"more than 50 years of painting"




Last Update April 2019

 If injured and dead soldiers cannot be bought....I make them myself. If you are interested I can make them from all brands





90mm Military figures in metal, heavy collectors items


Italeri Confederate 1:72 painted by Mr Waterloo





Dear René,
We received the soldiers today and we are both almost speechless. You are truly an artist and have an outstanding hand with brush and paint, not to mention accuracy and authenticity. You work is remarkable and we are honored to have been the recipients of your talent. Thank you very much!

In 9 - 12 months I will send photos of the diorama/woodworking project that James and I are building. It will be a challenge to meet the high standard of quality you have set for us!

Best wishes,

David (and James)

For Tradition of London, musketeers 30mm painted by Mr Waterloo

Italeri Confederate troops painted by Mr Waterloo

Napoleonic French Grenadiers of The Imperial Guard 1:72

painted by Mr Waterloo

American Civil War painted by Mr Waterloo

Napoleonic Wars painted by Mr Waterloo


"Hey Rene`
the soldiers have arrived!
Thank you for yet a fantastic job!

Miniature Battlefield soldiers 1:72

Historical figures, all materials, all scales, all era's

"exactly painted in the uniforms I wanted...I don't think anybody else would have taken the time to work this out.

Thanks and till the next job, Bryan, Texas"


"Hi René, thank you for the beautiful painted Civil War armies you have made for me. I am looking forward for the next order.. I am glad that I have found your website"

Georges Claymon, Australia






Ready for miniature battlefield, prepared with metal pins

These 1:72 soldiers are painted with acrylic colours and finished with a matt varnish.

The soldiers don't have a plastic base to stand on but instead, they have a metal pin to place them easily in your battlefield made out of softboard and papermaché


Very quickly in my youth when I began painting toy soldiers I had hated it every time erection of soldiers who fell over. The small scale Airfix 1:72 soldiers fell at the slightest movement of the table at all. Someone ran against the table, then there were dozens to hundreds to tens. Here was something to be done.

Soon I realized that it was fairly easy to cut away the piece of food. You cut a steel pin through the middle, the tip heats in a gas flame and press it with a rod between the legs of the plastic male. Let it cool and you could easily figure with his pin lock in a landscape that was made of paper machee or soft board.

For those not familiar with paper machee. Paper machee is very easy to make and to process. Make in a bucket the glue you use for fixing wallpaper. Allow it to stand for at least an hour until it has become thick. For the base of you miniature battlefield use a plate of soft board or isolation board used under laminate flooring. Use some small cardboard boxes to create hills. The next step is to make a lot of small paper strokes. The paper strokes you put piece by peace in the glue. Bring it on the cardboard boxes and on the soft board. This process you repeat , layer after layer, until there is a thick layer of paper covering all the boxes . Then drying. It may take a week or longer until everything is completely dry. After painting, Use grass and surface materials for model trains to complete your landscape.

The miniature soldiers with their steel needles are perfect on that surface. They are no longer falling down and are easy to move and look much more natural.

The ideal solution for a miniature battlefield.

After years of needle insertion, I became so proficient that I can now put steel pins in feet and possibly puncture in the legs. So you wont see not even a pin, it looks like the soldier stands completely on his own feet!

René Betgem