Renaissance Miniatures have been sampling gaming genres throughout history and producing top quality, pre-painted buildings, vehicles, ships and accessories for Medieval, East-Asian, Caribbean/Wild West, Pirates and Castles. Our reputation for quality, affordability, ease of construction and stellar customer service is well known in the Kickstarter community.
This time, we're heading into the Victorian era, with a dash of SteamPunk for good measure. Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace and the whole crew from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would find themselves at home with our latest offerings.
Also included are our versatile road and river tiles. They can work with just about any genre. You can even have working lamp posts. Our roads are timeless.
FInally, we add "Moriarties' Lair" a classic mill building that's been taken over by a mad scientist who's built a bunch of crazy machines.
Our researches for the project turned up an extraordinary coincidence that we think has gone unnoticed in the past.
The father of Steam Punk, Sir Charles Babbage, invented the basics of the modern computer at his home at number 1, Dorset Street in the swanky London district of Marlebone.
But there was another London road that had been named "Dorset Street" - it lay in the Spitelfields district. This second Dorset Street had the reputation of being the roughest street in the entire city - it was claimed that murders had been committed in every building in the street at one time or another.
A pretty 25 year old girl named Mary Jane Kelly lived at number 26 Dorset Street...sadly, the "dark" Dorset Street...which is where she too was murdered...and how she became the last known victim of Jack the Ripper.
Had Sherlock Holmes truly lived at 221b Baker's street (which crosses Dorset Street) - he'd have been of no help for poor Mary, because that was the Dorset Street where Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage came so close to launching Victorian England into the Steam Punk age.
So, on honor of these events, we present models of buildings from both Dorset Streets, a 28mm scale model of Babbage's elegant house, another of the elegant London residence of Ada Lovelace - and also a row of slums, including number 26, taken from the only known photographs of the 'other' Dorset Street. We even include the notorious Ten Bells pub, where Mary Kelly drank on the last day of her life.
To fill out the atmosphere, we include sections of road and railway viaduct.
We add Hansom cabs, Penny-farthing bicycles, a horse-drawn double-decker bus - battery-powered street lights that cast an orange pall over the world.
Then, to fit the coming age of Steam Punk, a replica of the Santos-Dumont airship - used by the flamboyant aviator to circle the Eiffel Tower and often to fly low above Paris streets to land next to his favorite coffee shop.
The "Pitts Sky Car" is something you've probably seen a dozen times.
Our goal here is a mix of realism, a stretch of the imagination on real machines - and a few pure fantasy concepts.
Here is Ada Lovelace's house:
So - Victorian England, Renaissance Miniatures style! Join the conversation, and pledge to help us add stretch goals and offer bonuses to existing pledge levels!
BONUSES AND STRETCH GOALS:
As the total amount of pledges grows, we'll be adding free 'bonus' items for our backers - and also unlocking new kits as additional 'stretch goal' reward levels:
- ACHIEVED: $12,500: BONUS: Free Outhouse Model at all backers with pledges of $5 and over.
- ACHIEVED: $15,000: BONUS: Free Hansom Cab Model for all backers with pledges $30 and over.
- UNLOCKED EARLY: $20,000: STRETCH GOAL: Moriarties' Lair.
- $20,000: BONUS: Two (2) Free Road Tiles for all backers with pledges $50 and over.
- $25,000: STRETCH GOAL: Moriarties' Lair Expansion set
- $25,000: BONUS: Two (2) Free River Tiles for all backers with pledges $50 and over.
- $30,000: STRETCH GOAL: Attack Airship.
- $30,000: BONUS: Two (2) Free Wrought Iron Fence sections for all backers with pledges $75 and over.
- $35,000: STRETCH GOAL: Albert Thomkinson's Ambulatory Train.
- $35,000:BONUS: Free set of Victorian Road Signs for all backers with pledges of $75 and over.
- $40,000: BONUS: Four (4) Free Rail sections for all backers with pledges of $100 and over.
Additional bonuses and stretch goals beyond $40,000 will be announced as we get close!
REWARDS AND ADD-ONS:
In addition to the "bundle" reward levels listed over on the right - you can increase your pledge and add-on as many of the items below as you want.
Here are some snapshots from our diorama:
Here are photos and description for each of the rewards:
The Lovelace house should be painted bright white - our laser cutter doesn't like cutting white paint - so we're shipping the white parts UNPAINTED - you'll need to give it a shot of flat white spray paint.
These are the "tenement" buildings, from the slums of East London.
Top: Tall tenement building
Second: Small tenement building
Third: EastEnd workshop
Bottom: Ten Bells Pub: The pub comes with two pub signs, one for Ten Bells, the other for The Britannia pub. Ten Bells still exists, and was the pub where Jack the Ripper was thought to meet many of his victims. The Britannia is long gone, but was the pub at the corner of Dorset street.
Top left: The Railway viaduct.
Top center & right: The railway viaduct with workshop.
Bottom-left: Passenger rail car.
Bottom-right: Coal rail car.
The Victorian Vehicle Pack: Top: Horse Drawn double-decker bus, Hansom cab, Penny Farthing bicycle.
Tree tile pack: Four tiles, containing a total of 10 trees.
This monument has a removable top that conceals a battery pack with an on/off switch and room for four AA batteries (not included). One battery pack can drive six lights (wired in parallel) for around 6 hours...less if you use rechargeable batteries.
Road segments: Top-left, curved, Top-right, straight, Bottom-left: Junction, Bottom-right: Road-over-river bridge.
The 'junction' part can be used without gluing the sidewalk parts down - which allows it to be used as a straight road, a sharp 90 degree turn, a T junction or a four-way junction. The left-over parts make great parts for narrow alleyways, steps and to make short (25mm) road segments.
River sections, top-left Straight, top-right, Curved, Bottom-left Junction. Bottom right-typical use.
NOTE: Rivers are delivered in dark olive-colored paint. You'll need to paint blue/green/grey in the water area - then apply several stipple-coats of a product such as "Mod Podge Gloss Lustre" (available in WalMart, Craft Shops, Home Depot, etc).
Top: The Ornithopter - a flapping wing flying machine, equipped with a brace of second-generation Congreve rockets.
Middle: The Pitts Fly-Car - a flying car invented in 1928...never did fly, but with neo-Victorian expertise, I'm sure it would become a common mode of transportation.
Bottom: The Santos-Dumont #6 Airship - the first aircraft to fly around the EIffel tower and return to it's starting point. Mr Dumont later took to flying it at low altitude through the streets of Paris to visit his favorite coffee shop!
The basic mill building is $65 - but we have an "early bird special" at $55 for the first 50 backers.
This is an Add-on to the mill to extend it out by 4"
This extending lightning conductor fits into the top of the mill chimney and extends it about 8" in a telescoping fashion. This is an add-on to the mill.
The Ornithopter launcher is an add-on to the mill building.
The Death Ray of Ming the Merciless (add-on to Mill building).
Risks and challenges
This will be our fifth Kickstarter as Renaissance Miniatures - so we know the ropes. We've successfully delivered all of our rewards on previous projects and we are proud to have zero unhappy backers. There is no reason to presume that this one will be any different.
The only significant risk is schedule. It's difficult to predict how long it'll take for us to manufacture all of the rewards when we have no idea how many of which will be pledged for - so please understand that "Estimated shipping date" really does mean "estimated"...not "promised"!
That said, our last Kickstarter (Castles & Siege engines) completed on time - and even when we've overrun the estimate, the vast majority of backers get their rewards early. Usually we allow 6 months for completing delivery on all rewards. We will make regular updates so everyone knows where we are in the delivery schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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