I finally got around to unboxing my new chess pieces! I was waiting to settle down in my new place before getting them all set up, since I don’t have the room to have it set up in my current apartment, but I was really curious how they all looked, so I succumbed to temptation and brought them out. First thing I noticed was how large they are. I thought the pawn was a bishop at first, and the bishop was a king, but after two more pawns, it became clearer what was what.
I really love the details. I’ve always preferred humanoid chess pieces to abstract ones. Thanks a lot, Islam. The bases are pretty interesting, and I feel like the limited color palette gives it an antique feel. I think it’s meant to represent Qing dynasty China, but I can’t be 100% sure. It’s definitely Western inspired, though. No chariot or cannons, like you’d get in Xiangqi. I think it looks gorgeous, though, and I can’t wait to start playing with it!
Edit: Finally moving into a house, so I have enough room for the chess set. I took a photo of all the pieces in their little chess piece beds. I’ll have to take another photo while playing a game first chance I get.