Wood & Sphere FINALLY match! FEEDBACK NEEDED
We finally have a good color match from the factories of the brown and gold body with the brown and gold globe (See the first image)! One thing that I have noticed is that the pine of the initial run of the wood body is very soft and easily dented so we are getting samples made with several hardwoods to prevent them from getting easily dented or damaged.
The wood stained chess pieces look great but the gold paint wood pieces do not look smooth or metallic to match the gold on the grid. We are going to go ahead and make samples of solid resin and high grade poly urethane and ABS chess pieces so that the gold pieces can be anodized to match the same shiny gold as the grids on the globe.
I need your feedback about what to do with the brown chess pieces. Since the gold pieces will be made from the anodized resin would you prefer that the brown pieces be made of the same resin material and then color match the brown squares exactly, or would you prefer the brown pieces be made out of wood stained the color of the body?
Painted gold wooden pieces are not giving us the metallic shine we need. We will change the gold pieces from wood to resin for solid plastic that can be anodized metallic gold.
Also, after rigorous testing we have found a weak point where the axis joins the main body. We will be changing the pin from wood to metal and also add a metal support plate under the wood connector piece to give it more strength at that pivot point. See below