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Themed Chess Pieces and Figurine Custom Chess Sets
While we have all of our figurine chess sets organized by theme, we realize that material is important as well. This is a collection of our figurine custom chess sets made from metal, regardless of theme and includes everything from American themes to the crusades and ancient Egypt.
American themes are very popular in thematic chessmen. From the U.S. Revolution or Civil War to World War II, there have always been a large variety. These don’t just focus on American wars or conflicts in chess pieces, but also other classic Americana themes, from the Wild West to Jazz Singers and Firemen and Police Officer Theme Sets.
Medieval themes are perhaps the most popular style of figurine chessmen. This is because the chessmen often represent the same design as their namesake - a king is a king, and a knight is a knight. From the famous Isle of Lewis Chessmen to the Crusades, medieval themes are a great choice for those looking for a themed chess set and board that is still easily recognizable.
Another classic style of chessmen, Ancient themes include many popular figurine styles such as Egyptian, Greek, and Roman versus Egyptian chess sets. There are others depicting Greco-Roman gods and goddesses of classical mythology. Like our medieval custom chess sets, there is often a close relationship between the traditional chess pieces and what they represent.
There are many European chess themes available beyond Napoleon and Wellington (although they are the most famous!). These novelty chess sets depict everything from important land battles of Europe and Britain to the struggle between pirates and the British navy. With a complex and rich history there are chessmen based on several different monarchs.
From warriors and wizards, dragons and demons, and Norse legends to the Gods of Olympus, one of the most popular types of thematic chess pieces are those depicting fantasy or mythology. Be it a whimsical horoscope, a battle of good versus evil, or an elaborate creation with a unique or themed custom chess set, we have a huge assortment of exciting chess themes in our fantasy chess category.
Certainly more for presentation than play, there are a number of extremely unique thematic animal custom chess sets, from cats, dogs, endangered animals, even dinosaurs! There are novelty chess pieces available for the animal lover or young paleontologist and are true conversation starters. These are fantastic collectible chess sets!
From the Mongol hordes and Chinese Terracotta Warriors to honorable Samurai and Chinese emperors, there are Asian theme sets depicting the artistic style and history of the far east. Ranging from artistic sets to armies of the Orient, we have a large number of Asian theme chess pieces available for any enthusiast.
There are several classic literary themes that translate well to the chess board. With these custom chess sets, you can fight off orcs with the heroes of Tolkein's Middle-Earth, solve a mystery with Sherlock Holmes, or follow Alice down the rabbit hole - all on the chess board. See our selection of thematic literature chess designs here.
Sports and entertainment themes are popular in chess. After all, two sides in competition is what chess is all about. We have a large selection of sports theme chess sets, including a wide variety of sports, such as golf chess pieces and more. We also have a variety of entertainment theme chess designs that frequently change from year to year. These fantastic sets even include the Super Mario Bros. in Chess form! See all of our sports and entertainment custom chess sets and boards here.
From Jazz players to cops and robbers, native tribes, and even aliens, be it for the avid sailor who is looking for a nautical theme, or that person who likes something a bit exotic or different, there are many custom chess pieces that simply can't be classified in any of our other categories. Browse the rest of our novelty chess sets here, and be amazed by the sheer number of ideas that have been converted into chess form!