Morgan Vening wrote:
I see Knights (ie, the Knightworld list) as a cultural remnant, not a progression forward. The GRIMDARK (tm) world of GW isn't one where planetary leaders (military governors, imperial bureaucrats) aren't interested in the concept of single combat. Because to me, that's what a Knight represents, the highest level of individual warfare. There are more economically effective ways of waging war.
While effective, I don't see them as particularly efficient. Much like the Concorde supersonic transport, which did it's job better 30 years ago than modern planes are capable of, but maintenance and operational costs kept it from being extensively used, and eventually retired it.
While I don't see the Knights fading out, I see them limited to those whose cultural experience promotes pride over practicality, and have the technological capacity and training to do so. I see the training of Knight pilots to be extensive, taking many years, and requiring a great deal of skill (and genetics), further limiting where Knight colonies are found.
Read up on how feudalism works. Yep, Kings, Emperors and Popes don't usually personally fight. That's passed down to the Barons. They don't fight either, That's passed down again. It's called knight service. Now when called upon you don't have to provide knight service by actually fighting. You can simply provide armies, or more abstractly you can provide food or equipment. Sometime huge sums of course cash will do. When not needed, there is no need for any high level knight to fight, except , as your suggest for honour.
Now remember this, as every general knows, you need discipline in your army Discipline and fervour. The presence of nobles on the field of battle can dramatically help.
Additionally, Those have have the most to lose - the really rich - will, when push comes to shove, be personally present at a battle. Sometimes even a prince, Sometimes even an emperor. And sometimes they will actually fight!
We're talking about epic battles here. Huge, historically significant wars. Not the petty actions of 21st century.
Monstrous, Desperate, Apocalyptic affairs. . And some people have more than just their lives to lose.
I agree yes, that to use knight armour takes considerable training and rare technology. Same thing goes for Space Marines. Same thing goes for the knights of old. They're not going to be common, just as Marines are by no means common.
But if anyone can get access to it then the great houses can. Even if all they have now are heirlooms.
Remember overall, technology doesn't matter and how it effects society with regard to war and politics. That's
already been ignored. The technology is there yes, but it hasn't changed anything. The only thing that matters is the vision.
Don't make the mistake of thinking modern or futuristic. The Imperium is set in the future yes. It has advanced technology yes, but that's as far as it goes and it's all irrelavent. There's no modernity. There's no progression. It just is, and if anything it's regressing.
Anyway, at the end of the day it's up to you mate.