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jrminiatures Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 12:08 p.m. PST

Twenty three years ago I began JR Miniatures in my basement and since that time the company has expanded not only into a "real" company that operates in a commercial space but has also expanded beyond the borders of the U.S.

My wife Nancy and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many people in the gaming industry and creating products that have enhanced so many terrain layouts. After a brief illness last year, Nancy has been "gently" suggesting that maybe it is time for us to focus on family and to pursue new opportunities.

After much thought and consideration we have decided to not renew our lease which expires October 31st.

We realize that this will take many of you by surprise but we are ready for something new and Nancy is excited about pursuing opportunities that she has wanted to do for awhile and I am looking forward to doing contract design work.

Sunday is the last day that retail orders via our web-site will be accepted and we are no longer accepting wholesale orders.

We are talking with a few potential buyers and so JR Miniatures will most likely continue with a different owner. Anyone interested in purchasing the design rights (includes masters and tools) please contact me via my email at robert@jrminiatures.net

Thank you so much for all of the support and friendship over the years and we have enjoyed working with so many of you.

Robert and Nancy Rumfelt

Angel Barracks03 Oct 2012 12:12 p.m. PST

All the very best, enjoy a new chapter in your life.


Michael.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 12:14 p.m. PST

Best to you and your wife!

Dave Crowell03 Oct 2012 12:15 p.m. PST

All the best to you. I have many of your fine products at use.

I do hope someone continues the line.

Cheers,
Dave

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 12:27 p.m. PST

I wish you and your wife good health and much luck in your new endeavors. Thanks for some great products and service.

Timmo uk Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 12:30 p.m. PST

All the best to you both. I have some of your lovely models and hope you are able to sell both to give you some capital and to ensure the range survives.

VonBurge03 Oct 2012 12:39 p.m. PST

Congratulations on making JR Miniatures the success that it is and good luck with the next phase of your lives!!!

Personal logo richarDISNEY of the RDGC Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 12:45 p.m. PST

Bummed to see you go, but I wish you all the luck in your new ventures!
beer

HistoryPhD03 Oct 2012 1:11 p.m. PST

Good luck in the future. I sure hope someone picks up the rights and continues production. We just can't loose those great JR buildings!! Robert, if someone does buy the rights, will you please give us a head's up so we can stop mourning?

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 1:18 p.m. PST

All the best.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 1:22 p.m. PST

Good luck to you both and thanks for the quality products that you have produced over the years. I have many a JR Miniatures product in my collection.

Allen

Caesar03 Oct 2012 1:24 p.m. PST

Good luck and have fun.

Wolfprophet03 Oct 2012 1:27 p.m. PST

Best of luck and I hope the range does get sold off. I have a long list of JR stuff I still want. Your buildings in 15mm scale are just awesome.

RudyNelson Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 1:27 p.m. PST

Well Robert and nacy the best of luck in your future projects. It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Let me know if your current prospects to buy the business fall through. I have a few companies that have expressed interest to me about your company.

Rudy Nelson
Nelson Time Portal

Mako1103 Oct 2012 1:30 p.m. PST

Sorry to hear that, and wish you the best!

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 1:33 p.m. PST

Best wishes to you both from a very satisfied customer.

jrminiatures Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 1:35 p.m. PST

Rudy – nothing is final until cash in hand -:))))

If someone is serious about buying have them contact us for details via Rob's email.

Thank you so much Rudy!!!

Micman Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 2:26 p.m. PST

Good luck to the both of you in the future.

RudyNelson Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 2:35 p.m. PST

Just sent an email.

War In 15MM03 Oct 2012 3:06 p.m. PST

All my best wishes for this next stage in your lives. Richard

Sidney Fiddler Inactive Member03 Oct 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

Lifes to short old mate, to stick in the same groove.
This geezer Tommy "tealeaf" Tibbs never changed and
then he was in the manor in the sky.
Good Luck to both of you .

Personal logo Landorl Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 3:39 p.m. PST

Wow! I can remember when I first started seeing your stuff around. It was back in the early 90s- not long after you first started.

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with your business!

Lion in the Stars03 Oct 2012 3:49 p.m. PST

I'm sorry to hear that you are closing up shop, but I hope you enjoy your new plans.

I also wish you luck in selling the company to someone else!

ThomasHobbes03 Oct 2012 4:05 p.m. PST

So sad. Your terrain is phenomenal and I need more of it.

Good luck in the future!

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 4:14 p.m. PST

Sorry to see you go, but thank you for everything you and your wife added to our hobby! Good luck!

Shagnasty03 Oct 2012 4:44 p.m. PST

Sorry to hear of the end of your business.

itaphil Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

Sorry to see you leave the business – I love your products and service – but I wish you the best.

LordNth Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 5:40 p.m. PST

So rare does one, in this industry, get to choose to close. Your not forced and continuing on. And it looks like some of your hard work will continue with out you. Congrats!

jpattern2 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 7:08 p.m. PST

Good for you, especially if someone else picks up your lines.

I have a table full of your 6mm ruined buildings, and it is a joy to game on.

Personal logo McWong73 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2012 8:35 p.m. PST

I will sorely miss you guys. I have a pile of your 15mm product, it forms the basis of my terrain collection, and have never once had a problem with your excellent ranges – especially the more recent WW2 lines. Very sad for me, but sounds like you're both taking the right steps.

Will make a final look see on the site, with some sadness.

Etranger03 Oct 2012 10:39 p.m. PST

Best wishes for the future & thanks for all your work. I've got some of your very fine products & it's nice to hear that they might still be available.

Wargamer Blue04 Oct 2012 2:05 a.m. PST

Best wishes JR. I love your terrain. Wish I had a lot more now. Time to smash out a last order before Sunday.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2012 4:07 a.m. PST

Shocking news indeed! Will be very much missed. You brought integrity to a business many times lacking in it. You always put your customers first. I have placed several orders directly with you and each time been very satisfied. The only time there was an issue, when one item out of many was missing from an order, you not only promptly sent the piece you also sent an extra piece as a way to say you were sorry AND a personal email with your apologies. We can only hope anyone purchasing your line will give it as much love and attention as you have.

Forgotten Glorious Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Oct 2012 4:58 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear about that; I bought some buildings in the past and I was alaways pleased with your service

Best wishes for the futures

Franck

rhacelt04 Oct 2012 5:17 a.m. PST

Sorry to see such a fine addition to our gaming community stepping aside. I wish you and your wife nothing but the best of luck. You have been a major contributor to most of my gaming tables for that I thank you.

Dynaman878904 Oct 2012 5:22 a.m. PST

Yours is the only non-paper buildings that I own. I'll be sad to see you go. Hopefully you sell the line soon (for a good price) and that your future endeavors work out well.

jrminiatures Inactive Member04 Oct 2012 5:35 a.m. PST

Thank you all for such kinds words.

It is an exciting time for me as I am looking forward to a new endeavor but at the same time I have moments of sadness.

JR has been such a part of our life and family – not easy to say good-bye!

I know Robert is looking forward to doing design work for hopefully the new owner(s) as well as getting involved in the art community here in Loveland.

We are not "spring chickens" and so it will be nice to do something that I can wear nice clothes to the office!

Nancy

Personal logo nazrat Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2012 5:51 a.m. PST

I have an incredible Stalingrad set-up that is almost all JR Models. I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for all the enjoyment your products have given me!

Good luck with all your future endeavors!!

Jerry

robert305infantry Inactive Member04 Oct 2012 6:02 a.m. PST

Wow! Thanks to everyone for your kind words. JR Miniatures has been the passion of my business life and I have enjoyed the company and more importantly the people in this industry

It has been my pleasure to design scale miniature buildings and terrain features for the gaming/hobby community! There's nothing like starting a new design project, doing the research and line art and finally putting knife to plastic or a sculpting tool to clay!

One aspect of the design work I enjoyed the most was the research involved in creating a building or series of buildings associated with a new model release.

While researching the history of a battle or war you discover the units that participated and names begin to appear in the story. The names were of real people, many of whom lost their lives. I felt an obligation to recreate in the most authentic way possible a small part of their experience in miniature and pay tribute to their service.

Again, I appreciate the kind words, Nancy and I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and we'll see if we can't find a good home for JR Miniatures' product line so the gaming community can continue to buy the buildings and terrain models they require for their gaming hobby.

Best wishes for everyone,

Robert Rumfelt
Owner of JR Miniatures

dwiebenga Inactive Member04 Oct 2012 8:44 a.m. PST

All the best in your future adventures!

plutarch 64 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

I have had nothing but great service from JR in the past so I will be sorry to see you move on, but would like to also wish you all the best for the future.

GOTHIC LINE MINIATURES04 Oct 2012 5:13 p.m. PST

Good luck to you both,sometimes being in this business is just about being stubborn even when you enjoy producing,it is a huge effort not always worth it,much like teaching…
But under today´s severe crisis it's good to see things in perspective and take some well planned decisions.

teenage visigoth Inactive Member05 Oct 2012 6:41 a.m. PST

So long and thanks for all the buildings!

-TV

The Gonk05 Oct 2012 8:28 a.m. PST

Good luck going forward!

avidgamer05 Oct 2012 8:37 a.m. PST

Please don't go! We need more stuff. *sob, cry, sniffles* :(

ARMY Strong05 Oct 2012 9:01 a.m. PST

I'm sure someone will buy the line it's a household work in the hobby.

raylev3 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2012 11:58 a.m. PST

Wow….hope everything works out. As someone who has a wide variety of your products, I can definitely tell you that you will be missed!!!

Weland05 Oct 2012 12:47 p.m. PST

It saddens me to see you all move on as I have always held your terrain with high esteem. I also had several pages on my wishlist of terrain I need from you all. Good luck on your future project and hopefully, I will see your products maintain a presence in this community!

shaneypops06 Oct 2012 8:30 a.m. PST

Your wife is very fortunate to have a man make a big decision like that – you're totally doing the right thing, but you'll be sorely missed. Wishing you good luck in all your future endeavors, thanks for the wonderful buildings.

Shane

stenicplus06 Oct 2012 6:29 p.m. PST

Well, got my sister in Westport CT to order some stuff for me that I'd been thinking about for ages.

Hope all goes well for you both Robert.

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