From the painting desk #71 – A whale of a time

April 8, 2020

Ok, this is in fact more a case of a whale out of time. I finally finished painting up a wonderfully disgusting whale carcass from the Depths of Savage Atoll Kickstarter. Regular readers might remember that I showed this three-part print back in September. It sat for a long time undercoated on my desk, and as often happens in these cases, once I actually got to painting it, it was a decently quick affair. I tried to play it a bit loose and not get too fiddly – basically just washes, drybrushes and some very rough layering. The carcass looks horrible, but in a good way, I think.

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It’s really relaxing to paint large, chunky pieces like this from time to time, it’s so different from the more intricate work required by 28mm or smaller minis. What’s more, painting something that’s supposed to look tatty, dirty and rotten, makes it even easier. It’s a rotting whale carcass, how neat does it need to be?

This will sit on a beach somewhere on Tyburn island, lending the place a quaint, nautical atmosphere. An old whale beached and eaten by scavengers, or a mighty ocean predator crushed by the Kraken? You never know…

I’ve been slowly building up (if not painting) a whole bunch of stuff to wash up on a shore – shipwrecks, half buried and broken barrels, driftwood, that sort of thing. I hope to make a kind of a ship graveyard at some point. This poor whale will fit right in.

In other news, there are no other news. Nothing is happening, I’m spending a lot of time working from home and quite enjoying it to be honest. Wrestlemania 36 was fun, the second season of Kingdom was really fun, season three of Castlevania was fun, the fifth season of Outlander is fun and a rewatch of Godzilla: King of Monsters reminded me that it was still fun, too. Life is not bad, all things considered. Hope you are keeping safe!


  1. What a fantastic looking kickstarter. Not that I need anymore models to pile up but I’m somewhat sad I missed it. The whale looks great, it almost makes me wrinkle my nose in disgust just by looking at the picture.

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    • Thanks Dave! EC3D’s kickstarters are great. You can still get a late pledge (I did), if the need strikes you, you know. Wink wink, nudge nudge.


  2. Very cool mate – I love weird and wonderful models like this 😁

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  3. This is so cool!
    Perfect finding for group of investigators tryting to cross Dagon cult’s plans… =)

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    • Cheers Demi! The same set does include some cultists too, hmmm…


  4. That’s a great (disgusting) looking scenery/scenario piece. Quite versatile. Still haven’t finished watching Wrestlemania yet – still halfway through Day 1. Though I have been enjoying(!) Dark Side of the Ring.

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    • Thanks Az! DSotR has been on my watch list for a while now, should get to it. I usually watch stuff like that (and wrestling in general) while painting, so every time there’s a lull in my painting, there’s a lull in my wrestling-watching too 😀

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  5. […] Yes! I finished a beached whale. […]


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