I think rocks made the pieces more interesting than plain bases. After constructing a rock shape, I textured the surface with a thin slab with a bunch of grog (fired clay grounds in various sizes). I even made my own, as I wanted larger grog than what are available in stores. Coloring was done in thinned mason stain and iron-based mixtures. A small amount of mica grounds were brushed on with the stains. (The photos do not show them well, but mica shines here and there just like on real rocks.) After a ∆2 stain firing, I did final touchups in acrylic paint. I am happy with the results. I will definitely repeat this technique.
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