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02 Nov 2017 4:27 p.m. PST
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jaxenro02 Nov 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

Was thinking of doing a CW chess set using GHQ 10mm for a different look and could use some ideas. So far I have come up with this

Everything mounted on 1" x 1" bases

Pawns: 7 figures per base 3 kneeling firing in front 4 standing firing in back. Set up ready to play it would give me a good firing line

Rooks: 1 cannon with 3 or 4 figures per base

Knights: 4 mounted cavalry figures per base

Bishops: I was thinking of one regimental flag and one national flag one per base with a color guard

Queen: ??

King: mounted officer ??

Instead of the old one chess man per base I was thinking of a massed effect like a real battle

Any thoughts on what to use for the queen? King?

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

The "queen" could be a bit tongue in cheek: a base with mostly ladies grouped together watching the battle.

The "king" could have a command tent with a larger posted national flag, and the commander could be in front of the tent with an orderly or two. If the king and queen bases were a bit larger and thicker than any of the rest that would solidify their roles.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 4:54 p.m. PST
79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 4:58 p.m. PST

King: Maybe add some staff and/or a mounted standard bearer. I imagine someone makes a 10mm table with commanders. Add a tent, or use a command tent with a guard.

Queen: A wagon? Female civilians? A 6mm Mansion? A locomotive?

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 4:58 p.m. PST

Could also vary the scale to 15mm for the king and queen

RudyNelson02 Nov 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

In the past I provided custom designed chess sets upon demand. It was a challenge to find castings of the correct size. 10mm seems small but it depends on the size of the base.
The client wanted wash in silver-blue and gold rather than fully painted.

RudyNelson02 Nov 2017 5:05 p.m. PST

General for king, bishops are flag bearers, rooks were arty crew with ram rod, knights were cavalry, pawns were infantry, the Queen was the hardest. Found civilian females.

jaxenro02 Nov 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

Usually the pawn is one figure I want to use 7 or 8 for each pawn for the massed effect. That's why 10mm. I figure on 75 to 100 figures per side on 16 bases

Also not to sound odd but why does the queen need to be female? It is the most powerful piece on the board

If Jeff David is "king" than Lee would be the "queen". In early chess the "queen" was the visier

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 10:35 p.m. PST

Go with 28mm instead.

jaxenro02 Nov 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

8 28mm figures on a 1" x 1" base?

arthur181503 Nov 2017 6:54 a.m. PST

May I suggest that it would be a mistake to represent the Chess Queen by female figures – originally, in Indian and Chinese versions of the game, the piece was the General, and it would make far more sense for the piece to be portrayed by an active, Wellington-type commander, mounted upon a charger, capable of galloping across the battlefield to visit crisis points.
The Kings could be Lincoln and Davis, or Washington DC and Richmond Virginia. The Queens could be Lee and Grant, or – on a strategic level – the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia.

donlowry03 Nov 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

I agree with Arthur, though I don't think the "queen" commander needs to be mounted.

I had always thought of bishops being artillery but then wasn't sure what to make the rooks, maybe ironclads, or big mortars.

Allen5703 Nov 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

I guess I would go for a strictly military look. Leave the politicians, Lincoln and Davis, out of it.

For the rook I would model the front face of an entrenchment with two or three soldiers firing over it.

Bishops could be dismounted cavalry.

The queen could be artillery. After all, artillery is the queen of battle.

The king could be a mounted general perhaps with staff or not.

jaxenro03 Nov 2017 3:41 p.m. PST

I like that idea for the rook an entrenchment they are also known as castles

donlowry04 Nov 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

they are also known as castles

Yup, castle that go zipping around the battlefield.

jaxenro06 Nov 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

Thinking of using a command tent for the king anyone make a tent in 10mm

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