Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:23 pm
I'm pretty late to this, but I can't help but feel like I should add to this conversation. From my experience, Sharpie customization is incredibly messy in terms of the figure. I used it on the marine from the Arctic Combat Unit pack a long long time ago, and it rubbed off about 2 days later, leaving the figure stained. I also used it for Nexus' visor when I made the "Fireteam Frostbite" animation, which also didn't work very well. It rubs away too easily, yet also tends to stain figures so you can't remove it entirely. Nexus's helmet had a blue tint that didn't match the rest of the armor at all, which is why I decided to use it to make Survivor's Moronic Misadventures figure.
I'm not sure the reason you don't want to use paint, but if it's because you are afraid of ruining the figure and not being able to fix it, Sharpie is going to be far worse than paint. Paint is pretty easy to remove if you want to redo it. It takes a little while to get all of it off, and you might need a sewing pin or something with a small point to get the paint out of some of the crevices, but if you just stick it in hot water a few times and scrape off the paint, you can get nearly, if not all, of the paint off. If the reason is something else, such as paint being too messy outside of the actual figure, then I suppose I understand. However, I still thought it would be good to tell you that my experience with painting has been far better than my experience with Sharpie customs.