Picked up two of Mantic Games’ Iron Guard sets to build a troop (ten figures) of the elite dwarfs for my Kings of War force. As is my habit, once they were assembled and primed I kept two or three on the painting table until the unit was finished. Not needing a second musician I only had nine figures but since I planned on using one of the Scibor dwarf head statues that wasn’t a problem.
I did want to make sure the figures would fit together after I was done building the base so I test fit them before gluing the Mantic bases to the movement tray. I didn’t glue the figures to the bases yet.
Mantic uses a disc instead of a tab connecting the feet which is then glued into one of their bases. Between the thickness of the disc and the thin ankles I decided to use them rather than pins and built the base using Mantic bases. This meant there was no room for the Scibor bases I had been using on most of my other units. So I dug through the bits box, found some Mantic bases I had cut up for a previous base. Nipped some corners, gouged some parallel lines and I had passable broken tile bits to add into the texture.
Then it was just a matter of painting it like I would any other miniature. When that was done I sprayed it with sealant before gluing the finished miniatures to it. I find that super glue gel is the easiest to work with in this endeavor.
Finally I glued down patches of my flocking mix, lichen, and clumps of grass to finish the look. I think the scattering of undergrowth adds a natural look to the whole unit.