Kubb sets 2008


Hand Painted Kubb Set

by Lady Ydeneya de Baillencourt


Kubb is a lawn game that appears to have originated in the Viking era, although there are arguments against this. It is sometimes referred to as “viking chess” as some games include a lot of strategy and can last for hours.


The object of the game is to knock over pieces by throwing sticks at them. There are 10 kubbs, one king and six throwing sticks used in a game of kubb. The corners of the pitch are marked with stakes. The arrangement of pieces and the rules of the game are attached.


I was given two off cut pieces of a decorative bedpost by Lady Rosalind and thought they would make a very nice Kings for a kubb sets if painted up, even though they were somewhat taller than the pieces normally used in a kubb set I decided not to cut them down as it would ruin the nice proportions of the pieces.

I decided to base the design of the kings upon the king from a deck of cards. I also cut up a piece of 3″ square pine to create the 10 kubbs, and a 1″ square piece of jarrah to make the throwing pieces.

Five of the kubbs were painted purple and five green, and a simple design was cut from heavy card and stencilled on them, faces were painted free hand to give varying expressions. The King was painted completely freehand. I decided to leave the throwing sticks ( or batons) unpainted at this stage. I have only entered one of the two sets I painted.


I enjoyed painting up the set and am happy with how it turned out. This set has been used many times already and the only problem encountered is setting up on slightly uneven ground it is difficult to get the pieces to stand up, however I thinking this would be a problem with most sets.



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