Scent of a Gamer

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

Desert tablescapes update 2

The ochre I used for the sand turned out a little too orange. Less like a desert, and more like the face of someone who hit the instant tan cream … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

My top 5 computer games 1980-1989

The eighties were a heady decade of computer game discovery for me. I was right in the middle of the 8-bit revolution, which really was a revolution in terms of … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Desert tablescapes update 1

With the choking hot Australian summer passed, I’m now back to painted rather thanĀ assembling miniatures. It’s hell living in a house without air conditioning, I tell you. I’ve started on … Continue reading

May 24, 2015

Talisman Dragons figures complete

Almost two years after their purchase, I have completed the six figures that came in the Talisman Dragons box. I did not enjoy painting these. They look good enough to … Continue reading

May 24, 2015

Civ V factions: Egypt

Egypt are the quintessential civilization; often used to advertise the game of Civ. For many people, Egyptian civilization might as well be one word. As a result this faction is … Continue reading

May 23, 2015

MtG artists: Tyler Jacobson

Tyler Jacobson’s art contributions to Magic include great characters as well as some great landscapes, often on the same card! Come and see: Domri Rade This planeswalker debuted in the … Continue reading

May 17, 2015

Bones 3 announced

The project hasn’t started yet, but Reaper Miniatures have announced their third Bones project will be coming to Kickstarter later this year. The previous two added hundreds of miniatures to … Continue reading

May 16, 2015

Walking Dread: a review of the SAGA Revenants faction

The Revenants are a new faction for SAGA historical gaming. In this case the historical side is drawn from myths prevalent in Europe from 800-1000. This is an army of … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 6 Comments

Magic card creation with Karla Ortiz

I’ve linked before to a card creation blog post – the last was was by Steven Belledin. This article comes from Karla Ortiz and concerns the creation of Teysa, Envoy … Continue reading

May 10, 2015

Civ V factions: Ethiopia

Ethiopia make good use of the Religion mechanic and provide for a good culture-based game, where your goal is to keep your borders small but your influence high. Preferred landscape: … Continue reading

May 10, 2015

Gallipoli diorama in New Zealand

In case you don’t remember, Peter Jackson has funded a 6,000 miniature display commemorating Gallipoli. The miniatures have been designed and cast by the Perry brothers, and painted by volunteers. … Continue reading

May 9, 2015

Mtg artists: Richard Wright

Richard Wright’s count of cards illustrated may be low, but his effect on the game has been huge. He has been employed as a style guide artist, where his work … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Figments of brilliance: my Nils Hamm card art collection

Every Magic player has their favourite artist. For me, that artist is Nils Hamm. I now have a copy of every card illustrated by Nils Hamm, English language first printing. … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hawk Wargames Salute 2015 display ship

At Salute 2015, Hawk Wargames displayed an awesome custom-made ship. Measuring over 3 metres long (at 10mm scale!) the ship made an awesome sight. I wasn’t at Salute, what with … Continue reading

May 3, 2015

Draft of a gamer: Fly the friendly skies

Blue/white is not considered a good colour pair to draft up in Dragons of Tarkir, and rightly so. But draft it up I did on Magic Online recently! The draft … Continue reading

May 2, 2015

Civ V factions: China

China is a strong, versatile faction, wiht bonuses to trade, science, and a great unique combat unit. This faction will fit into many styles of play. Preferred landscape Pangaea or … Continue reading

May 2, 2015