Scent of a Gamer

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

Draft of a gamer: salvage operation

Between work and study it has been a while since I have been able to draft at my local store. With Magic Online’s latest shenanigans jacking up the cost of … Continue reading

August 30, 2015

Brazil and the White Walkers: a Civ V story

In service of emergent narrative, I have played a few interesting games of Civ V recently. In this game, I played as Brazil and explored no further than South America … Continue reading

August 30, 2015

MtG artists: Jung Park

Jung Park is a well-known and highly-regarded concept artist, so it was a real treat to see him producing finished card art for Magic the Gathering. Behind the scenes he … Continue reading

August 29, 2015

2015 P3 Grandmaster winners

Privateer Press run an annual painting contest, named for their P3 range of paints. You don’t have to use their paints to enter but the entries need to be Privateer … Continue reading

August 29, 2015

Being an independent artist

Peter Mohrbacher has published an informative overview of what it means to be an independent artist. Peter doesn’t mince his words, and also doesn’t include anything superfluous. If you are … Continue reading

August 23, 2015

Painting fantasy acrylic art with Jeff Miracola

Artist Jeff Miracola has an interesting Kickstarter going for a series of tutorials for painting fantasy art using acrylics. This is a great opportunity for any budding visuals artists to … Continue reading

August 23, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: something from nothing

This was a frustrating draft for the draft potion, but in the games I pleasantly surprised myself. My deck was the opposite of what I’d like a Magic Origins draft … Continue reading

August 22, 2015

Tabletop legends update 1

I’ve painted my first miniature under the rather fuzzy ‘tabletop legends’ banner. This is meant as a catchall for nice miniatures that I pick up over the years. In this … Continue reading

August 22, 2015

MtG artists: Lucas Graciano

Lucas Graciano’s style is like a classical painting, but in a good way. His cards have a wavy quality to them, as though you were looking at them through a … Continue reading

August 16, 2015

Bones update 11

It has been some time since the last Bones update. I have been distracted by Tablescapes and painting regiments worth of miniatures (still going with that). However I’ve completed another family selection … Continue reading

August 16, 2015

Game recovery: a tale of two strategies

Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer fantasy battles: two games that were formerly the top of their pile found themselves floundering and failing in markets that had moved past them. In … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

ArtStation stop: Guangjian Huang

The art of Guangjian Huang has a fantastical, ethereal quality that will appeal to many gamers and fantasy fans alike. From buildings, to landscapes, to characters, each piece of art carries … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Silence of the chips: a review of Splendor

Splendor is a relatively new game that is often touted as a great ‘gateway’ game useful for bringing new players into the board game hobby. The game comes as three … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Painting Buddha Patreon

If you aren’t aware of Patreon, it’s a site that allows you to support the output of various creative individuals, from artists, to cosplayers to podcasters and many others too. … Continue reading

August 8, 2015

MtG artists: Steven Belledin

Steven Belledin debuted in the Coldsnap set and has since illustrated over 100 magic cards. He works in both traditional and digital formats, depending on the commission. He keeps a blog … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

You shall go: a review of Forbidden Stars

Forbidden Stars is a new board game from Fantasy Flight Games, set in Games Workshops’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. It will take 3-4 hours to play and works best with four … Continue reading

August 2, 2015

Further growth for hobby games

Hobby Games in North America have grown by an impressive $180 million since 2013 to reach a $880 million in size. The latest report from ICv2 has more details and … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Draft of a gamer: a better blue/green

Magic: Origins is certainly more popular than Dragons of Tarkir in my local store. For my second draft in a row there have been two tables, where previously we sometimes … Continue reading

August 1, 2015

The production line: painting miniatures in bulk, part 3: from undercoat to base colours

It’s important, as I have mentioned in previous parts, to know what you want in terms of a colour scheme before you start painting. It makes the process a lot … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · 1 Comment