Almost there now...... I started the ground by laying on a wet base layer of mauve for the shadows and pinky peachy white for the sunlit areas. Into this I mixed darker and lighter tones, of pinks, blues and mauves, to create an uneven surface.
I used the rigger again to fick in and draw lines for grasses, vegetation and surface debris. Several patches of 'old' elephant dung were added as part of the ambient detailing.
With any luck.... the cheetahs will be completed in one day..... fingers crossed.