Let me start off the New Year by welcoming two new members into our RPing fold: E of Alshire and Luaedec Smaosol! It's pretty much just a matter of Nathan getting back from his New Year's Hangover, and you should be approved and ready to go...
In response to your question about customised figs, allow me to direct you to the official RP portrait of my flagship character, Sir Dractor...
As much because I like to hear myself type as for any other reason, allow me to declaim on the subject of our fig's looks for a few paragraphs...
In general, having a built-up fig with a pic is just a neat thing to have, since the Roleplay is very much a text-based story. Although told about characters that are visually expressed in LEGO, a quick glance at the Roleplay will show that we are writing about more-or-less real people and places, with our characters doing stuff that figs could never accomplish.
The LEGO-ness of it all comes in from the heraldry of the official factions, the inside jokes from AFOLdom, and the visual expression of the story.
The "visual expression", as I'm calling it, is rather rare and more of a treat to the RPers than anything else. And it is here that pics of figs and a standard way of making them come in handy. Most such examples will be found in our Illustrations thread. (Seen here
.) In cases like this, when other people may be building your characters, it's nice to have a standard way of building them.
However, custom pieces can present a tiny bit of a challenge here, although they are accepted in the Roleplay. However, it is nice to provide an "official" way for someone to make your figs, when not willing/able to customize.
For example, anybody who built Sir Dractor using a plain, ordinary black dragon helm, ordinary dark grey samurai armour, a silver chrome broadsword, and any triangular shield turned to hide the heraldry would be making an official, illustrations-acceptable fig, in my opinion.
To sum up: there is no rule, as yet, barring or governing custom figs in the RP. As a text story, one is hardly needed. So go ahead and enter your cut up, diced, glued, stickered, salted and peppered figs. We want your stories!
~Michael A. Joosten - Gaming Moderator~