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Realistic pre-painted modular buildings & accessories in 28mm scale.  Accessible and detailed interiors with 1" etched grid on floors.
Realistic pre-painted modular buildings & accessories in 28mm scale.  Accessible and detailed interiors with 1" etched grid on floors.
Realistic pre-painted modular buildings & accessories in 28mm scale. Accessible and detailed interiors with 1" etched grid on floors.
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PLEASE NOTE: Since our project has gained far more support than we originally asked, it is likely that delivery dates for people who pledge after we reached the $20,000 mark will slip into February 2013.   We hope that funding will surpass $50,000 and we'll be able to buy two or more laser cutters to pull the schedule back to January - but we can't promise that at this stage.

New! Thanks to our new re-design walls don't have to be glued to floors anymore, so they take up less space to store.  Buildings still look the same and those that want to glue the walls to floors can.  We give you the option now.

The goal of this project is to kick start our "Medieval Village" effort.  Sure, these models buildings look good, but they are also highly functional.  Built for 28mm gamers, these are modular units - so you can pull them apart and reassemble them into different buildings.  You can remove the roof to see inside the upper floor, remove the upper floor to see the ground floor.  Once we're fully in business, we'll sell individual modules and expansion packs - but to fit the Kickstarter format, we have put together a set of typical buildings that show off our system well and offer a solid starting point for those who intend to amass a larger collection.  We're also aware that a village is a lot more than just buildings - so we're gradually creating a strong line of accessories: Carts and wagons, well, fencing, horse-trough, pillory, gallows, ducking stool and anything else you might find in a typical village.

Our "flagship" model is our large tavern "The Well Oiled Scabbard".  This is a gigantic building on two floors - lift the upper floor off and put it to one side and you have the perfect venue for Tavern Brawl gaming. The interior room layout is completely flexible.  For more pictures and other product information check out our website at http://RenaissanceMiniatures.com

Bonuses and Stretch Goals!

Since we reached $25,000 - and heading into the last week of the project, we're announcing a cornucopia of bonuses and stretch goals.  As our pledge total reaches each new level, we'll add new rewards and extra freebies for all sorts of pledge levels!  Please read update number 18 for full details - but this image is a basic roadmap:

Project roadmap
Project roadmap

Gazebo!!

Check out "Eric and the Gazebo" on Wikipedia for why everyone in the know wants a 28mm scale gazebo model!  Here is the basic Gazebo - which we'll unlock for a mere $20 pledge once the project reaches $30,000.  But that's not all!  At every $10,000 after that, we'll add another gazebo model...the burned down gazebo, the rampaging gazebo, the giant "bull" gazebo, the undead gazebo, the herd of baby gazebii, which will be free to everyone who buys the basic model just as soon as we reach those stretch goals!

The dreaded Gazebo.
The dreaded Gazebo.

Dice Tower!

Limited edition available during this KS.  Get yours personalized with your name or saying.  See rewards at right for more details.

New! Thatcher's Cottage and Barn. 

Also New! A Jail for those criminals.

Stretch Goals:

Our early adopters are getting bonuses once we reach $25,000, then again at $50,000, $75,000 and above. (See Update #6 for details)

At $25,000 everyone who pledges for a vehicle, building or combo set gets free "TOTAL DESTRUCTION" goodies. (See Update #8 for details).

Before and after...
Before and after...

We're soon going to be adding new rewards and other bonuses for higher attainment levels - so watch out for updates!

Reward Levels:

We have added a new pledge level that includes buildings only.  12 in all!  You get new items Thatcher's cottage, barn and jail plus multiples of buildings in the small village.

The Medium Village
The Medium Village

We've tried to add levels for every pocketbook - ranging from $4 to $500 with plenty of useful choices in the most popular $20 to $30 range.  Click on the images below to see more information, photographs and assembly instructions for each kit.

Tables & Benches - $4
Tables & Benches - $4
Pony Cart - $4
Pony Cart - $4
Buckboard Wagon - $5
Buckboard Wagon - $5
Hangman's Gallows - $10
Hangman's Gallows - $10
Fisherman's Cottage - $15
Fisherman's Cottage - $15
Vehicle Pack - $15
Vehicle Pack - $15
Justice Pack - $20
Justice Pack - $20
Street Pack - $20
Street Pack - $20
Blacksmith's Forge - $20
Blacksmith's Forge - $20
Apothecary's Shoppe - $25
Apothecary's Shoppe - $25
Water Mill - $35
Water Mill - $35
Pack pack - $40
Pack pack - $40
The Drowning Lizard Brewery - $50
The Drowning Lizard Brewery - $50
The Dragon Drop Inn - $75
The Dragon Drop Inn - $75
The Small Village - $100
The Small Village - $100
The Well Oiled Scabbard Tavern - $200
The Well Oiled Scabbard Tavern - $200
The Medium Village - $245
The Medium Village - $245
The Large Village - $400
The Large Village - $400

At the $500 level, you get everything in the "Large Village" pack - and we assemble it for you.  If you live within 100 miles of Austin, TX we will even give you personalized at your door delivery.

Risks and challenges

Steve and Renee have considerable experience with "flexible manufacturing" - laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC milling, etc. Steve has been a gamer since Dungeons & Dragons was pronounced "Chainmail" and works in computer games as a 3D graphics programmer. Renee has experience with interior design and management and has started a small business making custom dollhouses. As you can see, all of our first product is already designed and we have made multiple successful prototypes using the same technology we'll use for manufacturing.

We have carefully set up our prices to include roughly 65% for equipment leasing, 20% for shipping, 10% for Kickstarter/Amazon's fees and 5% for paint, materials, electricity and so forth.

At our goal level, we would be able to fund the purchase our own laser cutter but would have to work for about a month for nothing. That's OK because we are passionate about building a business and our labor would (in effect) be earning us the tools we need. But with our own laser cutter, we can find things to keep it busy and we'll have a great part-time business going forward. If we go well over $13,000 - when this probably becomes a full-time job and the business should take off.

Should things go crazy then at around $40,000 we'd need to consider leasing office space and getting a second laser cutter - twice the capacity, but twice the amount of product - so we're back to working for nothing for a month - but after that we have a spectacular capability to mass produce for the gamer market. If things go wildly crazy, then for every $50,000 or so we need another machine and for every four machines we need to employ someone to keep them fed. However, a $10/hour employee can easily keep four machines fed - so this is sustainable and scales well.

Our schedule for delivery (Jan 2013) is worst-case. We'll need time to get our equipment set up and we have kept at least 6 weeks in the schedule to allow for problems.

If anyone would like to see more details of the way we arrived at these numbers, shoot us an email.

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    Our thanks for helping to fund our Kickstarter project. Because you're a part of it, you'll be informed of new designs and stretch goals as they happen.

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    A pony-cart kit. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Two teeny-tiny table and bench kits, just 1" long each. The Guiness book of records doesn't have a category for "Smallest commercially available wooden model" - but this might be it! Natural wood finish and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Hangman's gallows. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    You get our bridge kit. A roughly 9" long modular wooden bridge (two center spans and two ramps) with rope handrails. Wide enough for our wagon model to cross. You can combine multiple bridge kits to extend to greater lengths. The basic kit can also be used to make two boat docks. Based on the medieval bridge that was excavated at Clonmacnoise in Ireland. Pre-painted and free shipping to the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Fence pack(s). $10 buys you eight 4" fence pieces. If you'd like more than eight pieces, please add $5 for every additional FOUR pieces of fencing. So if (for example) you want 20 pieces, please pledge $25. For technical reasons, our fence pieces are shipped unpainted - but a shot of white spray paint will fix that in a jiffy. (Actually, we think they look pretty good in natural wood - which is how we show them in all of our photographs). Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping for up to 40 pieces...$10 for more than 40.

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    Fisherman's cottage. Single-story, pre-painted and easy to assemble. Comes with material for an authentic "sod roof" which is removable for access to the interior. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Vehicle Pack. Includes one pony cart, one buckboard wagon, and one market cart. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Market pack: Three market carts, with two tables and benches. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    A jailhouse for the incorrigible. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. You get a one-story building with barred windows and door. Free shipping in the US. Add $5 for international shipping.

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    Barn with sod roof. Single-story, pre-painted and easy to assemble. Comes with material for an authentic looking "sod roof". Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Justice Pack. Includes one pillory (stocks), one ducking stool, and one hangman's gallows. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

    (Justice not included)

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    Street Pack. Includes one well, one horse trough, and four fence sections. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Blacksmith forge. One story with removable roof and forge. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    2 double-wide/double-length roofs Expansion Pack: Includes 4 double-wide gable-end pieces, 4 double-wide gable-end decor pieces and 4 double width/double/length decor pieces, Pre-painted. Free shipping in the USA, please add $5 for international shipping.

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    A Kickstarter-only, limited-edition Gazebo kit. Sadly, for technical reasons, it'll be unpainted - but a shot of white spray paint will soon fix that. This is great deal as it stands- but it's actually a monumentally better deal than it first looks. If our project reaches $40,000, $50,000, $60,000 or $70,000 - we'll add a different, additional gazebo model for free! The burned-out gazebo (sad!), the rampaging gazebo (Hooray!), the giant rampaging bull gazebo, the transparent ghostly gazebo, the flock of cute little baby gazebo's! This is a strictly limited edition offer. Once the Kickstarter is over, we'll delete the design plans and burn the blueprints! See our follow-on stretch goals for more details! Free shipping to the US, please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Apothecary shoppe. Two stories with removable roof and second floor. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Thatcher's cottage. Single-story, pre-painted and easy to assemble. Comes with material for an authentic looking "thatched roof". Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Watermill. Two stories with removable roof and second floor. Material included for an authentic "sod roof". Water wheel comes with of course. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    The Pack pack. Includes one vehicle pack, one justice pack, and one street pack. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    Ye olde Dice-maker's cottage. A fully-functional dice-tower made to blend right into your village. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    The Drowning Lizard Brewery. Two stories tall, it consists of four room modules with two small roof sections. Includes five small barrels and a buckboard wagon to deliver them in. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    Expansion pack #1: You choose any mixture of: Floors (stone or wood) $2 each, Stone walls $2 each. Half-timbered walls $3 each. Four columns $1. Single-module roofs $5 each. Make it add up to $50 and tell us what mixture you want when we put out the survey at the end.

    Your total for this should add up to EXACTLY $50 - we can't make up packs in other amounts because of the way packing and shipping works out.

    Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    You get The Dragon Drop Inn with a horse trough, four tables with benches, and five barrels. Two stories tall, it consists of eight room modules with one large roof section. Pre-painted and easy to assemble. Free shipping in the US. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    The Small Village pack. Everything you need to make a small medieval village. Includes: Blacksmith forge, Apothecary shoppe, Watermill, Fisherman's cottage, plus the Street, Vehicle and Justice packs. $150 if you bought it all separately! Lots of goodies to assemble - but not difficult. Pre-painted of course. Free shipping in the US. Please inquire about international shipping.

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    The Small Village pack WITH FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. Everything you need to make a small medieval village. Includes: Blacksmith forge, Apothecary shoppe, Watermill, Fisherman's cottage, plus the Street, Vehicle and Justice packs. $150 if you bought it all separately! Lots of goodies to assemble - but not difficult. Pre-painted of course. Free shipping worldwide. DO NOT ORDER THIS IF YOU WANT IT SHIPPED TO THE USA!

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    You get our flagship product, "The Well Oiled Scabbard Tavern". This gigantic model includes 28 room modules, 12 roof sections and two staircases. Can be reconfigured in dozens of ways to make other buildings. Also included is one buckboard wagon, two large ale barrels, five small barrels, and eight tables with benches. Lots to assemble but not difficult. Pre-painted and free shipping to those in the USA. Please inquire about international shipping.

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    Wow! Finally a building only package. 12 Buildings in all!
    You get (2) Fisherman's Cottages (sod roofs), (2) Thatched Cottages (NEW), (1) Blacksmith Forge, (1) Watermill, (2) Barns, (1) Jail, And...(3) Two-story Shops. And...don't forget. All of our building's modules can be used to build bigger buildings of your choosing. Add a 2nd story, or 3rd from other buildings. Make a larger one story building by adding more walls and floors. You can buy extra walls, floors, and 3-6" roof modules to completely customize your village. Free shipping in the US. Please add $30 for international shipping. Please note...there are no accessory packs in this reward.

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    You get our flagship product, "The Well Oiled Scabbard Tavern" WITH FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. This gigantic model includes 28 room modules, 12 roof sections and two staircases. Can be reconfigured in dozens of ways to make other buildings. Also included is one buckboard wagon, two large ale barrels, five small barrels, and eight tables with benches. Lots to assemble but not difficult. Pre-painted. DO NOT ORDER THIS REWARD IF YOU ONLY NEED US SHIPPING!

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    The Large Village pack. You get it all you lucky dog! The Well Oiled Tavern, the Dragon Drop Inn, The Drowning Lizard Brewery, and the entire Small Village pack. That's seven different buildings, five vehicles, lots of street decor, punishment for miscreants and enough barrels of Drowning Lizard Ale to keep a Dwarf happy for a week! OK...an evening...maybe. You also get to name your village and we will make a custom village sign just for you. Assembly required but it's really easy. Pre-painted and free shipping to the US. Please inquire about international shipping.

    HINT: This would be a great thing for a group of gamers to get together to buy.

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    The Large Village pack - WITH FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. You get it all you lucky dog! The Well Oiled Tavern, the Dragon Drop Inn, The Drowning Lizard Brewery, and the entire Small Village pack. That's seven different buildings, five vehicles, lots of street decor, punishment for miscreants and enough barrels of Drowning Lizard Ale to keep a Dwarf happy for a week! OK...an evening...maybe. You also get to name your village and we will make a custom village sign just for you. Assembly required but it's really easy. Pre-painted. DO NOT ORDER THIS REWARD IF YOU ONLY NEED US SHIPPING!

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    WE ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING! At this price level you get the Large Village pre-assembled and we get the fun of assembling it and somehow finding a big enough box to ship it to you in! You get to name your village and we will include a custom-made village sign. Pre-painted and free shipping to the US. Please inquire about international shipping.

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