So, I’ve had an off and on love of comic books for most of my life, particularly the original run of The Uncanny X-Men, especially anything from the Chris Claremont and Jim Lee era. For the longest time my holy grail was Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 No. 201, and I was lucky enough to pick it up recently, and it pushed me to pull the trigger on making a special Storm proxy model – not that I probably wasn’t going to pull it at some point anyways, because mohawk Storm is best Storm. I had to bring this to life.
What’s special about this issue? It’s the first appearance of Cable, so there is that. But more than that, it’s Cyclops and Storm throwing hands to decide who was going to lead the team moving forward. This throwdown is a big deal for a whole bunch of different reasons – Cyclops is finding his attention divided between his new family and responsibilities and his place as the X-Men’s field leader, and the deck is strongly stacked against Storm in taking him on because this is at a time where she’d been de-powered.
This rendition of Storm is one of my favorites – because despite having no powers, and having been on the team at this point for about half the time that Cyclops has been, she beats his ass pretty thoroughly and becomes the team’s new leader. Needless to say, with the leader box set for X-Men in MCP being Cyclops and Storm, I was going to have to homage this comic at some point or another, especially since Storm’s leadership ability just seems a lot more useful in-game than Cyclops’ so far. I credit ThePrintedModelShop with a fantastic model – their rendition of “Queen of the Sewer People” was great to work with, very stable, and required very little clean up. This is definitely another high-quality, low-cost 3D printing outlet on Etsy that I would recommend if you’re looking for custom MCP models.
I don’t want to wrap this up without patting myself on the back, and not just because I’m happy with how Storm turned out – this will be my hundredth post to WordPress, and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it this long. Lastly, I also don’t want to wrap this out without thanking everybody who’s contributed comments, views, likes, or shared my work over the last couple years, especially anyone who’s been able to offer suggestions, critiques, links, and the like to help me improve. The painting community on this platform has been very kind and constructive and I’m glad that I’ve gotten, at least in some small way, to have been a part of that.