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Topped everything off with a nice little badge with tribute to the 10th anniversary and my signature.

 

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And just before doing the final shooting, it wanted to receive some compliments with his brother Oracle at Milan Games Week 2019 :D

 

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CMWS19 family shot before the shooting, with Sky Three

 

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Unveiling Realgar Project.

 

Realgar is a project inspired and designed following the rules of nature. Initially, the goal was to create a big stone monolith with a red geode inside, and I achieved that. In the end, it came out as what I like to call "controlled chaos": the resin texture, the handmade patterns on the panels, the crystals, were all designs that I didn't or couldn't plan exactly, that's why this build is connected to nature, unpredictable.

Aside from that, Realgar features modifications for the SL600M that could be implemented in future versions, such as the lit trim on the front panel or the unique cable management sections.

To break the naturalistic mood comes the watercooling loop, to which I gave a really modern and shiny look to achieve that contrast between nature and industry.

The two main sides of Realgar feature two very different approaches, one being very minimalistic, and one more crowded, to please most eyes in different ways.

The floating hardware panel inside is what makes this mod really pop, as I think it really looks like it's suspended in the air and it creates a really pleasant sight when looking at the internals.

 

Specs:

 

Case: Cooler Master SL600M

Motherboard: MSI H370 Gaming Plus

CPU: i5-9400F

RAM: XPG D60G 16gb 3000MHz

SSD: XPG Gammix S11 Pro 512gb m.2

PSU: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W

GPU: MSI GTX 1660 Ti GamingX

Watercooling: Alphacool Custom Loop

PCI-e Riser: EZDIY-Fab

Sleeved extensions: CableMod Pro Cables

 

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Zeuligan    5

Followed this here and on Instagram. Super craftsmanship and an ace mod. Cudos
Fun and playful, but still managed to keep it clean. ACE. Love it <3 

 

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2 hours ago, Zeuligan said:

Followed this here and on Instagram. Super craftsmanship and an ace mod. Cudos
Fun and playful, but still managed to keep it clean. ACE. Love it <3 

 

Thank you very much Per, I appreciate it! Yeah it was very free style as a mod. It was impossible to predict how the resin panels and especially the crystals would've come out, and that added to a sort of next-level uniqueness of the final build. It was also fun and playful as you said because I really spaced out from traditional modding, with it usually being measure-cut-paint-bend-done. With this, it was all that plus mix-pour-boil-grow and other weird stuff hahah :D

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Here are two videos for Realgar Project, one is a little montage of the finished build and the other is a wrap-up of the worklog. Enjoy :D

 

 

 

 

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