Scent of a Gamer

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

Arta Monday: Garruk Wildspeaker

Planeswalker cards first appeared in the Lorwyn expansion for Magic. In some ways it was curious this had taken so long, since planeswalkers themselves had been central drivers of magic’s … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: the wasteland

This art first appeared on the cover of Wasteland, and 8-bit CRPG which was revolutionary in its time. It is often referred to as the forerunner of Fallout, due to … Continue reading

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Explore fantasy art: Greg Rutkowski

Grzegorz, or Greg, Rutkowski has produced some great fantasy images over the years, especially one featuring dragons. Here are a few of my favourites from him: A dragon attacks a … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Arta Monday: Briarhorn

This Nils Hamm illustration from the original Lorwyn block leaned harder into the British mythology backdrop than most other cards in the set: For me this was the card that … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arta Monday: Voidmage Husher

This is an example of art and card being well-matched. The title of this piece is Voidmage Husher, and the art literally shows a spellcaster shushing the viewer. Whatever it … Continue reading

May 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Arta Monday: Kepler

Alexander Forssberg creates great landscape art. This one is a science fiction piece called Kepler. I don’t know for sure but I like to think this is inspired by and … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

Explore fantasy art: Bastien Deharme

If I could pick one word to describe Bastien Deharme’s art it would be ethereal. His pieces often come with a dreamy quality that pulls me in to stare at … Continue reading

May 22, 2021 · 9 Comments

Arta Monday: Serra Avenger

This epic angel art comes from the talented brush of Scott M. Fischer. This was illustrated for the Magic: the Gathering Time Spiral set, and was featured again in the … Continue reading

May 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Modelling inspired by Blanche

John Blanche has often been a divisive figure in games Workshop, as some people love his art and others hate it. I prefer Ian Miller myself, but overall I like … Continue reading

May 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arta Monday: Orzhov Guildmage

Tis is some classic work for Magic: the Gathering by Greg Staples. The Orzhov are a ghostly guild, pursuing their monetary debts past the point of death using their undead … Continue reading

May 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Explore fantasy art: Peter Mohrbacher

Peter Mohrbacher came to my attention as an illustrator for Magic: the Gathering. However he grew disenchanted with his relationship with WotC and struck out on his own as an … Continue reading

May 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Arta Monday: Dragons of Desolation

Some classic Dragonlance art here from Keith Parkinson (RIP). This will always the the flying citadel in my mind, the title comes from the D&D adventure this art was originally … Continue reading

May 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: Magus of the Scroll

This imposing figure comes from Magic, but it could be from anywhere. I love the colours of this piece. Oranges and yellows dominate, and are contrasted by the green mask … Continue reading

April 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Explore fantasy art: Catherine O’Connor

I inadvertently featured Catherine O’Connor’s art a couple of months ago, when I noted how great the new slaanesh art is. Side note: come one Games Workshop – credit your … Continue reading

April 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: Hallowed Fountain

Two weeks ago we looked at Temple Garden. This art, also by Rob Alexander, is from the same setting, and shows the differences between the guilds. Hallowed Fountain sits outside … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: Horus versus The Emperor

Games Workshop’s epic Horus Heresy series is still building to its climax, with over 60 books in the series so far. The Siege of Terra will wrap things up, although … Continue reading

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Explore fantasy art: Anato Finnstark

I discovered Anato Finnstark’s art in 2020, and I’m already a a huge fan. I’m going to share five of his illustrations here but you can find dozens more at … Continue reading

April 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arta Monday: Temple Garden

Magic’s Ravnica setting is one vast city, leading to some interesting interpretations of factions more associated with nature. The elves and centaurs of the Selesnya guild harmonise their built structures … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: Serra Angel

Serra Angel was considered a powerful creature in Magic’s early days. This is mainly because it was one of the few creatures which wasn’t awful. These days Serra Angel is … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Explore fantasy art: Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola creates fantastic oil paintings for fantasy settings including Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. He does more besides, including what is probably my favourite Magic: the … Continue reading

March 27, 2021 · 2 Comments