You may have seen this one before. A little background, whether anyone cares or not:
Once upon a time there was a MOCpage called The Legion of Doom, in which a bunch of AFOLs posted under the names of various comic book villains.
I got an email from one of the charter members inviting me to join. The idea, he said, was to post under pseudonyms in order to get "honest feedback" -- apparently the feeling was that people were afraid to criticize anything posted under the august names of well-known Lego geeks. In closing, he also said that I "had to" join because now I knew who they were.
There was a lot wrong with this, which I didn't hesitate to point out. For one, no one on MOCpages is much interested in giving or receiving "honest feedback." The point of MOCpages, as we all know, is to stroke egos. To grub for comments and accumulate as many smileys as possible. For another, it had been pitifully obvious, at least to me, who most of the real builders were anyway. For yet another, I was never into comic books, and though I remember watching the old Superfriends cartoon that featured the Legion as a kid, I also remember at the time thinking it was pretty stupid. There was not a single villain I wanted to impersonate.
The recruiter's reply to all this was something along the lines of, "Oh, shut up and join already. We're just having some fun." Which was probably the only logical counter-argument I would have accepted.
So I thought if I "had to" join, I'd show these amateurs how hiding behind a secret identity was done. Not only the way you build, but the way you photograph and present your MOCs, and the way you write, all give clues to your individual style. The idea for the Shadow hit me: not really a villain, more a vigilante outsider. Since I was a reluctant member of the Legion at best, it seemed perfect. More so when I realized that in doing this throwback to the old radio dramas, I could give it that period noir feel and do it in black and white. And since I'm naturally longwinded when sitting at a keyboard, a much better writer than I will ever be a builder, I posted it without captions.
I was pretty proud of myself. Not only did it turn out well, no one was going to be able to look at it and say, "Well that's obviously Shannon Young." And I hadn't picked some lame cartoon villain like the rest of the sheep. Yeah! Stick it to the Man! My duty done, I proceeded to mostly forget that I was a nominal member of the Legion of Doom.
I usually cringe if I look at my old creations (so I don't do that very often) but I think this one has aged rather well. I'm happy to have it here at The Skunk Works where it belongs.
Quoting Mark Kelso
I'm curious - for the mottled look of the wall...
I know I used red, brown, light blay and dark blay. Possibly some blue and green, I don't remember for sure. I usually save original pics in addition to the photoedited versions, but for some reason all I have for this one are the B&W.
Quoting --R.K. Blast--
Do you know who made any of the other moc's? Especially The Joker ones because I liked them and now for obvious reasons I can't look at them any more. Do you know who made them and if they are going to re-post them on their own profile?
I do know who they are, or were, but I don't want to out anyone. It's up to each builder to identify themselves if they so choose.
Quoting corey lopez
In my opinion, there needs to be more negative comments because without them, how will we know what to improve.
I agree completely and always welcome thoughtful criticism myself. Unfortunately, being able to properly give or take a well-meant critique seems to me to be a rare skill.
Interesting story. On the note of honest feedback, I try to mix my statements of mistakes or errors with notes on how good certain parts are. I find this way to help them get ideas for future mocs without being insulted. In my opinion, there needs to be more negative comments because without them, how will we know what to improve.
I remember this one. Good times... You should know that the Legion, as I felt it, was a way to connect with other builders and build monthly in a theme. Years before this site started with groups, mind you! But, yeah, maybe it's time to get out of the closet too...
Very nice. I saw this as a moc under The Legion's name and liked it then. I never guessed it was you! Do you know who made any of the other moc's? Especially The Joker ones because I liked them and now for obvious reasons I can't look at them any more. Do you know who made them and if they are going to re-post them on their own profile? Cheers and once again, great moc!
The Legion, like most things on MOCpages, was short lived. I, too, eventually posted both creations under my own name. My building wasn't great, but the presentation was solid. This, however, seems to find a nice balance with both. I'm curious - for the mottled look of the wall, did you stick with colors that were fairly close to one another (bleys, greys, tans, etc.), or did you abandon any color concerns altogether and just go with what had the proper values? (For example, reds, blues, yellows?) Very effective, regardless.