A few people have asked me about my basing, so I thought I would do a step by step guide. If I miss something I apologise, please feel free to ask if I have or if somethings not clear.
These are the two units of 28mm Cataphracts just completed for my Late Roman Impetus army.
Bases are 120mm x 80mm 3mm ply supplied by Litko.
Figures are first glued down with PVA and left to dry ( sometimes over night )
PVA is then applied with an old nylon brush.....straight, not watered down. I use it quiet liberally as well.
I use a mix of different grades of textured 'grit'.....starting with beach sand ( this is good because there's all sorts of irregular size bits n pieces in there ) and a little model railway ballast all mixed in together. This is the core basing material.
Units were then left over night to dry. ( I also clamp my bases to the table top while drying to stop any warping ). Small clamps from the $2 shop are good enough for this. Spring or h clamps will do the trick.
Once dry brush off excess.
Paint needs to be watered down, about 50/50. It needs to be thin enough to make it easy to apply but thick enough to cover and stabilise the sand, bedding down your basing material. It'll take some practice to get it just right but when you do you'll know what I'm talking about.
Once again I leave overnight to dry, but you could get away with 2-3 hrs if you were in a hurry.
Dry brushing is next, starting with a mix of the base colour and a lighter shade Jo Sonja - skin tone is what I use.
Their ready to rock n roll.