I don't use the stand-ups: too difficult to read in dim lighting. We have used some minis from any old system but again I can't always quickly see who is who so I have collected some nice old chess pieces, and turned some pieces of my own. These are larger: about the size of a traditional king in chess set and much less fiddly to move about. They are in clear wood dyed colours for the players and black for chaos cultists etc, I was inspired by the Viking Chess Set found in the Scottish islands in the 1920s or 30s. I much prefer a more symbolic depiction that allows for instant recognition of each player s piece and leaves the rest up to your imagination. I don't play chess but both appreciate the style dictated by wood turning or simple carving, the feel of quality hard wood, the aged patination hinting of ancient battles fought long into the evening, and the look when the two sides engage. For the same reason I have never really liked the artwork used by fantasy rpg games. I would rather see images that look like they were drawn or sculpted by an ancient culture, it just gives a more authentic feel for me. I even prefer the old black and white illustrations in the original DMG to the current garish 'realistic' vogue. I think I am alone on this though! But wouldn't it be cool to represent your warrior with a replica of a 1200 year old swordsman figurine from Gaul!
Edited by Stickyman, 18 July 2014 - 10:33 AM.