Cue Donnigton miniatures casualty figure range. These figures work out around 30p each and they've a selection to cover just about all historical figures.
I ordered 20 mixed figures and collected them at Colours. Then I purchased a few 30mm diameter mdf bases from Products for Wargamers and some 7mm dice & frames from Pendraken those markers that were intended to follow units were mounted on round bases, those that I wanted to fit into the mdf movement trays with the foot regiments, were based on 40x20mm bases the same as the troops.
Having glued the figures and frames to the bases with PVA, the next step was to cover the surface of the exposed mdf with sand (avoiding the area inside the frame, of course!)
When dry the bases were primed with Army Painter leather brown paint.
Before painting the figure details the bases were dry brushed with light brown.
Large areas of colour were block painted next
And the horses were painted an orange brown.
Once all the details were painted the figures were all given a sepia wash before a spray coat of satin varnish followed by sprayed anti-shine matt varnish (all Army Painter products)