I have been asked a couple of times to put a tutorial together for basic groundwork. So here goes.
First things first. Have a Plan! Think about what you want to do. Different environments require different additions, not only the make up whatâ€™s lying around, but what items you use for visual interest. A solider standing in an empty street is not enough. You need to add trash, debris, spent cases, etc. Planning your presentation is just as important as the quality of your figure. The best figure in the world will not look as good as you think if you donâ€™t make the base match. Spend a little time looking at pictures of the actual subject.
For a single figure I use a 7â€ť round wood base. Remember scale is important. A figure is usually viewed from roughly 2-3 feet away. Your base has to be big enough to have room for the figure with a little groundwork showing. Some modelers may argue with me on this, but 3-4â€ť bases are just too small. It ends up looking like your figure is standing on the head of a pin.
This is a 7â€ť base and just big enough for your presentation.
"Fear no man and always do right"