Today, after spending a while messing about with Spanning Tree Protocol, and before I head off to a torture session with the personal trainer, I have done some work on the base of the Space Marine with the Missile Launcher.
To get a desert-style look, I got some modelling sand and model railway grass from Toyworld of all places, and a small piece of quartz. The grass is "autumn" style to give it a dry look. I painted the existing base piece he is kneeling on with Bleached Bone, which seems to match the sand quite well.
Personally, I think it looks better than plain grass. I'm not particularly creative and so I am not a good judge, but I am happy with it as a first attempt. The store has sands in different colours, so maybe I need to experiment a bit with the look. They have different grass shades as well. If I was building an army, I would try to make the bases consistent. I will probably make the remainder of the bases of the Devastator Squad this same colour, with pale weathering and light desert sand. My next one I may try something different.
Let me know what you think.