You can add more poses to their ranks by using 1:76 scale figures from the Airfix WW2 Japanese Infantry set.
Spare Airfix Italian Infantry figures were used to donate some heads, and some others were given field-caps / bustinas made from epoxy.
In the picture above the converted figures were getting a dry-run test using some blu-tac (actually yellow in this case).
Finally after finishing the conversions the figures were all painted and based.
The group also needed some heavy weapon support, so a crude and oversized “representation” of a Breda M37 was made using a Waterloo 1815 Japanese figure with an HMG.
At this point I had no more helmeted Italian heads left, so this Italian sports a head off an old Airfix Russian. I’m pretty sure that veteran plastic enthusiasts will all recognize which set the loader came from too….
The whole new family.