Whenever I start on a new custom, the first thing I do is find a few good pieces of source art online. I arrange them together on a single page and print them out in color. I keep these sheets onhand while I am working on the custom. These are the sites I use to find source art and costume references.
BrickArms is a small toy company specializing in custom designed weapons for miniature block figures. I have tried sculpting my own guns in the past, and I can’t make them look nearly as good as these ones. Their weapons are reasonably priced, especially if you buy the packs. The weapons are designed for lego figures, but can be easily modified for minimates. Hit the jump to read about the simple modifications.
Marvel Minimates Waves 21-23 feature some great new parts. I let my mind wander for a bit and came up with some customs that would make good use of these parts. Click the title to read all about it.
I thought I would start things off with a subject that comes up frequently: Which sculpting clay should I use? I have three different kinds at my work table, and they each have their own pros and cons. This post contains the breakdown of each one, along with my recommended uses.