Scent of a Gamer

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

Squidmar’s battle of the paints

Squidmar has decided to test out 16 different brands of miniature paints against one another. 16 is a good number of an elimination bracket, and this is the method they … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Hobby favourites of 2021

This article is heavily influenced by Dana Howl’s recent video on the same subject. As with Dana’s approach, this isn’t an attempt to name the ‘best’ of anything, but to … Continue reading

January 2, 2022 · 4 Comments

The Smells of Our Hobby — No Rerolls

Feeling a bit whimsical at the moment, I suppose. Let’s talk about smells. Our hobby is not the smelliest of hobbies, but there are a number of smells that I … Continue reading

March 30, 2021 · 4 Comments

A pleasant vortex

My vortex mixer arrived from Amazon in about 3 days rather than the 15 days Amazon said. Honestly, if I had noticed Amazon’s shipping estimate before buying I would have … Continue reading

March 28, 2021 · 8 Comments

100 hours of hobby revisited

In January I posted about a Goobertown video showing Brent completing 100 hours of hobby painting, and decided to do something similar. Rather than look only at painting I decided … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 6 Comments

One hundred hours of hobby

A couple of days ago Goobertown Hobbies posted this video: On the surface it’s simply a time lapse video showing Brent engaged in 100 hours of painting the contents of … Continue reading

January 21, 2021 · 12 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

Local Game Store tips with ICv2

ICv2 has a feature called ‘Busines 3×3’ where they ask gaming store owners to talk about 3 things they do well, three things they wish they hadn’t done, and then … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

Hobby Showcase at Warhammer Community

There’s a nice round-up of people’s armies and other hobby work at Warhammer Community. There’s plenty of variety though the one that stood out to me was not an army, … Continue reading

May 18, 2020

3 Tips on hobby blogging from a hobby blogger

Scent of a Gamer is about to wrap up its fourth year of existence, with over 500 articles written. I wanted to take a pause and think about where I … Continue reading

November 20, 2016

Two mistakes to avoid when you start out in miniatures painting

A recent article on Tabletop Game and Hobby highlighted two frequent mistakes made by people new to painting. I still find myself occasionally making the second one, and it never … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 5 Comments

Further growth for hobby games

Hobby Games in North America have grown by an impressive $180 million since 2013 to reach a $880 million in size. The latest report from ICv2 has more details and … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment