Age of Apocalypse: Storm
by Trip Somers
Stormy, Magneto's second in command, was inspired by the success of my Age of Apocalypse Morph figure. I originally got the idea from CLAND97@aol.com and RaginRon@aol.com who both used this same recipe.
Their recipe calls for the head and arms of the Water Wars Storm figure and the body of a Lady Deathstrike. I altered their idea and used just WW Storm's forearms instead of her whole arms.
The first thing I did, was my preparation and performance of two cranium-ectomies, one for each of the two figures. Following the decapitation of the WW Storm figure, I removed her hair with a screwdriver but not until I'd stabbed my cuticles 2 or 3 times. OUCH! I then proceeded to re-attach the WW Storm head to the Lady Deathstrike body with contour putty cause it dries harder and better than model cement without any baking.
Now, comes the fun part: dismemberment! I removed the forearms from the Lady Deathstrike body right where her sleaves ended. I estimated the correct length to cut from the WW Storm figure and removed her forearms, too. Of course, then I attached WW Storm's forearms to Lady Deathstrike's body and used the model cement this time. It provided the smooth surface and made it look right. You know, when you can't explain it; kinda like love, but I'm not gonna go there...
Here's the part you've all been waiting for: sculpting the hair. I grabbed a big ole' chunk of Super Sculpey and went to work. I made the basic chili-bowl shape, that her hair was obviously modelled after and built that first. I cut, trimmed, and molded the basic shape she had, and before I started adding the detail I made sure she had a believable amount of hair. From there, I made the basic part, well, it was more like a central cow-lick considering her hair kinda radiates from the top of her head. I then added the radiating pattern to her hair to best match her picture in the comics. I did this with an X-Acto, and didn't stop until I was completely satisfied with her uncooked look.
This is the first time I boiled my sculpey (sounds dirty doesn't it?). Of course, I was unsure what the results would be, so I made a test sculpey-ball and boiled that first to get an idea of how long it would take and how hard it would get. I dunked her in head first and brought the water to a boil. I left her in long enough to harden and then took her out to dry. After she dried...
I decided that it was time to be painted. I whipped out my Pactra black and white, and Citadel yellow, and went to work. I painted her for about an hour, fixing little imperfections here and there, until I was satis fied, and "Voila!" I hope you like it!