Seamus Cowden | Specialist | REDHAMMER
Born in the far north of Scotland, Cowden’s military father and nurse mother moved to Inverness with him and his three siblings when he was five. His athleticism elevated him to the position of Captain of the 1998 Scotland National under-20 Rugby Union Team. Following a long family tradition of military service, Cowden joined the 3rd UK Mechanised Division of the British Army at age 18. His drive and physique suit the divisions’s historical nickname of “Iron Sides.” Cowden’s first assignment was in the Armoured Division where he studied engineering and specialized in upgrading the infantry combat vehicles. From there, he developed various breaching tactics. After five years of active duty, he was recruited into the SAS, where he holds multiple records in speed and strength. An expert in mechanical, ballistic, explosive and thermal breaching strategies, Cowden was recruited into Rainbow in 2015. He is the operator to choose for quick and relatively silent destruction.
In early 2023, after being placed on the specialized squad Redhammer, Cowden took part in a joint operation between Redhammer and Ghosteyes to recover stolen Nighthaven weaponry from an unknown group. However, this was quickly discovered to be a trap set by former Rainbow operative Deimos, who sought to eliminate all members of Rainbow. A bomb was detonated within the compound, injuring Cowden and his teammates, leaving him with two broken ribs, a fractured wrist and some shrapnel stuck in his left leg, but quickly recovered from his injuries.
Device: Tactical Breaching Hammer “The Caber”
Operator: Specialist Seamus “Sledge” Cowden
Evaluation Lead: Specialist Seamus “Sledge” Cowden
“I’m told you wanted to have a looksee at my Brucie. Why? No offense, Mira, but I don’t need someone mucking about with my Caber, trying to make it look sexier. When Mike’s uncle built it for me (sorry… Specialist bloody Mike “Thatcher” bloody Baker), he damn well made me forge the thing over and over again until we got it right. It’s a solid piece, no forge weld to introduce weak points. It’s made with a differential heat treatment to better transmit the shock of blows along the core and the shaft is covered in fiberglass molded to my handspan for better grip. It’s a solid 4140 steel, built for shock and stress, balanced to prevent it from being too top heavy. I don’t need laser sights put on the damn thing, and I can promise you that if any of your techies come near Brucie, as the saying goes, “it will kill.”
– Specialist Seamus “Bloody Sledge” Cowden
Cosplay Props for Sledge
Replica of Sledge's "Caber" breaching hammer.
SAS Leg Holster
Replica of the leg holster worn by SAS operators.
SAS Radio Kit
Replica of the radio kit used by SAS operators.
High-quality wool tartan ribbon from a mill in Scotland.
Sledge's Caber DIY kit
DIY replica of Sledge's "Caber" breaching hammer.
Royal Stewart Tartan Swatch
High-quality wool tartan swatch from a mill in Scotland
12 Gauge Shotgun Shell
Resin replica of a 12-guage Shotgun Shell.
SAS Mask Buckle
3D printable buckle for Sledge's mask (not included).
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