This chess set constitutes the bulk of the Legos I took with me for my first term at college. It had a brilliant career, losing a total of 0 pieces despite being used for about ten games by various people. My personal record was 4-3 against my roommate, an admirable opponent in any game of strategy.
About this creation
The theme this time around was Lions and Dragons. The Lions used Knights Kingdom 1 torsos - in fact, almost exactly all of my "good guy" torsos from the theme, although I gave the king an older torso instead of my third King Leo part to make him stand out a little bit more from the bishops. The Dragons, on the other hand, used Kingdoms Dragon Knight parts with a few exceptions such as the rooks' KKI armor and the pawns' helmets.
I have to admit that I like the Dragon side better, mostly because of their closer ties to the Lands of Mythron faction of Rainos. Aesthetically, though, I think the other side might have the upper hand.
If you take a look, you'll see that exactly half of the pieces are female and exactly half of the pieces are male. I was feeling disgruntled about how Lego produces so few female figures when I made this set, so historical realism be damned. By the way, I tried to use different heads for every one of these pieces, but, thanks to the aforementioned issue, I think one or two female faces had to be repeated. Argh.
(This is the part where I start to repeat image content and talk about specific details, so feel free to ignore the text and gaze at the pictures)
As you can see, every back-row piece has its own custom, unique pedestal. They do stick to the board in the hands of the unwary, but this wasn't a problem after the first two moves or so. The rooks are, of course, the tallest, elevated above the bishops and knights by an extra layer of "wood" bricks. They take the form of archers or crossbow-wielders, whereas the knights are equipped as cavalry without horses and the bishops look like wizards. The kings have the most detailed places to stand, which consist of extra-large rockwork/stonework formations with shields embedded in the fronts and thrones to top them off. The queens, thanks to their 2x2x2-slope skirts, stand as tall as the kings without the aid of thrones and, appropriate to their in-game roles, carry majestic chrome greatswords as opposed to the kings' shields.
The Dragon side has the same layout as the Lions', but with some aesthetic changes. For one, the wizards/bishops look better, and the Dragon king is wearing plate armor for another. I guess I really don't have that much to say here - lucky you.
This is my favorite picture, showing all of my favorite figures (if not playing pieces: the knights. I think that the Lions look excellent here, particularly the one in the middle. The combination of Fantasy-Era metallic helmets with KKI shining silver used for the Lion side is at its best here, accented by red and black on the sleeves and the Kingdoms printed legs. The gold on the legs and silver on the helmet and sword also tie the female knight's torso colors in very nicely, an effect the all-silver male knight can't match. However, the Dragons aren't to be outdone - although they don't get sparky chrome and gleaming silver, their simpler color scheme - black and dark green - is also balanced very well here. The green adds color and connects the helmet, upper torso, sleeves, flags and shield emblems while the yellow on the shield contrasts nicely against the more somber colors and also ties in with the knights' faces. Speaking of faces, these two might not be classic, but the Viking white-beard's face goes well in a closed helmet and looks ready for battle, while his partner has one of the best female heads in my collection (unlike nearly all of the others, it's not smiling). Finally, the Dragons' darker silver scale printing matches on both torso and upper legs, giving them the look of pre-plate cavalry in long shirts of flexible armor. Forgive me if I was long here, but what is a Lego chess set other than a sophisticated fig-barf, after all?
At last we reach the end - a group photo of all the back-row pieces from both sides. Please enjoy the side-views of the bases, which took me some time to get right and consumed almost all of my grey greebles. Now that I have this set safely photo-documented and uploaded, I can finally put those parts back to use in vignettes and models.
This is the end of the write-up. I posted this set partly to keep its memory alive and partly to share it with you/show that I'm not dead yet, so I'm not after criticisms of my rock-work or anything like that. If you want to leave smileys, likes, comments or brilliant ideas you had about how to make chess sets or funny connections that occored to you, please do so and I will review them with pleasure. Thanks for reading,
I really do like the dragon side. I sorta do agree with the others, though-- it's not that some of the figures are outdated, as having an entire chess set out of older minifigures would be cool, but that mixing old+newish figures created a sort of odd look, at least IMO.