Chess knights :: Cavalos de xadrez

Do you remember the chess set in which I have been working on? It’s been a while since I last posted any updates but I am now getting closer to finishing it.

One of the reasons why this is such a lengthy project is that I started with the idea of making Vikings against Scots, but I really didn’t plan how the pieces would be. I have been thinking of them and I ended up with a lot of new ideas for the figures. For instance, I thought of making horses for the knights, but at the last minute I decided to go for something different instead.

Since the Vikings were well known for roaming the seas in their boats, I couldn’t resist using that idea for the knights. I shaped the bow of each boat with an animal like figure, to make them livelier and I have completed each one with shields to add some colour.

For the Scots I had initially had thought of horses, with the idea of the wild horses roaming the Highlands, and after a while I started thinking about the Loch Ness monster. As it turned out, the monster gave way to dragons.

These were some of the most fun pieces to make and they fit nicely with with the remaining figures. Now we only miss the kings and queens!

Lembram-se do jogo de xadrez em que tenho estado a trabalhar? Já passou algum tempo desde a minha última actualização sobre este projecto mas agora estou perto de acabar.

Uma das razões pelas quais este tem sido um projecto tão longo foi ter começado com a ideia de fazer Escoceses contra Vickings, sem pensar em como seriam as peças. Fui pensando nelas à medida que as fui fazendo e acabei por ter muitas ideias para as várias figuras. Por exemplo, pensei fazer cavalos para os cavaleiros e no fim de contas acabei por fazer algo totalmente diferente.

Como os Vikings são conhecidos por explorar os mares nos seus barcos, não resisti a usar essa ideia para os cavaleiros. Esculpi as figuras das proas em forma de animais, para as tornar mais divertidas e terminei cada um com escudos para lhes dar cor.

Para os Escoceses, depois de pensar em cavalos, ocorreu-me o monstro do Lago Ness. Por fim, o monstro deu lugar a dragões.

Estas foram das peças mais divertidas que fiz e encaixam muito bem com o resto das figuras. Agora só faltam os reis e as rainhas!

The mock up for the dragons... they turned out quite different!

The mock up for the dragons… they turned out quite different!

Dragons in progress: they seem to be laughing already!

Dragons in progress: they seem to be laughing already!

Ready for a breath of fire in the oven!

Ready for a breath of fire in the oven!

The mock up for the viking boats.

The mock up for the viking boats.

Sailing on my work space!

Sailing on my work space!

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