Auticus Paints – The Nord Huscarl!
Basing is simple. The more detail I want, the more intricate the bases I do. In this case for a rank and file model, I am good with a nice texture base and some tufts of grass. I save the nice detailed bases for my characters.
This is just a layer of technical earth paste that dries to form cracks. The entire army is based this way, giving them the appearance they are coming off the boats onto a dried up summertime creek / river bed.