How to base? I've added quite a detailed post on this, as it's something people often have questions about. This is just one way of doing it that I find effective, but there are many other ways of course.
One of the reasons people like Kings of War is multibasing. This saves the cumbersome chore of setting up hundreds of individual figures each game as you needed to do in older systems like Warhammer. As newcomers to that system often remarked, these individual figures functioned as nothing more than wound tokens on a regiment base and often led to battles between ugly empty looking movement trays. These perceptions contributed to poor sales and the eventual killing of Warhammer by GW unfortunately. This is sad, but after using multibasing for a while, I have to admit that going back to movement trays and individual figures feels like about as much fun as shifting from movement trays to the time before movement trays - if anyone remembers that far back!
As to where you get multibases, there are ones made for Kings of War by Mantic like these which you can also put your individually based models on (I use these for my old Warhammer armies which are still individually based), or MDF bases like these are what I used here.
Some people create beautiful and elaborate dioramas, with highly scenic multibases. I prefer my own bases to blend in with the tabletop more, so go with the style shown above. People have already made some very good videos and posts on multibasing - see here on the Mantic site for just a few examples. A very common method is to do a scenic base and finish this, and then stick the figures on afterwards. This is fine, though earlier Mantic figures like my Dwarves came with plastic bases you would have to chop off to do that. But having the bases suits me because I'm going to glue the figures on the bases and then complete the basing texture, ensuring a very solid attachment!
Here's the steps to doing that...
Firstly I put some of the basing material on bases between models feet, glued on with PVA/white wood glue. This takes only a few seconds per model and saves having to reach these tricky spots when they are all on the base. The basing material is just the brown basing material from Army Painter, though brown railroad ballast does the same job and is probably cheaper.
There is also a guideline called "Preferred Model Count" which is aiming for at least 75% of the figures the unit would have at full strength, if you can. That is what I'm aiming for here. The reason for going for this reduced number is that the models rank up more naturally, and figures don't overhang the base - which can be annoying in play, and increases risk of damage to the models. It is not that easy to fit on even this reduced number though!
Once dry, the excess is brushed/blown off and some tufts like these can be added if you want. I chose to add a few of them. Here's the final result.
Thanks for reading! As mentioned above, the next and final post in this series will be on lists, tactics, army expansion and so on. It will include some better photos of the various units and characters and ideas about them! Stay tuned for some tactical wisdom of dubious merit! :)