S.T.A.L.K.E.R In The Realities

If you’re going to do cosplay, don’t dress up as some manga character with a purple sash – it’s too easy. If you’re going to do it, do it with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

stalker cosplay

Thanks to Isaiah who sent us a link to this Russian site not only of STALKER fans taking the game into the real world at Chernobyl, but also some really fantastic photography. It’s well worth a look.

If you want to get a bit more understanding of what’s going on (but not much), here’s the Google translation of the page. EDIT: And with even better translation from Xander77 in the comments below!


  1. Max says:

    Wow, awesome. Looks about 100% more fun than playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. itself.

  2. SlappyBag says:

    Airsoft + Stalker = Awesome.

  3. AndrewC says:

    There’s a girl in some of those photos.

  4. Gwog says:

    Pretty sweet. And hopefully, if any of them run my comment through Babelfish to see what it meant, it translates to “You need to get a work, Cowboy Russian Man!”

  5. Yhancik says:

    … but I haven’t seen anyone playing guitar (preferably next to a fire and a dead friend).

  6. The Shed says:

    All the photos there are well done (this one was especially good, even my Dad, a proffessional freelance photographer thought it was a great shot), and the costume quality is frickin intense. Apart from the overly jovial zombie dance picture and the dodgy zombie dinner plate costume.

  7. Cargo Cult says:

    Here you go – abandoned guitar from my own, private Zone!

    (And are the STALKER-nuts definitely wandering round Chernobyl? Digging holes and getting grubby seems a bit too risky – but fantastic pictures nevertheless…)

  8. Alex says:

    Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello!

    (sorry… just couldn´t resist the urge)

  9. Albides says:


    Why are Russians so cool? Must be the weather. Pathologic/Tension, STALKER, Vangers, Stalin VS Martians. STALKER cosplay. Anna Kournikova. I would give that country a hug if my arms were but big enough.

  10. gaijin says:

    It being Russia and all, what do you reckon the chances are that them’s real guns? In which case does it still count as cosplay, or does it become a paramilitary exercise?

  11. Lightbulb says:

    gaijin (in case you aren’t just joking): They are Airsoft guns (ie electric BB guns) – you can see quite a lot of common airsoft equipment (mostly masks) if you know what you’re looking at.

    Damn this makes me want to do STALKER AS now… Might have to see if theres one happening anywhere near to me…

    Awesome looking site though!

  12. DigitalSignalX says:

    @Alex, I said come in, don’t stand there!

    I was wondering about the guns too, since this didn’t look like a BB gun. But either way, great shots..

  13. Gurrah says:

    If those pictures were taken near Prypjat, they are not from Russia. The whole Chernobyl accident happened in what is the Ukraine nowadays. Nontheless, the pictures really whet my appetite for Clear Sky again.

  14. Cargo Cult says:

    Albides: you should be thanking Ukrainians for STALKER. ;-)

  15. Albides says:

    It, er, would still be incorporated into my massive soviet hug. Or something.

  16. nihohit says:

    DigitalSignalX: It’s not airsoft. That’s a MAG. But to heck with that – they’ve got a BTR60! A friggin’ APC!

  17. Alex says:

    @DigitalSignalX: Same in the US. You got the dollar, you got the gun. In Russia it´s just for less cash.

  18. Heliocentricity says:

    its an airsoft apc, it fires 60mm ball barrings, totally harmless.

  19. muscrat says:

    That is so damn awesome. Beats the hell out of doing pretend combat in gilly suits out in the bush.

  20. Muzman says:

    Been trying to do a bit of this myself (the moving variety). Bit short on desolation and all weather survival gear down here though.
    The main Stalker site has quite a bit of similarly themed fan photography. It’s a bit of a trawl bit there’s some good ones.

  21. Inglorion says:

    “Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello! Hello? Hello!”

    Anyone else thought that gave Yantar a very surreal feel together with the music and scenery? Was almost like a farout remix or something.

    As for whoever claimed to have seen a girl should probably check their geiger counter (radiation can do things to your mind)

  22. SwiftRanger says:

    Nice stuff.

  23. Xander77 says:

    Strikeball (an airsoft variety – translator note)
    Net result – 4 kg of weight lost, 12 gigabytes of material gained.
    Thank you, Inga. Thing would have been much worse without you.
    Thanks to the Drifters, liberty, and the fighters . You guys are great.
    Eternal memory to the heroic liquidators at the site of the Chenrobyl incident.

    Fighters, alarm! We’re under attack.
    “It started” I thought, bringing the camera out of the holster.

    The world was in danger yet again! (c)
    (crappy yellow newpsaper headline: “the mutants attack!”)
    They advance!
    Capturing territory
    They are a meanace!
    They are fearsome!
    They control your thoughts
    And they can only be stopped
    (picture of a cross)
    The civilians have fled the danger
    This is a zone of enstrangement (might be a technical term I’m not getting), working against Men!
    (the calculator has “pripyat'” written on it)
    But we’re ready to oppose them. Here’s one of the “liberty” squads.
    The group is in favor of liberty in the enstrangement zone
    Liberty for stalkers and adventurers
    Libery from military control and other types of control
    This is one of the many plots in the book and game
    (picture of “Stalker” by Alexey Kalugin. So, apparently the plot inspiration went book-movie-game-book. Huh.)
    The zone is large and weird.
    Weird creatures and constructions
    And something always happens here. Attack!
    Monster attacks!
    Zombies… (seriously, movement gets an exclamation mark, but zombies don’t?)
    Day and night!
    Meanwhile, the fights don’t just deal with monsters – the various groups fight each other. It’s harder to engage in a confolict with the military, as they have excellent weapons. :)
    But they’re not the only ones
    The other inhabitants of the zone are also armed.
    … and equipped (with weapons? Kinda redundant)
    Conflicts are unavoidable
    gun-fire may start at any moment
    It’s better to move in groups
    covering your partners back
    and with your weapon ready.
    Trying not to hit the many anomalies.
    Surprises are possible… attackers may be met like this :)
    and even though this is just a game, it inspires a lot of brutal emotion
    and the atmosphere of enstrangement is present…
    The zone has affected me as well, I left the battlefield for the hospital :(
    At some point you start feeling as though you are the game’s protagonist
    Thanks for the game.
    PS: I’m all for peace, but to undestand how horrible armed conflict is, it’s worth playing.

    (Sorry if this is far too long)

  24. John Walker says:

    Awesome, thanks Xander!

  25. Gap Gen says:

    Nah, that frisbee/dinner-plate zombie is awesome.

  26. The Fanciest Of Pants says:

    That looks like pure win. Want.

    Damn australia for it’s airsoft intolerance, damn it I say.

  27. meatpeople says:

    That was just awesome. Now I don’t feel as bad about wishing the whole Stalker setting was real. (Like Bladerunner. And Syndicate. And Hello Kitty Island Adventure.)

  28. Chris Hepner says:

    That is fantastic.

    You might want to note that some of the ads on the page are a wee bit NSFW, though.

  29. Lightbulb says:

    “I was wondering about the guns too, since this didn’t look like a BB gun.”

    Like this doesn’t?
    link to arniesairsoft.co.uk

    The whole point of AS is it doesn’t look like a BB gun. :)

  30. Lake says:

    @Gap Gen – Not a zombie but a snork

  31. Fazer says:

    The best cosplay I’ve ever seen. Photos look like made by a war journalist! Definitely they deserve an award.

    BTW Cargo Cult, nice photos of the Polish shipyard in Gdansk! ;-) I’ve seen them all ;-)

  32. Lysenko says:


    I suspect (but can’t be sure) that the “zone of estrangement” might be better translated “Zone of Alienation”, the official name for the exclusionary zone set up around Chernobyl.

  33. Xander77 says:

    Makes sense.

  34. Raven1417 says:

    Awesome photos and thanks for the translation Xander however I think it should be “Freedom” instead of “Liberty” :P

  35. Xander77 says:

    I didn’t actually have the game back when I translated this, so…

  36. ToBo says:

    “(the calculator has “pripyat’” written on it)”

    That’s no calculator…
    link to telegraph.co.uk

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