Scent of a Gamer

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

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

Arta Monday: Annabel

Fantasy character portraits come in many types. There’s the ‘action shot’ of a warrior or wizard swinging a sword or flinging a spell at an out of frame enemy. There’s … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Arta Monday: Plains

When Magic: the Gathering visited the cityscape of Ravnica, a different concept for the lands needed to be introduced. For plains, they decided on the roofscape of a city, receding … Continue reading

March 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Explore fantasy art: Alayna Danner

I’ve always liked a good fantastical landscape illustration. To me it’s like the start of a story laid out for me to fill in the rest with my imagination. From … Continue reading

March 13, 2021 · 10 Comments

Astartes goes official

Some good news (I think) recently is that Games Workshop have hired the creator of the great Astartes series to continue making videos for them on a formal basis. The … Continue reading

March 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Arta Monday: Hypnotic Specter

Hypnotic Specter was an impactful creature in the early days of Magic: the Gathering. Mainly because, unlike almost all other creatures in the early years of the game, this one … Continue reading

March 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Arta Monday: The Xanathar

The Xanathar is a well known character from Waterdeep in Dungeons & Dragons. He wields a lot of influence either directly or through proxies. This art by Jason Rainville manages … Continue reading

March 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Explore fantasy art: Igor Sid

Games Workshop aren’t the best when it comes to crediting their artists, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a lot of the newer art I enjoy is the … Continue reading

February 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arta Monday: Hell’s Caretaker

Does Hell require a caretaker? Apparently so to judge from this art by Greg Staples This figure remains enigmatic beneath its hood. In the blood on its left side we … Continue reading

February 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Seb McKinnon’s latest Kickstarter

Coming just before his Secret Lair is shipped, Seb McKinnon has returned to Kickstarter for another playmat and print sale. One thing that has held true across his Kickstarter projects … Continue reading

February 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arta Monday: Blazing Archon

In the original Ravnica block, a pair of artists debuted with a series of card arts which represented a marked shift in the appearance of cards in the game. Their … Continue reading

February 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Explore fantasy art: Larry Elmore

Larry Elmore’s fame came in the 1980s and a series of illustrations and book covers for Dungeons & Dragons, including the very well-known Dragonlance series. These days his work is … Continue reading

February 13, 2021 · 14 Comments