I've been super-inspired by Adam's latest Tested videos where he builds and weathers some beautiful cases. I especially loved his Bladerunner case. It;s a beautiful non-canon piece that totally honors the BR universe.
Videos are here is you haven't seen them:
One Day Builds: Adam Savage Demonstrates Weathering Tricks - Tested
One Day Builds: Adam Savage Makes a Blade Runner Blaster Carrying Case - Tested
So, I set out to create my own non-canon case from a movie I love (ALIEN). I also wanted to use the project to push my weathering techniques to make an original piece that looks authentic to the ALIEN universe.
Here's the final product. It is a biological specimen containment case used on the Nostromo and ships of that era. This case was used to collect and transport alien biological specimens – under a strict quarantine. This case was abandoned in the bowels of the Nostromo after the alien samples were collected.
The main case is a old plastic military surplus case found at a surplus store. It's big, (18" tall) and has beautiful character. Bonus is much of the "weathering" is done for me.
The graphics are a combination of painted graphics done with frisket, and labels printed out on a laser printer. The fonts and graphics are based on known Alien/Weyland graphics with a bit Promethius thrown in for good measure. My favorite is the green winged-figure Weyland Megacorp label I found online. Following Adam's lead I set to scuff, scrape, sand, stain and age every label. The entire case has been scraped, stained and treated with several washed of acrylics bringing out every detail in the white plastic surface.
Undo the rusted butterfly latches and you'll find four cataloged containment cylinders inside. The cylinders were created from PVC parts. Similar aging and graphics were used on the cylinders.
The end result is immensely rewarding. It feels so REAL! And it was a fairly simple and quick project. Thanks, Adam for the inspiration.