Don't believe me? Check out Eldar v Squats from p180 of the Rogue Trader rulebook.
It's not always possible or practicable to keep gaming miniatures in a diorama setting, but equally it's nice sometimes to have something which sets the miniatures off. That's where a display base comes in. I can't pretend to have invented the idea - it's been in use for years, but I thought I'd share how I do it for my Blood Bowl teams. The principle would be the same for any small group / warband / gang / team, and the end results look a bit like this:
|Pitchside base for my Skaven Blood Bowl team
|Graveyard base for my Necromantic Undead Blood Bowl team
Both of the above bases use the same principles to give a little bit of a backdrop and scenic flavour to the miniatures. They are also useful as carrying trays in a gaming setting. The process however, is exceptionally simple.
|Step 1: Buy a picture frame. I use Ikea Ribba frames as they're cheap and look pretty good.
|Step 2: Remove the glass, mount and backing board. Retain the backing board, but you can discard or use the glass and backing board elsewhere.
|Step 3: Using the backing board as a template, mark out and cut a piece of thin board the same size (I use 3mm MDF).
|Step 4: Cut holes in your thin board where you want your models to stand. I use a 26mm drill bit.
|Step 5: After cutting the holes, texture the board as you wish.
I'm currently working on a new board for my Dark Elf Blood Bowl team, which will have an enclosure for their team mascots (baby manticores) and a billboard. I also plan to do something a little larger for the Brat Hive Gang (eventually!).
Happy board making!