Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Imperial Halbeirders

Good day again. I am back with this weeks entry.

Today, we feature the sturdy resillient Imperial Halbeirdiers.
Imperial Spearmen and their Commander
This models were painted courtesy of Paintedfigs.

I refer back to Joshua's entry in which he pointed out that he is dismayed by the common depiction of empire always getting beat up real badly by the unstoppable power of chaos.
I believe i have an explanation to it.

It all lies in one word: Humanity.

Throughout the age of man (in real life), we have seen great tyranny and despair. In its symbolism, it can be related to the power and fear that chaos strikes into our heart. Now if chaos were nothing but a small flu or a little snort on the north of the empire. Wouldn't the world be a far better place to live in.

In fact, in our modern world today, we are fortunate enough to not experience the tyranny or great evil that is chaos froma ny country or political regime. And we are glad to have super powers who adopt the stance of general goodness or fighting for the rights of humanity.

However, i wont go into greater detail of our present day. What makes Empire and Bretonnia so iconic? It is the fac tthat while man is a feeble race, they are capable of so many great things.

And it can only be seen through a time of hardship and despair. Heroes are never born in times of peace. But usually in times of great war or great tragedy.

The goodness of mankind is never more illuminated in that way. As a result, in the warhammer world, for such heroes to rise up, there must be the presents of a great evil or a great plague that seems to bring misery to the world in an unstoppable force.

Everybody likes a David & Goliath story where the meek or the weak truimphs over the Big and Strong.

The portrayal of Chaos whooping everyones ass is to further emphasis on its superiorty, so when the lesser races win off Chaos, there is a bigger sense of achievement through it.

To lift the Empire to a greater status than is portrayed in Images by Games Workshop, i say this, with all its might, its power, its darkness, corruption and UBER powerful stats, chaos is unable to sweep through Empire.

Even during the Mark of Chaos, which was a large global campaign that was held in which it centred upon Archaon, the Lord of End times, rallying a massive horde army to sweep past Middleheim and onwards more to the rest of the Empire, failed terribly.

It actually speaks alot of how great the Empire is. Face with such terror, the sturdy "David" of the Old World, stands Defiant against the "Goliath" of the north.

And like the picture displayed above, they are as relentless as their enemies, ready to stand fast against Chaos, no matter how lousy their odds are.

And that is essentially what Empire is. Don't you think so?


Anonymous Yur said...

I thought I would leave a comment of sorts to an interesting entry.

It is remarkably logical and also very very true to look in that perspective.

And perhaps it is true that mankind's remarkable trade are illuminated under harsh duress.

In fact, i do agree with the analogy except for the part of superpowers of the world today, in all its entirety, policing the world and fighting for justice and goodness all over the world.

In fact, every nation in the world today are like mices, to scared to fight for what is truly right.

An example would be the Palestine situation in the Middle East. Israelis are using their military doctrine to bully their way through Human Rights Issues. And et the big powers, such as US and UK are doing nothing about it.

It is pretty hypocritical of the Big Powers, to do nothing against such injustice, and criticise others, who are really friends with the US and UK for violation with Human Rights.

All in All, I do agre with your stand though. It is perhaps only under duress that we get to see the greatness and goodness of mankind.

9:46 PM  

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