I signed up for a model horse holiday gift exchange, and I was paired up with a paired with a person who really likes zombies. This was a problem for me because I have zero interest in zombies. So I decided to ask for help.
"Hey, Ryan," I said. "What do you know about zombies?"
"Well," he replied. "They're not real."
Yeah, he may not like horses, but he's definitely my kid.
I explained why I was asking, and he said, "ThinkGeek has lots of zombie stuff. Here, I'll show you." He pulled up their website, and immediately found a whole host of zombie offerings. Problem solved.That would have been the end of it, had James not wandered by and asked why we were talking about zombies. I explained and he said, "Remember that year we dressed up as zombies for Halloween? That was fun."
I dug out the scary doll box,
selected a victim,
and went to work.
I shredded his clothes and used paint and pastels to zombify his face and hands. Then I googled a recipe for fake blood and added that.
Ta da! One zombie.
Or, more accurately, one person dressed as a zombie.
If I had wanted to make a "real" zombie, I would have used Kristian Beverly's zombie tutorial.
On to the tack! Since I don't know anything about zombies, I decided to ask for help on the Braymere Facebook page.
The responses were immediate. Apparently, a lot of people really like zombies.Although I was impressed with the creativity...
a lot of the suggestions were extremely impractical.
Finally--something I can work with!
It was important to me that the tack be safe and functional, so I went with a battered Western headstall, a rusty snaffle bit...and cloth reins!
I added a "bloody" blanket...
and a live show documentation card.
I may not be a zombie fan, but I had a lot of fun putting this together. I hope Heather enjoys showing it as much as I enjoyed making it!