My Minifig Chess Set

ONE of the first things I expected to see on people's LEGO web pages was a minifig chess set. I searched and searched, but could not find one! I was so surprised... I was also somewhat glad, as this meant I could create my own without having first been biased by seeing how someone else did theirs.

I don't even collect castle LEGO sets, so I considered creating a men vs. monsters or pirates vs Imperial Guards sort of set. I could have had Islanders on aligators for knights for example, or wizards on dragons... The posibilities seemed endless. In the end I decided to stay traditional for my first attempt. Not being a castle collector however, this meant I had a lot of shopping to do. I tried to find sets on sale, always keeping an eye out for the specific pieces I needed. I'm not sure how much it cost me total, but it was certainly more than $100.

I started out thinking I would have a board made up of 4x4 flat pieces, black and white. I soon realized that there was no way I would be able to afford all those flat pieces. So I went for a "raised" effect instead. The decision to go blue and red rather than black and white came as I realized how drab the final appearance would be. I wanted the figures to "pop" off the board, and I knew the figures would be predominantly black and white. I made the squares 6x6 so that I'd be able to use horses for the knights. I added a yellow border for color balance and... bingo! It JUST FIT on a large grey baseplate!

One side of figures uses a white and red color scheme, and the other uses mostly black and blue. The white side appears to have a larger budget for outfitting their crew, many of which happen to have red hair. The black side looks a bit scruffier with their black hair, stubble, and unsaddled horses. Bishops were a bit of a problem. I couldn't think of a good way to create a religous figure, so I went for magical wizards and undead skeletons.

Close examination reveals details such as treasure chests in the black castles, a white queen who seems friendly enough but hides a knife behind her back, and pieces who differ for right and left positions.

This overall view of the board and pieces is a clickable imagemap.

chess board with figures

White King Black King
White Queen Black Queen
White Bishop Black Bishop (L) (R)
White Knight (L) (R) Black Knight (L) (R)
White Rook (L) (R) Black Rook (L) (R)
White Pawn Black Pawn