The Gas Mask Citizen is an infamous cut model, known mainly for its appearance in the "Get Your Free TVs!" shot, stated to be from around 2000-2001.
The Gasmask Citizen is a person contained within a green rubber suit, using a gasmask to breathe. They were originally intended to be the Citizens of City 17 and wore their suits because of the poisonous air created by the Combine, but was later cut, along with the air, so Valve could focus more on their facial animation system. In anon-hl2, the Gas Mask Citizen is in a relatively poor state. The model is long gone (with a few potential descendants still present), and all that remains of it are its textures. It's symbolic of the earliest eras of development, while the atmosphere still was toxic enough to necessitate gasmasks.
The model location of the Gasmask Citizen is referenced several times in the WC Mappack. These paths being "models/Citizen.mdl" and "models/C17_citizen_minimal.mdl" (A possible "cheaple" variation of the model). None of these models are present in the leak's files.
Efforts to remake
Released Gas Mask Citizen
- The "FF27" Gas Mask Citizen
Initially released on Gamebanana, it was eventually taken down afterwards.
- The "Gmadador" Gas Mask Citizen
Relatively new compared to the others, with a particular emphasis on being accurate to the pictures.
- The "Stacker" Gas Mask Citizen
With a head based on the TFC Pyro, it offers a distinct interpretation of the model.
- The "Red Katana" Gas Mask Citizen
Also known as the "Milkyway M16" after the person who released it, this one is very well-regarded in quality, although with some differences from the pictures.
- The "Snood" Gas Mask Citizen
Although not a particularly good model, either in accuracy or quality, it has the dubious honor of being the first "released" Gas Mask Citizen, predating better alternatives.
- The "Spud" Gas Mask Citizen
Not a particularly common Gas Mask Citizen, but released nonetheless. It is middle-of-the-road, accuracy and quality wise.
- The "Scientist" Gas Mask Citizen
Based on the HL1 scientist model, it has a much lower poly count than the rest.
- Posted on Facepunch by Sgt. Headcrab.
- The "Project 9" Gas Mask Citizen
Originally posted by Odddoc, with the third shot being released by T-Braze on the hl2-beta.ru discord.
- The "Rastellarous" Gas Mask Citizen
Certainly one of the stranger ones. It is very low quality due to the fact it is a simple recolor of an existing 'Haz Mat' playermodel.
- The "Conscript" Gas Mask Citizen
This Gas Mask Citizen was in the mod Conscript, and "went down with the ship", so to speak.