This week it’s the Imperial Knight’s turn to meet pop-culture head on at the cross roads of 40k and pop-culture in 40K Pop-Khorne!
Imperial Knights are stomping all over the place so it’s time we picked out some movies that will (hopefully) inspire us to enjoy smashing things to bits with our Giant Robot Overlords! If you like Knights or were considering adding one to your army but need some inspiration look no further than these 5 movies to play on repeat in the background.
This movie is an amazing piece of Cold War era cinema. Set 50 years after a nuclear holocaust, mankind is still at war and the split is even more pronounced in an East vs West manner. Only, for the sake of survival, wars are no longer fought IN the territories in dispute, but on a new type of battlefield with massive robots! Yes, this movie does feel a bit like it wanted to be BattleTech/MechWarrior and didn’t get the rights – or wanted to bypass them completely – and it’s pretty dated now, but it’s got some great Robot vs Robot action and that’s why it’s on our list!
When an unstoppable killing machine befriends a small boy, they go on a rampage through town destroying everyone their path – in desperation, the US Military shoot a Nuclear missile at the Robot, but not even a Nuke can stop the Iron Giant! …Okay, that’s not exactly how the movie goes but in the current era of 40k, it kind of feels that way sometimes. But at the same time the idea of a kid with a Giant Robot smashing all the other toys on the tabletop is kinda of fitting. At least this movie has some heart at it’s core and it’s a good family movie, too!
This is a classic Kaiju movie with Humanity on the brink fighting them back with Skyscrapper-sized Robots. I mean, visually, it’s a feast of awesome shots. A modern take on the classic genre, it’s got exactly what you expect with tons of action and great fight scenes. It’s hard to look away when the Jaegers are on the screen punching Kaiju (or getting hit just as hard back).
Pacific Rim: Uprising has a bit more Robot vs Robot action which is also a lot of fun. Both of these movies are entertaining if you know what you’re in for. If you’re a fan of Imperial Knights, you’ll be cheering “For the Emperor!” When the Jaegers get down to business!
Look, I know it’s not technically a single movie and we’re dipping into Anime, but c’mon! This one is a classic. In fact, we here at BoLS were spit-balling between this one, Gundam (and all those iterations), Robotech, and Big O – among other options. Anime is packed with full of inspiring shows for the Imperial Knight player out there. We opted for Neon Genesis Evangelion because we felt it was 1) easiest to get your hands on (thanks to Netflix) and 2) the size of the Robots seemed on par with Imperial Knights. Plus this one still holds up! If need some background noise while your Hobbying with your Imperial Knights then this is a fantastic option!
When it comes to Robots battling monsters, we’re pretty sure Mechagodzilla is the granddaddy of them all. It predates a lot of the options on this list. The concepts and ideas it introduced also helped launch the whole Kaiju genre in a new and exciting direction. Without Mechagodzilla, you might not have things like Power Rangers, Voltron, Robotech, and a TON of other pieces of pop culture that can trace their roots back to this Proto-Robot Overlord! This movie put a human in the pilot seat of a Robot powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with these unstoppable threats. That’s exactly what Imperial Knights do!
If you’ve got other movies/TV shows that inspire you to work or play your Imperial Knights we want to hear about it in the comments!