Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Zombie Fighters update 1

Summer is hot in Queensland, Australia. Very hot. Painting tends to be an exercise in futility and frustration. The paint will dry into the brush before you can get it … Continue reading

January 31, 2015

Looking for NZ painters

The Perry twins put a recent post on their Facebook page about a mammoth project they are doing in concert with Peter Jackson. “We were asked by Peter Jackson to … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can Warhammer be saved? Should Warhammer be saved?

To anyone with eyes, the game of Warhammer is in trouble. It is now in long-term decline with no end in sight to the current trend. The evidence is there … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 10 Comments

So you want to be a tabletop game designer

This is the title of a great article you should check out if you’re interested in designing tabletop games. The article covers the basics and also gives a logical stage-by-stage … Continue reading

January 24, 2015

MtG artists: Mark Zug

Mark Zug’s illustrations have been featured on Magic cards for over 10 years now. As a ‘veteran’ artist we have seen his work on around 150 cards. Chainer, Dementia Master … Continue reading

January 24, 2015

Are you a ‘one game’ gamer?

A recent article at Kotaku looks at a rising phenomenon; gamers who only play one game. While this is not a new phenomenon it appears to be more common than … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Green and pleasant: a review of Tablescapes Rolling Fields tiles

The Rolling Fields set of tiles from Tablscapes provides for a traditional wargames table. The terrain is relatively even and good for moving models around on, especially individual models grouped … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

Fate Reforged art review

Fate Reforged takes us back over 1,000 years into Tarkir’s past. Some things are similar – the clans exist, with the same name, symbols, and philosophy as in the Khans … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Look upon my works, ye mighty: a review of Tablescapes Forgotten City tiles

My first wargames were played using a green cloth spread over books and boxes to create height. This was not unusual for the time. The times are changing though, and … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

Warhammer: fixing the unfixable

Rumour mills for Games Workshop tend to be fairly quiet, since that company has long ago decided the best way to sell its products is to say nothing of them … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: Svetlin Velinov

Svetlin Velinov has been illustrating Magic cards since Zendikar block, and has produced some truly memorable cards. He’s been prolific too, with already over 100 cards to his credit. Hound … Continue reading

January 10, 2015

Strange new lands: a review of Hyperborea

Hyperborea the board game was released late in 2014. It comes fromĀ Andrea Chiarvesio, who previously designed Kingsburg. Hyperborea is a game of exploration, discovery, combat, and advancement. It fits into … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Draft of a Gamer: delve deep (but not too deep)

In my first ‘real’ draft since my foray online and travel over Christmas I drafted a true Sultai deck. The mana was certainly a lot easier with just three colours … Continue reading

January 4, 2015

Islands of Magic: the Gathering

This article continue the more in depth look at basic land art in Magic: the Gathering. These are the cards that players see the most during a game, so themeing … Continue reading

January 4, 2015

Painted in 2014

2014 was a lower year than 2013, with 40 models painted compared with 100. Still, some larger models were tackled. In a minor miracle one models was purchased, assembled, and … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

2014 Scenty awards

Welcome to the inaugural Scenty awards, the gaming awards that are as prestigious as you think they are! Awards are offered for the best game across a number of categories: … Continue reading

January 3, 2015