A certain chess set is finished

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Art Gallery of Mayor Samwise A certain chess set is finished

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  • #264
    Wendy
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    Some pics:

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_1.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_1.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_2.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_2.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_pawns.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_pawns.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_1.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_1.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_2.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_2.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_pawns.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_pawns.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_hobbits.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_hobbits.jpg[/imgz]

    Shelob is a bit of a conversion from the Mirkwood Spider. She is, of course, the baddie Queen. :D

    #2144
    Wendy
    Participant

    Some pics:

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_1.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_1.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_2.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_2.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_bad_pawns.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_bad_pawns.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_1.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_1.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_2.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_2.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_good_pawns.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_good_pawns.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/8_chess_hobbits.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/8_chess_hobbits.jpg[/imgz]

    Shelob is a bit of a conversion from the Mirkwood Spider. She is, of course, the baddie Queen. :D

    #2145
    Kenakko
    Participant

    You know Wendy, these look really great and I can see that you’ve become an expert painter! Checkmate!

    #2146
    jdbrown55
    Participant

    Excellent Job Wendy! You are a great painter! Now all we need is the chess board! :D

    #2147
    Theobald
    Participant

    they’re simply wonderful figures, Wendy. Excellent job. ….

    #2148
    ddaines
    Participant

    Excellent painting Wendy, the figures are full of character – what a pity you didn’t get some Corsairs entered in the compy :(

    #2152
    Barliman
    Participant

    Great figures. What will you use for a chessboard? There are some nice Viking-style ones around that would probably suit in terms of style, but all the ones I’ve seen have been rather large for use with Mithrils.

    #2153
    Wendy
    Participant

    Thanks guys. :)

    I don’t know about expert – I’ve seen the work of some of the best in the world. I don’t come close to them yet, but I have fun. :D

    It would have been nice to have entered the corsair contest, but it wasn’t meant to be. Hopefully they do have more contests in the future…

    As for the chess board, I don’t have to worry about that yet. You’ll have to ask the Ranger in the corner what he intends to do for a chess board. ;)

    #2259
    twrich
    Participant

    Hi Wendy,

    I have been real busy lately, moving residences, dealing with children’s birthdays and graduations, etc . . .

    So I apologize for not noticing this thread sooner, although I do remember you saying that you were going to post some pix of the chess set.

    And I can tell all of you out there in MMP Faerylands that Wendy IS a master painter of miniatures. These pieces look incredible in real life up close. At first I thought that I’d actually play chess with them with my son. But I haven’t been able to bring myself to do this, as I don’t want the pieces to get banged up. Also, I found out from another post that Mithril is prohibited from making Chess sets by their license from TE.

    This project started some time ago when I was going through my duplicate Mithrils and thought to put a chess set together from them. Then I decided to do this strictly from the Mithril Classics range. This was because I knew I would need to go to ebay to buy several pieces to complete the project.

    Next was my best decision: to ask Wendy (she had painted my Halbarad, which is now my avatar) if she would paint them for me in exchange for certain considerations, which I’ll leave to her to reveal, if she chooses. But I can tell you that I came out much better in the arrangement (just picture that chess set, undoubtedly one of the only Mithril Classics set in the whole world) than the Unassuming Shield Maiden. I have offered additional considerations, but she never took me up on that, so I will have to take matters into my own hands!

    Oh, as for the chess board, it will be custom-made by a friend of mine who is excellent at both stone and wood-craft. The squares will be two and one-half inches alternating between oak and onyx. They will sit upon a wrought iron table, inlaid to make for a flat surface. I will try to find a large glass case, such a might cover a sheet cake, to protect the set from dust. Well, this is the idea for now, but we’ll see if it can be done.

    So Wendy, thank you so much for this marvelous masterpiece, and making the dreams of a certain shadowy figure in a dark corner of the Pony very happy. Scrumpy for all!!!

    #2265
    Barliman
    Participant

    Quite a project! Good luck with bringing it to fruition. But will a game of chess ever be played on it, we wonders, yes we wonders? I’d never be able to summon the courage to handle the ‘pieces’ for fear of wearing off the paint!

    #2267
    Wendy
    Participant

    Hey Tom,

    I hope the move went smoothly. :)

    Glad you like the little guys. I wouldn’t worry much about wear on the paint – I put two layers of paint on varnish on them, so they should stand up to being played with pretty well. As for the considerations, they were fine with me. I got some good practice in. :D

    Hubby taught me how to play chess on the way to the show at the first B&B. Let’s just say he won… 😆 (Tom knows this already, but I took the set to a pretty big painting competition and show out east, just to try to get Mithril’s name out there.)

    #2838
    Axe99
    Participant

    Ye gads! That chess set is something else – you’ve got yourself a real collector’s item there, Tom, and you’ve done a brilliant job Wendy :) And no, I don’t think I could ever bring myself to use it either!

    #9331
    Milo
    Participant

    Ohh….Wendy, you made one dream come true !
    I have been talking about mithril chess set to mates for ages. As I could not manage to buy 32 mithrils miniatures without using any in a diorama, I never went through this idea.
    I like everything in your miniatures choice and such great painting.

    #9341
    Wendy
    Participant

    Thanks Milo! :)

    #9752
    Milo
    Participant

    Hi Wendy,
    I recall a post I sent in the taproom here as it is the place where it should be.

    Concenring chess game, I do possess a complete set from eaglemoss. Miniatures are not well painted (by chinese artist workers I guess).
    Still, the chess board is tremendous and would perfectly fit to your minis.
    I suggest you take a look: http://www.lotr-chess.co.uk/shopping/shop.asp#board

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