Updated Feb, 25th 2013
So here's my attempt at project one.
I had a lot of trouble trying to get the textures to apply to the models. Got lucky in a few cases, but for the most part, no such luck. For the guys on the right (white) side, that's not soooo big a deal. For the guys on the left, it's pretty embarrassing. So yeah, my chess imagery not quite so vivid as I would like.
In retrospect, I probably should have scaled everything up to match the size of the yin-yang I pulled out as well, but I'm not sure if I could have gotten the proportions to match.
Anyhow, comments very welcome - especially on dealing with that pesky texture issue.