The Personal Terminal they asked me to make is featured all over Mass Effect 2 and 3, most prominently in the loading screens:
Of course, since I based the size entirely off a standard keyboard, it ended up being approximately the same measurements as a 24 inch monitor - just for the visible screen section! This thing is gonna be massive....
Once I had that finished, I printed the huge page out (yay FedEx Office), cut out what I needed, and started on the screen section.
This also meant it ended up being extremely heavy. :(
Anyway, I cut this out of 1/2" thick MDF using my trusty scroll saw. When that was done, I cut the blueprint up even further, and started on the raised bits.
I started by sanding everything down to make it even, and used the dremel to bevel all the things. Nearly every edge of everything Mass Effect is beveled. Oy.
Once again, it was time for primer.
I wanted the area where the keyboard and mouse-thing to be completely smooth, which meant I couldn't get any of the hammered paint on there at all. I had to go about things quite a bit differently here, first taping over the smooth section and putting the Krylon Hammered Silver everywhere else.
You see, in the game, when the screen is open, the back section is flush with the rear portion of the base. When it is closed, it pivots, and the base of the screen is now flush. In order to get this effect, I had to drill a long hole in each side of the screen base, and cut a slot partway in at two points.
And that, as they say, is that!