OK, I CADed and rendered all the chess and chess variant pieces I’ve built so far.
You saw the pawn in my last post. Here it is again, ministered to by the Bishop, who looks somewhat similar, except for his white mitre, which ought to work on both red and black pieces.
Next, the Rook and the Knight. The Rook is one of my favorites.
Here are the King and Queen, with “gold” and “silver” crowns, respectively. The closest you can come in a Lego set is usually yellow and white. Yes, the King is less powerful than the Queen, but he’s more important to the game, so he gets the gold and the Queen gets the silver. Otherwise, the pieces are built identically.
And that’s it for my standard Chess pieces.
The chess variant Capablanca Chess, developed by the Grand Master Jose Raul Capablanca in the 20th century, includes two new pieces: the Archbishop and the Chancellor. Just as the Queen combines the moves of the Bishop and the Rook, the Archbishop combines the moves of the Bishop and the Knight. I built it to look like a meld of those pieces. Similarly, the Chancellor combines the Rook and the Knight, completing the symmetry. My Chancellor is supposed to meld those two pieces visually as well, but I’m told it looks it bit more like the Majestik M00se.
Finally, there’s a piece in the chess variant Ultima called the Chamelon that moves and attacks like the piece it’s attacking. You can play a game of Ultima with an ordinary Chess set, and represent the Chameleon with a Bishop, but the whole point of using Lego is to build unique pieces. I built a multicolored Chameleon out of Lego bricks, but now I wonder how to represent the red and black sides with it, since it’s neither red nor black already. Perhaps it should have a red or black cap on its head, and of course its face gives it directionality, like a Shogi piece.
That’s it for my chess variant pieces so far. Next up I plan to build the rest of the Ultima pieces. I already have Kings and pawns, as well as the Chameleon, but that leaves the Withdrawer, the Long Leaper, the Coordinator, and Ultima’s most powerful piece, the Immobilizer.
Meanwhile, I just got a huge package from Amazon, so I may play with that for a while. A pirate ship would have been a great thing to bring into the freewheeling Lego miniatures wargame I played on the Fourth of July using the Politics By Other Means rules. Did you know a laser is useless against zombies, but a sonic beam will shake apart a skeleton?