Chinatown for A Fistful of Kung Fu
So, our next game system of choice is to be A Fistful of Kung Fu by Andrea Sfiligoi. This of course needs some specific scenery, so I decided it was high time I got started!
Now, if you are looking for some ready made scenery, I reckon you'd be hard pressed to equal the wonderful kits produced by the Knights of Dice. You can see what I'm talking about here: Knights of Dice Their Chinatown range is, in my humble opinion second to none. I love the attention to detail, the hidden joins that allow you access to each floor of the buildings. They are simply stunning. And they even have a UK stockist! You can visit them here: Shiny Games So if you've got the money, go and buy some. Now. You'll be very glad you did. Go on! Don't miss out on this fantastic scenery! Bye!
Right, now that the rich people are gone, I'll fess up. I can't afford a single one of their kits. And quite naturally, that can be a bit frustrating to say the least. This of course leaves me with a choice: sit down and mumph about it, or get up and do something. I've decided to go with the latter. That's right. You guessed it. I've decided to scratch build my own. I must be mad!
I'm going to be using all the usual materials. The 'shell' of each building will be made from foamcore. Surprisingly I still have some left from a local store that used large sheets of the stuff for POS advertising. I'm going to use card for detailing the buildings. As always this will be from cereal packets. I'll be using perspex for the glass windows. You know, the stuff from toy packaging. Yes, the children get the toys, and I get to play with the boxes they come in!
Thankfully I also have a couple of tubes of Uhu glue to stick this all together. I'm blessed with a local Poundland store that sells the large tubes of the stuff for...well..a pound...!
I decided I really liked the Knights of Dice Golden dragon Inn, so decided to have a go at making one for myself. Yes, I know it's the most expensive kit in their Chinatown range. And yes, the level of detail is frankly insane for me to copy. So insane that I've shied away from it these last few days for fear of realising it's beyond my ability. However, I have decided to persevere, and so I present the story so far...
Anyhoo, with the parts cut out, I set to work figuring out how to join the sections together that make the recessed entrance to the building. This is what they looked like when I had finished.
This of course resulted in a dry fit, just to check that everything worked. Which it did, thankfully!
Of course, you may have noticed that unlike the Golden Dragon Inn, I've kept the stairs inside the building. This is because the building is going to go on boards with moveable pavement sections that will snake around the buildings rather than be islands the buildings will sit upon.
Filled with the joy of managing to do this, I set about working out, marking and cutting out the rest of the joints. I'm sure you can easily find the side that's 5mm too short. Hint: it's the one with the great big white line down it.
Of course, now it was time to do the big dry fit. This is always a worrying time, for fear of having made a mistake. Thankfully everything went together as planned. Here's the proof!
Of course, all this figuring out is done for you when you purchase an MDF kit. But that takes away some of the fun to my mind!
Right, all that remains is for me to take it all apart for just now. I'll need to work on the card for that recessed entrance before I can go any further. And that will have to wait until the next time, I'm afraid...