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A for Alexander, B for Bonaparte, C for…
About this creation
A is For: Alexander the Great
The name says it all…



Alexander III of Macedonia (356 –323 BC) was undefeated in battle and widely considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. Using forces consisting of Phalanxes and Hetairoi (Companion Calvary) he was able to quickly conquer the known world. With defeat of the Persian Empire, his empire grew immensely and would eventually stretch from Greece to India. Unfortunately upon his sudden death in 323 BC, his empire was quickly dismantled as his generals fought for control.

B is For: Napoleon Bonaparte
A short man with big ambitions…



Both a hero and dictator of France, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 –1821) was one of the most successful commanders in history. Ceasing power after the bloody French Revolution, Napoleon greatly expanded the boarders of France by virtually conquering any neighboring country. Exiled once, Napoleon escaped and returned to France in 1815, but a combined army from various countries defeated him at waterloo, and he was exiled to St. Helena where he died on May 5, 1821.

C is For: Cleopatra
Liked Caesars and snakes…



Cleopatra VII (69 BC – 30 BC) was the last Pharaoh of Egypt, who ruled during a turbulent time in neighboring Rome. Aided by Julius Caesar, Cleopatra defeated her usurping brother, and became the sole ruler of Egypt. After the assassination of Caesar, she began a relationship with Mark Anthony, who began a civil war to rule Rome. After their defeat at the battle of Actium, they both committed suicide—Anthony with a sword, and Cleopatra—with a snake.

D is For: John Dillinger
Give me the mon-ay!



John Dillinger (1903 – 1934) was a famous American bank robber during the Great Depression. He escaped jail twice and his gang robbed 32 banks and four police stations. Seen as a modern day “Robin Hood” the FBI was forced to advance its tactics to keep up. He was killed in a police ambush after leaving a Biograph Theater in 1934.

E is For: Elizabeth I
The Virgin Queen…



The protestant queen of England, Elizabeth I (1533-1603) ruled during the country’s “Golden Age.” Following the execution of her cousin Mary Queen of Scotts, Phillip II of Spain launched a massive armada against England, which was ultimately defeated. She refused to marry, but had a close relationship Robert Dudley—the Earl of Leicester. She died on March 23, 1603 without marrying.

F is For: Benjamin Franklin
A Founding Father…



Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was a revolutionist and founding father of America. In his early years he worked as a printer; he owned he Pennsylvania Gazette—one of the American colonies major newspapers. He also worked as an inventor, creating the lightning rod among other things. While he worked to reconcile the increasing differences between the needs of the American colonies and England, he joined the revolutionaries in signing the Declaration of Independence once the colonies revolted. After the successful American Revolution, he acted as a representative to France and helped draft the Constitution. Franklin died on April 17, 1790.

G is For: Mohandas Gandhi
Peace through non-violent protests…



Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the leader of the Indian nationalist movement and used non-violent protests to achieve political and social changes. Gandhi was a prominent figure in Indian politics, but would often be arrested. In 1930, he famously lead thousands on his “March to the Sea” to boycott the tax on salt. Unfortunately, Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

H is For: Adolph Hitler
Evil



Universally considered the most horrible person to walk the face of the earth, Adolph Hitler (1889 – 1945) was the infamous dictator of Germany during World War II. Joining the Nazi party in 1919, he was elected leader in 1921, and was jailed for one year after a failed coup against the government. Appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933, Hitler turned the battered German nation into a war driven society based on Nazism. While he plunged Europe into World War II, he secretly exterminated 17 million civilians (Six million of which were Jews). As the Russians flooded into Berlin, Hitler committed suicide.

I is For: Tokugawa Ieyasu
Shogun and unifier of Japan…



Matsudaira Takechiyo (1542 – 1616) was born the son of a lord in Mikawa, Japan. At a young age he was sent to a neighbouring clan as a hostage to secure an alliance, but was given a good education and eventually became a noble. He became the leader of Matsudaira in 1567 and with his powerful neighbour Oda Nobunaga, began capturing territories and gaining wealth. He renamed himself Tokugawa Ieyasu, and with the assassination of Nobunaga, gained more land. He placed his headquarters at the port city of Edo (Modern Tokyo) and in 1600, defeated the Western Army at the battle of Sekigahara, thereby achieving supremacy in Japan. The emperor named him Shogun and he worked to restore stability and open foreign trade. Tokugawa died on April 17, 1616.

J is For: King John
Absolute monarchs…what ever happened to those guys?



English king John (1167 – 1216) was the youngest son of Henry II. His brother Richard became king, and John, unhappy with this, ceased control when Richard was captured by Philip II of France. War broke out with France, due to royal intrigue, and by 1206, John had lost many territories. Due to a shortage of funds, he heavily increased taxes, which turned the public against him. Civil war started in 1215, and when London was taken by rebel forces, John was forced to accept the terms in the Magna Carta, which limited royal powers. Died in October of 1216.

K is For: Genghis Khan
Universal Emperor…



Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227) was one of the greatest military leaders that ever lived. Ruling the Mongolian empire, he conquered vast territories with ruthless efficiency. Using quick horse archers, Khan was able to conquer various cities and his empire size eventually dwarfed that of Alexander the Great and the Romans.

L is For: Martin Luther
I reject your version and submit my own…



Born on November 10th 1483, Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) decided to join the monastic order and became an Augustinian friar. When he visited Rome in 1510, he was appalled by the amount of corruption of the church and created his “95 Theses” which attacked papal abuses and the selling of indulgences. He was excommunicated in 1521, but continued to openly defy the church. In 1534, he translated the bible into German. Died on February 18, 1546.

M is For: Michelangelo
Renaissance man…



Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) was a famous architect, sculptor, artist and poet during the Italian Renaissance. In his earlier years he sculpted some of his most famous masterpieces, such as the Pieta and ‘David.’ Another famous masterpiece of his was the painting of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican (Completed 1512), after which he was regarded as Italy’s greatest living artist. He also painted ‘The Last Judgment’ and worked building the church of St. Peter. Died in Rome on February 18, 1564.

N is For: Isaac Newton
Eureka!



Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who discovered gravity. In his early years He devoted his time to optics and mathematics, working out his ideas about calculus. In 1687, he published “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” which showed how gravity was applied to all objects in the universe. He was knighted in 1705. Died on March 31, 1727.

O is For: Flavius Odoacer
All hail our new barbarian Caesar!



Considered the first non-Roman emperor to rule Italy, Flavius Odoacer (? – 493 AD), came to power by capturing Ravenna and forcing the young emperor to abdicate. Theodoric the Great and the Ostrogoths defeated Odoacer in various battles, and due to a drawn out siege, Odoacer was forced to sign a treaty which ensured that Italy would be shared. He was killed by Theodoric at the banquette to celebrate the treaty.

P is For: George S. Patton
Hurrah for America…



George S. Patton (1885 – 1945) was a famous American general during World War II. Known for his exocentric and outspoken personality, Patton helped the American army to various successes on the battlefield. Died shortly after a car accident on December 21, 1945.

Q is For: Qin Shi Huang
I’ll have the white rice and mercury please…



Ying Zheng (259 BC – 210 BC) was the king of the State of Qin during the Warring States Period. He was able to unify all of China in 221 BC and became the ruthless emperor re-named Qin Shi Huang. The new emperor created major political and economic reforms as well as large construction projects such as the Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Army. Obsessed with the thought of immortality, Qin Shi Huang would consume mercury; which would eventually lead to an early death in 210 BC at the age of 49.

R is For: Richard the Lionheart
He didn’t start the Crusade—but he wanted to finish it…



Richard I (1157 – 1199) was one of the most famous of English kings and a hero in the third Crusade. During the crusades, he won many victories against the forces of Saladin, including the siege of Acre and the battle of Arsuf. He failed to free Jerusalem from the Muslims but managed to make a treaty with Saladin allowing for Christian pilgrims to safely travel there. On his return to England, he was imprisoned by Duke Leopold, handed over to German emperor Henry IV, and was finally ransomed back for 150,000 marks. He was killed while besieging the French castle Chalus on April 6, 1199.

S is For: William Shakespeare
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”



Considered by many to be the greatest playwright, William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) wrote many plays during the time of the globe theater. Some of his famous works include ‘Hamlet’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Othello’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, and ‘Henry IV’. Died on April 23, 1616.

T is For: Titus
Finish the Colosseum or dig out Vesuvius?



Titus Flavius Vespasianus (39 AD – 81 AD) was the son of Vespasian, a future Emperor. He grew up in the court of Emperor Claudius and enjoyed a successful military career but returned to Rome to succeed his father as Emperor in 79 AD. During his reign he completed and opened the Colosseum, and dealt with the eruption of Vesuvius which occurred only two months after he became Emperor. Titus died in 81 AD, and his successor was suspected of poisoning him.

U is For: Ulysses S. Grant
From the War to the White House…



Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885) was an important Union general during the Civil War and the eighteenth president of the United States. With his leadership, the Union was able to defeat the confederacy and he was soon elected president in 1868, and reelected in 1872. During reconstruction, he helped rebuild the Republican Party in the south and enforce civil rights laws. Despite this, his presidency was shadowed by economic problems such as the Panic of 1873. Died on July 23, 1885.

V is For: Queen Victoria
All hail the Queen…



Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) was the longest reigning monarch in England’s history and ruled during an age which would eventually be named after her. At this time England held vast amounts of territory, from Canada to India, and was largely uninvolved in European affairs. She died January 22 1901 after reigning for 63 years and seven months.

W is For: William Wallace
Warrior with Kilt…



William Wallace (1270 – 1305) led a Scottish rebellion against Edward I and is seen as a national hero. Wallace gathered followers and began to drive out their English oppressors and in 1297 he led an army which defeated the British at the famous battle of Sterling Bridge. The Scots were defeated in 1298, but Wallace was able to escape to France. Wallace was eventually captured, and sent to England where he was executed on August 23, 1305.

X is For: Xerxes I
Our inaccurate arrows will block out the sun!



Xerxes I (519 BC – 465 BC) is most famous for his victory at the battle of Thermopylae, though he lost hundreds of troops. In retaliation of Athens support of a rebellion in Persia, Xerxes led an army to destroy Athens. He crossed the Hellespont by creating a bridge from anchored ships, and met the Greek forces at Thermopylae. Despite the Greeks losing, they destroyed enough of the Persian army and navy to force a retreat. Xerxes was murdered by his royal bodyguard Artabanus in 465 BC.

Y is For: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Let’s make this day live in infamy!



Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884 – 1943) was an important Japanese naval commander and hero during World War II. He was responsible for various battles in the pacific like Midway, and was a chief planner of the Pear Harbor attack. He was killed on April 18, 1943 when his transport aircraft was shot down, causing a major plow of Japanese moral.

Z is For: Shaka Zulu
“Up! Children of Zulu, your day has come.”



Shaka Zulu (1787 – 1828) was the ambitious cruel leader of the Zulu kingdom which occupied Southern Africa. He improved his tribe’s military strength and began conquering rivals, increasing his power. By turning the army into a killing machine, he laid the basis for future Zulu commanders. Hated for his cruelty, he was assassinated in September of 1828.

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Builders notes:
Various weapons and decals from Brickforge. Needless to say, this series of vignettes took weeks to complete, from the initial planning stage, to the building, photographing, and write up. Please only comment on the Lego’s, not the History write up—I just wanted short bios.

-Nemo





Comments

 I like it 
  July 9, 2012
Amazing! The minifigures are awesome! I love the idea too!
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  July 8, 2012
Well done!
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  March 29, 2012
The shear variety of figures, and the fact that each one has its own mini vignette makes this awesome. Wikipedia would be proud of your entries.
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  October 29, 2011
Great minifigures!
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  May 31, 2011
Epic Wallace fig, despite his being historically inaccurate... :P
Captain  Nemo
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Commander Fed's Pie
  March 17, 2011
Amazing! This is beautiful!
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  March 17, 2011
I can't imagine spending that much time on one upload, but I think what you made was worth it.
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  March 17, 2011
Excellent! I love history, and thus love this. Quick thing though, Napoleon wasn't actually short. He was between 5.5' and 5.8' In French inches he was 5.2', but we use the British which is the first two I pointed out. Also, it was Archimedes who said "Eureka!" It had already existed in the Greek language, but he ran through the streets naked shouting it after he discovered Water displacement. It means "I have found it!"
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  March 17, 2011
Awesome, awesome, and did I mention? Awesome!!! This was an extremely clever idea, and all the minifigs are very good-looking and accurate. You also did a great job on the backgrounds. Fantastic work!
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  March 17, 2011
Very cool. Well done.
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  March 17, 2011
Great MOC, and very educational!
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  March 17, 2011
This is insane! You actualy went all the way to make it the whole alphabet, even z, w, x, y... Truly a feat. The mercury guy was a living embodyment of irony.
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  March 17, 2011
Really good!
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  March 17, 2011
Very in depth! I love every one of them though Wallace is definitely the best;)
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  March 17, 2011
Very nice job on both the minifigs and bios! The pictures where good too.
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  March 17, 2011
Very cool! I'm majoring in history, so this creation put a smile on my face! I'm not sure which one is my favorite; I guess it's the Patton one, because he's my favorite American general. Good job!
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  March 17, 2011
Quoting Cole Hartfiel Very cool build and a fun idea! I really like the depth of the builds. They say so much in such small creations. The only pick I have about the info is that King Richard didn't live only 10 years (1189-1199). Other than that, as I mentioned before, great build!!!
Oh! Great catch. I must of put down how long he reigned instead of his total life; its fixed now.
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  March 17, 2011
This is really awesome! I read somewhere that contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was actually 5'6" or so, which was average height at that time. It is just that his guards were all so tall that he looked like a very short man.
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  March 17, 2011
Nice work. But you keep mistaking the English with the British. The English is one country and the British is the name of the union between England and Scotland that was created in 1707. Just saying because people get offended when one get's it wrong.
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  March 17, 2011
very cool! they are all brilliant!
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  March 17, 2011
Very cool build and a fun idea! I really like the depth of the builds. They say so much in such small creations. The only pick I have about the info is that King Richard didn't live only 10 years (1189-1199). Other than that, as I mentioned before, great build!!!
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  March 17, 2011
Neat! Ghandi's pose is good!
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  March 17, 2011
Great job, I saw a number of sweet building techniques like Titus's chair and Victoria's skirt. Great job on your commitment to type all that, I certainly learnt alot! 5/5!
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  March 16, 2011
I read through ALL of that! Well nothing amazing, but since I have spent the last fifteen minutes reading history (though I finished school work a few hours ago). I am now going to bore you with a long comment. What should I write about in tis long comment? I don't know. Come on, suggestions! I said, I want suggestions! Well..... Arhhhh! Hurry up! Oh never mind, i'm bored now. Anyway, great moc! A very good and original idea, and carried out nicely. Cool!
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  March 16, 2011
I learned a little from this!AWETHOSOME:3 this creation rocks!!!!!
 
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