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!
Step 1: Materials
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.
Step 2: Step Away From the Razor!
If you do not have that kind of time or that kind of body, either claim to have shaved or be a different Black Mesa scientist.
You may also want to track down a pair of glasses as well.
Step 3: Identity
Step 4: Cut and Tape
Step 5: Put It On
Okay, maybe not that exciting, right? Well, what do you expect? I waited till the day before Halloween to make this. Originally, I wanted to make the HEV suit as worn by Gordon out of some cardboard and some spray paint, hence the reason why I had all that clear tape in step 4.
As for the volleyball game: a huge success. The SIUC Woman's Volleyball team did not do so well, but the band performed beautifully if I do say so myself.