We are using frames without foundation (wax or plastic base). The bees build directly on the wooden comb guides along the top bars of the frames. We leveled the hives on the pallet since the bees build with gravity in mind. Some people melt beeswax and paint a bit on to entice them to build on the guides. I didn't use it and they knew exactly what to do and where to build.
I placed my own inverted pail feeders
over the clusters of bees so they would have syrup
to make wax with until the nectar really starts coming in.
Empty hive bodies went around the pails and the covers on top.