It's probably for historic reasons. Chess is very old and a metaphor for two armies making war, and people chose to make 'statues' to represent the pieces. Since this has worked well so far, nobody felt the urge to change them to 'tiles', that is, until computer chess came into being. I've never played Shogi on a real board, but I can imagine 2D pieces are ...
I have not tried to do exactly chess set but I have some experience (really basic) with doing things from wood. I will tell what I learned from my experience, and may be someone more experienced can refine it.
Crafting from wood is not really that hard (on amateur level). You need:
material (basically wood and in the beginning almost any wood is acceptable,...
I could not decide is this an answer or comment but finally decided to add it as answer.
Why isn't chess played with flat pieces?
Because it is played with flat pieces as well; Many travel chess sets have flat pieces, but I think for historical reasons, as chess used to be royal game, played by aristocracy and play sets where created mainly for them, as ...
In total you would need 40 pieces and 8 pawns for each color, so 96 units for black and white together.
Edited to bullet format to "look" better.
Here's the same set on ebay. More pictures of yours would be helpful.
Perhaps the seller can help you learn more.
If you Google for "ceramic duncan medieval chess", you'll get a lot of hits.
The shape of the pieces is a standard Staunton chess set. However, the marbled material makes it look rather unusual. I am not up on the rules about color use, but I have my doubts that it would be permitted in tournament use if one of the players objected.
Not exactly "custom" images but it has over 50 piece designs and 6 board sizes. You can make a "remix" version, as Scratch calls it and replace the piece designs with whatever you like, same goes with the board. The project is here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/339815697/
Edit: I've made a new HD Version of this project, it only supports an 8x8 board ...
Flat chess pieces do exist on the market, in the form of "pocket chess" sets in which there isn't room to provide 3D pieces. In this example, notice the lack of extra queens for promoting pawns to:
As others note, the provided photo is not the typical viewing angle for a player. Here is a more typical view, in this case of one of the nicer chess computers:...
The Illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets (Chessmen for Collectors) by Dr Victor Keats
A part from the books webpage:
Country by country each chapter of Chessmen for Collectors
systematically charts the development of chess sets in chronological
order, giving the collector an instant means of identification. The
accompanying mass of illustrations (...
From Tony Rotella on the reddit page I pointed to this one:
They're DGT "Timeless" pieces: http://www.digitalgametechnology.com/index.php/products/eboard-chess-sets
This has been a very standard FIDE design for a long time, though there have been slight modifications over the years to (at the least) the pawns and bishops I believe.
You might also be ...
home - 3.75" king on 2.25" squares. Travel - no opinion. But the USCF used to sell a chess board 'wallet' that would fold up (with the pieces) and go in your pocket. Perhaps they still do.
3.75" King for me. No more, no less.
Any hardwood. I like maple and walnut.
House of Staunton, but you'll pay top dollar. While you are there, check out their Reykjavic ...
Is this what you're after?
Vintage plastic magnetic chess set in carton box.
Made in USSR, Latvia.
Material: Plastic, magnet.
Has vintage condition. One white figurine has a crack, black king missing the top.
Measurement: the box is 250 x 130 mm (9 7/8" x 5 1/8")
One problem is the black king in this set is also missing the ...
Flat boards are used online because both players can see the pieces properly oriented. Now imagine playing online chess with half the screen upside-down.
Also, a flat screen is not the best representation of a 3D object, so that's why most players use 2D boards online. Same for chess books by the way.
Finally, thank you for giving me another reason why ...
There are two reasons that come to mind:
1) There are Pawns, Knights, Bishops, Rooks, Queens, and Kings and a non-flat design makes it easier to tell them apart.
2) There is a touch-move rule where if you touch a piece and it's interpreted as intentionally you must move it: it's easier to move pieces that are smaller at the top than at the base.
I think you can check Lichess.
It has advanced board editor feature (along with study feature also). It uses stockfish 10 for analysing the game, has massive database with millions of games and above all, it is completely FREE.
Go and check that out.
Some of the colors are a bit different, but that could be age or the nature of being hand painted. Also, you don't say how tall it is. That said, it looks very similar to a Crusaders vs. Saracens set, which has 5 inch tall kings. It is made of "polystone", a material made from crushed stone and polyurethane which is supposed to be durable and provide a heavy ...