Scent of a Gamer

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

Barrow Wights

Some more classic Middle Earth metal models from Games Workshop went under the brush recently. Here’s my collection of Barrow Wights, a gift from someone who left the hobby around … Continue reading

July 24, 2021 · 12 Comments

Cursed City Rising

Dana Howl posted a new video to YouTube where she paints the Cursed City skeletons to great effect. She also talks about why she didn’t feel like painting these figures … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · Leave a comment


I believe this is the first new Imperial Guard plastic regiment since the 1990s. We have previously had Catachans and Cadians in plastic, the others have been metal or Forgeworld … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Cursed City miniatures, now sold separately

Games Workshops pre-order previews had one interesting item this week: Some of the models from the strangely ill-fated Cursed City set will now be sold separately. These represent two of … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · 7 Comments

Wasps of Umbar, part 2

I’ve made some more progress on the Umbar arbalesters, with the second eight now painted up and ready for the battlefield: The photo above isn’t especially flattering but they look … Continue reading

May 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

Cursed City miniatures review

After the unboxing article last week, I couldn’t help myself and assembled all the models in one session. Here they all are: For a closer look check out these two … Continue reading

April 25, 2021 · 5 Comments

Tray 7: everything old

With tray 6 completed it’s time to bring out tray 7. In a break with all other trays so far, there is nothing here that I have purchased within the … Continue reading

April 18, 2021 · 6 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

Pile of Potential

Thanks to Jake I have discovered a new website to help hobbyists track their progress through their pile of miniatures. Pile of Potential is a website that lets you register … Continue reading

March 24, 2021 · 6 Comments

The End of Drazhar’s Dark Eldar Rainbow — Kuribo’s Painting

Drazhar is done! It took quite a while but honestly, it was a pretty enjoyable road to go down and the results hopefully speak for themselves. Here’s a look at … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

2020 painting with Midwinter Minis

Lots of us have been doing a 2020 miniature painting retrospective this week. This video from Midwinter Minis provides a great summary of Guy’s year of painting: All up this … Continue reading

January 6, 2021 · 4 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 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment

Project Eclipse: Drukhari Raiders — Fingers Left The Model

There’s been a big old gap since I last threw anything up here, looking back it was Augst- yoinks. It’s not that I haven’t been hobbying-I’ve been squeezing it in … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Fantastic minis and where to find them

This Miniac video on YouTube got me thinking about the more obscure and unusual miniatures I have in my collection. In truth there are a few different places where you … Continue reading

November 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

Talisman Adventurers

How long have I had these models? Let’s see. I received these as part of a pack of 8 models as an engagement present, and this year will be our … Continue reading

October 31, 2020 · 6 Comments

Armies of the past: Mordor

Welcome to the final entry in my ‘armies of the past’ series. There were many more, but they are no longer with me, except for maybe a stray model here … Continue reading

October 24, 2020 · 11 Comments

Armies of the past: Misty Mountains

The Misty Mountains army was a blend of cave dwelling goblins, the spiders of the forest, and the wargs of the crags. I loved it. The army above shows a … Continue reading

October 17, 2020 · 18 Comments