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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 8:40 a.m. PST

I find Wiki a convenient way to find armor, armament and production numbers for vehicles, aircraft, etc., as well as thumbnail views of historical events.

TMPer: Who makes figures for the Third Slabovian War of Independence?

Me: Never heard of it (searches wiki).

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 9:30 a.m. PST


As someone cleverly said,"wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but a terrible place to end it."

With wikipedia you can instantly, anywhere, learn when the TSWI took place and who won. You can get the generally accepted facts. This is good enough 90% of the time. If you want to know production numbers, though, sometimes wikipedia plats fast and loose with the variants.

So I you want to know whether the Ju-87 had forward firing machine guns, wikipedia is the away. When you really need to know which Ju-87s had which machine guns, you need to move on pretty quickly.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 9:38 a.m. PST


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 9:44 a.m. PST

Yes, as a start point.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 9:48 a.m. PST

A starting point

epturner Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 9:56 a.m. PST

Wot the others have said. A good place to start.


advocate27 Sep 2021 10:09 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

Agreed. A good start and a useful "quick and dirty."

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 10:38 a.m. PST


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 11:01 a.m. PST

Yes. For a lot of things, like the size comparison between an L3 tankette and a Volkswagen Bug glued to the top of my box of Italian WWII figures, it is just fine. . If I were going to put that comparison in a book I wrote, I'd get confirmation from other sources.


Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 11:06 a.m. PST

Wikipedia is a good tool, but I have taken additional steps to improve my search.

My medieval searches provide additional information if I source the original language.

Search the Battle of Shelon (1471) and you will find more information and maps by clicking on the Russian and Bashkir pages (see Language options lower left) and Google translate is useful here.

The number of sources will also differ greatly and many can be found online. Increase your search potential by copying the topic in its original language, Google this to view images. This will display rarely seen source material and blogs.

Good hunting.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 11:15 a.m. PST

Yes, for peripheral research.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 11:23 a.m. PST


Glengarry527 Sep 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

Wiki yes.

Personal logo doc mcb Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 11:49 a.m. PST


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Sep 2021 1:06 p.m. PST

Yes, as a start, realizing that the entries are only as good as the source material people copy from. There are lots of errors.

KSmyth27 Sep 2021 4:11 p.m. PST

Yep. It's a good place to start for ship histories.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 5:02 p.m. PST

Yep especially exotic bios.
Just cross check multiple languages, as they differ AND some contain more accurate, less atrocities, of info.
:-} d

Greylegion27 Sep 2021 5:03 p.m. PST

Yep. I will usually use it as a start to find pieces of information to go research in detail.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Yep – great place for an overview and a starting point; also good for quick facts on people/places you have never heard of

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 7:11 p.m. PST

Well, that helps to explain a great deal.

Martin Rapier28 Sep 2021 12:07 a.m. PST

Yes of course. It is particularly useful as a quick reference for who commanded which units when and a reminder of the general flow of events. Most of the info is pretty good. Some isn't.

arthur181528 Sep 2021 3:12 a.m. PST

I agree with the idea that it's a good place to start, but one usually needs to research further, depending on the level of detail in, and intended audience for, the game.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 3:52 a.m. PST

Wiki has its uses, mostly for the reference works cited
in some of the articles

Dagwood28 Sep 2021 5:24 a.m. PST

Yes. Better than Osprey !

kcabai28 Sep 2021 7:49 a.m. PST

+1 Ed Mohrmann

15th Hussar Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 3:42 p.m. PST

I usually approach Wikipedia with an air of, at the very least, a basic understanding of the subject I am researching.

I rely heavily on their bibliography and other "go to links" if available and then go from there.

I must admit that over the past decade, WP has improved dramatically and if used correctly and realizing that it's basically a "jump off location" for further, in depth, research…it's very hard to beat, at this point in time.

At this point, it's basically like the Bibliography and Notes section of any well researched Peter Hopkirk book, if you want to learn more, it's the place to go.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 6:59 p.m. PST

Starting point for a general orientation to a subject.

Rotundo29 Sep 2021 12:32 p.m. PST

Sure, potted histories and dates. Dates are a big one for me.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 6:41 p.m. PST


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