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 Hell Hound 

Canine abominations introduced in Namco's 1993 Sega Genesis/Megadrive Splatterhouse 3 video game. They are one of the new monster species that the protagonist, Rick, will have to deal with as he races to save his wife, Jennifer, and son, David, from the clutches of the Evil One.

A Hell Hound can inflict considerable damage with its bite, but the beast also has two deadlier attack options at its disposal:  First, it can vomit up volumes of acidic bile; this foul-smelling, green fluid dissolves soft tissue on contact. Second, the intestine-like structure mounted underneath a Hell Hound's body houses a long, retractable, barbed appendage. The creature can extend this concealed organ a considerable distance, without warning, impaling its prey upon the tip. Despite their mass, Hell Hounds are exceptional leapers; their four powerful legs allow them to jump the entire length of a game screen, or more, with ease. Like most of the monsters in Splatterhouse 3, the Hell Hound sprite gets recycled into an assortment of color variants (I've observed tan, red, and black). Generally speaking, the darker the hue, the tougher the creature version is (i.e., a black Hell Hound can take, and dish out, more punishment than the other two color types). When killed, these demonic dogs often leave behind a heart (restores some of Rick's health) or an eldritch orb (replenishes a portion of Rick's transformation energy); on rare occasions--usually during a "Stage X" bonus level--you might also get an ancient book (grants Rick an extra life).

Newsprint, tissue paper, white paper, white glue, hot glue, wire twist ties, a paperclip, plastic, nail polish, and acrylic paint.

(*The size values for this figure will vary to some extent depending on how the joints are positioned. The numbers given assume a neutral squatting pose without any accessories attached.)

4.7 cm/1.9 in. x 4.6 cm/1.8 in. (widest point x highest point)

Nineteen points; jaw, neck (2), hips (4), knees (8), and ankles (4).

Roughly five-and-a-half days; March 22-27, 2009.

Hell Hound photo collage.

Here is a trio of mid-construction photos. The first image was taken on the third day of this project (March 24), and the next two on the following day. As per my usual, I ended up losing a piece whilst messing around with it, the lower jaw (notice that it's missing in the first photo--the absent fourth leg in said image, on the other hand, wasn't mislaid, I just hadn't sculpted it yet). To tell the truth, I actually misplaced the entire head, but I was able to recover the larger top portion after a thorough search--good thing too, I was in no mood to re-sculpt both. The mandible depicted in the bottom pair of photos is the new one I made to replace the first (as I write this, I still haven't found the original).

For comparison purposes, below are several images of Hell Hounds taken from the Splatterhouse 3 video game.

(In no particular order of importance.)

  •   North American Splatterhouse 3 Sega Genesis game and instruction manual.

  •   Splatterhouse 3 Japanese Megadrive instruction manual.

  •   West Mansion Splatterhouse fan site.

  •   Various GameFAQs Splatterhouse 3 game guides.

  •   Hardcore Gaming 101 Splatterhouse article.

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The brick background graphic is from a "Stage X" bonus level in the game.