Those dedicated, slightly crazy Russian cosplayers are at it again, this time turning their obsessive attention to detail to the good old-fashioned post-nuclear fun of Fallout 3.
Maybe there's something in the water - radiation, perhaps, or vodka - or maybe it's the legacy of communism. Whatever's going on over there, it's driving Russian videogamers to dizzying new heights of dedication to their games. First it was S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which attracted dozens of people with shockingly well-made costumes and props to a pair of cosplay sessions that put North American efforts to shame. Now they've turned their attention to Fallout 3, the hit post-apocalyptic RPG from Bethesda.
I'm assuming it's not the same group that brought S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to life but the effort and the results are very comparable. The real-life Fallout action focuses on the Brotherhood of Steel, with lots of power armor (not actually powered, sadly, but still some very nice facsimiles), scribes and initiates in light armor. There are also merchants, raiders and at least one ghoul, all running around in an appropriately bleak, blasted-out landscape. There's even a busted-up Lada!
I'm not sure what these people actually do at these things aside from pose for some very cool pictures, but it looks like fun nonetheless. Have a look at the whole thing at englishrussia.com.