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The Brickbat was to allow the player to use a small selection of props as weapons, by picking them up on the ground and throwing them at enemies. They were to include at least four elements: rocks (four models, all identical), Cremator heads, Fast Headcrabs (mirroring the Snark from Half-Life), and beer bottles (in two versions, recycled for the Molotov Cocktail). The damage that thrown objects were to do were to depend on the object's velocity when it was in the air.
It also appears that Citizens were to use it as well. While they were to use the Molotov Cocktail in Get Your Free TVs!, the Half-Life 2 leak source code shows that they also were to throw rocks and Cremator heads (the Combine Factories' workers) at Combine forces. Hammer also shows that Citizens have two weapon choices named "Beer Bottle" and "Beer Bottle2".
In the leak, the Molotov Cocktail appears as a Headcrab when spawned but is a regular Molotov when thrown. This is mostly because the Molotov was made of the remains of the Brickbat, bottle version, and was not completed at the time of the file leak. The Molotov HUD icon is also that of the Snark, confirming the analogy between the two weapons, the Headcrab Brickbat being in a way the Source version of the Snark. It was also apparently used by Citizens to show them roasting Headcrabs above a fire, as seen in the WC map pack map starting by
canals_02_. It can be also found near Citizens in the maps
rooftops and its variants and
It was probably removed when the Gravity Gun made it redundant, since the new weapon allows the player to pick up and throw almost every object in the game. Its entity name, "weapon_brickbat", can still be found in Hammer, with the four elements to choose, though it is invalid.
- Half-Life 2 leak source code