I have played in plenty of Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40K tournaments in the last decade that I always had some type of 'display base' for my army. Sometimes they were elaborate display bases to just a painted and flocked cork board. For me personally the display base is used to carry your army to assigned tables between each round, if they look pretty, then thats a plus.
So back to today's tournament today. I wanted something small just to carry the army. Since painted armies were not a requirement nor will they be scored, the look of the display base is not important. The other day I ran to the "big blue box" store to pick up a few items.
First, I started with a 8.5"x11" plastic photo frame ($2.50). The size of the frame is just right for 15 points and I can just about also fit 35 points on it (I do play Khador with expensive jacks).
Second, I placed some self adhesive felt ($.67) on the glass and trimmed the edges of the felt. I also placed some velcro squares to hold a name placard. The velcro was really optional on the felt, I just wanted the placard to be more secure.
Third, the name placard is just a 2"x3" plastic photo frame ($.50) also with velcro on the bottom, and an army insert.
Fourth, the finished product.
I also made on for my son's army, but of course in Cygnar 'blue'.
Soon we'll be off to the event. Hopefully I'll remember my camera so I can write up some battle reports when we get back.