If you haven't played Fallout 3, and aren't familiar with the world, you might want to skip right to the pictures. There are spoilers below.
Ever since I played Fallout 3 at a neighbor's house nearly two years ago, I've loved the game atmosphere. Everything about the game was so believable - from the massive scale of the world to the peeling stock on the Hunting Rifle, the Bethesda team really did well with this game. It's stunning, very well made, and you never really forget about it.
The best part of it is, it's set in our own world - mostly. The Fallout universe split, or in game language, "diverged" from ours sometime between the end of World War II and Alan Shepard's space shot. The United States became an empire at war with China, and wars over resources rock the planet. Modern computers don't exist, as the transistor was invented in the Fallout world some 120 years after it came about in the real world. Then, in 2077, the whole world went to war in a two-hour cataclysm which decimated life on the planet. Technological progress was set back four thousand years in an instant, and instead of laser projectile weapons, mankind fought with nailboards and tripwires. As Albert Einstein once said, "The fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones."
The whole atmosphere of the game was so intoxicating that I couldn't take my mind off of it. So many iconic moments in the game, so many astonishing sights, so many powerful weapons, so many unforgettable enemies. Fallout 3 is hands down one of the best games I've ever played (right up there with KotOR and Morrowind GOTY), and I wanted to feel like I was a part of the world. I made some simple props right off the bat, then expanded my collection more and more as I learned some tricks. I'm happy to say that I believe my Fallout 3 collection is one of the most complete that I've ever seen, and I am very proud of it. There is at least one item that I've never seen any other collection have, and another item that's unique in all the world.
So, on to the pictures.
These two props are very easy to do, and instantly recognizable. A simple Coca-Cola bottle donates a real feel to both of these, and with some labels, an LED, and a wooden base, they're complete.
These are some wonderful items made by a seller on Ebay. They're just stickers, but the caps and Mentats box are amazingly well made and very inexpensive. If you love Fallout, these are a must have, because they instantly transport you into the game world.
These, along with the lunchbox and Vault Boy, came with the collector's edition, and they're some fascinating insights into the making of the game itself, and they even fit in with my other props.
This is one prop that I've never seen replicated outside of my own collection. It's a fairly iconic prop that isn't seen much ingame, but this is the Virgo 11 Lunar Lander (Valiant 11)'s flag, which is the equivalent of the flag planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts. It's in a display case in the Museum of Technology, along with the actual Valiant 11 lunar lander, which landed on the moon on July 16, 1969 in the Fallout universe, which happens to be Apollo 11's launch date. The flag is pristine in-game, and is the equivalent of the American flag. It's also featured on one of the loading screens.
Then, of course, we have this guy. These two props are some of my favorites. Both of them came with the Collector's edition.
Here's the pride and joy of my collection, my AER9 Laser Rifle. This will probably end up repainted, but I wanted to see how it looked with some paint on it. The build thread goes into more detail, with more than sixty build photos, so if you're interested in that, it can be found here.
So, let's take another look at the whole collection!
Thanks for looking everyone, and let me know what you think!