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The casting that you do sounds great and I am very intrigued that you are so adept at it. I have probably missed a thread of where you post your customs and miniatures and I apologize for not being a more well-rounded forum reader.
To get the detail on the miniatures must be a total pain, especially if you have to apply sprues for pieces that extend out too far. The other thing is that the sanding and cleaning up must be a royal pain on something so small. I have tried my hand at jewelry and wanted to start using my tiny files and sanding tools and just flush them along with my work. I just do not have the patience.
When you customize the 3 3/4" figure, I imagine it must be in many different pieces that you join when they are set. My obstacle has always been the engineering aspect of the action figure. The joints always come out mangled or oversized or not at all. I prefer a bit of a larger scale and I don't fear the small, I just abhor the maintenance of getting them to the finished product./quote]
A good way to work it is to build off an existing base, if you're casting a figure. That way you get the correct joints and things. not possible for a 100% handmade figure, but it's good for improving figures that Hasbro's given you a start to (or any other company). Proper casting should yield a perfect copy more or less though, so it should work out... I've done that just practicing, simply to see if I could do working joints... I casted a Dr. Evazan upper body perfectly... Was pretty neat. There's other problems I'll run into then later, more advanced things I guess, but for a basic run it worked and I was pretty proud at the time. It's just so darn expensive to get into though.
You'll have to post some images of your items you've casted, I'm pretty curious to see them. At some point maybe I'll be able to post images of something I've done, but at the moment I'm dead in the water on the issue of customizing. Eventually though.
If the minis line pans out to be a true minis battles game I'm probably not going to bother casting any minis anymore. May as well just buy em I figure. I just hope the game's as good as the old WEG one was. That thing rocked... I hope the minis are that nice (prepainted or not) and as diverse as WEG had.