Shield Scanner

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{{Enemy Infobox
| image=FileShield scanner open.jpg|200px
| name=Scanner Type II
| affiliation=Combine
| type=Recon Synth
| health=30
| weapons=Hopper Mines
| entity= *npc_clawscanner
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| designer=Ted Backman''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
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The '''Shield Scanner''', also known as '''Scanner Type II''' or the '''Minesweeper ''',''Half-Life 2 Prima Guide'' is the Synth counterpart of the mechanical City Scanner which appears in ''Half-Life 2'' and ''Episode One''.  

==Application==
FileShield scanner closed.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Closed Shield Scanner.

The Shield Scanner is commonly used by Combine forces to drop Hopper Mines in combat areas and is equipped with a large pincer arm which is kept concealed behind an armored plate. These mines are typically dropped in areas in which the Combine forces aim to limit the enemy's movement, such as streets and alleys, though occasionally the Scanner will attempt to drop the mine on top of the player.

When not handling mines, Shield Scanners are used for scouting and reconnaissance purposes. They also sometimes accompany Striders and act as spotters for it, searching buildings to report the positions of targets that may be hiding inside which the Strider would otherwise be unable to see. Like the City Scanner, the Shield Scanner can take pictures of targets, but with a longer lasting flash. Like the City Scanner, Shield Scanners are powered by a single Combine battery, which can occasionally be salvaged from a destroyed unit and reused for a HEV Suit. However it does not mirror the City Scanner tactic consisting in attempting to crash into its attacker when critically damaged.

==Behind the scenes==
*Before getting its mechanical version as the City Scanner, any Scanner was to be Synth. Ted Backman and Dhabih Eng, the designers who worked on the Scanners concepts, ended up with a Synth version and a mechanical one, respectively.
*One of these early Synth Scanners was named "Recon Synth". Another early Synth Scanner was named "Wasteland Scanner".Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files
*The Scanner design was initially modeled after the shape and movement of a piranha.
*Originally, the Shield Scanner was to be protected by an energy shield and be equipped with an undetermined weapon.Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta source code The energy shield model, "Scanner_Shield.mdl", can be found in the playable ''Half-Life 2'' Beta files, but can only be viewed in wireframe mode, as its texture does not show (it can however be found in the Shield Scanner texture folder). It appears as some sort of bell jar, surrounding the Synth. This shield may explain the origin of the scanner's name. This is also confirmed in the Source SDK files.

===Gallery===

====Pre-release====


FileSynth Scanner.jpg|Unnamed Synth Scanner.
FileRecon Synth.jpg|The Recon Synth.
FileWasteland Scanner con.jpg|Concept art for the Wasteland Scanner, clearly showing WikipediaH. R. Giger|H.R. Giger's influence on Ted Backman's work.
FileWasteland Scanner.jpg|Wasteland Scanner NPC.
FileShield scanner beta.jpg|Shield Scanner displaying its pincer arm, Half-Life 2 Beta|early skin.
FileShield scanner modeling.jpg|Preliminary plasticine modeling for the Shield Scanner.
FileShield scanner modeling2.jpg|Untextured Shield Scanner model.
FileScanner shield.png|The cut shield model, viewed in wireframe mode.
FileScanner ShieldBars.png|Shield model texture.



====Retail====


FileShield Scanner - dropship logo.svg|Red "clamp" Combine logo featured on its body.
FileShield scanner CMB logo.svg|Truncated white "CMB" Combine logo featured on its body.
FileEp1 c17 050004.jpg|Shield Scanners about to drop Hopper Mines near the Technical Trainstation.
FileEp1 c17 050008.jpg|Shield Scanner about to drop a Hopper Mine near the Technical Trainstation.
FileShield scanner markings.jpg|Markings seen inside the Shield Scanner, similar to a DNA fingerprint.


==Trivia==
*A view of the Shield Scanner in the SDK model viewer reveals animation sequences that show it slashing and attacking targets with its claw. This is never seen in-game.
*''The Orange Box Prima Guide'' states the Shield Scanner is equipped with a quick-firing machine gun. This is either a mistake by the author or a reference to a cut feature.''The Orange Box Prima Guide''

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*Source Particle Benchmark {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''

==References==
{{Reflist}}

==See also==
*City Scanner
*Wasteland Scanner

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CategoryCombine Units
CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode One
CategorySynth Scanners
CategorySynths
CategoryEnemies
CategoryTed Backman designs
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