kael wrote:What's the provenance for Viking-Age decretive scorching?
My advice would be to avoid anything that looks like a chopping board attacked by a dremel, sets with elaborate pyrography, or anything too fancy really (eg, all glass sets, pewter or brass pieces, resin cast replicas almost always have mould lines and aren't to scale, or are based on 200 years too late pieces). Those glass pieces are certainly not everyday items (though they are really pretty and I have a 'mr jelly' king as he's awesome).
A simple wooden board (or one carved into the top of a chest, or chair, or stone), simple wooden pins, clay/stone pieces and MAYBE (only maybe) a nice looking king piece if you want to be representative.
edit... although if it's not for a re-enactment impression, go nuts!
Well my main goal is to have referances to original pieces. I know at that period the glass game pieces would have been on the pricey end of things.
I am not certain if they will be used for displays as of yet, as I am almost at the end of my active time, been in the hobby now for almost 30 years.
But I view those replicas also as very decorative for at home, but with the option, if something really interesting comes along, to use for an event.
Yes I was thinking of a simpler board, but nothing that looks like it was pinched out of the kitchen
Sort of along the lines of nicely carved lines to make the square fields, otherwise let the wood (which should be a nice hard wood) be the decoration.
But even though it might never appear on events would make also a nice decoration for my blog which my wife is bugging me about.
As to the resin castings, well that depends what kind of forms you are using. For the Lewis chessmen I am using latex forms which are one piece
so no visable seems. But then they are a tad later.
Does anyone know how this board dates?
The original is supposeably from the Faroe Islands