I think i would be willing to pay for a decent guide for customizing so that i could figure out which figures i would need to buy to have the parts to create a particular figure.
Well, most people are happy to give the formula for a custom out so others can duplicate it... I know I always do if anyone asks.
In this case it's pretty simple, I took a 1st contact Picard, stuck the head and hands from a DS9 Sisko on it, used an exaco knife to remove the comm badge, and then a small file to match the vest grooves. Then I touched up the vest with gray paint.
I simply used apple barrel white and black and mixed it till I got "Star Fleet gray"!
Many of my, and other customs have a great bit of detail on how to do them! For me it's part of the fun of doing them!
Most customizers will tell you, there is quite a bit of trial and error to make some parts work... and sometime they don't always work out... and don't forget inspiration! I came up with the idea for using a bike tube, like on my Undiscovered Country Uhura
custom, after getting a flat tire on my bicycle!