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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.

Elm
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!
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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.
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evergre7n Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
This is very cool, thank you for posting.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional
thank you

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

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

Someday I need to learn to play the game
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opek-one Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
yea that real nice there
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional
Thank you
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red-gold-sparks Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh this is fantastic! Great work! I'd love to see the set complete. I recently started an alphabet project, of which I have finished 2 pages, so I have 24 to go. So I can understand how you might feel with one of your 37 pieces done!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional
Thank you and cool

Do you have any of them up any where?
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red-gold-sparks Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Not yet... it is my thesis work so I doubt I'll put any up until the project is finished. I do have some images from the sketch book I was keeping in preparation for the project though, here is one: [link]
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional
understood
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weida34 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist
36 eh? i guess you won't get bored anytime soon :D

had to google this.. sounds interesting! you can even play it on internet
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
Thank you and I know ;)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Photographer
Nice piece and interesting to see the old Norske game pieces. Great!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
Thank you :blushes: :blush: :bow:
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Photographer
You're welcome!
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method2madness Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Cool, sounds like a good project to work on while watching the tube! I need something like that to work on every Sunday while I waste my time watching football:P
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
:rofl: yep
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kachicache Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh yes do it do it! I want to make my own set and board myself now!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
cool
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Deorse Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty cool, have fun carving.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
thank you
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Deorse Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Show me what your new board game looks like when you're finished.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
It is going to be a while but yes
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Deorse Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand, I'm still trying to finish up a wooden Greek shield, a replacement wooden Greek spear, a replacement wooden Japanese Katana, and a wooden Double Barrel 4-10 Shotgun. The Biggest step for me is, that I got the shop cleaned up and reorganized yesterday afternoon so, I can use it again.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
:D good luck
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Deorse Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, thanks.
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RooCat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
That's a good project. Should be interesting results! Lots of Bears running around the board...
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
:rofl: thank you
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RooCat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
You're welcome. :meow:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very cool!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
:D :bow:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
-=D
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TYGER1234 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional
Thank you
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notofthisearth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Nice Work.

Peace:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional
Thank you
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:iconnotofthisearth:
notofthisearth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
You are Welcome...I am checking this game out, Thanks.

Peace:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional
enjoy
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