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.