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Luciel October 3, 2011 12:39 PM

Project: Diabolo (12-12-11 Final Picks)
Hi Everyone!

So, this time round it wonīt be a case revival or a "Mod in a Week" project, mainly because Cooler Master has decided I should have a HAF X and well, I kind of want to take my time with such a nice case :D!


Now, I am useless at google sketch and that kind of software that you guys use, not to mention drawing! So I will try to explain the concept of project Diabolo.

If any of you saw my Fallout Cause project (neonit) youīll know that, more than anything else, I enjoy painting, and with my previous project (Acid Burn) it was a pretty simple paint scheme, no matter how detailed it was and I feel like playing with shades and effects again so... Iīm going to (or try to) turn this gorgeous HAF X in to a demon, (the fact I played through Doom 3 and itīs expansion again the other day ... may have something to do with it!

So, I will be using foam and epoxy (with internal reinforcing) to build 2 massive horns that will go through the lenght of the top of the case, depending on how these come out, I might also add a pointed tail. Aside from this, I will be modifying the body (itīs going to hurt bashing it in) and adding "skin deformations" to give it that tough demon skin look.

Paint wise, black, with dark red/purple skin tones, and bright-ish red details to accentuate irregularities in the skin. For the horns, Iīm thinking white-ish cream with a dark brown dry brush touch, or I may go with dark colours like the rest of the case, we shall see!

Hardware wise, the wonderfull people at Cooler Master (Iīm looking at you Gert!) have also sent me an awesome 80+ 1000w PSU. I will be using an ASUS P8P67 Sabertooth (Iīve chosen this mobo because of itīs thermal armor, which I can modify to match the design), with an Intel i5 2500k. 2x Asus ENGTX 275, a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality, 3x Seagate Barracuda 750Gb S-ATA2 drives and a Pioneer cd/dvd combo drive.

Other hardware like fan controllers, memory card readers and so forth I will add as I see fit if I can put them in to the design.

Right, for those of you who saw my week in a mod project (acid burn) you might remember my work place was a complete mess for several reasons I wonīt go in. So, first thingīs first, letīs sort this place out!!!!!!



Quite a mess huh? I should also mention itīs currently 37c... and rather humid...ugh!


Yup thatīs my old Fallout Cause sitting there waiting to be either sold or re-purposed :/ and of course, the goodies from CM!

Right so, assorted cables and accesories, sorted!


Assorted Hardware, sorted!


Bits and bobs, sorted!


Tools, sorted!


Workbench, sorted!


I canīt stress it enough, Thanks CM!


Letīs start unpacking...





And thatīs it for now, tomorrow I pick up the materials needed to start the transformation of the case!


Hi Everyone!

First of all, sorry for the delay, Iīve been rather ill for the last week and a half, and still not 100% but well enough to continue, itīs a short update, but more tomorrow!

So, I continued to dismantle the case completely:



And this is how the bare chasis of the HAF X looks like:


Now thatīs out of the way, i measured things up and drilled 2 small holes on the front cover, matching holes behind in the chasis in order to put the supports for the horns:



And lastly for today (I have to wait till tomorrow for the foam to dry), the straight mold of the horn filled with foam:


The horn isnīt going to be straight up, it will mold around the top of the case, however, I decided to make it straight in order to then brake it in to shape and filling the gaps with more foam, so I donīt end up with parts with structural weakness due to lack of foam.

Tomorrow, the other horn plus the shaping, filling, and coating with epoxy.


Hi Again!

First of all, a small rant, itīs stupidly HOT, arg!

Now, down to business:

First horn has been splitted in the desired zones to help curve the form for when the epoxy comes (which, no time for today as I forgot the detail of having to leave the foam tu cure in the filler spots, i.e. where the foam has been splitted) and filled. Iīve also mounted it on the case to see how it looks, unfortunately because of the design of the case frontal (really hard to take it off without taking the top off) I had to mount it permanently, so, when I do the epoxy tomorrow or whenever I will have to cover the rest of the case so i donīt get drops in it, which I might not do aniway because I was planning on leaving irregularities on the case to later help the paint simulate demon skin.






Also, Iīve started the second horn, a big THANKS goes to my sister for helping me out with both, as she has more experience with molds and supports for them.


And now, left to cure til ltomorrow!


Thatīs all for today!

Luciel October 3, 2011 12:39 PM

Hi Everyone!

I know itīs been quite a while since the last update, I havnīt been home this long due to a work contract but Iīm back now to my usual day to day life so, I can now officially continue with the project! :D (Iīve really missed doing so).

Now thereīs no progress since the last update since I got back not long ago but will start again tomorrow.

However for now, news! A new sponsor has chosen to participate in this project...

So big thanks to Kingston!


The good folks at Kingston have sent me 16Gb of DDR3 1600 of HyperX RAM, undoubtedly one if not the most well known name in the performance memory market. Also, to top it off, theyīve sent 2 96Gb SSD drives of their SSDNow! series which will be going in a striping RAID config.

So thank you very much Kingston!!!!!!


Aside from that, an other I did has arrived!

2 clear fans with red led for the top of the case.


And an ASUS Sabertooth P67 motherboard, now I know it isnīt a high end ASUS motherboard but I just love the look of it!


Right thatīs it for today folks, if all goes well, tomorrow or the day after, another update!

Luciel October 3, 2011 12:39 PM

Iīm just not going to say a date from now on as it always takes me longer!!

Small Update:

Second horn is on, and have realised it looks nothing like the original, but will make them more similar with the epoxy, aniway, all foamed up and currently drying, 24h wait, hopefully tomorrow I can go down and see if it needs any more filler, after that, epoxy.







Itīs starting to take shape : )

Supergrover October 3, 2011 12:57 PM

Subscribed to see how those horns turn out, keep at it.

Luciel October 3, 2011 02:16 PM

Cheers : ) And yes, should be able to dedicate a couple of hours to it tomorrow, hopefully if no more filler is required, I can start with the epoxy.

Iīm also considering spraying foam all over the case (where there are no openings of course) in order to simulate a rugged hard skin, what do you guys think? Iīll obviously be trying it on a scrap metal piece first just in case :P

Luciel October 4, 2011 11:56 AM

So the first layer of epoxy is on and now waiting for it to harden so I can use a second layer for more filler, maybe a third if needed, after that, sanding down to create a smooth surface (in preparation for primer) yet rugged so the horns look like they have wear and tear on them : )





Luciel October 6, 2011 09:36 AM


Sanded the solid expoxy down and applied the second and final coat of the stuff:






At one point I was thinking of 3rd epoxy filler layer to make it all one smooth surface, but then I though it would look very artificial, this way it looks like it has a lot of wear and tear, and the once painted in a way to reflect that it should look pretty awesome : )

CoolHandL October 6, 2011 09:45 AM

Looking Great!!

Pabz0r545 October 6, 2011 11:50 AM

Very cool! I am very interested to see what the finished product will look like.

You know you can carve that foam epoxy to give it detail? I seen a guy make some very natural looking pieces of artificial driftwood roots for his palidarium aquarium.

Luciel October 6, 2011 11:55 AM

Thanks, and in deed I saw it in a few videos on youtube (how to carv it), but I was happy with the detail it had got naturally within the paper mold, will prob do some detailing when using the foam on the rest of the case (to form a thin layer of "skin")

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