A while back JackSarge asked me how I base my elements. Well, this is how I do it. Please keep in mind I did not paint these! These were given me by the Sarge hisself...
First up, I glue down the figures with PVA and paint the element (and figures) base(s) with an earthy brown.
This is actually a mix of two browns - one that was too dark, one that was too red.
Then I PVA some coarse sand in a semi-randomish way...so long as the sand goes up to the edge of the figures' bases.
Next, paint the sand in a lighter brown (Beasty Brown, to be precise. Not the most economical use of model paint...cheap poster paint would be more cost effective...)
Highlight with an off white...
...then apply more PVA, this time mostly between the mounts of sand (spread thusly with an old brush)...
...before dunking the base in a container of flock...
...and PVAing on the artillery piece.
Thanks again Sarge for the minis, they are fantastic.
More tomorrow - the whole army, no less.