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Hello CMWS20ISH ;)

This year will be my first masters, so im not holding back! I will be bringing to the table a tower mod in the H500p Mesh, based on one of my all time favorite game franchises of all time,BORDERLANDS!
As of a week ago, we were introduced to the 4th DLC of Borderlands 3, Psycho Kreig and the Fantastic Flustercluck!
This Chaotic and Anarchy fueled adventure has inspired me to learn new techniques, try to learn airbrushing and experimenting with mixed materials.

This years project I will be using the Coolermaster H500p Mesh, v1000 Platinum PSU and hopefully some Coolermaster MF120 Halo fans, If not I will use my SF120m's.
Sponsors for this project are:
EKWB - Full custom loop Cooling
TeamGroup Global - T-Force Xtreem ARGB Ram, T-Force Delta max SSD, T-Force Captain ARGB controller.
Mainframe Customs(Thanks Dave!) - All the materials needed for some sweet custom cables.
Clockwerk Industries(Thanks Jim!)
ModMyMods - ModWater and small accessories to help pull some details together.
Inwin USA and Mikes Computers Canada for their emotional support

Components:
Mobo - Asus XII Extreme z490
CPU - i9 10900k
GPU - Zotac 2080ti Amp Extreme
Ram - 32gb(4x8) TeamGroup Xtreem ARGB(Sponsored)
PSU - Cooler Master v1000 Platinum
Case - Cooler Master H500p Mesh
M.2 - Samsung 970 EVO+ 500gb
SSD - TeamGroup Tforce Delta II RGB x2
Fans - EKWB X3M w/extra bumpers(Sponsored)
Lighting - Amazon special High Density UV LED strip, And a mix of EK's 200mm HD RGB Strips(Sponsored)

Watercooling(Sponsored)
CPU - EKWB Magnitude
GPU - EKWB Vector 2080ti
Pump/Res - EKWB FLT120 D5 x2
Radiators - EKWB PL 360 x2
Hardline Fittings - EKWB HTC 16mm w/rings
Softline Fittings - EKWB STC 5/8
Angled Fittings -EKWB Torque
Fluid - ModMyMods Modwater in Blue

Extras were sponsored by ModmyMods
DimasTech 16mm Latching Black Housing Blue LED
Phobya Thermometer with Digital Display - Red
Barrow G1/4" 10K Temperature Fitting Black
MMM BB's World Renowned ATX Pin Removal Tool

Cables - All Teleios sleeving wrapped around Mainframe 16awg, sponsored by Mainframe Customs.
Combs - A mix of Knuckle combs, Rake combs, and Panel combs sponsored by Clockwerk Industries.

 

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Alright, time to get this party started.
The Plan: Plain and simple beginnings, Keep the original design of the case as visually stock as possible while still doing loads of cosmetic modifications.
The Basement will be converted from a repositionable 2 piece into a single 16ga shroud with pump/res, the front and top panel will be completely gutted out and 14ga expanded steel mesh installed.
The rear fan and vertical PCIE slots will have a piece cut out and riveted into place to give me a cleaner area for mounting a EK FLT120 d5 and more real estate for painting.

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Time to airflow mod! As discussed in my previous post, I told yall I would be chopping up the front and top panel apart and installing some mesh!
Not entirely sure how the outside will be painted yet, cant make up my mind if I paint it like a Hyperion Defender Claptrap unit/ or a Robolution Claptrap, or skin it up like a vehicle.

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"Hows the shroud coming along?" Well im glad you asked mysterious reader!
If you follow my social media pages, youd know I took a nearly 4 hour drive to my parents house just to play in my dads garage.
My old man does classic car restoration and has all the big boy fabrication tools, so I made my shroud from scratch using the 3:1 break/bender and finished off the more complex offsets by hand using traditional bodyworking tools.

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Alright, now that the weather is totally wet, frozen and windy; Ive had to resort to entirely waterbased acrylic and airbrushing/Paint pens so go easy on me.
I have been learning how to airbrush entirely on the fly, ive probably spent more time watching tutorials than I have actually modding/painting.

The CM H500p Mesh has the perfect industrial look even before mods, but I knew I needed something appropriate to represent Krieg and Borderlands
so I decided to go with an Atlas Runner/Metallic Blood inspired paint job with free hand Cel-Shading.
The Runner is iconic of the first and second borderlands as it was the only chassis available to traverse the barren wastes of Pandora.

I started off by doing a coat of Createx AutoAir bright red with 3% heavy black, this was my primer layer.
I then followed it up with 3 coats of Createx Wicked Crimson mixed with a 20% ratio of Wicked Pearlized blood red for a very bright and shiny metal look.
But this isnt about being beautiful and perfect, this is a desolate shithole where literally everything and everyone wants a piece of you.  Time to get weathered, ITS TIME FOR BLOOD!
With a combination of brushes, scotchbrite pads and cardboard and a whole pallet of colors, I was able to create my first distressed look on a mod. And lastly, the final touches before it gets sealed with a heavy matte UVLS Sealer/Clear
 

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Well, it wouldnt be a mod without some actual case cutting, so its time to bust out the tools!
240/280mm front rad support just aint gonna cut it for me, go big or go home crying! 2 EK PE 360 rads are getting shoved in here, so a custom rad mount needs to be created.
In sticking with the theme of using recycled materials found in a scrap pile, all the metal used has been repurposed from old case side panels.
I really didnt want to just blast a hole in the rear fan and mount a pump, thats too easy! Had to get crafty, and make a full on patch! Cant have any pesky air leakage.
Drilled out all the rivets, and even added a few extra holes to ensure a fluid fitment.

 

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 Here we are, New years eve... Deadline for the Canadian Modding competition.
While this project was primarily focused for CMWS20, When Dazmode opened the Amateur competition to ALL Canadian modders, I got into high gear.
Ive spent the evening trying to get photos uploaded and edited just to get SOMETHING posted for everyone to see.
Back to some more chop chop, drill and file!
 

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 Onto Painting... if you can even call it that. This year I knew I was going to run into issues trying to paint, what I wasnt expecting was to lose my work space...
Three weeks ago I was told I had to move out of the garage, as well as dismantle my covered painting area outside.
What I did get out of the ordeal was my very own modshed! Unfortunately that ate up my entire weekend, which also included a day I requested off.
Needless to say it was still way to cold and way too moist to be painting.

I wasnt happy with the way this turned out, and If I can find the time before the CMWS20 deadline, I may attempt to redo it.
Unfortunately that deadline is exactly 1 month away

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