The Scottish Wars for independence Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 03-15-2010 03:26 PM 9721 views 30 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an idea for a set that came to me in the middle of the (k)night. Woke up ran into the shop and completely sketched out the entire idea, and then went back to sleep.

Measures about 36” square at the base and about 17” from the bottom of the castle wall to the top of the rooks’ spires. Pieces measure about 2” square at the base. Made from Walnut, Maple, and some Basswood.

The Kings and Queens are King John of Scotland and his wife…King Edward I and his wife. There are two sets of flags, whoever wins the game gets to raise their country’s flag over the castle, the same as back in that day, often times the same castle would be won and lost over and over during the course of the 30 year War. The knights have a carved knight’s helmet on the top and show their respective country’s coat of Arms. All of the pieces sit in these “sleds” (for lack of a better word). When the sleds (pieces) are all together at the start of the game they form their own castle wall.


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#1 posted 03-15-2010 03:42 PM

Amazing!!! nicely done


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#2 posted 03-15-2010 03:42 PM

Wow, that is SOME chess set!

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 03:46 PM

Absolutely fantastic!

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 04:06 PM

This is too cool, good thing you documented your ideas. I come up with project ideas in the middle of the night just to lose them in the morning.
Well done on your chess set.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 04:13 PM

I carry a note pad with me wherever I go!!!! Great idea and work. Well done.

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 04:28 PM

This definitely has the WOW affect. Nice chest set!

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 04:31 PM

Very nice.

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 04:35 PM

Awesome job on the chest set. I know it took a while to make that. Superb.

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#9 posted 03-15-2010 04:38 PM

A fascinating concept and wonderful execution… but the pieces seem a bit out of proportion. It would seem to be a bit hard to play given the large size of the pieces and how they obscure the board.

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#10 posted 03-15-2010 04:40 PM

That is incredible. Very very nice job!

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#11 posted 03-15-2010 04:57 PM

amazing work. theyll fight like warrior poets, and win their freedom.

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#12 posted 03-15-2010 04:59 PM

Wonderful idea! Excellent job on making it a reality! What a fun chess set!

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 05:15 PM

UNbelievable. Very nice.

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#14 posted 03-15-2010 05:22 PM

Amazing job! I think this might be my new favorite chess board. Have you had a chance to play on it yet? Do the exterior walls get in the way?

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#15 posted 03-15-2010 05:35 PM

very nicely done.

-- Smitty!!!

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