Scent of a Gamer

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

Tabletop terrain: ammo crates

One part of the Build & Paint kits I liked was the ammo crates that came as extras in the sets. Unlike the other Build & Paint inclusions, I hadn’t … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 4 Comments

Freyja’s Wrath Kickstarter

Bad Squiddo Games has a new Kickstarter up for some great viking age miniatures. Annie Norman started her miniatures business when as a wargamer she found her choice of female … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: James Ryman

James Ryman has quietly illustrated almost 100 Magic cards over the last few years. By the time you read this article, he may well have passed that milestone. You may … Continue reading

January 27, 2018

SAGA 2 release date revealed

The second edition of SAGA is available for pre-order now and will ship in the week of 12 February 2018. For me SAGA was a game that took off initially, … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Blood Bowl Dwarfs update 1

The 2018 painting continues as I finally put the finishing touches to the first Dwarfs of the Blood Bowl team I bought early in 2017. I won’t lie, these guys … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 8 Comments

Black Library calls for writers

If you’ve ever wanted to write for Games Workshop, then an opportunity to prove yourself just came up. As part of their anniversary celebrations, Black Library have put out a … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Fun with playmats

Playmats are a non-essential accessory for card game players. Despite playing Magic since 2001, I’ve never found the need to own one. After the arrival of this package, I won’t … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · 4 Comments

Magic finance 103: Standard

In 101 I talked about the basics, and in 102 I looked at price drivers in an holistic way. Magic’s formats are diverse, and it’s worth looking at the more … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

Tabletop games earn $137 million on Kickstarter in 2017

Polygon has the article, but tabletop games are storming through the Kickstarter dollars right now. Polygon has chosen to compare tabletop with videogames. Clearly the tabletop hobby is not 10 … Continue reading

January 14, 2018

Rivals of Ixalan art review

The second (and final) set of the Ixalan block sees groups of competing factions and planeswalkers competing to discover and control the golden city of Orazca. The ‘native’ faction are … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Fellowship of the Ring

Around 2003 I painted the Fellowship of the Ring for my mother, a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I decided it’s time for an upgrade, a decision I made … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 6 Comments

Decembruary update: Goremaw complete

I’ve completed the biggest model I’ve painted for a while – the Goremaw model from my Bones 3. It’s all thanks to Azazel’s Decembruary idea – painting something big over … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 10 Comments

2018: the year of the tray

After meeting 2017’s target of 100 models painted, I started to rethink the notion of having a numerical target. Instead my 2018 target is simply to paint as often as … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 9 Comments

Terrain update: treasure!

I received a couple of packs of Wizkids’ pre-undercoated model line. My dungeons need treasure, and these two packs provided! One pack contained the four chests, which are really two … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 6 Comments

Looking back at 2017

2017 was a busy year for me in the hobby, with plenty going on at multiple levels. It’s probably been my most hobby-intensive year for a while. Looking back, I … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 1 Comment