I had a day off work today and took the chance to start the Herculean task of basing my 15 French Battalions. I found It quite enjoyable though as you can get quite creative in moving the grass and Glue around to make muddy shapes.
I didn't put down a layer of sand first but went straight for the PVA and flock mix. I find I can make good looking bases without the time consuming sand layer first. I did try a bit of sand/grit basing, but the results aren't really worth the time it took and it all gets lost in the detail of the muddy footprints etc.