50/50 mix of powdered filler and PVA glue in medium sized plastic container.
Two tablespoons of earth shade pigment. Apply to bases by medium brush, fairly thickly.
Once dry, cat litter (ground to fine stone, size to taste), is added in patches and left to dry.
Shake off any loose stones, apply PVA and drop static grass, give it a quick tap, leave for a minute or so (while applying glue to the next base) then turn the base over and tap off any excess.
A watery wash of Burnt Umber is then applied to the stone areas and once dry drybrush with Buff.
I wanted a quite light finish to my bases as I feel it helps the figures to 'pop' a little more, I wanted some of the filler mix to be left showing. The cavalry bases did need a fair bit of building up due to the large bases and the washers, but they turned out well once finished. The units are all of three 30mm bases for a common frontage of 90mm which will require a 100m grid, be it square of hex. The guns are on large frontage bases of 45mm and I'll probably go with two bases per battery on a 90mm frontage once I get more guns. So the French army to date consists of the following in Commands & Colors terms:
3 x mounted generals.
8 x line infantry (12 figures per unit)
1 x Grenadier battalion
2 x light infantry units
2 x lancer light cavalry. (6 per unit)
1 x Chassuer light cavalry
1 x Hussars light cavalry
3 x Dragoons heavy cavalry
1 x Horse Grenadiers (Guard heavy cavalry).
3 guns and crews.
A grand total to date of 195 figures.
|British heavy dragoons. Blue Moon 18mm figures as are all the figures.|