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How To Create A Sandor Clegane The Hound Costume Look

Jenna Maxwell May 14th 2018

Creating a Sandor "The Hound" Clegane Costume Look

Sandor Clegane, aka “The Hound” is one of the more fascinating characters in HBO’s legendary television series, “Game of Thrones.” Horribly disfigured by his brother while still a child, “The Hound” is dealing with a few inner demons of his own. In spite of his internal strife, “The Hound” is one of the fiercest fighters in all of Westeros. Uninterested in knighthood, “The Hound” is always searching to align himself with something that offers his life a greater purpose. Not one for manners or social niceties, “The Hound” has a rather gruff and cantankerous persona--but underneath all that is there something a little bit softer? Only time will tell. “The Hound” has a distinctive look that is perfect for Halloween dress up. By following our step-by-step instructions, we will show you how to replicate a look that is inspired by this favorite Game of Thrones hero.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Sandor "The Hound" Clegane Costume Look:

Step One:  Begin with a clean and dry face. The first step to creating our Hound look is to add a burn scar to the face. To accomplish this fairly quickly we have used the EZ FX Burn and Scar Kit. (#CSFX006) This fabulous kit has everything you need to create the look of a very nasty burn scar. Begin with the prosthetic piece. Hold the piece up to the face and assess the fit of the piece and how you would like it to be positioned on the face. Trim the piece as necessary. Once you have the scar piece ready to attach, brush spirit gum (included in the kit) onto the back edges of the piece. For good extra adhesion, you can also brush some spirit gum to the face where the piece will be attached. Once the spirit gum is applied to the face, tap the area gently with your finger until you feel the spirit gum get noticeably tacky. You can also press and lift the piece a few times to accomplish this instead if you like. Once the spirit gum feels very sticky, press the piece into place, paying close attention to the edges, making sure they have firmly adhered to the face. Apply more spirit gum as needed. Brush the edges lightly with setting powder. (#DD321) 

Step Two:  Next, using the liquid latex that is part of the Scar and Burn kit and a damp sponge, apply a thin coat of latex along the edge of the prosthetic piece using a dabbing motion and keeping the layer of latex as thin and smooth as possible. Let dry thoroughly. Apply a little bit of setting powder. Repeat the steps above, using another layer of liquid latex. Once again, let the latex dry and use more setting powder.  

Step Three:  Once the latex is thoroughly dry and you are satisfied with the adhesion and how well the edges are blended, it’s time to apply some makeup. The Burn and Scar kit comes with three colors of cream makeup that you can use to create various effects on your burn/scar. For our “Hound” look, we have decided to primarily use the flesh color makeup because the prosthetic piece comes pre-made with many red and pink shades built in. To tone down the redness, using a damp sponge applicator, apply the flesh color makeup to the prosthetic piece liberally, using a dabbing motion. Leave some of the deeper areas of the scar pink and red; this will give the piece more of a textured look, adding a significant degree of realism to your scar effect.  

Step Four:  Once you have applied the makeup to your prosthetic to get the desired look, apply a setting powder to set the makeup. We have also applied a bit of makeup to our model’s face to get a consistent look throughout.  

Step Five:  Next, remove any makeup that is in the area of the face where you wish to attach facial hair. Spirit gum does not stick very well to areas where you have makeup. Begin with the beard. (#LW348) Hold the beard up to the face so you can test it for fit and where you want to apply it. Next, apply spirit gum to the back of the beard, and on the face in the places you will attach the facial hair. Tap the spirit gum until it begins to get sticky. Once the spirit gum is noticeably tacky, press the beard into place, applying more spirit gum as necessary. This beard is very long, so we have trimmed the beard to get the desired length.  

Step Six:  Next, following the same instructions as above, apply the mustache (#LW413) to the upper lip. If you need any extra facial hair to fill in any blank spots on the face, use some of the trimmings from your beard. Cut these pieces into small bits and fill in as necessary using spirit gum to attach the hair.

Step Seven: Using Texas Dirt (#DD01) and a fluffy brush, dust on a little bronze color onto the exposed areas of the face. This product gives the skin a wonderful bronze glow, perfect for a rugged character like “The Hound.”

Step Eight: Put on the Professor Mullet wig. (#MR178093) Pull a few strands of the wig hair across the forehead in typical “Hound” style. Try to place the hairs strategically so that the edge of the skin part of the wig is covered by a strand of wig hair. A little hairspray will help to hold these hairs in place.

Now it’s time to get dressed up in a “Hound” appropriate costume. Many different medieval knight costumes will work for this particular character. For our Hound, we have chosen to dress our model in the Renaissance shirt in black (#MA918) and the Roman Warrior Costume. (#UR29318) Every good fighter needs protection, so we’ve added some protective armor to our Hound by using most of the pieces from the Knight in Shining Armor Costume. (#FM62881) We have accessorized our Hound with a great pair of rugged boots (#HA160) and a shining Knight Sword. (#DG14602) Hound is well known for his unique helmet. We’ve made sure our Sandor Clegane has his toothy helmet (#MATTHBO103) close by for protection!  

The Hound is often portrayed as an uncivilized brute who relies on an overabundance of unbridled violence and aggression. What lurks underneath all that tough guy stuff? Perhaps there is more to this man than meets the eye. Now, bringing one of Game of Thrones most recognizable characters to your next Halloween party just got that much easier!