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I recently purchased an Ignite Ninja headsculpt from Pytoys from this board.
I'm always looking for headsculpts I can use for Japanese Infantry. I can't say this is my favorite headsculpt but I think he looks Japanese enough after I wirebrushed his brown beard off painted his hair and eyebrows black and darkened him up a bit with some acrylic washes.


 

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Nicely done! I swapped out the body for my ninja and thought about using the HS for WWII but didn't think it looked "ethnic" enough. After seeing you use it, I may ahve to reconsider! Thanks!!!!
 

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I was not very happy when I first saw the headsculpt, Ignites choice of skin tone, the way the beard was painted and hair color made no sense at all. It looks pretty good around the eyes though. The forehead and chin don't fit my image of how a Japanese headsculpt should look but the helmet covers the forehead and the chinstraps from the helmet help the appearance of the chin area alot. I will definitely keep this guys helmet in place at all times.
I'm really glad I was able to buy this headsculpt loose and this guy will fit right into my Japanese Infantry platoon.
 

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I'm always looking for headsculpts I can use for Japanese Infantry. I can't say this is my favorite headsculpt but I think he looks Japanese enough after I wirebrushed his brown beard off painted his hair and eyebrows black and darkened him up a bit with some acrylic washes.
Your work was top-notch, BUT, and it is a big BUT, he looked Japanese enough anyway, and was designed and released by Japanese people. Japanese people are usually only as dark as Europeans and Japanese hair ranges. Some have slightly red or brunette hair and others have almost pure black (I say almost), so I don't think darkening up or painting his hair darker were that necessary, to make him look Japanese. He was more accurately Japanese than a lot of western and Chinese companies' depictions of Japanese people. He was the same colouring, more or less, than most Alfrex figures that I have (and they have a range of hair colours too like the actors they are based on).

The forehead and chin don't fit my image of how a Japanese headsculpt should look but the helmet covers the forehead and the chinstraps from the helmet help the appearance of the chin area alot. I will definitely keep this guys helmet in place at all times.
That is the thing, I think. It doesn't conform to a westerner's idea of what a Japanese man looks like, but it is a very accurate headsculpt. He isn't too dark, which is the westerner's idea, and his hair wasn't the stereotype ''pure black'' that a lot of non-Japanese figure companies give them.
 

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I like the long, thin face. It reminds me of an old film I saw many years ago, Five Scouts. I think he'll be a fine addition to your platoon.
 

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Perhaps I should have written that I wanted his appearance to fit my preconception of what a Japanese Infantryman who had been marching and fighting hard in a tropical environment would look like.
I know that Japanese people can have very light skin, However, I never see those people doing hard labor out in the sun.
 

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Perhaps I should have written that I wanted his appearance to fit my preconception of what a Japanese Infantryman who had been marching and fighting hard in a tropical environment would look like.
Good call - the HS looks lean, which I think exactly fits someone who'd slogged through a jungle campaign. That's an excellent figure.
 
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