2002 Afghanistan, The United States has begun it's war on terrorism. At the fore-front of this fight is the Special Forces. Operating in remote locations in the far regions of Afghanistan hunting down and destroying al Qaeda and their Taliban supporters.
The Green Berets adapt to their new battlefield and grow beards to emulate the local customs as they bring the fight to the enemy.
A close up look at the custom made compass watch to match the model worn by the actual special forces soldier "Cowboy".
This is the original picture from Life
magazine: "TALOQUAN, NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Special Forces soldier nicknamed 'Cowboy' secures an airstrip during an operation August 28, 2002 in the town of Taloquan in Northern Afghanistan. U.S. Special Forces have recently begun to step up their presence in Northern Afghanistan to more aggressively pursue possible al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives they believe to be operating in the region." Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images
Cowboy won first place in the 2009 Weekend of Heroes
Modern action figures competition.
An article talking about another article on the internet managed to say that Cowboy was on the cover of Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare 2 however I doubt that is true. The cover art appears to be based on the images of Cowboy from Afghanistan.
Cowboy is somewhat of an unknown whose photos showed up online where he gained an iconic status as one tough looking dude with a beard that looks tougher than kevlar. For the beard I used rabbit fur applied a little at a time to a bbi headsculpt and built it up until it was full. I added a few other unique pieces of gear like an antler bowie knife and wrist compass but this figure did not need all that much in the way of gear and accessories and still looks mighty mean.
"De Oppresso Liber"