Brian suggested she make a chess set out of clay. I thought the plain wooden peg figures you can find at craft stores might work better and "you can make a World of Warcraft set!" (she had an account and loved playing, just making her character walk around, but in the interest of economy, we've cancelled it for a while)
Have you ever said something and as the words are leaving your mouth you are trying to grab them and stuff them back in? And I was truly stuck now, she was delighted with the idea. Brian tried to suggest Pokemon instead but she pointed that "World of Warcraft would be rare. There is a lot of Pokemon stuff. See my shirt? It's Pokemon. Not World of Warcraft."
So we stopped at the store on the way home, enough wood pieces to make a set was less than ten dollars. Once we were home, she was so excited we had to get started right away.
Corncob holders work great for holding the figure while painting it. We used acrylic paints for a base coat and added details with a permanent market.
The finished set
This is the chessboard from our old set, so it's a little beat up. Unless you're familiar with World of Warcraft, the following won't really make sense, but here it is:
The pieces are Horde vs. Alliance.
- King and Queen are Night Elves and Blood Elves
- Bishops are Draenei and Trolls
- Knights are Night Sabers and Kodos
- Rooks are Humans and Orcs
- Pawns are Murlocs for both Horde and Alliance, just because we like them
In the first game Alliance beat Horde but only because it's difficult keeping the pieces straight. It was time consuming because of all the pieces, but overall pretty easy--you can see we weren't going for much detail and honestly, no one looking at the board is going to say "Holy crap, a World of Warcraft Chess Set, awesome!". But it was still a lot of fun and Ivy is just so proud of it, she can't wait to show it to Miranda.