a bit ago, my oldest nephew sent me a message with a picture of a certain type of chess board. he wanted to know if i could make one similar. since 50 cal. brass is rather expensive, we agreed to go with the various sizes of brass for the pieces. the pieces were going to be polished brass, and brass with a verdigris finish, but that didn't work out too good. ran a test on one with gun bluing, and just like steel screw heads, it turned the brass a nice shade of black. so, the new design will be polished brass, and brass blackened, with a clear coat of gloss spray lacquer. picked up the brass yesterday, from the range that i used to belong (total price for brass, $3), and set up the sizes. worked on the design for the top of the chess board, and came up with the design that will be laser engraved. instead of solid black squares, they will be deer heads, with the heads set up to face each player. the entire board will have a somewhat rustic design, not sure how it will look, but i have until next spring to figure that out.