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    Jan 25, 2011, 11:52 AM - Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #1

    Inspired by TheMechanic's fantastic Walking Dead / King County, Georgia Sheriff patch and hat runs, I decided to put together my own Shane Walsh costume, like this:


    I figured it would be a simple matter of googling to find the right uniform from a police supply place, place the order, and be mostly done with it. Nope. Finding the exact shirt and pants was quite a research effort... then finding the correct colors has been an even greater challenge. The King County (which is a fictional county, in case you were wondering) Sheriff department uses what looks to be a tan or pinktan shirt (that the official color name from some manufacturers) with brown pocket flaps and brown epaulets. The pants are brown with a tan or pinktan stripe up the leg.



    It turns out that this particular uniform doesn't exist in any online inventory anywhere, as far as I was able to discern. It has to be special ordered from a police supply place, and pretty much all of those require the information of the department you are ordering for and what your police ID number is. I can certainly understand their hesitation before making it easy to impersonate an officer of the law, but part of the fun of this hobby is the thrill of the hunt!

    I lurked on police uniform discussion forums to get the names of some of the uniform makers used by real police units around the country. I called half a dozen or more uniform makers to see if I could get some more information or purchase from them directly (nope). Pretty much every manufacturer pointed me to the same place: a massive police supply distributor here in Houston that handles many of the local and regional police, fire, and EMS needs from here to Texarkana.

    I popped in for a visit with my patches in hand and screenshots at the ready. I made sure that I went at a time when I'd just gotten off from work so I was still wearing my corporate work attire. It never hurts to look your best when making a first impression . It was an amusing experience when the guy behind the counter asked what department I was with after I explained what I wanted. "Uhh, I'm actually not with any department. I'm a part of this online community called the Replica Prop Forum..." Yeah, that was a fun conversation. Thankfully the guy was familiar with the show, as were several of the cops who were there picking up stuff. I showed off my patches and screenshots and that really started to get the point across that I wasn't looking for a Halloween costume and I wasn't looking to go play fake-cop.

    Hours go by as I explain my case to every middle manager on my way up their corporate ladder until I wind up in the owner's office. Thankfully he was an agreeable guy and, since he is also a collector of esoterica, understood what I was trying to accomplish. It also didn't hurt that that uniform is not used anywhere in this region... but that also meant their stock was limited. The owner explained that they get a couple of people a month who are not police officers and want police uniforms for one reason or another. They are routinely turned down. I was told that some police supply stores won't so much as sell a pair of shoes to someone without proper police identification. I managed to convince him to work with me, though. I'd like to say I used a degree of social engineering on him, but that implies deception. I was honest throughout, and I think that since I was patient, articulate, and had a clear goal in mind helped put him at ease. Oh yeah, and I had to let them Xerox my driver's license and sign a written form that essentially boiled down to "I solemnly swear that I will be good."

    But, after all that effort, I'm quite pleased with the results:



    The owner is willing to help me procure a badge, too. The only problem is that none of the blanks immediately available are a perfect match. He's going to check with some other badge makers and see what he can find out, though . The backup plan badge is pretty darn close, though. It would be an exact match for the real life Gwinnett County badge, which the patches (though not the uniform) are based on. Here is a real life patch, for comparison:

    Now I just need that badge, the collar pins (I have a good idea on those...) and the duty belt and I will be all set!
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    Jan 25, 2011, 1:15 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #2

    Good start on the WD Kng County uniform. Am tryng to do similar myself, but being in the UK has added problems. The collar insignia i thought initially were these

    but now think these look more suitable:

    Both sourced off Ebay, which is where I got my shirt. Is your's one with a zip front and false buttons?

    While waiting for the second run of shoulder patches, am looking at the chest badge, through on-line police badge design packages. There's nothing identical, but there are a few close ones. Will send a few tentative e-mails stateside. As I'm a serving UK cop, hope i can convince them to supply out of the country. There was a guy posted a replica he made on the patch thread. Perhaps he'll do a run.

    On the duty belt, there are plenty on e-bay suitable. Make sure it's basket weave and two pronged for accuracy.

    Will watch your thread with interest.
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    Jan 25, 2011, 1:41 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #3

    Here's the best 'cap of the pin I can find:


    It's VERY similar to the seal of the US Army:


    But the wings are slightly different. These pins are affordable and easily sourced online, so that may be what I will end up going with... sometimes you've got to settle for "close enough".

    But there's another pin which is a bit closer, IMO, and a little harder to find - a WWII US Air Force pin:


    Which still isn't exact (note the position of the eagle's head).

    It also doesn't make much sense for either of the Sheriffs to be wearing a US military pin on a civilian law enforcement uniform... but what the heck do I know?
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    Jan 25, 2011, 1:44 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #4

    Oh, and yes, the shirt I got is a zip up with false buttons in the middle and real ones at the top and bottom to keep the flap closed. I like it! It makes putting it on a wee bit quicker.

    And I agree on the duty belt - basket weave and 2 pronged. It looks like Rick Grimes has all basket weave accessories, but Shane Walsh has a mixture of basket weave and canvas accessory pouches.
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    Jan 25, 2011, 3:45 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #5

    Looking good!

    You can buy the two-tone shirts from Quartermaster - LawPro Two-Tone Poly S/S Shirt, Grey/Black XL They do striped trousers as well, but not in the right colours.

    I really wish someone would do a run of the badges.
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    Jan 25, 2011, 3:55 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #6

    Mole said: View Post
    Looking good!

    You can buy the two-tone shirts from Quartermaster - LawPro Two-Tone Poly S/S Shirt, Grey/Black XL They do striped trousers as well, but not in the right colours.

    I really wish someone would do a run of the badges.
    Well, damn! I wish I'd found this before going through all that I did! I bow before your powers of internet search.
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    Jan 25, 2011, 5:31 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #7

    Good job, Skruffy!
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    Jan 25, 2011, 9:35 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #8

    I belive that may be what they call silvertan. Thats what it looks like to me.
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    Jan 26, 2011, 4:54 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #9

    Skruffy said: View Post
    Well, damn! I wish I'd found this before going through all that I did! I bow before your powers of internet search.
    Oh, I hope you don't think I was belittling your costume. I've only just found that shirt and was going to start my own thread but I saw yours and figured I would mentioned it to help out others. I'm impressed at the lengths you went to to get your gear. I would have given up after the first company told me no.
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    Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #10

    Mole said: View Post
    Oh, I hope you don't think I was belittling your costume. I've only just found that shirt and was going to start my own thread but I saw yours and figured I would mentioned it to help out others.
    Oh no, not at all! It's this kind of information sharing that makes this such a great community!

    I'm a little miffed (not at you, just in general) that I paid more than I otherwise could have in both money and time, but now no one else will have to suffer the same. I was going to work with the company and do a run of shirts, but it seems there's no need. I may still see about working with them on a run of pants, though. Perhaps name badges, too.
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    Jan 26, 2011, 8:25 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #11

    vey nicely done..need to get some zombies for Halloween and have them in a few photos with you..... Can't wait till this fall when season 2 starts.
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    Jan 26, 2011, 3:25 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #12

    yep ! your costume's look great !
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    Jan 26, 2011, 4:22 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #13

    Great job! The patches look great. The whole thing looks great.
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    Jan 26, 2011, 4:39 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #14

    Hi,

    Great shirt

    As for the Sheriff's badge if you google King County Washington Sheriff badge it is very similar - could it be converted from the Washington one?

    Chris
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    Feb 5, 2011, 12:01 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #15

    Here are my first two prototype stars. I think the third try will be the charm as I found the correct "blank" used by the show. I also can make the collar insignia.

    Here are my first two stars, the next one will be right:



    Here are the collar emblems I can provide:



    This was a rush up, the manufactured ones are perfectly enameled. They are all metal, plated and with a clutch fastener.
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    Feb 5, 2011, 7:52 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #16

    eltee, those badges look very good. I was told by a member of the cast that they specially made the badge for the show - how/where did you find the correct blank?! WELL DONE, sir! I had a police badge supplier look through his inventory from 4 or 5 different badge makers and he couldn't find any exact matches.

    I'm REALLY excited to see what your next one looks like. The one you have in the middle of the photo above looks to be almost there .

    Here are the best 'caps of the badge I can find for now:


    The inner circle appears black, but I think that is due to post-production digital color filtering. It's hard to tell whether it is the state seal of Georgia, but that certainly is what it should be, and the seal, as you have it, very definitely has a blue border.

    I'm probably jumping the gun, but do you have any idea of a timeframe to when you might have some available? I was planning to have a couple made for myself in the Gwinnett County style, but I will hold off if yours will be available in the next month or so.

    FYI, Gwinnett Co style:
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    Feb 5, 2011, 10:56 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #17

    if you make this badge , i will take one for sure !
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    Feb 6, 2011, 11:22 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #18

    One problem with the manufacturer I am using for the Walking Dead stars is 4-6 weeks. That's why I don't use them except for styles I can't get through my regular suppliers. My primary badge company has an 3 week turnaround. The manufacturer that makes the badges for where I work is 8+ weeks as it is a small, family owned business and they do alot of work by hand. The two prototypes shown were done by the company with the short turnaround time, but they do not have the correct blanks for the prop.
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    Feb 6, 2011, 11:57 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #19

    the badges look great....

    the colar pins are pretty cool, but i prefer the antique look of the ww2 pins

    i was able to get this one
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    Feb 7, 2011, 8:46 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #20

    It really doesn't look like a really hard uniform to pull off.But the small stuff is alway the hardest. Would the walkie talkie be a hard prop to find? oh if you're looking for uniform shirts..You might want to try some of these vintage clothing stores. I have found some uniform shirts that look like that and they are fairly good condition.
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    Feb 8, 2011, 10:28 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #21

    looking good, man.

    i would really like one of those badges when they get made.
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    Feb 8, 2011, 7:08 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #22

    I've been sort of considering putting a WD Sheriff's outfit together as well.
    Although, I'm thinking of maybe doing it as a Walker, like that kid Rick had to shoot in the pilot when he and Morgan were at the station.

    Actually, maybe THIS outfit needs to be done as BOTH a before AND an after...
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    Feb 23, 2011, 9:52 AM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #23

    This isn't a 100% accurate reproduction of the WD sheriff badge by any means, but this is one that I've done as part of a costume, using readily available materials:



    The badge body was a obsolete badge blank (Harris County Sheriff Dept out of interest) sprayed gold, with a commercially available Georgia State Seal in the centre and transfer letters. (Yes, they are a bit crooked- will have to go back and redo). Any suggestions on what to apply to the badge by way of varnish to make it shine. (or any suggestions on improvements at all).
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    Feb 23, 2011, 4:20 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #24

    Try a clear, high gloss spray acrylic. I like Krylon brand 'Crystal Clear'.

    I may be in the minority here but I don't believe that the screen used badges have the Georgia State Seal in the center. Looking at the screen caps and publicity stills the center emblem of the badge looks like wings or something.
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    Feb 25, 2011, 2:25 PM - Re: Walking Dead Sheriff Uniform #25

    I wanted to add to the discussion of the collar pins. I've ordered two different sets, ones that somerset fox linked to and ones that I linked to. Here they are side by side on a collar:


    They are both the wrong size. I took several different screen shots of the collar pin from the show and took measurements of the pin on those. I compared that to the digital measurement of the collar and compared that to the measurements of my real-life collar. From that I've determined that the pin should be 3/4" (12/16") or 13/16". The pin on the left is 1.25" and the one on the right is about 5/8". I have not been able to source a eagle lapel pin that is the correct size.

    Personally, I prefer the pin on the left even though it is a little over sized and that's what I'm going to use. Eventually, though, I hope I can find at least some 1" pins...
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