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Battle of Clontarf Chess Set

Battle of Clontarf Chess Set

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A 54mm scale Hand Painted 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.

Hand Painted Finish means that the chess theme is carefully researched to be as historically accurate as possible and painted with Vallejo acrylic paints by our experienced Irish artists. Each layer has to be dryed before the next layer can be applied. Many specialist techniques are deployed including 'drybrushing' and 'washes' to create glowing colours that catch the eye and make our painted sets stand out head and shoulders over our competition. All pieces are designed by our internationally famous designer Chris Tubb.

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.





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These are not play toys. They are collectables. Recommended for 14 yrs old and older.

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