It's probably worth explaining what I mean when I say no shenanigans. In Epic the Space Marine army has a couple of ways they can place troops unexpectedly on the board - Terminators can teleport, Thunderhawks or Landing Craft can conduct an air assault, infantry can use Planetfall. There are counter-tactics to all of these "shenanigans" (so named by a local player after just having lost to a Marine army) but they are potentially very powerful options. But I wanted to do my army without these - a pure ground-pounder marine army.
Incidentally the basing on these guys is the same as I use on my FoW Hungarians, and I think I'll be using this as my default basing scheme from now on. It looks good, is easy to do, and goes well with the Woodland Scenics surface ("Summer Grass") on my gaming table.