54mm Battle of Clontarf Chess Set Antique Finish

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A 54mm scale Metal Chess Set themed on the Battle of Clontarf, including wooden Chess Case with drawers.

Brian Boru army versus The Dublin Vikings
In the year 1000, Brian Boru became high-king of Ireland and remained thus for over ten years, presiding over an uneasy peace and occasional raids and revolts for the subject provinces. As he grew older however, his grip on the subject people weakened and by 1013 the Lords of Leinster and their allies, the Dublin Vikings, broke away from Brian’s rule.

After an abortive siege of Dublin, the rebel stronghold, Brian returned the next year (1014) to try his strength against his enemies. Brian’s main strength lay in his own close followers, the Dal Cais and the men of Munster. He also had warriors from Connacht and Meath though these were of dubious loyalty and some recently Christianised Manx Vikings. His enemies comprised The Dublin Vikings under their King Sigtrigg Silkybeard, Scandinavian elements from England and other parts of Europe, together with the Leinstermen who formed the bulk of the army. The opposing armies faced each other north of Dublin in the area of Clontarf. Boru and his son lost their lives in the Battle.

Antique Finish means that the chess pieces are polished first then undercoated in a black paint and that is skillfully rubbed off the highlights and left in the creases and depths so each chess piece is brought into strong contrast. This is an excellant alternative to fully painted versions of the chess sets.

The wooden chess case has a built-in board and two drawers with foam protection for all the chess pieces to be safely stored away when being carried.

Scale is 54mm.

The height of each piece is:
Viking King = 67mm
Viking Queen = 63mm
Viking Bishop = 62mm
Viking Knight = 58mm
Viking Castle = 53mm
Viking Pawn = 55mm

Brian Boru King = 64mm
Queen = 62mm
Bishop = 62mm
Knight = 58mm
Castle = 57mm
Pawn = 54mm

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