Scent of a Gamer

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

Once upon a Wednesday: endings

It’s the end of the year, and the end of the road for this Once Upon a Wednesday series. I started this series in March, taking inspiration from another Dave, … Continue reading

December 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: the billion dollar hobby

In late 2016 I posted this article about the size of the hobby industry. Industry coverage has been a constant over the life of the blog, so it’s bene interesting … Continue reading

December 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: a lean year for painting

This year I am looking at having painted over 250 miniatures for the second year running. It’s a big improvement on years before. In 2016 I managed to paint around … Continue reading

December 16, 2020

Once upon a Wednesday: Inspiration

Inspiration. It’s the key to my hobby growth and enjoyment. I get inspiration from many places; fantasy art, new miniature releases or projects, other people’s models, and more. In 2017 … Continue reading

December 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: before the tray

Were getting towards the end of the eighth year of Scent of a Gamer now, so there’s plenty of history. These days in terms of my miniatures I am fully … Continue reading

December 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: golden age

I wrote this rather long article early in the life of this blog. Way back in 2013 I was questioning whether miniatures were on the cusp of a golden age. … Continue reading

November 25, 2020

Once upon a Wednesday: the mystery model

This is another model which had been around well over a decade before I painted it in 2017: In the original post I had to confess: I had no idea … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · 8 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: Centrepieces

I have become a big fan of centrepiece models over the years. The mountain giant from my Lord of the Rings Misty Mountains army is one example. Here’s another, far … Continue reading

November 11, 2020

Once upon a Wednesday: Treasure!

I picked up some piles of treasure for Christmas 2017 and had them painted shortly after New Year’s. The original article captures this, but it remains the exception. miniatures, whether … Continue reading

November 4, 2020 · 5 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: making plastic miniatures

In 2015 I posted a YouTube video put up UK company Renedra, showing some work on tooling for a box of Perry plastic cavalry. It’s only recently that I have … Continue reading

October 28, 2020 · 1 Comment

Once upon a Wednesday: the ratskin

This model had been hanging around a long time. I had bought him to bolster my Van Saar gang during a Necromunda campaign in the late 90s. Years later, he … Continue reading

October 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: milestones

An alert popped up in January of 2019, telling me I had reached the milestone of 1,000 posts on Scent of a Gamer. I just had to write about it. … Continue reading

October 14, 2020 · 4 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: skeleton jester

This was a model I had owned for many years before finally painting it in 2018. I had been inspired to tackle some of my older models by one of … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · 8 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

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

Once upon a Wednesday: showing off

I have long dreamed of displaying my painted miniatures. Over time, the logistics of displaying miniatures and keeping them dust free has eluded me. Enter the detolf shelf from Ikea. … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · 9 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: abandoned projects

Last month I painted Feora, a war machine character. It’s been some time since I last painted a character from this range. In 2014, I painted another character from the … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: SAGA Anglo-Danes

The SAGA Anglo-Danes were the first ‘big’ painting project I finished for the blog. This picture was published in 2013: In the background you can see my old painting board, … Continue reading

August 26, 2020 · 6 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: collecting Magic cards

People collect Magic: the Gathering cards for many reasons. Some like cards that won’t be reprinted, other like to take specific characters. I am one of those who collects cards … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: painting for others

Almost every miniature I paint is for myself. For a game I want to play, and idea I have had, or simply because I have had it over a decade … Continue reading

August 12, 2020 · 5 Comments