So I just finished my sister’s Christmas present and it's fantastic. It’s the pieces to a “board game” called Hive.
HIVE is a bug-themed tabletop game, designed by John Yianni and published in 2001 by Gen42 Games. The object of Hive is to capture the opponent’s queen bee by completely surrounding it, while avoiding the capture of one’s own queen. Hive is an abstract strategy game.
Each piece was traced in Rhino and cut by laser on white illustration board and something merely labeled “black board.” After the ash was cleaned away, the burn marks were carefully sanded off the white pieces. The black pieces still sport their gold burn marks, which adds character. These layers were then carefully glued in layers.