Down and Dirty
Quick and easy terrain tiles.
By Nobody

Tutorial Date 1/15/06

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 put trees and buildings, etc., on. I went to the hardware store early one Saturday and bought a 4’ x 8’ sheet of masonite and had them cut it into 2’x 2’ squares. As I scurried home with the squares I had no idea how easy this job was going to be… Let’s get you playing quickly with a simple generic playing surface.

Techniques Used:
Spray Paint and Spray Adhesive

What you need to complete this project:
1/4 Masonite cut into 2 x 2 squares
1 can of spray adhesive
Brown spray paint
Tan spray paint
Camouflage spray paint
Glossy seal
Flat seal
White glue
Flock or static grass

Step 1: In a well-ventilated area spray a Masonite square with adhesive
At this point my 5-year old daughter Jenzen took interest in the project and wanted to help…

Step 2: Completely cover with dirt
Jenzen thought this step was particularly fun…

3: Invert and shake off excess and set aside
Did I mention it was best to do this project outside?…

Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for all the tiles you want to make then immediately move onto the next step as the spray adhesive dries quickly.

Step 4: Spray the entire tile Brown

Step 5: Randomly spray each tile Tan

Step 6: 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 7: Spray each tile with Glossy seal

Step 8: Spray each tile with Flat seal and allow the tiles to dry completely
Jenzen thought this part was stinky and went inside…

Step 9: Load up a large brush with a 50-50 mixture of white glue and water and randomly flick the mixture onto the boards.

Step 10: Cover the glue mixture with flock/static grass and repeat on 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 could be dry and used that evening. It is also a fun project for the kids.


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 pool up in once place and make a mess of things.