basso, it's been a while since you posted in here. But if you want to check out other options... there is an awesome painter/airbrush artist in my clan.
I just posted up a thread in his section of our clan forums asking him for ideas of pricing.
I mentioned there could be varying sizes of 14" to 17" laptops, and choices would range from solid colors, custom outside (LCD cover), and custom all over.
The guy can do some crazy work. He's started posting some of his work and practice panels in the forums.http://hatetank.nuclearfallout.net/f...forum.php?f=20
That's his section if anyone wants to check out what he can do. If you are seriously interested in looking to have something done, then wait until he can reply with some price guidelines. After that, join the forum and post up what you're looking to have done. I'm sure he could use your ideas for practice panels as he loves kicking back and trying things all the time. If you like what he comes up with, then you could ship him the plastics with a prepaid return airbill and payment.
And he wouldn't take a damn month with your work. I've seen work of his on bikes that he does within a week. And bikes require more work than a laptop case.
I'm playing with the idea of having my old 9300 LCD cover (replaced in XPS conversion) done up to match the rest of the XPS parts but with something unique and tasteful on the cover. Including masking off the Dell logo.
If you see someone in the forums posting under the name "AK74", look at the pic in his sig. Our artist did that to AK74's case. He's a big Transformers fan and you won't believe the detail he put on that panel unless you check out the thread with the higher res pics. Enjoy. =)