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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-02-22
 By Bernard  Hempseed. How to Make Some Fairy Chess Pieces. How to alter standard plastic Chess pieces into various Fairy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2016-04-15 UTC
<P>The pieces Zied mentions are shown in several photographs <A HREF="">here</A>, along with House of Staunton affiliate links to the products.</P>

Zied Haddad wrote on 2016-04-15 UTCGood ★★★★
You can use the new pieces developed for musketeer chess.

Take a look at to see the pieces. They are sold exclusively by the House of Staunton my exclusive retailer.


H. G. Muller wrote on 2015-10-13 UTC

I rather like my Cannon cut-and-paste piece.

For the rest I usually just buy them, as unlike what the article say, they are readily available in a wide variety. (E.g. the 'Veteran' piece from Superchess also shown in the picture.)

Cheap 10x10 wooden boards are available for International Draughts, of which I cover any unused part with a blank sheet of paper. Of course you can also make cut & paste boards: Buy two quality rimless wooden boards, and cut them along file boundaries to make a 4-wide left and right half, which you could lay against each other to reconstruct an 8x8 board. The remaining parts (now 3x8 because one file gets lost due to the width of the saw cut) can be used to cut a 2x8 strips from that you can put in between to get a 10x8 board or 12x8 board.

Joseph Peterson wrote on 2015-10-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I did something similar years ago and just this week finished up a better set. Still not perfect, but I like them.

Nuno wrote on 2008-10-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Very, Very Good!

I have also some fairy chess pieces made in 2004 or 2005 which I will try
to send to the chessvariants pages. And also I made four Camels (two for
each coulor) and another courier set but smaller (and a nice board with a
cardboard and a red felt pen. :)

John Ayer wrote on 2005-01-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I agree that this page is excellent, and that it should be easier to find. I found and bought two plastic chess sets and a checkers set made by the same company, in the same colors (beige and a very dark red), to use the same size board, and with a utility knife and a glue gun and a couple of hours made (on each side) a sage, a fool, and two elephants (for Courier Spiel, as I interpret the pieces) and a couple of emperors and a prince (for Emperor Chess, which I have extensively modified [see the page] and now want to play). Pending my learning to post photographs to the Internet, here is what I did: I cut the heads off two bishops, just under the collar. I glued each onto a stack of three checkers, making an emperor (bishop + lame dabbabah-rider). The bottom piece I smoothed off and glued onto a stack of two checkers, making an elephant (ferz + alfil). I simply glued a pawn onto a checker to make a fool (man). I took one king and sliced the cross off the top and the base off the bottom to make a prince (squirrel). I took a knight and glued it to the severed base of the king and glued that to a checker, making a sage (centaur). I was pleased to see that the prince and sage are the same height, as I have given them complementary positions in Emperor Chess, which I have changed so much that maybe I should rename the result. I had intended to saw two files off each of two boards and slap them together to make a 12x8 board, but they turned out to be surprisingly substantial, and I haven't done it yet. I will try to get pictures to post, but meanwhile am looking forward to playing with these pieces.

Nasmichael Farris wrote on 2004-12-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I agree.  I had to go back by section '240-270 days ago' to find the
link--it is worthy of being in the 'Crafts' section along with board
Well done, Bernard.

Anonymous wrote on 2004-07-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
But why isn't it listed in the Crafts section?

Ben Good wrote on 2004-02-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
this is great. i have to admit that when i saw 'how to alter standard plastic pieces' i expected to see butchered pieces that were more functional than attractive, but i was pleasantly surprised. they are very nice and i hope mr. hempseed comes up with more combinations for us. <P> he is correct that fairy chess pieces are hard to find; he may be interested in the omegachess and gothicchess pieces, which will give him more combinations at reasonable cost. <P> i hate to sound like one of those people who always have to turn the conversation to promoting their own game, but this page definitely has application to my own game of 'elevator'. concerning what i wrote there on the subject of making a set, this could be the solution i've been looking for. perhaps mr. hempseed will be inspired to come up with combinations for the prince, camel, and ox. <P>

SBlkWlf wrote on 2004-02-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
U've obviously got too much time on your hands.  U're also, obviously, a
bloody genius.  Simple, practicle, and above all effective.  Nicely done,
Mr. Hempseed.

Now, about that surname... (:-D)

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2004-02-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
A very creative solution. Thanks!

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