Natural Selection: The Case Mod

porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
Alrighty, first I'd like to introduce myself. I am Will Knier, aka Porcha, #cri.sco, what have you. I am a 20yr old loser attending NCSU and would love to make a Natural Selection case mod. I've been modding cases since before it was ever mainstream and feel I can tackle a project such as this. A new generation of case modding is taking place. Themed cases. Here are some examples of what I am about to attempt.
Doom 3 Case Mod <a href='' target='_blank'></a>
Half Life 2 Case Mod <a href='' target='_blank'></a>

Yea...those are nice. And yea, I believe I am capable of making a case of that magnitude. With the help of the NS community, I'd like some suggestions on what to add to my case. I've recently just won a case mod contest at with prizes of about $2200 in computer parts. Link found here. <a href=',1558,1612801,00.asp' target='_blank'>,1558,1612801,00.asp</a>
I also brought the case to the CPL where I met Flayra. Didn't see many of you guys there. I was in a case mod contest there but to much avail I didn't win anything.

So lets get down to business. Here is the gameplan:

I have recently purchased a Plain Full Tower computer Case. This one TBH.
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My first plans for this case will be a working resource node that will be located on the top of the case. This is my secret weapon against the other 2 awesome mods. Smoke will actually poor from my case when I turn it on. I have aquired this fog machine from Party City for a meager $20
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Now this fog machine will actually fit inside my case and still allow room for the working computer to be inside, but for good reason, I am making a custom acrylic enclosure for the fog machine and will be taking it out of it's original black shell. I'll have to keep this new enclosure for the fog machine air tight so I can filter in it's own fans to keep it cool. Fog machines get very hot. I'd also hate to have any moisture created by the fog machine affect my computer. I'm throwing around all sorts of ideas for the outside of the case. So far my mind is set on making half the case marine themed and the other, alien. The left side of the case (when looking at it from straight on) will be the side where I install a custom acrylic window. I plan on working with bondo and the foam that instant hardens so I'd like to make an actual hive and actually put the hive inside of the case. I was thinking something on the lines of building a hive from foam and bondo, cutting it in half and making half of it reside on the outside of the window and the other half on the inside. I might have to draw sketches if you guys can't visualize it. Also, with the foam, I'd like to have an infestion effect on the outside of the case on that half only, leading up to the res node on top. The res node will be the meeting ground for the marine and alien sides. That is what they're fighting for anyways? So the foam will add some bumpy textures and an awesome appearance to the case. As far as the marine side goes. I'm not sure what to do. The fog machine has a switch to turn it on and off. Maybe I'll make a real working control panel for something like an arms lab? The buttons on it will control the fog and any lights and fans inside the case.

I just picked up the fog machine today and will begin modding shortly. I am open to suggestions on what to do with the case. Especially when it comes to lighting and the marine side of the case. Let me know what you think and hopefully no admin will delete the thread. I will stay active on the case, I am good for the job. Hopefully the community will help me make something worthwhile, similar to the community powering the doom 3 case. He had people send him ideas and cutouts for the case. My roommates and I are all engineering majors, there's nothing we can't do when it comes to electronics. Possible sound effects might be added similar to the doom3 case. I'd hate to copy anything completely though, I'd like to stay original. I hope this case will have the same effect the other cases had on others. Hopefully this case will get people interested in NS and we can expand our community. I mean, by the looks of those other 2 cases, who isn't excited about those games. Hope you guys enjoy, I'll keep everyone updated. We may even have to separate threads if this project gets out of hand. One worklog thread, and one worklog comments thread. Anyways, stay tuned for more info.



  • Jmmsbnd007Jmmsbnd007 Join Date: 2002-11-24 Member: 9793Banned, Constellation
    Good luck, win prizes, don't slice your hand off with a 10 inch blower.
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    I've also aquired a giant red button that will work as a power switch but I've already got suggestions of putting the classic fade eye on the case and you push the eye to start the computer? Sounds good to me, any ideas on how I could incorporate the marine symbol?
  • CommunistWithAGunCommunistWithAGun Local Propaganda Guy Join Date: 2003-04-30 Member: 15953Members
    Make the rt double as a bong pls
  • AlienCowAlienCow Join Date: 2003-09-20 Member: 21040Members
    Um? <!--emo&:D--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Donate it to Flayra when you've finished <!--emo&:p--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tounge.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Damn it sounds interesting, but as you said I can't really visualise this hive - whats "bondo"? Some kind of glue? lol

    Good luck!
  • the_holethe_hole Join Date: 2004-01-03 Member: 25019Members, Constellation
    Like I said on mirc, the fade eye is a must... this topic is goin in my siggy, I can't wait to see how this will turn out.
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    bondo is a liquid fiberglass that hardens into...well...fiberglass and is very very strong. It's easy to mold, then sand, then paint, then polish. It's main purpose is to fill rust spots on people's cars. But I have other plans.
  • AlienCowAlienCow Join Date: 2003-09-20 Member: 21040Members
    Nice ^ <!--emo&:)--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • ZunniZunni The best thing to happen to I&amp;S in a long while Join Date: 2002-11-26 Member: 10016Members
    Perhaps have the back half of the case look every marinish with technology ports, leading the the front which is an infestation and if you can find some way to pull it off.. A hive..
  • MrGunnerMrGunner Join Date: 2003-01-03 Member: 11757Members, Constellation
    You shoulda just bought a premodded case on the interweb. I hear they win contests all the time.

    PS: Good luck and stuff.
  • ForlornForlorn Join Date: 2002-11-01 Member: 2634Banned
    Great idea Porcha, finally doing something cool I see... guess we won't cut you from cri yet. <!--emo&:p--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tounge.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Anyhow this thread should be stickied so people can see the progress.
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    hard to cut the leader
  • That_Annoying_KidThat_Annoying_Kid Sire of Titles Join Date: 2003-03-01 Member: 14175Members, Constellation
    <!--QuoteBegin-CommunistWithAGun+Sep 21 2004, 09:32 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><b>QUOTE</b> (CommunistWithAGun @ Sep 21 2004, 09:32 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> Make the rt double as a bong pls <!--QuoteEnd--> </td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'> <!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Porcha, let your imagination run free and make something that is completely cool
  • SalvationSalvation Join Date: 2003-11-21 Member: 23300Members
    i would love to see how this turns out
  • coriscoris Join Date: 2003-07-08 Member: 18034Members, Constellation
    Awsome! <!--emo&:D--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Sticky this so it wont get lost <!--emo&:)--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    GL with the competitions!
  • AmplifierAmplifier Join Date: 2004-02-19 Member: 26708Members, Constellation
  • falloutx2falloutx2 Join Date: 2003-05-01 Member: 15979Members, Constellation
    It sounds like a cool concept.

    For the marine side of the case how about replacing the default LED's with colors such as blue and red and using them to provide lighting for a scene such as suited up ha's/jp's in a marine base?

    I don't know much about case modding competitions, but a cool atmospheric affect like that might get you somewhere.
  • AlkillerAlkiller Join Date: 2004-05-23 Member: 28847Members
  • Umbraed_MonkeyUmbraed_Monkey Join Date: 2002-11-25 Member: 9922Members
    dude, make a gorge standing next to the res node waiting for that last 1-2 res to drop a tower. If that doesnt win everyone's hearts, nothing will!
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    <img src='' border='0' alt='user posted image' />

    here is a visual to give you all an idea or what I'm leaning towards on the alien side. I would like to get everything planned out before I actually cut anything. I'm going to go ahead and start work on the acrylic cage for the fog machine. I'll keep ya updated.
  • the_x5the_x5 the Xzianthian Join Date: 2004-03-02 Member: 27041Members, Constellation
    Tis cool <!--emo&:)--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile-fix.gif' /><!--endemo--> , but I wonder. When it's all done, will it still function as a computer? Or is is just a cool looking case?
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    i do intend on having a computer reside in it
  • keelemkeelem Join Date: 2002-11-07 Member: 7482Members
    <!--QuoteBegin-CommunistWithAGun+Sep 21 2004, 12:32 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><b>QUOTE</b> (CommunistWithAGun @ Sep 21 2004, 12:32 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> Make the rt double as a bong pls <!--QuoteEnd--> </td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'> <!--QuoteEEnd-->
  • the_x5the_x5 the Xzianthian Join Date: 2004-03-02 Member: 27041Members, Constellation
    <!--QuoteBegin-porcha+Sep 21 2004, 02:37 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><b>QUOTE</b> (porcha @ Sep 21 2004, 02:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> i do intend on having a computer reside in it <!--QuoteEnd--> </td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'> <!--QuoteEEnd-->
    In that case pehaps I would be prudent to use so open phase change device instead of a fog machine. In other works let the fog be part of the cooling system, and the RT nozzle is the vent for the steam.
  • amarcamarc Guide Scribe Join Date: 2003-06-03 Member: 16982Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Supporter
    Nice, hope it turns out good <!--emo&:)--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • AlienCowAlienCow Join Date: 2003-09-20 Member: 21040Members
    How about instead of a res node, a Phase Gate. You have a big light shining up out of the bottom, and instead of a fog machine one of those bubble machines! Bubbles floating out! Sparkling in the light!

    Or use fireworks. <!--emo&:D--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • The_CheatThe_Cheat It&#39;s a The Cheat&#33; Join Date: 2003-11-19 Member: 23191Members, Constellation
    <!--QuoteBegin-AlienCow!+Sep 21 2004, 02:21 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><b>QUOTE</b> (AlienCow! @ Sep 21 2004, 02:21 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin-->Or use fireworks.  <!--emo&:D--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin-fix.gif' /><!--endemo--><!--QuoteEnd--></td></tr></table><div class='postcolor'><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    He did say that he plans on <b>using</b> this case, didn't he? I think so. <!--emo&:p--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tounge.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • DC_DarklingDC_Darkling Join Date: 2003-07-10 Member: 18068Members, Constellation, Squad Five Blue, Squad Five Silver
    sticky sounds cool
  • porchaporcha Join Date: 2003-08-26 Member: 20244Members
    thx for all the support so far

    after throwing about some ideas with my roommates, we've came up with some interesting options

    for the window. Make it look like a skulk bite (same as it appears on your screen)

    take a high quality print out of a hive, cut a hole in the case that is the same area as the big yellow part on a hive, put an LED on a capacitor so that it pulses. Take that print out of the hive, center it over the hole in the case, the hive pulses in color.

    I was thinking if I pulled this off well, to do the same thing to an offense chamber and sensory chamber, I'll try to get an animated GIF to demonstrate what I'm thinking.
  • SupernornSupernorn Best. Picture. Ever. Made. Ever. Join Date: 2002-11-07 Member: 7608Members, Constellation
    The marine side should have lots of metallic panels and screws. For the infestation you could mould it to be bursting out from behind the metallic plates and covering one side of the case.

    I like the resource node. Very original <!--emo&:D--><img src='' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin-fix.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • The_IRSThe_IRS Join Date: 2003-11-30 Member: 23798Members
    edited September 2004
    On the marine side, get a picture or something of the HA with dual pistols (it was on one of the NS installers), or a JPer with an HMG. I don't like the idea of the fade eye being the button. It should be one of those classic door buttons.
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