by Jim "Nobody" Cornell
The guys were coming over to the house to knock off a couple of games and I needed a quick base to cover my gaming table and be able to put trees and buildings, etc., on. I went to the hardware store early and bought a 4' x 8' sheet of masonite and had them cut it in to 2' x 2' squares. As I scurried home with the squares I had no idea how easy this job was going to be...
1/4" masonite cut into 2' x 2' squares
1 can of spray adhesive
Brow spray paint
Tan spray paint
Camouflage spray paint
Flock or static grass
Step 1: Apply spray adhesive
In a well ventilated area spray a masonite square with adhesive.
It was at this point my 5-year old daughter Jenzen took interest in the project and wanted to help...
Part 2: Apply dirt
Spread a thick layer of dirt over the entire board then invert and shake off excess. Set aside.
Jenzen thought this step was particularly fun...
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for all of the tiles you want to make then immediately move to the next step as the spray adhesive dries quickly.
Step 3: Spray each tile with brown
Step 4: Randomly spray each tile tan
Step 5: Lightly spray the tan areas with camouflage
Jenzen was really good at holding the cans...
Some spray paint brands like Krylon dry in as little as 12 minutes so it is easy to move from one color to the other without much waiting for the paint to dry.
Step 6: Spray each tile with glossy seal
Step 7: Spray each tile with flat seal and allow the tiles to dry completely
Jenzen thought this part was stinky and went inside...
Step 8: Load up a large brush with a 50-50 mixture of white glue and water and randomly flick the moisture onto the boards
Step 9: Cover the glue mixture with flock/static grass and repeat on the rest of the tiles
Jenzen thought this step was "second funnest"...
There you go. This project is perfect if you need a quick gaming surface. It could be done in the morning and dry and used that evening. It is also a fun project for a curious kid (9A & 9B).
Afterthoughts: Some of the things to watch for when doing this project is that it is easy to mar the surface near the edges unless you are careful when handling each tile when it is wet. Also, be sure to follow the directions on the spray cans, holding the can too close to the tile can make both the adhesive and paint to pool up in one place and make a mess of things.
'Till next time,