With the eventual promise of customization for Marines; the immediate a possibility of editing a texture, uploading it to the internet, and reminding people to back up their files; and my looming need to pad out my portfolio before I start looking for Graphic Design internships this summer, I decided that I would start making some custom skins for NS2. Wanting to stick with what I'm familiar with, I opened up the Marine_Body.dds file, and began to prep it for editing (by prep it for editing, I mean I went through and made new layers for each different section of the skin that I knew I would be tweaking: armor plating, fabric, straps, lights, etc.). Around this time, I hit upon an idea - why not create a thread under Squad Five where texture artists such as myself could post custom skins for NS2, and take requests from the community? That's exactly what this is: a place where custom skins are showcased and made downloadable, and where members of the community can make requests for certain themed custom skins and have a texture artist then go and make said skins.
With this in mind, I decided that I'd re-create the classic H.E.V.'s Orange & Black from the original Half Life (throwing a nod to the game the original Natural Selection was a mod for) and slap it on the Marine texture. Having done hundreds of simple re-colors in the past, I figured it'd take me about thirty minutes, and would be a great starter project. Six hours later, I've finally finished and have developed a new-found respect for whoever did the saturation on the Marine texture, as well as a conditioned hatred for the color orange, and an irresistible urge to replay the original Half Life.
Thus I present:
Flashlight Off (Argh, why does it turn yellow in low light)
First Person View
Viewer View (Diffuse Map)
I have another skin in the works (does not involve six hours of editing saturation, thankfully), and will now be taking requests from anyone who pipes up here. Download Here
Place the models folder in your Natural Selection 2's ns2 folder, typically located in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\natural selection 2