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It is October 30 and you need a costume fast. Something simple, yet creative. Something that will make your video game playing friends green with envy.

In this Instructable, learn how to make an ultra-simple costume that will make you everyone's favorite theoretical physicist.

Okay, I realize that this Instructable is not particularly earth-shattering, but bear with me. I had originally wanted to make the HEV suit worn by Gordon in the Half-Life series, but had quickly ran out of time and lacked the funds. Instead, I choose to create a more simple yet hopefully still recognizable costume.

Note: more photos on the way. I play in our college's pep band and hope to get a few shots of me and the rest of the band at a volleyball game on Oct. 31. Most, if not all, the band will be in costume, hence the reason for my own get-up.

Double-Note: More photos are here!
 
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Step 1: Materials

You will need the following materials to make this costume:

Nice clothing. A sweater vest and a pair of khakis would be preferable, but black slacks and a button-down shirt with tie will work just fine.

Lab coat. I live on a college campus with a biochemical science program, so there are lab coats a-plenty. Or so I thought. I would fit well in a medium sized long coat, but the local bookstore was out. Fortunately, I have a friend who let me borrow hers. It is a bit of a squeeze, being an extra-small long coat, but as long as I do not extend my arms, it isn't that bad.

Old name badge. You will use this to make, what else, a name badge. I used an old Wal-Mart badge from when I worked there over the summer.

Image editor of choice to make the name badge. I used the GIMP.

Printer and printer paper to print out the name badge.

Knife and scissors to cut out the badge.

Note cards to reinforce the name badge.
That's the logo from the (AWESOME) remake, is there a reason you didn't use the original Lambda logo? Hopefully I don't sound like a nitpicker, I'm just being curious :D
scienceguy8 (author)  Thermonuklear1 year ago
What are you talking about? That's always been the Black Mesa logo.

http://combineoverwiki.net/wiki/Black_Mesa
Oh my. Mind. BLOWN! :D
Thanks for correcting me! I honestly thought the lambda logo was the one, ever since the game first came out... Feeling quite the doofus right now.
what do you get when you mix Gordon Freeman and a bunch of pinheads. (The scientists in the game.)



A bunch of dead pinheads. Lol.
Needs an HEV Suit... maybe 405th has one of their pepakura things for it?
barri_kid4 years ago
This... This is what I was looking for. Just need to get a nice picture for the ID, and a lab coat, and tie. Also find a crowbar.
santy224 years ago
 Hmm, missed a couple things:
-In the original HL, gordon had a small ponytail (you would not be able to grow it in 4 weeks, but just a heads up)
-It would be nice to have a crowbar, as ANY Freeman impersonator should have a crowbar at all times. You never know when somebody will show up dressed as a zombie.
-You forgot the tie!
and last:
-Gordon's glasses are all around black.
Icepick5 years ago
Thank you! This costume should be for scientists only! A scientist is any one or more persons who contains a sincere admiration for combat and firearms. For example: Gordon Freeman.
Kaiven5 years ago
Zomg! You look like Freeman in the first picture!
Supercoke5 years ago
that's really cool I love the game half life and i admire your imagination for creating this costume! so when i do start to grow facial hair I'll be sure to be Gordon and not a skeleton or pumpkin head!