As recommended above are examples of 3D board games which will help me push my animation into a ore 3D space.
Below are images I've sketched out of the knight and his horse for my character. Out of the horse designs (influenced by the images on the influence map at the bottom) I think for the horse I lean towards either 1,3 or 5. I did have a little trouble with these for it was hard to draw them 'out of proportion'.
Jackie also sent me an email recommending the documentary below. It has a wonderful map scene towards the end.