I used a fine pumice gel mixed with German Camo. Med. Brown to build up the ground around the bases for each of the infantry and to give the base a muddy look. I then sparingly added some fine ballast using school glue to give a small rocky look in a few places. Thinned down German Camo. Med. Brown was painted on the ballast and I then dry brushed Beige Brown followed by Brown Sand to give the appearance of drying mud. I used Silfor MiniNatur Long buffalo grass tufts in the late summer and autumn colors. I'm also using long tufts in autumn. I was surprised to find the buffalo grass and long tufts in autumn are two different colors? The autumn and late summer colored silfor products offer a nice contrast to the green static and, to me, have the hay color shades.
I also completed Ford GPA amphibious Jeeps for a Sapper Spetsnaz Platoon. I painted them using Russian Green but I'm wondering if I should have painted them in US colors, I'll have to look into that? I do need to paint up some captured half tracks at some point.
I've been diligently assembling and painting T34s and BA-64s, too. Well, that's it for my late February update, I'll have more Soviet stuff in my next post and after that I'll start to work on HG in Italy. I always seem to be behind, playing catch up with the book releases.