It took most of the night to base them- my new system taking a bit longer. Here is how I do it:
- Base the figures and superglue a stone from the driveway (or some barkchip- both work equally as well)
- Cover the base in a layer of PVA then sprinkle on some cat litter then dip in my mix of beach sand and a bit of fine cat litter. One covered add a bit more PVA in patches and then repeat the dipping in sand (makes the base less flat and more contoured- I like the look this extra step gives- and saves needing to use a base of permafilla before covering the base in sand).
- Sit bases in front of the fire for an hour or so (the joys of winter) to dry.
- Cover base in another layer of PVA- this time a mixture of 75% PVA about 25% water with a drop of dishwash detergent so the PVA sinks into the sand on the base (this step bonds the sand and PVA and creates a layer of PVA over the whole base and makes painting much, much easier)
- Again leave in front of the fire to dry.
- Undercoat black.
- Once paint is dry drybrush with dark brown then a light brown.
- Paint bigger rocks dark grey and highlight with a light grey (all basing paints are cheap test pots from the local DIY store)
- Add static grass, some clumps of Silflor autumn foliage and some Woodlands Scenics clump foliage.
It takes a while but I like the end result