Scent of a Gamer

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

It is done

Two thousand, three hundred and forty-five. This is the number of painted miniatures I have now. Zero. This is the number of unpainted miniatures I have now. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

June 25, 2022 · 12 Comments

A Warhammer 40,000 primer for Magic players

With the unveiling of four Commander decks themed around Warhammer 40,000 I decided to write this primer for players of Magic who don’t necessarily have any previous exposure to the … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

What it’s like

There have been numerous attempts to describe the lives lived by the Chaos Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000, who dwell in the Eye of Terror, a realm where time and … Continue reading

February 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Tips to reduce your unpainted pile

Do you remember a time when you had a manageable number of figures to paint? I know I don’t! I started in the hobby by splurging on several hundred figures, … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · 22 Comments

Looking ahead to 2022

You will (I hope!) be happy to know that Scent of a Gamer will continue in 2022. I shared my overall thoughts on the blog’s 2021 performance yesterday and today … Continue reading

January 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

The blog in 2021

2021 was the second year in this blog’s history that overall views were lower than the year before: But I don’t consider this to be bad news as such. The … Continue reading

January 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Enjoying the golden age of miniatures

As someone who has been buying, painting, and playing with miniatures for over 30 years now, I’m feeling relaxed and happy. If there’s a model I can think of, someone … Continue reading

December 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

The November experiment

Last month I decided to experiment with increasing the volume of posts I was making to the blog. I have no ambition to increase this permanently, but I wanted to … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · 7 Comments

Remembering

This is one day of the year when, regardless of what else may be happening, I will take the time to pause, and reflect. Not loudly, or ostentatiously, because that … Continue reading

November 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

A strange tale of Magic and mushrooms

A few years ago, someone won a $5,000 Magic tournament while high on mushrooms. Then they wrote a highly entertaining article about it. I missed the article when it first … Continue reading

October 24, 2021 · 5 Comments

Black Library open submissions

Black Library are having another round of open submissions – between 27 October and 9 November this year, you can submit a 50 word short story proposal along with a … Continue reading

October 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Red Templars today

The great battle of our time The Cicatrix Maledictum affected the Elysium sector as much as the rest of the Imperium. The Red Templars fought dozens of engagements against daemons … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

A history of the Red Templars part 3

The Red Templars reformed and rebuilt after their defeats at the hands of Abaddon. The chapter kept its focus on pilgrims and holy sites, however companies of the chapter stood … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

A history of the Red Templars, part 2

The Red Templars waxed powerful in the Elysium sector. Although the sector is vast and holds more than one chapter of Astartes, the Red Templars became well-known due to their … Continue reading

July 3, 2021 · 6 Comments

A history of the Red Templars, part 1

The Red Templars were founded as the chaos of the Horus Heresy was fading from memory into legend. The first mention of the chapter comes some 1,100 years post-Heresy, when … Continue reading

June 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

28 Magazine volume 4 submissions open

Submissions are now open for Volume 4 of 28 magazine, the magazine for painters and modellers dedicated to the Warhammer 40,000 universe in its darker forms. The article gives you … Continue reading

November 29, 2020

Without internet

A few weeks ago, our internet went down, and it was a week before we got it back up and running. If you’d told me a month before that I … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 10 Comments

Want to write Warhammer horror fiction?

There’s a new opportunity to submit short stories to Games Workshop for their consideration. This time they are giving plenty of notice, as the submission window opens in October. If … Continue reading

August 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Publishing memories

Back in the 1990s, Games Workshop ran their Citadel Journal, a magazine published in-house but filled with articles written by fans. This kind of activity was the kind of thing … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · 8 Comments

The creative break

I’ve been working at home for some weeks now, and if there’s one flaw I’ve noticed it’s that lunch breaks can get easily crunched into nothing. When I was at … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · 5 Comments