Chernobyl Chill

by Frodo7

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This is a military-style stencil font inspired by the original Stencil-Gothic face (by John West c. 1885), Ironmonger (by John Downer, 1991-93), and Pediker (by Kazimir Samoscanec, 2013). The latter one is a revival of a stencil face of unknown origin. Sorry for the dystopian future. I hope it will never happen.


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"History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." In the not too distant future - following the pandemic, and the deepest recession in memory - once again, armed conflict breaks out between the major powers, and quickly escalates into total war: a full-scale nuclear armageddon! The subsequent nuclear winter may last for centuries, making agriculture all but impossible. Until the radiation slowly, gradually drops to safe levels a new dark age keeps the entire northern hemisphere frozen in time. It is Chernobyl Chill.

Comment by Frodo7 29th april 2020
Comment by Frodo7 1st may 2020
Comment by Frodo7 1st may 2020

Welcome back, dear master, and nice to see you here again! Great stencil, solid, balanced and contundent, a great work as usual.

Comment by elmoyenique 1st may 2020

A perfectly executed stencil.

Comment by four 1st may 2020

this is so cool

Comment by JingYo 1st may 2020

I find it interesting that you used that “Л” with that “Д”. Normally they’d both be in the same style. May I suggest a form for: “Л” where it is just like: “A” but without the crossbar?

Otherwise, very nice. I’d see myself using this font in the future.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 2nd may 2020

Great seeing new work from you here, Frodo! Pro quality throughout the character set. Nice samples too!

Comment by geneus1 2nd may 2020

Nice font!

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) 3rd may 2020


Yep, just a random Kiwi who knows Russian for no good reason passing through.

Yeah, it is funny how often “Л” is soft in Russian. My favourite Russian word even has what you’re talking about — “бельэтаж”.

(Fluent in English and from Hungary?) lol

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 4th may 2020
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Chernobyl Chill” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 18th may 2020

@Rob Meek: Thank you very much for the special mention. It means a lot to me.

Comment by Frodo7 19th may 2020

@TH3_C0N-MAN: I think, I solved the problem with the “Л” and “Д”. See the sample. The Cyrillic set now fully supports the Russian, Bulgarian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Rusyn alphabets.

Comment by Frodo7 19th may 2020

Очень хорошо. Could “ў” have the same diacritic as “й”?

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 19th may 2020

@ TH3_C0N-MAN: You have sharp eyes. The letter Ў (Cyrillic Short U) has been corrected. Thanks. I would love to support Serbian and Montenegrin too, but there are a few unique letters in their alphabet I have no idea how to make them properly (Ђ, Ћ, Џ). Anyway, first I'll make a decent Æ glyph to keep the Danish people happy.

Comment by Frodo7 20th may 2020

Hey. Like this revival, I also often added Cyrillic letters to existing fonts, until the good fonts with the ability to clone were over and it became boring for me. TH3_C0N-MAN is right, but I do not really like your Л shape, it is closer to the Bodoni fonts and the pointed pen, on the other hand it is considered the most modern and leaves fewer white holes in the set. I must also note that the absence of an upper serif in the Ф, the size of the ovals can be safely sacrificed.

Interesting name, were you inspired by a recent HBO series? By name I thought that you mean the relaxation that the atmosphere of post-apocalypse brings (personally for me), or walks through Chernobyl (or other abandoned places) that some people love and practice (this is called stalkering (not stalking)).

Comment by Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff) 20th may 2020
Comment by elmoyenique 20th may 2020

Stalker was a great film by Andréi Tarkovski. This fantastic movie marked me when I saw it, years before Chernobyl.

Comment by elmoyenique 20th may 2020

@Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff)

Про «л»: Don’t you think he’s done enough work on that already? I think it’s great.

Про «Ф»: If you were to change it, it could just be two “þ”, one reversed.

Comment by TH3_C0N-MAN 20th may 2020

@ Dmitriy Sychiov (Sychoff): Thank you for your comment. As I said before, I always appreciate expert advice on Cyrillic script matters.

Concerning the «Л»: yes, I know it's not perfect, but it works well in text. For now, it is serviceable. There are a few more letters I'm not happy with: the «У» is too slender; the Ч, Ъ, Ь, Ы are too robust compared to the Б and В; the «З» need more work too. You have to understand it is a long process to find the best shapes and proportions and achieve the perfect harmony and balance between the letters. I started this project well before the 2017 Serif Competition, and could not finish the Latin set by the deadline. The letters just simply were not there; they were not working together.

The «Ф»: the original version was the one you described, but it didn't look good. The serifs take up a lot of height and squeeze the bowls. It looks more like a lower case letter. See my sample. The current solution, that appears occasionally in contemporary designs, looks far better in text. 

I haven't seen the HBO series. Yes, the name Chernobyl Chill refers to the ambience of abandoned places, but in a melancholy way.

@elmoyenique: I didn't see much of Tarkovsky's works. Stalker: no. Solaris: I could endure the first 15-20 minutes. Nothing happened. Andrei Rublev: I saw it twice a long time ago, but didn't understand too much. I think I was too young for that movie. I like old Russian movies, though. It seems the perception of time is quite different in eastern parts. Everything seems to unfold very slowly. In western movies, it's the opposite: things develop very quickly, one could hardly follow all the actions jammed into a few minutes. It's a hasty culture. It doesn't inspire deeper thoughts.

Comment by Frodo7 21st may 2020

Quote by Bernard M. Baruch, financier and philanthropist.

Comment by Frodo7 9th june 2020

that first comment sounds frighteningly plausible, given the state of the world today

Comment by frongile 22nd july 2022

but yea, let's hope this does not happen

Comment by frongile 22nd july 2022

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