Shogi Set Part 2: Flags

This is a continuation on my original 'ible, "Make a Shogi Set in about an hour using recycled materials," only, in this instructable, I will detail how I made the decorative flags that go in the back of the cardboard pieces, just to make the different armies stand out.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:
-Markers (2 will be fine. Sharpie is suggested.)
-tape (I suggest painter's tape, since marker doesn't wipe off of it. Will be used to put the flags on the posts.)
-index cards (used to make the flags)
-20 small paperclips (To make flag posts)

Step 2: Step 1: Flag Posts

straighten out the paperclips, and then break them in half using pliers (Grip one part with pliers and just wiggle the other side till it breaks.

Step 3: Step 2: Cut Out Flags

Cut out the flags to the size you want and cut out the edges (semicircles at back of flag. Picture 2)

Step 4: Step 3: Color in Flag

Color the flag in with the desireed color (in this case black)

Step 5: Step 4: Tape Flag to Post and Color Over Tape

take 2 strips of tape and tape the flag on the post (Picture 1) and then color over the tape (picture 2)

Step 6: Step 5: Bend Bottom of Post and Add to the Game Piece

using your pliers, bend the bottom of the flag post to make a "L" shape. Then, Take a bit of tape and tape the flag into the back of your game piece.

Step 7: Play!

You're done! (Or at least partway..) Hope you enjoyed the instructable and hope it helped!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    As good as this is written and design, I will have to say I am against it, except for the king piece - because not only can you use captured shogi piece as your own, but you can flip it aroudn to "promote" the piece. Therefore, these flag will hinder the game.

    That beign said, if somehow you are playing the ruleset with no reuse of capture piece and no promotion, this is a good instructable.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I actually have the flags only taped on, that way you can remove the flags and flip the pieces over. I also figured you could make a separate set for the captured pieces, to represent a "mercenary" army. I personally use only red and black, leaving captured pieces without flags.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    on the last step, you could also tape the "L" portion to the top of the piece, as long as you can still read the pieces..