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MO:R2 Sneak Peak
Okay it stuffed up my main photo but owell... This is a preview of My MO:R2 entry. My category is Chess Board.
About this creation
The Main photo shows where the overall Board is at so far. The pieces have all been made but will remain secret until the official posting.

As you can see I have coloured the starting territories of each side and have a large neutral coloured area. My idea is to texture these background colours in battle-field features, like plants and obstacles etc. with a snowy land for the White, and a volcanic burnt land for the Black. Only issue is i'm struggling to make the add-ons without detracting from the Chess-Board feeling.


This is the White explosion marking the White King and Queens starting area.



This is the Black explosion marking the Black King and Queens starting area.


Let me know what you think, should I decorate the background of the battle-field or is it overkill and I should leave it how it is? Please no ideas, i'm just after a poll on whether I should add to it or leave it simple.

Thanks Moccers!
~Thoy



Comments

 I like it 
  September 26, 2011
I think you should keep it simple. :)
 I like it 
  September 26, 2011
If you could pull off the battlefield idea, you totally should. Good luck with this!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Looks cool!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Yeah! Background would be awesome!
 I made it 
  September 25, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera This is going to be a massive chess set, you have been very ambitious. It looks cool but personally i think there shouldn't be gaps between the squares and they should be very contrasting colours. I might change my mind once i see the finished article. Good luck but just remember you've got Chris Roach to contend with :)
Yeah normally I wouldn't be putting gaps in it, but I think the judges might be looking for the twist factor which makes one build stand out from the other. You'll be pleased to know I have added details to it, but in such a way that the battlefield doesn't take your eye off the pieces or the board as a whole. Cheers!
 I made it 
  September 25, 2011
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Wow its massive! Can't wait to see the chess men. I think it would look good if you raise the board up to the edges of each square, so that the squares are sunken in. As for the battlefield details on the board, it all depends on the level of detail of the chess men - if they are basic shapes and simplistic then a highly decorative board could work really well, but if they are elaborate and intricately detailed, then keep the board simple.
The pieces are quite elaborate and detailed, since yesterday I added the touches I needed and set the board up - I think it has just the right amount of detail and still makes the pieces catch your eyes, it definitely looks like a battlefield now, with a few obstacles etc. So yeah, my thoughts echoed yours the most I think. Thanks Leda!
 I made it 
  September 25, 2011
Quoting Gabriel Thomson That's a really clever concept Thoy. :) I like it, but i can see you having problems with the "in-between bits" detracting from the actual board squares and perhaps becoming confusing in play. But if you can pull it off, it'll be stunning! I love the idea of a starting "explosion point" for each side as well. Btw, are you planning to include storage for the pieces when not in play? That seems to be somthing all the cool kids are doing these days. :P Mind you, the board might look better being set up in between games... Anyway, i can't wait to see it finished next weekend. Best of luck! :D ps. just thought of something else - you could make each square raised further (than you have already), or at different hieghts - that might reinforce the idea of a battlefield landscape. Somthing like the ends of the board being raised highest, with the middle of the board being a valley was what came to mind.
Man you just listed every idea I had ever thought of for this that i didn't do. The layered squares would make a cool battlefield but I have decided against this. I have done some simple decorative work which I feel gives it the right amount of oompf. Cheers Mate
 I made it 
  September 25, 2011
Quoting Sebeus I Adding brown in the background would seriously mess it up I think.
Yeah this is the issue I am having, Too much brown would make the board a bit bland. Thanks
  September 25, 2011
Go for it!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
I'd go for fully decorated board.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Go for overkill, but DON'T FORGET ABOUT LETTERS AND NUMBERS.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Wow its massive! Can't wait to see the chess men. I think it would look good if you raise the board up to the edges of each square, so that the squares are sunken in. As for the battlefield details on the board, it all depends on the level of detail of the chess men - if they are basic shapes and simplistic then a highly decorative board could work really well, but if they are elaborate and intricately detailed, then keep the board simple.
  September 25, 2011
That's a really clever concept Thoy. :) I like it, but i can see you having problems with the "in-between bits" detracting from the actual board squares and perhaps becoming confusing in play. But if you can pull it off, it'll be stunning! I love the idea of a starting "explosion point" for each side as well. Btw, are you planning to include storage for the pieces when not in play? That seems to be somthing all the cool kids are doing these days. :P Mind you, the board might look better being set up in between games... Anyway, i can't wait to see it finished next weekend. Best of luck! :D ps. just thought of something else - you could make each square raised further (than you have already), or at different hieghts - that might reinforce the idea of a battlefield landscape. Somthing like the ends of the board being raised highest, with the middle of the board being a valley was what came to mind.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
For a moment I thought I saw a complex system of trapdoors, sliding panels, short, a new dimension in chess :P The board being so big implies the pieces will be very detailed, I can't wait for those. as for the decoration I'm not sure, as long as the playing panels contrast enough with the background it's no problem. Adding brown in the background would seriously mess it up I think.
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
it could do with a little more details, I think. can't wait for an end product!
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
I will be watching for this...
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Interesting concept. I like the idea of varying the board a bit, since Chess can be kind of bland after a few games.
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
This is going to be a massive chess set, you have been very ambitious. It looks cool but personally i think there shouldn't be gaps between the squares and they should be very contrasting colours. I might change my mind once i see the finished article. Good luck but just remember you've got Chris Roach to contend with :)
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Very nice! I'd say give it a little bit more detail, it could do with a tiny bit more between the square thingymajigywhatjamacallitthingies. Only a little bit though, you don't want to overdo it.
  September 24, 2011
Okay,first I'm faving ya.:D But anyways,from the square holes,the outside of the sides maybe need some "filling up".Also,what up with board and the tan,white and black?I think that it should stick to one or two colors,because then,it looks rushed(unless if you ran out of that certain color). The inside of the square:Those holes certainly look a bit big but I can't blame you if it's a Sneak Peak.Shouldn't it have like a box to store the chess pieces?Anyways,I will write more but that's it for now.
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Thoy, this is looking awesome. I think you should add a little. Can't wait to see the pieces!
 
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