I hate basing. I put it off, then I put it off some more until the task becomes a big one. At some point, it becomes essential to get it done before it becomes so daunting it may never get done.
This week I've taken a few hours to do some mass sand and gritting, ink washing, dry brushing and flocking. In a few more hours the job will be done. I really do hate basing!
I have chosen to label all of my Seven Years War units when I base them. Each unit has two labels.
Firstly, at the rear of each 'flag base' (or 'command base' where a flag isn't present) I have put a small disc with the unit number. In the case of the Russians I used the first three letters of the units name. I have kept the label small on a natural background colour to keep things unobtrusive, neat and tidy.
This unit is Infantry Regiment 22.
The disc was made out of thin light brown card with a hole punch.
The panel pin, BTW, is for holding two coloured pony beads one above the other. One (the bottom one) denotes unit quality. The other (the top one) is a 'first fire' marker. The latter is removed after first fire.
More information can be found under each numbered base on a second label.
These give a list of inhabers (regiment 'owners') and battle honours. These labels were printed onto self-adhesive paper.
The labels rarely serve any purpose, but they finish things off nicely.