My design will be based around a no-frills hourglass motif. In theory the pieces will look like this:
Here are the general dimensions (piece, height, base diameter):King, 4″ (to base of crown), 1 1/2″ Queen, 4″, 1 1/2″ Bishop, 3 1/2″, 1 1/4″ Knight, 3″, 1 1/4″ Castle, 3 1/2″, 1 1/4″ Pawn, 2″, 1″
In many sets, the knights are carved, but I practised on a piece of pine and soon found that it would take a lot of time for me to become anywhere near competent! For now, I’ll opt to make a purely turned knight with an armour helmet-shaped head. They should be easy to identify as the other pieces will resemble the classic shapes we expect.
The castles are, unlike in traditional sets, taller than the knights. I like the sweeping profile of the back row pieces that taller castles create. Also, it embodies the power of the castle relative to the knights – if height is somewhat proportional to power, a traditional small castle would not be appropriate.
I guess making the pieces will be relatively easy, but making sure that like pieces are identical will be the learning experience!