I'm glad you like looking at my work. It's nice to know when people like what I make.
I totally agree with you about using the right tool for the right job - and Inkscape would have made some things a lot easier - but in this case I wanted to see if I could do it in Scribus, just out of curiosity. It was an experiment in seeing what limits Scribus might have with this sort of thing while at the same time trying some different techniques to see what works well.
And I'm glad to say that Scribus didn't disappoint, for the most part anyway. I had a few Signal Six crashes at weird times, and I noticed that working at very small dimensions can be tricky, and the Node Editor could have been more helpful at times, but in general all was good.
If anything, it proves that Scribus can be used to make this type of illustration without the user needing to learn another application. So, Hooray for Scribus!