"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 everyones' bank balances 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
Sorry, we don't have a special "printable" version of the instructions.
|From: Steve Baker ||Date: 2017-10-26 12:32:46 |
The trouble with it is that the instructions heavily depend on the photos - and printing out lots of high-resolution pictures will cost you a small fortune in printer ink/toner!
So we assume people will just use the online version. If you really wanted to do it - then (in Windows or Linux) you can use the "PRINT" function in the browser then change the printer destination to "Save as PDF" - and you'll have a PDF of the instructions downloaded - which you can either print or just read offline.
But you don't really need to do that. We don't *EVER* take down the build instructions - you can still find the instructions for the very first kit we ever made from six years ago - and only the other day, someone who bought our very first kit mentioned that he was only just getting around to building it!
I have about a dozen web sites on the same server - and have done for 20+ years - so the web site will never "go away".
|From: Steve Baker ||Date: 2017-08-07 05:36:03 |
Sorry, no - we looked into that and we don't believe the effort in bundling the plans into a form that home laser cutters can use would justify the few sales we'd be likely to make. There really doesn't seem to be enough 28mm gamers in any particular genre who own laser cutters with large enough bed sizes to make it worthwhile - and anecdotal evidence from the 3D printing world suggests that the likelyhood of illicit copying of our designs between customers would be high.
We'd end up spending a LOT of time organizing the designs for public consumption for maybe one or two sales per design. Add to that the customer support effort and it's just not cost-effective.
We are currently offering "manufacturing licenses" to other laser cutting businesses to allow them make and sell our kits - and we just recently granted a license to make the East Asian series kits to BlackHat miniatures in the UK. They are gradually ramping up production of our East Asian kits on their own laser cutter.