I strongly suspect that a large fraction of AddAltMode’s readers might have played Team Fortress 2. If you haven’t, then go and play it now: it’s free on Steam, which is also free. You only have to pay for the hats. One of the things that TF2 introduced me to was the Medic’s Medigun – a blunt and tubular ray-gun that shoots healing rays.
The “healing gun” is a popular trope in first-person and third-person shooters with a team element. It’s tidier and easier (and way less gory) than having a field medic perform realistic battlefield surgery. Your team’s medic just has to shoot you with his healing ray, and your health bar is filled right up – the heal ray is the very opposite of a weapon. Of course, this makes much more sense in games with heavy fantasy or hard sci-fi element…
Video games in the Transformers fandom are loaded with
healing repairing rays: In War for Cybertron, there’s the Energon Repair Ray, a claw-tipped tubular ray-projector that restores the target’s energy shield. In the sequel Fall of Cybertron, members of the Scientist class have access to an ability simply called “Heal Ray”, which allows them to hold one hand aloft, brandishing a tiny blue sphere that emits healing rays onto team-mates. And in Transformers Universe, the various medics and healers had an array of heal-guns: rifles, pistols, spray-guns, and even a healing shotgun!
My favourite Autobot in the game, Meltdown, brandished a slow-but effective healing-ray the “Starstream Beam-Gun”, and combined this ability to heal his team-mates with some potent self-healing to be his teams effective “health insurance”… so I felt I had to immortalise Meltdown – or at least his beam-gun- by making this homage:
Which, when all printed up, looks like this:
Right-handed and left-handed version of each are, of course, available in my shapeways shop. I’m massively flattered that I’ve already have a couple of people “favourite” some of my products.
So, the next step is to paint it. I’m going to follow TFU’s lead, and paint it with a colour scheme that matches the colours of its wielder: in this case, since Ratchet will wield it, it’ll be primarily red and white for the armour plating, with the operative bits in gunmetal, and birght green for the glowy bits.