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Hnefatafl Gaming Piece WIP by bear48 Hnefatafl Gaming Piece WIP by bear48
Hnefatafl Gaming Piece

Hnefatafl is a board game that dates back to about 400 A. D. In itís many variations the Norse played it in Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Britain, Wales and as far east as the Ukraine. The Saxons had their own variant, derived from a common Germanic Tafl game, which was apparently the only board game known to them prior to the introduction of Chess.

I hope to build myself a nice 13 X 13 squares board and that means I only need to carve 36 more pieces.

3 inches tall X 1 Ĺ inch diameter
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's strange to be wandering around your gallery and recognize the word "Hnefatafl". Not exactly an every day occurrence. So when I clicked on the link and saw it actually was for the game, I was pretty amazed. That and you calling it a gaming piece... Anyhow, one of the things I love that I cannot express too well on dA is my love of games. Unfortunately many of the games I play now are of the electronic variety but it goes beyond the modern video game. My family would have a game night and play various simple board games back when I was growing up. Once I hit high school I started chess and was in the chess club. I met my best friend during then and gaming has been a major portion of our friendship. We hadn't played TOO many heavy hobby stuff, like wargaming, but since we're both strategically oriented we started digging and found a trove of strategy games to play. I will admit, I moved beyond chess not because I mastered it but because I was introduced to Go. And while I consider Go the most balanced game in known human history, it's still fun and productive to think outside the box and find and play other games, like Tafl. It's one of the few asymmetrical board games but it continues to influence the gaming world. Steve Jackson's (of SJ Games) first game design was an asymmetrical war-game called Ogre. The Ogre is a giant cybernetic tank trying to overrun a command post of the defenders, which are puny little humans in tiny little tanks. So it's kind of a reverse Tafl; The smaller force is stronger and it attacking instead of being weaker in numbers and trying to escape like in Tafl. 

Sorry, I could rant about games for a while. It's cool to see other people have not only heard of but create their own pieces, assumably to play, for such an obscure game. The only reason I heard of it was because I found an iPad app. So unfortunately I've only ever played against a computer opponent.

As for your woodworking, I can see your style, which is the tiki / oversized head, even in such a tiny model. It's simple, a face, shield and sword, but you can tell it's of Viking decent because of the helmet. Now that's it's been a couple of years, were you able to finish your set and board? If so, you could upload a shot of it!
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional
Joanne get sicker and I have never done more than that one piece. Be side I barely  know how to play the game and have lost the only person I could play with.

She did leave me her board when she passed away.
evergre7n Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
This is very cool, thank you for posting.
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional
thank you

Some day I need to do the rest of the set ;)
Xs9nake Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Excellent ! (and it's a great game eneryone)
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional
Thank you

I love it but I must get around to finishing my poard ;)
mysticangel74 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
i like the rough texture of this one
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional
thank you

Someday I need to learn to play the game
opek-one Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
yea that real nice there
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional
Thank you
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