I have an extensive collection of 28mm Wild West skirmish figures (about two hundred at last count) and have built quite a few buildings for my frontier town. This project started when I was making customised Event Cards for The Rules with No Name – my preferred rules of choice for Western gaming.
I had already painted some Chinese Tong from the excellent Old Glory set XCW-06 Chinese Tong and figured they really needed some place to emerge from when their card was drawn.
The Chinatown was built from foam core, cardboard, balsa and some basswood. The lanterns were made from beads.
This aerial view shows the entire model. I base my buildings on mdf bases and decided to make this one single terrain piece rather than individually based structures. From the right you will find a restaurant and laundry, a dwelling, a brothel and Mr Wu’s gambling den and butcher shop at lower left.
Facing the main street we have the Red Dragon Restaurant. Best noodle house east of the Rockies.
Also facing Main St is Chow’s Chinese Laundry.
Mr Wu is the local provider of meat. As well as sheep and beef there is plenty of game available from his meat cooler.
Of course, another service he provides is body disposal. No-one wants to become food for Wu’s pigs.
The back door of Wu’s place.
And finally some of the local Tong members, ready to fight at the order from their boss.