hev suit

Recently played all the Half-Life games and really loved them! Although the Striders in-game really spook me out, as characters I really like and feel sorry for them, because I see them as creatures that were enslaved by the Combine before they invaded Earth. So introducing Alyx and the Strider she befriended pre-HL2, meeting Gordon for the first time after kicking some serious Combine butt.

Also yes, in this alternate storyline Alyx has a HEV suit too :D (and a socket wrench!)

It was really fun doing something a bit out of my comfort zone (i.e: not a woman against a patterned bg or whatever, haha)

daedric-kender  asked:

Silence, greys and dark orange. Upfront and simple with explanations, but complex in person. You remind me of deep bass and cellos, it's the vibe I get from your style. Lack of feeling special.

I love shades of orange. There is actually a story behind it - when I was 13 or so I think, Half-Life 2 was released. I watched my dad play it, and soon after  I gathered my scaredy guts and played it myself, and the first game, and the games’ shoot-offs. For me the combination of orange and greys and blacks derives from the iconic HEV suits that Gordon Freeman wore.

I’m also pretty flattered that I remind you of deep bowstring instruments. There’s another video game set that influenced me when I was in my early teens - Max Payne games, and the games’ themes and soundtrack altogether. It’s passionate, filthy, cynical and dark in an earthy, dirty, pungent way. And I very often listen to cello when I paint, or doom jazz music which employs A LOT of nearly subsonic double bass. 

As for being upfront and simple with my explanations, you’re right about that, and about that last bit too.

You got me nailed down to a T, I’m both impressed and a bit scared :D

  • Alyx and Gordon's kid: Dad can you teach me how to use the HEV suit
  • Gordon: what WHAT NO NOnonoNO WHAT PUT THAT IDEA INTO YOUR HEAD OH NO YOU WILL NOT I WILL NOT HAVE THAT UNDER MY ROOF DO YOU HEAR ME??? oh SURE it's all fine and well when your FIGHTING but the second I got out after the combine fell my life was a living HELL they had to REBREAK MY LEGS IN THREE PLACES and NO WE DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO PUT ME OUT AND OH YEAH NO PAINKILLERS BECAUSE I WAS ALREADY ADDICTED TO MORPHINE BECAUSE OF THE HEV AND THAT WAS THE ONLY ONE AVALIBLE TO US, and lets not forget the THREE WEEKS OF WITHDRAWLS and AGONY I WAS SICK FOR THREE MONTHS AFTERWARDS I COULDNT MOVE FOR TWO DAYS the inside of that thing is STILL CAKED WITH MY BLOOD YOUR MOTHER COULDN'T GET IT OUT and even BEFORE THE BLACK MESA INCIDENT I TRAINED FOR FIVE HOURS A DAY on a TRAINING COURSE TO EVEN BE ABLE TO USE IT I waded through NUCLEAR WASTE at 3 IN THE MORNING, WHY DO YOU EVEN WANT TO USE IT its SAFE NOW everythings FINE the combines GONE, you'll wear a helmet and a bulletproof vest when you go shooting to hunt (you BETTER BE WEARING THAT WHEN YOUR HUNTING BY THE WAY) and thats for SAFTEY and thats IT thats ALL THE ARMOR YOU NEED i will NOT have you walking around or even TOUCHING that IRON DEATHTRAP OF A MACHINE, you could get HURT, oh god YOU COULD GET KILLED IN THAT THING OH NO I WILL NOT HAVE YOU USING THAT, maybe i should add a couple more locks to the vault just in case
  • Gordon and Alyx's kid: Mom can you teach me how to use the HEV suit
  • Alyx: Sure honey let me go steal your father's keys

I feel like Barney is the toughest of the main cast, both mentally and physically, even if it’s not explicitly stated in-game. Although Gordon’s gone through a lot in an extremely short amount of time, he hasn’t been around to witness most of the Combine’s damage firsthand, whereas Barney’s fronted that line for over 20 years. By comparison, everyone else was sheltered.

Additionally, he survived Black Mesa with just security get-up where Gordon had the HEV suit and Shephard the PCV. It amazes me he’s still got his head screwed on.

Yes, from the kingpin of the handgun world, we come to the the kingpin of the revolver world. A gun who’s name alone means business. It’s the gun revered as the Cadillac of the Revolver Market. It’s big, blued, and just a bit subdued.

It’s the Colt Python.

It’s an icon of the police force, a force to be reckoned with and while it might not live up to the reputation of some revolvers, it just doesn’t need to.

The Colt Python was built in the 1950′s. Colt was riding off the success of the Colt Cobra and other such revolvers and thought to top the market, they’d make a top-of-the-line gun, a .38 Special Target revolver fitted with barrel ribbing, large target sights, smooth trigger, extra metal and was later changed to .357 Magnum, a brand new cartridge at the time. And in 1955, the Colt Python was released.

It came in bright satin nickel or Colt Royal Blue. Later the nickel was swapped out for Satin or mirror-polished “Ultimate” Stainless Steel. It came with wood or rubber Pachmayr grips and barrel lengths from the 2.5 inch snubbie to the 8 inch one for hunting. Though most you’ll find will be with 4 or 6 inch barrels.

And like any gun, they came in different models. These included the Python Hunter, fitted with a 2X Leupold Scope and 8 inch barrel. The Python Target, a model only in .38 Special. There were custom guns like the Colt Boa, Colt Grizzly, and Colt Kodiak. There was the lower cost Colt Troopers and Colt Lawman’s and there was the .44 Magnum caliber Colt Anaconda.

And on release, the Colt Python was a success with police and civilians across the world. Police Departments bought them, with 6 inch barrels to uniformed police and 4 inch to plainclothes officers. Highway patrol units from Colorado and California to Florida and Georgia had Colt Python’s holstered until their replacement in the mid 1990′s. 

And not only cops, but a number of dictators and kings bought their own run of Colt Python’s. Anwar Saddat of Egypt, Sheik Zayed of the UAE, King Hassan of Morocco, King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Khaled and Fahid of Saudi Arabia, Hussein the First of Jordan had their own runs of Colt Pythons. Irish Crime reporter Veronica Guerin was killed by a Colt Python. The King himself, Elvis Presley was known to collect Pythons, with a number attributed to him floating in both Graceland and in private collections.

The Python wasn’t without some faults. The guns had a tendency to “wind down” with heavy usage. Effectively meaning the cylinder wouldn’t line up perfectly with the forcing cone, meaning anything from increase lead spray to the gun not working in DA mode. That and the fact most weighed more than competing S&W revolvers slowly showed Colt that these guns were becoming a money pit.

As the Colt Python was being replaced in Police holsters everywhere, Colt stopped main production of all revolvers, including Pythons in 1999. While their custom shop kept making guns, in 2005, the production stopped. And with that, the prices of Pythons soared to high prices, higher than usual. Your standard Python costs around $2,000 dollars. And while they have stopped production, they haven’t faded from memory. 

Especially in film.

The Python’s long history with police make it a common sight for movie and TV cops, whether normal beat cops or high ranking detectives, the Python’s a common sight. And with it’s usage by movie cops and bad guys, it’s not an uncommon sight from zombie flicks to action movie drama. From the hands of McQ to Grimes, a Python is an perfect pistol. It’s big, it’s commanding, and if it’s a nickel/stainless gun, it’s shiny.

Course with fame in media comes fame in video games, and like the 92FS, the Python got a break because of a video game now revered as a classic.

They’re waiting for you Gordon…in the test chamber.

Half Life. The PC Gaming classic. A game that showed what gaming could do. With the Quake 2 Engine, Valve showed that it didn’t always have to be mindless violence, but can play a story on par with Hollywood. 

You play Gordon Freeman, a mute 27 year old MIT graduate entering a day of work at the Black Mesa Research Complex. Within around 1 hour it goes from your average Monday to a DEFCON 1 situation, with aliens pouring in from every crack in the wall. And all you have is a crowbar, a HEV suit and a laundry list of firearms from the dead guards and HERC soldiers. The Glock, MP5, SPAS-12 and other guns, but none could really rival the Python.

The bottom of the blast pit gives you the satin nickel handcannon, and it serves as one of the games most solid guns, easily dropping zombies in one shot. And just like the MAC-10 and 92FS, this classic influenced a laundry list of other games.

The Python’s a relatively common sight in video games, with it usually in it’s royal blue finish. It serves as a games magnum, high stopping power, low magazine capacity and firing speed. It doesn’t need to fire fast or be quick reloading, cause 1 shot should be enough. From the arms of the Spy in TF2 to the darkened streets of Alan Wake, the Python’s sure to be there and still firing when others have failed.

And that is the Colt Python, the king of the revolver world. It’s had 50 years of production, and from the zombie filled apocalypse to the crazed factories of gravel fueled proxy warfare, it’s a common sight. It doesn’t need to be fast, it doesn’t need to be new, it just needs to work. And work it does.

Hold back the night, turn on the lights, I want to dream… Dream about you baby”

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Antoine Delak has crafted a ‘gorgeous’ rendition of Half-Life 2’s Red Letter Day.