1. Use a variety of materials on each base. Variety is the spice of life, and you need to stick to that. Use combina- tions of 3 (3 bricks, 3 rocks, 3 reeds etc..) –it’s a designer trick! And don’t put the same items on each base. Choose one or two gravels or grasses to make the main features on each model, and then vary the items on all the other models in a set of figures. Aim for unity with varia- tion. Plan ahead!
2. Don’t rush basing! It is at least as important as the main figure.
3. Learn to observe nature. Take photographs of land- scapes. Look for how reeds grow, or rushes grow from underneath rocks.
4. The edges of your base are important – so what colour do you choose? Try to complement your base. If green, then a darker colour is best – such as dark angels green (Games Workshop)
5. Don’t forget to varnish the edge! It is a part of the model that can be most chipped. Varnish it in satin varnish, then spray with purity seal afterwards.
6. Static grass can be given variation by stippling or dry brushing with other browns or greens – bubonic brown and bleached bone (games-workshop) work well here.