Walbaum-like serif with Cyrillic small caps?

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Oleg Krapilsky's picture
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Walbaum-like serif with Cyrillic small caps?
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I was quite dismayed to discover that Storm Type's otherwise excellent Walbaum lacks Cyrillic small caps (even though it has Latin small caps) — any suggestions for a good replacement?

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Scotch Modern is a didone, but other than that, not much like Storm's Walbaum, which seems more like an old-style face, with its low contrast, heaviness, and simple terminals.

But the Scotch Modern does have a similar "historically authentic" quality to Storm's Walbaum, both being conceived as micro-detailed facsimiles of the letterpress impression (informed by press gain and other traces of the printing process), rather than as cleaned-up, reductive revivals.

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Cyrillic smallcaps? Is this some sort of joke? ;-)

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There is nothing wrong with Cyrillic small caps, Hrant. However, I do not consider Štorm’s Walbaum Cyrillic ‘otherwise excellent’; I wish František were as respectful of the Russian typographic tradition as he is of German…

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Nothing wrong, I just thought they were already built-in...
Nevermind - just a joke at your (plural) expense! :-)

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What do you find most objectionable in Storm's Walbaum Cyrillic, Maxim?

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What do you find most objectionable in Storm’s Walbaum Cyrillic, Maxim?
The construction of most Cyrillic glyphs, like д, ж, и, й, к, л, ч, э, and others is questionable, bordering on arbitrary. The letter widths. The treatment of some finer details. Shown below is Elizabeth, for comparison. This is what I would use for reference (not for copying!) if I drew a Cyrillic version of Walbaum.

Of course, the wavy terminals in the ц and the щ, the claw-like bottoms of the з and the э, the dangling tongues in the є and the э may feel too fanciful for a body text typeface; they could be offered as stylistic alternates.

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Nick, thank you very much for suggesting Scotch Modern! I think that I would end up buying at least a couple of fonts, if only to complement my collection of beautiful typefaces.

Maxim, I never intended to judge the quality of Walbaum, Cyrillic-typography-wise; this was merely a comment on its glyph coverage. Do you have any suggestions for a similarly extensive typeface with a more native feel?