So in between entertaining, I 'liberated' part of a floor-brush, and located a 0.3mm drill bit for my pin vice.. a dab of super glue and 'voila'!
I have decided not to do the pinwash, as I don't want them looking too dirty. So next step is basing. I am going to go for an experimental 'frozen ice' with some snow. Plan is to paint the bases pale grey, wash with blue ink, and then add small snow drifts with bicarbonate of soda.
I will do a test base first tonight, and see how it looks... watch this space.