Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bretonnian Honor (and a wider discussion)

Hey Everyone

Thanks for coming down to this blog for your fix of good ol' warhammer geekiness, and this time, we have a double feature of JQ's Bretonnian nobles, among the boldest and most virtuous of the Old World: A Grail Knight and a Paladin.

So here's a close-up of the Paladin's helm as he rides a mighty pegasus:

And a profile of JQ's Grail Knight clad in white and blue:

These Bretonnians represent some of the finest warriors of the kingdom, and as heroic as they can be...they are still human afterall. Even though humans are known to have mediocre stats (or simply crap in some cases), we have to ask ourselves: what motivates such a race to keep putting on armor and taking up arms against foes of greater toughness, strength, skill or numbers? What allows them to have a chance to hold their own in spite of their frail mortality? I can't really put a finger on this, and I am not trying to lionize the human race in warhammer (I try my best not to haha)...I'd just like to ask: do we take warhammer so seriously that we deeply consider aspects of the warhammer world and their attendant consequences (like in this case)?

Well, we're dealing with a totally made-up universe, which is shaped by the pen of the people at Games Workshop (and fans like us), and suffers from constant wave of new editions and 'planned obsoleteness' of armies. And yet wargaming as much as Shakespearan literature, is a specific part of the wider representation of ideas, histories and philosophies we have in the real world...I kinda feel that works of fiction tell a lot about the people behind it, and those who read into it. Stuff/topics of consideration can be in the range of the glorification of integrity, honor and duty, the cruel and uncompromising nature of inquisitions (more 40k-ish), seduction in the desire to become 'like gods' (read: Chaos), time being a lousy healer in grudges (dwarves vs. elves) and the list can go on...perhaps you have been thinking about something that I have barely even thought of!

Of course, I wouldn't like to over-theorize warhammer too much, because after all: we're all here to have some fun and save some memories for the future :)

And following our rotation scheme, I would be handing the blog back to JQ, and indeed, it has been my real pleasure of getting to know all of you fellow enthusiasts out there. Take care, and let's warmly welcome JQ back!


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