I've discovered the newest sensation in display/basing: cuttlefish. And it's free for a beachcomber. The stuff is hilariously brittle, but the sea does some wondrous things to it. For instance:
I sealed it with a lacquer then sprayed it with grey primer. The stuff is so soft on the one side that you can press a tab into it and glue into place. The other side is a lot tougher though.
It makes my regular trips to the caravan at least doubly exciting, and they're exciting enough already. Incredible stuff.
The budgies will be up in arms.