S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a series of first-person shooter video games based very loosely on the short science fiction novel "Roadside Picnic" and the 1979 film adaptation "Stalker". The games are set in the area surrounding the Chernobyl accident site, called "The Zone", in an alternative reality where a second explosion occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant some time after the first and causes strange changes in the area around it.
Evolution Miniatures recently released two 1/35 scale figures depicting post-apocalyptic Stalkers, scavengers who venture into "The Zone" for different reasons, be it money, scientific information or just to get away from the civilized world.
This review covers the second Stalker figure from Evolution Miniatures labeled as Stalker, Post-Apocalyptic (EM-35121). The review of the first Stalker figure can be found here: link
The kit is packed in a nicely designed hard cardboard box, with the parts safely secured in a zip-lock bag. The front of the box features an image showing the assembled and painted figure, listing Sergey Traviansky as both the figure sculptor and the box art painter. The figure consists of 4 pieces:
- full body,
- left arm,
- right arm,
- hands with weapon.
The pieces are cast in grey resin. As with all Evolution Miniatures kits I reviewed so far, the molding is perfect and the resin features an impressive amount of details very nicely executed in scale. The fit is really good with small protrusions and indentations in corresponding parts enabling optimal alignment of the pieces. I had no problems assembling the figure; I would suggest fixing the arms to the torso first and then, if these have been positioned well, the hands with the weapon should fit nicely into the figure’s arms. With such a great alignment of the pieces, there is no need for any additional putty work.
The figure depicts a Stalker in an alert posture with his weapon ready for any sign of danger. He is dressed in a hooded jacket and jeans, and wears high army boots. Two ammo pouches are secured to his belt, and all the additional equipment is stored in a large crossbody army bag and a backpack. Armed with a double-barreled shotgun, this Stalker means business. The sculptor did an amazing job on this miniature; the anatomy is perfect and the pose looks very natural, the facial features are nicely defined, and all the details on the garb and gear realistically reproduced in scale. Well done, Evolution Miniatures!
Stalker, Post-apocalyptic (EM-35121) from Evolution Miniatures is an amazing figure. It is sculpted by a very talented sculptor and perfectly cast in resin with ton of details all around. The fit of the pieces is superb, making the figure very easy to assemble. Together with its companion figure (EM-35120), it will produce a cool post-apocalyptic vignette. For inspiration, check Sergey’s own work on the two figures featured here on Armorama: link