I used craft paints to paint the brown, and then drybrush over it. I then put the little tufts on it from Silfor.
I'm very happy with how it turned out. The ground is a "desert sand" small mat from Woodland Scenics.
They make a great backdrop for my photos:
|Clearing the outpost...|
|Snipers in position.|
|Deploying from the Drop Pod.|