Sea Chess

Discussion in 'My Work In Progress' started by WillLaPuerta, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    I've always wanted to have a try making a chess set, but I never could settle on a theme. Finally decided to give undersea creatures a try.

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    I made them big enough and thick enough to print in color, whenever it is that I get around to making color maps, but right now my biggest concern is stability. I hope the bases are heavy enough to keep the taller ones from toppling over.
     
  2. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Those are awesome! Really original.

    Is that a crab and a fish swimming through some reeds for the king and the queen?
     
  3. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    Yeah, the king's a crab and the queen's an angelfish. Those are supposed to be sponges, since when I looked up queen angelfish that's what I saw in a lot of the pictures.

    Those are just the rough models. I'm going to smooth them out and try to add some more details later.

    I've also used dynamics to for a rough idea on how stable they are. Dropped them from a height with a bit of a tilt to them and none of them tipped over. Sure, that's not exactly accurate, but it's the best I can do until they've been printed.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011
  4. Kaetemi
    Kaetemi New Member
    Looks nice =)
     
  5. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    Thanks

    I finally got them colored.

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  6. DavidAlan
    DavidAlan New Member
    Wow! That's Beautiful!
     
  7. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Stunning!
     
  8. virtox
    virtox Active Member Moderator
    :eek: :eek:

    Wonderful!
     
  9. GlenG
    GlenG New Member
    Sponge Bob & Patrick would go bonkers! Great job.
     
  10. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    Thanks, everyone. I wanted to make the matching chess board available as well, but it's just too wide to print in color. So I thought, what if I break it down into smaller, individual squares that interlock?

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    Also make a base and sides printed in WSF that can hold the squares in place when assembled.

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    I also thought that if I offered the tiles with just half the total number required then people could order half in a light material and half in a dark material and put them together to make their own custom boards, but I don't know how well different materials work and play together.

    I understand things don't always come out the same size they were designed to be. At this point, I don't even know if my original idea of combining WSF with full color sandstone would work.
     
  11. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    Nobody out there with experience getting different materials to work and play together?

    OK, anyway, after a week or two of errors every time I tried to upload the file for the chess pieces it spontaneously worked just fine.

    http://www.shapeways.com/model/224875/sea_chess_pieces.html? gid=ug40586

    Now I just need a spare 500 bucks to see how these babies look in real life . . .
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  12. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    I had modeled a multi-material thing a while ago for somebuddy, they told me it worked great but never sent me pictures :'(
     
  13. Ray716
    Ray716 New Member
    Well.. you could do it one part at a time... Like just the King or Rook for now, and add each piece as you go along...

    Nawww.. what am i talking about.. you could just stand on a street corner with a sign that reads "Need money for Chess Set!" :D

    Ray
     
  14. WillLaPuerta
    WillLaPuerta Well-Known Member
    Oh? Which materials were they? How were they supposed to work together?

    Heh heh. I'll definitely consider it.