Before we even get started with our coverage of the next BS Mods case modding masterpiece (really inspiring work), let me note that we're hosting yet another giveaway of PC hardware. This is our third giveaway this month. Check toward the bottom of the page for those details.
That noted, let's dive in. We had the pleasure of speaking with BS Mods' Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg back at PAX Prime '13, where the duo gave us expert insight for those interested in getting started with case modding. Since then, the team has graduated from the Rosewill Throne Industrial mod to a new StarCraft / Protoss-inspired thematic build for this weekend's BlizzCon event.
With StarCraft 2's first two installments (Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm) behind us, Legacy of the Void now looms on Blizzard's ever-obfuscated release schedule. It'll be done when it's done. Until then, BS Mods' Rod Rosenberg designed and built a Protoss-inspired "Cosmic Force" case mod of Rosewill's Blackhawk gaming enclosure, topped with Bob Stewart's intricate paint job.
Let's take a look at one of the best StarCraft- and Blizzard-inspired case mods to-date: The Cosmic Force, featuring Protoss themes on a Rosewill Blackhawk.
BLACKHAWK Cosmic Force / StarCraft Protoss Case Mod Mini Gallery
For the full gallery, including in-progress build photos, check page 2 of this post. All photos by BS Mods. You can learn directly from BS Mods over on their facebook page.
Cosmic Force Case Mod - Back Story & Inspiration
In speaking with Rosenberg about his headlining mod under the BS Mods banner, we were told that the project began in early September: Rosewill approached the renowned modding team and requested "something for BlizzCon using a Blizzard game." Rosenberg's love of StarCraft made the game choice easy, but design spanned from September through October; the build officially began on October 5th and was completed on the 28th, with more than 300 hours of sweat and paint into the final product.
Rosenberg referenced Blizzard's Protoss Mothership concept art in the design process, noting that the orbital weapons platforms inspired the "energy portal" on the right side panel. The hex-pattern decorating the mothership's shields worked well with the Blackhawk's stock mesh panel, making integration a bit easier.
When asked what they took the most pride in, Stewart told us:
"The things I love on it are the mirrors on the inside. We used some mirrored panels for the floor and optical drive cage. It gives the appearance that the case is huge inside and you can see all the detail work on everything we did. The energy portal on the right side panel also shocked us -- the light behind it shines through the clear coat of the paint, so it looks like it's floating [off the panel]." - Bob Stewart.
Rosenberg gave some perspective on the difficulties involved in case modding, stating:
"The toughest part of this build was coming up with a concept to fit the back panel with the rest of the mod. I designed the lines and Bob [designed] and built the "energy portal" on the back. Both of us love this part of the build - in person, it's just crazy cool!" - Rod Rosenberg.
Speaking of, if you'd like to see the build in person, it'll be on display at BlizzCon all weekend at Rosewill's booth.
Cosmic Force Case Mod Specs & Worklog Details
The moment you're all waiting for:Case: Rosewill Blackhawk (~$100)Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87 G1.Sniper 5 (~$350)CPU: Intel i7-4770k (~$330)CPU Cooler: Zalman Reserator 3 (~$130)RAM: 4x4GB Adata XPG V2 2400MHz (~$170)Video Cards: 2x Gigabyte GTX 780 Windforce (~$1000)PSU: Rosewill Tachyon 1000W (~$200)SSD: Adata SX910 256GB (~$220)Lighting Kit: BSMODS 50-50 RGB Lighting w/ remote (~$35).
A full worklog can be found here, if you're a modder or want more details on what exactly was done.
Let's give some stuff away, yeah?
Rosewill BLACKHAWK-Blue Case & Mechanical Keyboard BlizzCon Giveaway
Today, Rosewill released a limited/special edition of their Blackhawk case for BlizzCon, featuring blue trim and highlights around the bezel. The case has the same featureset as the Blackhawk, just a new blue/black scheme using the "Blizzard Blue" color. We're giving away these products:3x Rosewill BLACKHAWK-Blue special edition BlizzCon case. Product page.2x Rosewill STRIKER 6000 Mechanical Keyboard. Product page.
Winners will be selected with the following methods:Leave a comment on this post (below) that addresses the following question: If you had to live your life as a StarCraft unit, which unit would you be and why? The most entertaining response(s) will win.Share our Facebook post.Subscribe to our YouTube channel.Leave a comment on our Intro to Case Modding video.Post on our forums with either a photo of your gaming PC (submit that here) or a question about PC hardware (post that here).
Of the above options, we'll select five winners. Winners will be contacted via the means through which they entered the contest. If you're a facebook winner, we'll PM you on facebook (please make sure your privacy settings allow this); if you're a YouTube winner, we'll PM via YouTube; if you're a commenter below, we'll email you (so checkmark the 'notify me via email' box and leave a valid email address); if you post on our forums, we'll email you and reply to your post.
It is not possible for the same person to win more than once, but you can enter once with each of the above methods. This means you can enter up to five times.
What's the deadline?
You must make all entries by Friday, 11/22, at 11:59PM EST. We will select winners at this time. Winners will be notified within 24 hours. We will announce winner user names / twitter / YouTube handles (no other information will be posted) upon receipt of the game. If you're a facebook winner or entered using your full name, we will announce your abbreviated name (example: Steve B.).
Restrictions & Notices
That's all! Enjoy! Be sure to check out page 2 for the full case mod gallery.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.