2. you got theese:
if the name is small_sword_obj, then you can use string_replace_all to switch out all the _ with spaces .. and string_copy with string_length - 4 to remove the _obj part
Cool, I was actually on the same path as this initially, then I abandoned the idea! I made each object 24x24 as well as 48x48, and added "small_" to the name, just as you proposed! Since I already have these images, implementing your suggested solution shouldn't be too difficult.
It makes me feel good I was somewhat close/on the right track!
Thanks again, everyone. If I can ever get my toddler to sleep, I will try to bang this out!