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chironex30 Dec 2017 7:12 p.m. PST

My first complete diorama with LED lighting has been somewhat disappointing:
After all that work getting the circuit built under the base…
Taking a shot in the dark does very little.

Wealdmaster31 Dec 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

Does anyone have a list of this out if production range? I have some packs but it would be nice to identify the packs such as Rgil01 with a proper product list. That code for example says Swiss Mercenary but looks more German.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

"Napoleon benefited from the large number of battles in which he led forces. Among his 43 listed battles, he won 38 and lost only 5. Napoleon overcame difficult odds in 17 of his victories, and commanded at a disadvantage in all 5 of his losses. No other general came close to Napoleon in total battles."


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

As that great military historian Bill Parcells said, "You are what your record says you are."
Alexander was undefeated.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

We already did this.
Battles, shmattles. You have to win the war.

Vigilant03 Jan 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

Worth noting that the French treat as a battle what the other countries treated as a part of a battle, so the numbers are statistically inflated. Not saying he wasn't successful, but lies, damn lies and statistics.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member03 Jan 2018 1:07 p.m. PST

I think Washington only won one battle but he managedto win his war.

Lascaris03 Jan 2018 1:46 p.m. PST

I think the point, such as it is in a data set so biased by n-values, is not, for example, that Washington won the war but rather that replacing him with a gerbil might have achieved better results. ;)

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

"Napoleon overcame difficult odds in 17 of his victories, and commanded at a disadvantage in all 5 of his losses."

You know, there are people who might ask why the man who was at least a theater commander and usually the CinC had to face such terrible odds on a battlefield. Isn't the idea--apart from not losing the overall war and ending life as a powerless exile, as already noted--to ensure that when it comes to a battle, the odds are tilted heavily your way?

Navy Fower Wun Seven Inactive Member03 Jan 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

He who laughs last laughs longest…

Waterloo was a decisive battle. Borodino, Aspern, Lutzen, etc, not so much…..

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member03 Jan 2018 4:02 p.m. PST

I think the greatest general of at least modern times might have been Giap.

USAFpilot03 Jan 2018 5:03 p.m. PST

One thing is for sure, Napoleon has had more books written about him than any other general in history. He certainly had an impact.

ChrisBrantley03 Jan 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

Sun Tzu tells us the best generals don't end up fighting battles at all:

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting"

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."

"To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."


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