Scent of a Gamer

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

Once upon a Wednesday: chaos name generator

The Warhammer 40,000 chaos warband name generator started its life as a Nurgle warband name generator. It was done fairly simply in Excel, and over the course of a few … Continue reading

September 30, 2020

Fiery yellow from Artis Opus

It wasn’t in time to inform my recent Brimstone Horrors, but this tutorial from Artis Opus is definitely something to consider the next time I want a similar effect. The … Continue reading

September 29, 2020

Old and new Goliaths with Midwinter

Midwinter minis has put up an entertaining new video, showing the results of speeding painting a pair of Goliath figures for Necromunda. The twist is that one of these is … Continue reading

September 28, 2020

Zendikar Rising expeditions art review

Expedition lands appeared in the second Zendikar set, and they return again for Zendikar Rising. The expedition lands are 30 sought-after lands from across the game. They are very difficult … Continue reading

September 27, 2020 · 4 Comments

Blood Rage minions

As well as the large monsters, Blood Rage has a set of neutral (in that any faction can have them) figures. These are also quite powerful in their own way. … Continue reading

September 27, 2020

Volume 3 of 28 Mag is here

28 Magazine, a tome filled with 28mm gimdark goodness, is here now. Head over to the website to download the latest copy and gaze in wonder. It’s too soon for … Continue reading

September 26, 2020

Brimstone horrors painted

This little flame sprites are the tiniest for of horror to come in the Warhammer Quest Silver Tower box. For those unfamiliar with Tzeentch daemons, a pink horror, when slain, … Continue reading

September 26, 2020 · 18 Comments

10 years of Civilization V

I started playing this game again recently due to some nostalgia and a general sense that the city building mechanics of Civ VI weren’t for me. Civ V isn’t flawless, … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · 1 Comment

HeroQuest returns… sort of

Hasbro has announced a new boxed game edition of HeroQuest. It looks as good as I could have hoped for, basically a modern update of the original game. The twist … Continue reading

September 24, 2020 · 9 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: tablescapes

The tablescapes tiles by Secret Weapon was a project I backed on Kickstarter with a friend. Even though we went half/half on the pledge, this project represents the most money … Continue reading

September 23, 2020 · 7 Comments

The Nurgle Diaries

YouTube’s algorithm recently revealed to me a channel with an interesting project: a Nurgle army where every model is a conversion. Nurgle armies lend themselves well to converting, but this … Continue reading

September 22, 2020

Heroquest to return?

A website countdown prompted tis entertaining video from Bardic Broadcasts: While I never watched a Bard video I didn’t like, this one got me thinking a bit more. What would … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 3 Comments

Zendikar Rising art review

Zendikar Rising marks the third visit to Magic: the gathering’s ‘adventure world’. In previous years Zendikar has been the closest thing magic can come to Dungeons & Dragons. However with … Continue reading

September 20, 2020


I have painted another of my Middle Earth miniatures. This one is Grishnakh, the orc who threatens Frodo in Mordor. Grishnakh wears scraps of equipment and clothing he’s scavenged over … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 9 Comments

Blood Rage sea serpent

I painted the sea serpent in the same grey/gold scheme as the other monsters. There was one problem though – the sea serpent has no gold! To avoid a simple … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: favourite Magic art

I have made several attempts over the life of this blog to fond a way of talking about Magic art I like in a way that will be interesting to … Continue reading

September 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

9th edition Codexes revealed

Another week-end, another set of previews from Games Workshop. One impact of my allowance is that I get more excited by individual character models than by regiments, since those are … Continue reading

September 14, 2020 · 6 Comments

Explore MtG art: Howard Lyon

Howard Lyon’s art first appeared in the Lorwyn set and since then he has illustrated over 100 cards. His art has brought to life settings from the enchanted world to … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ogroid Thaumaturge

When I assembled the Warhammer Quest Silver Tower miniatures, I figures this guy would be a trial to paint, and I was right. The details just don’t suit my painting … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · 9 Comments

The way of the tray

Hi there. Are you a miniatures painter? Do you have more unpainted miniatures than you care to count? Would you like this to change? I want you to join me … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 20 Comments