These figures (foot are Essex, not sure about the mules) were generously sent my way by the strong right arm of Simon Miller (Bigredbat), putter-on of spectacular multiplayer ancients games, all round top bloke and author of To The Strongest!
I'm not usually one to muck around too much with bases, but I thought I would try to go a bit fancier than usual for these.
To help me in future, I'm including a little reminder of what I did.
1) Paint the figures!
2) Set some puddles using larger stones and apply a mix of fish tank sand and glue.
3) Next, paint sand with a mix of watery earth brown, followed by a drybrush.
4) Apply glue. Pour flock on...
5) Shake flock off.
6) Add a couple of foliage clumps and dribble Klear over the water holes.
This was a lot of fun to do. Thanks again, Simon!