To start, I used 2 spare 40mm bases that I had sitting around, and decided to work in 2 ways on the bases. The first is a method I have been using for a while, and the other is a new method I wanted to try.
On the right, I tried something a bit new. I took some brown paint, from the old GW Scenery and Table Basing kit, squirted it into a smallish sealable container, and proceeded too mix some of my playground sand into it. I was trying to mimic the GW "Texture" paints.
Yes, looks like poop, but hey, it works.
After letting them dry for about a 1/2 an hour, I went applied a GW Argrax Earthshade wash to each base, again, setting it aside so it would dry (about a 1/2 an hour).
Once dry, I drybrushed GW Zandri Dust, followed by lighter drybrushes of GW Pallid Wyche Flesh, and then finally, GW White Scar. Finding out that on either base, a full hour is NOT enough drying time for either the original basing or the initial wash. On both bases, I had little chunks come off while doing light drybrushing. Not an issue, as I would cover this with static grass later.
After attaching the static grass with white glue, I painted the edges with VGC Beasty Brown - needing 2 coats as I was painting over unprimed edges.
The one on the left is sand, wash, then drybrush, the one on the right is sand/paint mixture, wash, then drybrush. To be honest, I like the one on the right better - the paint mix gives a better area for the wash too hold onto, and throws more depth into the colors. And to be honest, a lot of my armies are based the other way. I won't rebase them, but moving forward, I will be using the new method.
No, all your base are belong to you - get to it!