Let's rectify that sitch, post-haste.
So, with all that terrain I built and painted to prep for the Con, I needed a table of my own to use them on. Instead of a purpose-made game table, I opted for a much more portable table TOP; a 4'x4' surface that can be placed atop any flat surface (such as the dining room table, a card table, the breakfast nook table (which is what *I* use it for...)).
Home Depot (or maybe it was Lowe's... any DIY store) had 1/2" thick chipboard in 2'x4' sheets. That would be perfect - easy to carry and store, two next to each other make a perfect 4'x4' board. I didn't want them shifting during game play, so I inserted some leftover Ikea furniture dowels into one side, and corresponding holes into the other half of the board to keep things together during the game.
|Measure twice, drill once...|
Step one was to prime both sides of the chipboard (to help against warping) with black primer. I used household interior/exterior latex primer.
Since this was going on top of the breakfast table, which is a bar-height piece of furniture my wife is WAY more fond of than she is of game tables, I helped out by outfitting the bottom of the sections with padded feet so that they would not damage any surface they are put on. These self-adhesive, padded feet are sold for people who want to easily move their heavy furniture around hardwood floors, and are found at any hardware store or Target/WalMart-type store.
To finish the playing surface, I chose a time-efficient and aesthetically pleasing Easy Button - Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint, Aged Iron.
I thought, once sprayed, it would look a whole lot like asphalt, so once I plopped all the buildings down on it, it would look like the streets. It looked even better than I imagined.
As I applied multiple coats, I noticed that as my spray lingered in an area, it would gradulally become lighter in color, allowing a subtle variation in tone across the entire board. I sealed the textured spray paint with several coats of matte spray varnish.