The Macgregor's versus the Campbell's Chess Set by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 05-14-2017 10:08 PM 4377 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set is massive! Measuring just under 30” square and 20” tall. It features the feuding clans the Macgregor’s and the Campbell’s. For the board squares I used the tartan of each clan for the dark squares. On the front door of the castle is a relief carving of the Lion’s head found on the Macgregor coat of arms its about 10” by 5” wide. The last pic shows the kings and queens. Rob Roy and Mary Macgregor and for the Campbell’s its “The Black Duncan of the Cowl and his wife Elizabeth Sinclair…the kings are about 11” tall. The knights feature each clan’s coat of arms and the knight’s helmet has a plumme of threads signifying the colors of the respective tartans. The pawns are also holding shielfs with the coat of arms along with their spears, and they stand about 6” tall. Thanks for taking a peek! Jim


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#1 posted 05-14-2017 11:23 PM

Looks like ithere is going to be a Unleash hell happening!

I will have to go research how you carved thes pieces

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 12:25 AM

Beautiful work, Jim!



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#3 posted 05-15-2017 12:58 AM

Looks like a lot of time spent having fun and focusing on details!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 01:24 AM

Jim, do you know the history behind the MacGregor and Campbell feud ?

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 03:12 AM

Wow! That is beautiful.

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 07:58 AM

one can only appreciate the amount of work here… wow !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 05-15-2017 01:46 PM

Wow! What a whimsical chess set. This is so nice and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-15-2017 02:36 PM

thanks, Claude! hope all is well!

Jimbo4, Not entirely, but yes, research is always part of big sets like these. I suppose arguments can be made for both sides. Eliminating the Macgregor name completely and making it a crime to have it seems a bit extreme, but casting Rob Roy as a ‘Robin Hood’ type kind of obscures his background as a ‘highwayman’ earlier in life. Scottish history is fascinating!


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#10 posted 05-15-2017 09:20 PM

Wow! That’s incredible. Very nicely done!

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#11 posted 05-15-2017 09:24 PM

Fantastic set!

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#12 posted 05-15-2017 09:48 PM

Magnificent! I’ve been thinking of doing a chess set, and yours gives me some inspiration.

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#13 posted 05-16-2017 04:29 AM

Absolutely fabulous, Jim! Definitely a ‘chef-d’oeuvre’! As always my hats off to you for the time commitment it must have taken for both the research and skilful execution in design/production. A joy to view while a disappointment that I can’t personally be the one to play/admire the wonderful detail in my hands. I do think this should be in a museum though! Possibly it will be in the future!

Hope all else is going well for you these days, my friend.

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#14 posted 05-16-2017 07:36 AM

Wonderful job on this. I can see allot of Grownup kids having fun playing with it.

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#15 posted 05-16-2017 11:59 AM

Total magnificence! Wow! So very cool. Lots and lots of fine work here.

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