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

Model of the Month is back for March/April!

On March 9th 2018, we'll be starting a "Vikings and Anglo-Saxons" Kickstarter - and we had to put MoTM on hold while we prepared for that.

But it's only two days until the Kickstarter launches - so we thought we'd put some effort into getting an MoTM out at the same time.

This should work nicely because we won't be doing any manufacturing for the Kickstarter until well into April - so the laser cutters are temporarily idle.

Unfortunately - we don't have time to design a new kit - so we're bring back an extremely popular model from our Pirate series:  La Belle!

La Belle

In order to keep email traffic to a minimum - we'll start the Kickstarter and La Belle MoTM at the same time - sometime early Friday evening.   Price of La Belle is "To Be Decided".


How Model of the Month works:

"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 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


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From: Jeff Harden  Date: 2018-12-14 16:35:45  

I placed a few orders with you a couple of years ago and was disappointed to find I missed out on your kickstarter earlier this year. You don't have any Bailey wall kits left by chance?

From: mands  Date: 2018-12-06 09:16:35  

From: brvheart  Date: 2018-07-07 07:41:07  

What is the current status of this here?
From: Steve Baker  Date: 2018-01-30 16:49:38  

We have decided (possibly against better judgement!) that this Viking stuff is *so* hot right now that we should put together all of the planned MoTM's with Viking and/or Anglo-Saxon content and run them all as another Kickstarter instead.

Yes - I know we said we wouldn't...but when we asked around, we got overwhelming support for the idea...so here we go again!

Plan is to launch it in early March and end it in early April (after tax day).

Currently, I'm in frantic design cycles. We want probably two more Viking ships - plus the previously announced Longhouse. But also smaller buildings (houses, workshops) for both Vikings and Anglo-Saxons (their buildings look VERY similar) - plus some big "center piece for the Anglo-Saxons...maybe a Motte and Bailey castle...and our usual selection of low-cost vehicles and accessory kits.

All of this is speculative at this point...we'll know better in a few weeks when we figure out what actually works and what doesn't...and we'll be posting teasers both here and on our Facebook page running up to the actual startup date.

Once the Kickstarter is done, we'll be going back to a regular Model-of-the-Month cycle.

From: Thunder  Date: 2018-01-30 14:07:07  

Howdy, No new model this month (Jan 2018)?



From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-10-26 12:32:46  

Sorry, we don't have a special "printable" version of the instructions.

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: Thaldon  Date: 2017-09-12 18:35:06  

I love your MotM kits, but am currently limited on my Model budget (I would have gotten 1 of the Wizards tower but that would have put this month over $75). However, I am planning on working on these with my daughter (5 Years old) over the winter ( a perfect indoor project) and was wondering if the build instructions could be downloaded in a more printable format. Thanks for your wonderful work.
From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-09-01 06:56:00  

@JEsteras: We have been negotiating with other laser cutting companies to license our designs. BlackHat miniatures (https://blackhat.co.uk) are now starting to manufacture some of our East Asian models. However we are not able to do this for private individuals because doing so would eliminate our ability to grant exclusive licenses to businesses and the cost of that is in the many thousands of dollars range.

If you are interested in doing this as a business proposition, please do get in contact with us (mail@letsrunwithit.com) and we'd be happy to discuss it.

From: JEsteras  Date: 2017-08-26 07:36:30  

Hello Steve & Renee!! I'm writing to you because I just found out about your incredible designs, but to my dismay the store has been closed!! :( Is there any way I could pay a lumpsum and get access to the cutting files? I'm geting a GlowForge laser cutter, (they will be finally shiping them out shortly), and this is the type of construction project I would like to try my hands on with my new machine. You can include a "personal-use-only" license agreement...I do not own a shop or anything like that, I just like to tinker for my gaming sessions, and have been creating cardboard buildings and terrains up until now,(I'll include photos), but with my new laser cutter I would like to graduate to something more sturdy, and I just LOVE all of your models!!! I have 3 years of architectural schooling and, let me tell you, the level of detailes in your models is just AMAZING!!! Thnxx for taking the time to read my message, and please keep designing new models...they are incredible!!!

...a fan:

Jose Esteras

PS: I work for free in summer camps, teaching the children how to create cardboard terrains, so the images show construx made by kids of my designs!!!! XD

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-08-25 14:59:10  

Last week for the Elven Longship model! Get yours before midnight on Aug 31st (Thursday) or they'll be gone forever.

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-08-07 05:36:03  

Hi Vinny,

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.

From: Vinny t  Date: 2017-08-07 05:02:22  

Will you ever rerelease models from your KS, they are so amazing. I am playing blood and plunder and would love a set and same ships. Would you consider selling your plans and files for use with at home laser cutters, similar to what printable scenery does for 3D printers?

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-08-01 13:08:16  

The Elven Longship kit is now available!


From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-07-27 14:32:44  

Just days left to get the Revolutionary Justice Pack or the Two Circus Wagon set. Midnight on Monday is your last chance!

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-07-20 13:46:54  

@Joe: Bad News: We're not planning on selling models from our previous series any more. So it's not going to be possible to buy the East Asian series of kits from us in the foreseeable future.

Good News: We have been in negotiations with a new laser cutting business to allow them to license most of our East Asian series designs. It's too early to make any announcement about that - it's up to them what they will offer and at what prices and when they'll start production (if at all). But if it works out, you'll hear about it both here and on our Facebook page.

From: Joe  Date: 2017-07-20 13:42:32  

I understand that you have changed your whole format...I am very interested in getting the Japanese terrain line if at all possible...please let me know...

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-07-17 05:24:48  

Done! There is a comment link at the top of the blog entry (a couple of speech balloons and the word "COMMENT") - and an "UP" link just ahead of the comment section, so now you can zip up and down very quickly!

From: Archon Shiva  Date: 2017-07-14 07:46:33  

Suggestion: Put a link at the top of pages that goes directly down to comments. It can be quite long to scroll past build instructions each time!
From: Thunder  Date: 2017-07-08 07:50:41  

My vote would be for different Asian Junks than the existing one. Other Asian ships would also be appreciated.

I am also grooving on the wagons,

I appreciate that you folks are still marking your creative side. Love the stuff you build.

From: Bob "Limbolance" Sweeney  Date: 2017-07-01 11:16:07  

Do you want suggestions for things beside wagons and ships? I could use "Modern Scatter": Mailboxes, Bus Stop (signs and those glass boxes with a bench); paper boxes (newspaper and sales ad styles); fire hydrants - my Zombie fighters need "cover"!
From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-06-25 11:24:49  

UPDATE: We decided to combine the prison wagon and the guillotine into a single "pack" as the MoTM for July. These two models go kinda naturally together - and they both fit into one envelope and save on postage. The August MoTM will now be our magnificent Elven Longship...watch this space for an announcement in the next few days!
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.


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  


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.