If you’re going to play a medieval game, why not do it in a medieval style? David Gutenkauf, a craftsman who specializes in the creation of chainmail, made this chess set of linked steel. The board is 1 foot wide. Each piece is wrapped around a glass marble. The king pieces are about 2 inches tall. The chainmail gives your pieces a +5 armor bonus, but beware of movement penalties due to encumbrance rules.
-via Nerd Bastards