Star Trek - Vulcan Kal-toh Game : Build, & Finished

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  1. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In Star Trek Voyager, the Vulcan game of Kal-toh appears in a great number of episodes. It is of course owned by Tuvok, and he takes great pleasure in 'torturing' ensign Kim with it :lol

    According to Tuvok, Kal-toh "Is not about striving for balance but about finding the seeds of order even in the midst of profound chaos."

    The object of the game is for each player in turn to position the rods, one at a time, till they become a perfect sphere.

    When Ensign Kim called the game "Vulcan chess", Tuvok said "Kal-toh is to chess as chess is to tic-tac-toe."

    (That was for the non-Trekies BTW :lol)


    This is the game.


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    On with the build ....... with a few twists of my own as usual :lol. So long as it screamed "Kal-toh !" when done, I'd be happy :)



    Drew a hexagon on a board of wood.

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    Cut out the sides

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    All cut.

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    Stuck the sides onto the base, and cut out another smaller hexagon for the top 'tray'

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    All stuck together.

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    A packet of air-drying clay, shaping tools, water, sponge and a rolling-pin.

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    Now the Mrs. is going to kill me if she sees this pic :lol

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    Covered the top and sides with clay 'sheets'.

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    Added and blended in little pieces of clay for the uneven mounds look.

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    All covered.

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    Made grooves for the 'tier' definition.

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    Grooves evened out and smooth. Shaped and stuck individual bits of clay to the sides.

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    And here it is ready and painted :)



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    That's it. Hope you enjoyed :)




































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    What's a good game of Kal-toh without the playing rods ? :lol


    So enter lots of cut up pieces of wood.


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    Sanded, primed and painted.

    Voila - an unfinished game of Kal-toh.



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  2. Nobby

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    Re: Star Trek - Vulcan Kal-toh : Build & Finished

    nice work there Alan :thumbsup
     
  3. Imahomer

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    Geesh buddy.... You are too too much. In a word "WOW".

    Mike
     
  4. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Star Trek - Vulcan Kal-toh : Build & Finished

    Thank you for the kind words Mark & Mike, truly appreciated :)

    It was fun to build :thumbsup
     
  5. rkpetersen

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    Awesome work Alan!
     
  6. idahorandom

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    Love It!:love
    What a great idea and build...

    I love the episode that this was featured in too.
     
  7. strengthof10men

    strengthof10men Active Member

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    I don't know how to say 'brilliant' in Vulcan so from now on i'm just going to hold up a picture of your prop. :)
     
  8. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you kind sirs :) :thumbsup
     
  9. PotionMistress

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    Oh WOW.....this is a FANTASTIC idea! Well done! Well done!!
     
  10. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just caught this in your other thread, beautifully done. :thumbsup

    I hear the Vulcan ambassador is looking for your contact info!
     
  11. kalarcana

    kalarcana Well-Known Member

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    Great looking prop.


    Rick
     
  12. Shatterpoint25

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    Awesome works! I like it. Voyager is the best
     
  13. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks fellows, much appreciated :)
     
  14. drknotter

    drknotter Active Member

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    I recently finished watching the series. I thought several times while watching how cool it'd be to have and make a replica. You definitely did it justice, great job!
     
  15. vitacura

    vitacura Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is a great looking piece from my all time favorite show! Fantastic job!

    Ps. I also like the I Dream of Jeannie bottle and statue. ;)
     
  16. Drac

    Drac Sr Member

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    Nice work (y)D what paint colours did you use and what type of paint? cheers :)
     
  17. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks folks :)

    Acrylic based eggshell.

    Not bought colours though.

    IIRC, I got a close-enough can of pink, split it in two parts, & then added black & white to lighten & darken that colour till the two I applied looked right.
     
  18. Philly

    Philly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I wonder if Kal-toh translates to 'Hardcore Jenga' :D
     
  19. Drac

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    Excellent, that was the route I was going to take, probably easier than tying to match shop bought colours, thanks muchly (y)D
     
  20. TomGLFan

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    Gorgeous work. And I got a big smile from Jeannie's bottle in the background, too.
     

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