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Find out about MoTM - make suggestions, chat with the designer.

"Lets Run With It" and "Renaissance Miniatures" are joining forces to offer a "Model of The Month" (MoTM) feature.

  • Renaissance Miniatures has a reputation for producing the best laser-cut 28mm terrain out there and offering the best customer service anywhere.
  • Let's Run With It is Steve & Renee's blog where we post interesting stories and sometimes offer "premium content" for things like software coursework, short stories and so forth.

Each month, we'll unlock a new model (initially in 1/60th "28mm" scale only).  We'll take orders for that kit throughout the month - then we'll manufacture and ship them all together at the beginning of the following month.  No more L-O-N-G waits - no more feast/famine cycles.  When the month is over - a new model is unlocked and last month's model goes into retirement and will not be available again.

If you like what we make - then every month you can get a new kit in the mail.

We'll show you what models are coming up over the next few months - so you'll can budget when some larger model is coming out.

Our usual high-quality step-by-step build instructions will be added to each model's blog entry before we ship anything.

Blog meets Model.

Because this is also a "blog" - we can go into more details about the history surrounding the model - how we researched it - photos of "the real thing" (where that exists!).   Also, it's a two-way conversation.  You can comment on each model individually, tell us what you liked...and what you didn't!   You can also chat with Steve - who is our resident designer and software geek -  and Renee, who is our laser cutting expert, packer, shipper, promoter, customer-service and everything-else person.

We's especially love for you to add suggestions for new models here.  To encourage you to submit ideas: If you come up with a great idea for a kit (and it's something we don't already have planned) - then when we make it, we'll send you our first prototype for free!

Why are we doing this?

Selling through Kickstarter funding was a tough way to do business.  The "feast or famine" cycle was hard on our backer's bank balance and left our customers waiting for FAR too long to get their models.

Selling online from a library of 150 model designs was unsustainable because we either had to manufacture items one at a time (which is not cost-effective) or we had to keep crazy numbers of kits in stock just on the offchance someone would want to buy one...possibly years from now!

Model of the Month is like running a crowd-funded campaign each month - with just one reward.  We get economies of scale - nobody has feast-or-famine - new models are always available.

  -- Steve & Renee

 

Reader Forum: Model of the Month Blog

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From: Jim    Date: 2017-06-20 07:33:23
One more idea, a link to this new Model of the Month Blog should be on your Renaissance Miniatures Website.
From: Jim    Date: 2017-06-20 07:32:31
It would be really handy to put and "Estimated Price" on the previews just so we can save up for some of the pricier ones.
From: Jim    Date: 2017-06-20 07:28:58
Love your work. Bought all of the East Asian but missed the Dragon Temple. Looking forward to more!
From: Steve Baker    Date: 2017-06-14 06:55:49
@Nigs: You mean in the Disney "Moana" movie? I haven't seen that yet - I kinda get glimpses of some gigantic boat in the clips from the movie. Do you know of any place that has a clear picture of it? I've seen pictures of "Travelling Canoes" - which appear to be gigantic twin-hulled ships like this: http://www.janesoceania.com/oceania_voyaging/index.htm

From: Nigs    Date: 2017-06-12 10:55:05
Concerning sailing ships, one like the big one in Maui movie would be good - generic Pacifica trimaran
From: Steve Baker    Date: 2017-06-12 07:21:50
@Greyanvil: We'd like to do another sailing ship later this year - they have always been very popular. Any particular style of ship you had in mind?

From: Steve Baker    Date: 2017-06-12 07:20:45
@Greg: This is a different website from the old Renaissance Miniatures online store. We store user account information very differently so we were unable to automatically transfer existing accounts.
From: Greyanvil    Date: 2017-06-12 05:46:39
So happy to be able to buy more great products from you guys. Would love to see a Model of the Month sailing ship!
From: brvheart    Date: 2017-06-11 20:36:38
Glad to see this finally working! I was afraid you were out of business for good. Not sure what happened to my original account. Greg Geilman here
From: Thunder    Date: 2017-06-05 08:14:06
Yea! Glad to see you folks still doing models. Thanks for all the fun toys.

Peace

From: Steve Baker    Date: 2017-06-05 05:13:16
@Archon: To make sure you get email alerts - hit "Follow" (the heart icon at the top of the Reader forum and at the top of the post). You can adjust what we email to you in "Preferences".
From: Archon Shiva    Date: 2017-06-05 04:00:16
Yay!

Can we get e-mail alerts for these? Thanks!

From: Warfaror     Date: 2017-06-04 22:12:08
Looks great, glad I can get more of your kits.

From: Steve Baker    Date: 2017-06-04 22:02:51
Thanks! We've changed the way we work - hopefully this will be a smoother road than the uncertain cycle of Kickstarters. But check out the other content we're publishing here - trying to get an eclectic mix of writing. We're adding some short stories - and eventually some paid content like programming courses and such.

From: Dave    Date: 2017-06-04 21:51:09
Delighted to see you and the laser cutters back in business.

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