This paper model is a Hellhound, a flame-thrower tank of the Imperial Guard that is based upon the Imperial Chimera armoured transport chassis, based on the game Warhammer 40K, the papercraft was created by Patoroch. Hellhound’s main weapon is the Inferno Cannon, also known as the “Dragonfire Thrower“, which is a large Flamer that projects streams of burning Promethium at range, making the Hellhound well-suited to close-range fire support missions such as countering enemy melee units that attempt to assault Imperial armour and driving dug-in enemies out of cover.
The Hellhound replaces the troop compartment of the Chimera with a large Promethium storage tank, as its main weapon needs a lot of fuel to function. The large storage tank replaces the passenger area at the vehicle’s rear, this makes the fuel tank, and the vehicle itself, vulnerable to enemy weapons. The Hellhound is widely used by the Imperial Guard as a useful weapon to clear enemies out of cover. Hellhound tanks usually make up their own company in a regiment, but are rarely fielded as one. Instead the Hellhound and its variants are attached to infantry and armoured regiments as they are needed.
There are very few Imperial Guard regiments lucky enough to possess an entire company of these tanks. The crew of a Hellhound are often considered brave as the tank is prone to exploding catastrophically if an enemy round detonates the fuel tank, but many Hellhound crews are made up of pyromaniacs, who actually prefer the Hellhound’s fire-based weapons and spend much of their free time playing with the output of the Hellhound’s Promethium dispersal valves to increase the vehicle’s fire output. This is discouraged by Imperial Guard commanders, as it makes these vehicles even more prone to explosion.
There are several different patterns of the Hellhound in use by the Imperium, such as the Artemia Pattern which replaces the vehicle’s turret with one that is remotely controlled from inside the vehicle by the vehicle’s commander which allows the tank to make do with a crew of only two. Other patterns of the Hellhound, such as the Mars Pattern, use several smaller fuel tanks that can be hidden inside the remnants of the Chimera chassis’ troop compartment. This pattern of Hellhound is preferred by Imperial commanders to the standard pattern of the vehicle since it is similar in appearance to the regular Chimera transport, making it harder for the enemy to identify. There are several variants of the standard Hellhound tank, each equipping different weapons and which are described below.
The Hellhound’s main weapon is a turret-mounted Inferno Cannon and the vehicle also has a hull-mounted Heavy Bolter which can be replaced with a Heavy Flamer. The tank can also be outfitted with the following enhancements: camouflage netting, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a mine sweeper, rough terrain modifications, a Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter, track guards, a searchlight, a dozer blade, and smoke launchers.
Known Variants of the Hellhound
- Devil Dog - The Devil Dog variant of the Hellhound replaces the tank’s turret-mounted Inferno Cannon with a Melta Cannon, and is very capable of destroying enemy heavy infantry and armour in short order. When the weapon is fired it makes a high-pitched howl as the moisture in the air vaporises, becoming a roaring blast as the target detonates.
- Bane Wolf - The Bane Wolf replaces the Hellhound’s Inferno Cannon with a weapon known as a Chem Cannon that fires a potent mix of extremely toxic and corrosive chemicals. These vehicles are only used when the complete eradication of the enemy is warranted, as its weapon creates a boiling cloud of noxious gas that is capable of dissolving organic tissue in a matter of seconds.
Known Users of the Hellhound
- The Death Korps of Krieg – The Death Korps of Krieg used Hellhound tanks during the Siege of Vraks.
- The Vraksian Traitor Militia – The Vraksian Traitor Militia used the Hellhounds stored inside of Vraks Prime’s massive store houses against the Imperial forces attacking the planet during the Siege of Vraks.
- 266th Cadian Armoured Regiment – The 266th Cadian Armoured Regiment deployed Hellhounds on the planet Anphelion IV to clear foliage and fight the Tyranids who had escaped the unauthorised experiments of the Adeptus Mechanicus.
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