*Upgrade Item*: ‘Obelisk’ wooden hnefatafl game pawns; refine and customize the look of your IGNITED Arts-produced traditional board game with these unique modernized playing pieces!  This listing is intended as an upgrade from the standard 'people peg' pieces included with any IGNITED tafl board order, but they can be purchased as a separate item as well.  These pieces are handcrafted from start to finish, and variations from set to set are to be expected; each piece is painstakingly cut and shaped from quality maple and/or black walnut wood.  An excellent way to augment the look and feel of your hnefatafl game!


This is a MADE TO ORDER item, requiring 1-2 weeks production time, depending upon the total amount of pieces ordered.  The supplied pictures are samples of past creations, and intended as example only.  This listing is for playing pieces only; boards are NOT included.



  • Detailed and handcrafted ‘Obelisk’-themed playing pieces, with a detailed King pawn, for IGNITED Arts-produced tafl games.  Created solely for use with full-size hnefatafl boards, each piece is cut and sanded completely by hand from hard maple and/or black walnut wood.  Each piece stands approximately 1 ½-inches tall and just under an inch wide, with the King ‘obelisk’ being slightly taller than the rest. Additionally, the King ‘obelisk’ will have a design burned onto the surface of its crown, in complement to the overall motif of the board, or at the discretion of the artist.  These playing pieces have a more modern look and feel, yet will still make an excellent accompaniment to most artistic designs and board styles.
  • Each set will come with the required amount for the particular game variant selected, plus one extra for each player (in case of mishap/loss). Refer to this list for piece counts:

7x7 Hnefatafl: 13+

9x9 Hnefatafl: 25+

11x11 Hnefatafl: 37+

13x13 Hnefatafl: 49+

  • Customers may select an ALL NATURAL option, or a STAINED option for the playing pieces.  
    • All natural pieces will rely on wood type for color/hue; the Defenders and King will be produced from maple wood, the Attackers produced from walnut.  Natural pieces will be enhanced with a non-pigmented oil and then lacquered. 
    • Stained playing pieces will be produced completely from maple wood, and the colors will be an unpigmented natural oil for the Defenders and King, and Dark Walnut or Ebony for the Attackers. (This color scheme may be reversed at the customer's request).


Prices are based upon the wood type used and total amount of pieces.


Obelisk Pawns: Upgrade item for hnefatafl games w/ a modern look & feel

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