The nice thing about getting my Christmas batch done was that I could finally turn my attention for a while on models I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but have had to keep putting off in order to get other projects done. I’ve always been a huge fan of the X-Men as far as the “superhero” genre goes, and their arrival in Marvel Crisis Protocol meant it was only a matter of time before I was bit by the skirmish-game bug. My Warhammer 40K and space elf obsessions definitely aren’t going anywhere, but this has been a great change of pace since I have less painting time these days, and really let me cut loose a little.
The first thing I was going to need, though, was a couple of squad leaders, and lucky for me both of them – two of my favorite X-Men characters – came in the same pack. (Yes, I’m one of the three shameful people on Earth that legitimately, unironically likes Cyclops.) The models came together great, and the first thing I learned about these MCP boosters is that they include a bunch of extra bases and bits and…that works just great for me, since I do so much in the way of kitbashing and proxies.
The sculpts are a great balance of paintable surface area and detail, and translates a lot of the old Chris Claremont and Jim Lee designs for characters brilliantly to blend on the table with more “MCU” designs. And as far as painting went, these were kind of a thrill to work with. I didn’t know how the bright yellow was going to work with Cyclops, but with these models I found that the bolder the better, which isn’t always the case when painting 40K grimdarkness. Storm was a lot of fun too, especially when I got to play with things like OSL on the lightning bolts, and really make Storm look badass and powerful, as Storm was meant to be. (She was criminally underused in the Fox movies IMHO.)
This is a new sandbox for me to play in and to paint miniatures for and I’m legitimately excited to keep going with this. While I’m only going to start with a few expansions and the core box, and while I’ll be back to the usual grim darkness of the far future soon enough, this has been a great chance for me to experiment with brighter colors, skin tones, glowy effects, and to just have fun and break out of the “box” of my usual Ulthwe and Death Guard paint schemes for a little while.
“As the field leader of the X-Men, Cyclops is a master tactician and skilled combatant who never stops fighting for equality between mutants and human kind. Unable to control these beams, Cyclops must wear protective ruby lenses to shield others from his mutant ability. Ororo Munroe descends from a long line of witch-priestesses. Once worshipped as a goddess of the storm, she is a mutant with the ability to control the weather, able to produce hurricane winds and summon lightning at a whim.” – Cyclops & Storm, Atomic Mass Games.