With Frost being a legit ice powered villain I might have an excuse for having my Nameless Nazi actually on an ice throne like in the picture, maybe paint up some Eskimo followers for him too and have the Nazi component of my Axis villain force be ice/cold themed.
The Japanese will be mainly sea themed If I get my Whale man off the ground, the problem comes with the Italians, I really thought I'd be able to find a Fire Villain from the period, how naïve was I?
The best Italian made villain I've come up with so far is this guy, and he's really a magician from the old west!http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/m/mefisto.htm
I Guess it's probably the popularity of the western at the time that is responsible for the lack of good WW2 era Supervillains.
At least he's dressed in red and devil themed, implying fire at least.
I'm sorely tempted to try and find a Dr. Nikola Fig to represent Italy even if he really is a villain from an earlier time and created by an Australian not an Italian, and politically more to the left than far right...by no means a perfect fit, but I have long had making warbands for Guy Boothby's stories as a long term goal, probably for IHMN, so he wouldn't go to waste and would at least make a passable placeholder until I find someone more suitable.
Ogon Bat seems to be able to control the wind with a flap of his cape, so assuming his evil double has the same ability He'll make an excellent overall leader, with a sort of divine wind/air theme to round out my villain band. I'll have to think about a Japanese sub-leader, maybe the four eyed villain out of the Ogon bat pics? Or captain Nippon: http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_Nippon
He has a great wartime propaganda look (strangely looking more like many wartime depictions of the Hun in my favoured pic than the Japanese IMHO), but is pretty brutish and thick looking, even for a sub-leader. If I use him as a leader and not for dumb muscle I suppose I'll have to use the green suit.
Ogon Bat is summoned by a little girl and I very much doubt his evil counterpart is, but I suppose I should look for a model to represent a little Japanese girl just in case, I can always use her later to go with a version of the real Ogon Bat if as I suspect the villain has no need of a kid to summon him.
I found a Thumpback skylander fig and to be honest I like him, he has a good active pose, and is probably just big enough to do the job if I don't go overboard, but he doesn't seem to offer the scope for irony and pathos that I was hoping to bring to the figure. his eyes are set too high compared to the position of the mouth losing the potentially sorrowful look I wanted, indeed he looks like he is enthusiastically engaging in battle with a will, he'd make a great strait up conversion of the Japanese whale meat mascot or a vengeful free willed version going for some payback, but what he doesn't do is scream innocent creature cruelly forced to fight against his will, which was pretty much my whole concept of the character.
I might hold him in reserve for a later version that has joined the fight against japan for some payback and continue looking into the converted giant option, as the few whale men I've found have dull poses.