This is an extremely interesting dive into the minds and passions behind one of the best MDF terrain companies in the industry.
Austin tells how we started working on building and selling small house and model kits at a very young age. His love of building and crafting led him to work with Miniwargaming and starting commission work. Now the creation of Death Ray Designs allowed him and his business partner to get back to creating terrain and scenery for all kinds of miniature wargames.
We also discuss the various artists and worlds he gets a lot of his inspiration from. So much of Death Ray Designs' products feature shapes and impressions that nod to other worlds. Austin also talks about the importance of understanding what essential elements give a terrain piece the feel of an established world without being a copy.
Austin goes into his design philosophy and how he approaches the layouts of their MDF terrain to make assembly as efficient and easy as possible. There were a few very specific things he wanted to avoid in his products and we talk about those choices.
And he shares about some products that didn't quite go the way he was expecting and the lessons the company learned from those experiences.