I'm quite keen to experiment with basing ... I have far too many different bags of flock, sand etc lying around to the point where I just threw away a bunch the other day ...
Anyways, I am going to try a new approach for my FIW skirmish project. Though I've experimented with basing before its always followed this basic sequence.
Add flocking gel or sand/grit to base
Paint a dark colour
Dry brush lighter colours
Add patches of tacky glue
Attach various static grass, clumps or other stuff
Now, the only real changes Ive ever done is with the paint colours and the type of "stuff" I glue on.
My new idea is to add a mix of "stuff" as a ground cover and then seal with more glue (no annoying painting). The second stage will be to add more "stuff", including static grass, in patches. I'm hoping this will both, reduce the basing time, and give a more natural look.
This pictures show some figures placed within a ground cover mix. Ive been playing around with what looks good. The second stage will brighten this up a bit by adding bright green grass patches and perhaps tufts.