About this project
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:
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!
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.
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).
We're soon going to be adding new rewards and other bonuses for higher attainment levels - so watch out for updates!
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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