Hope you all are doing all right and having a good time hobbying! Well, this time I'll be featuring the lizardmen of WFB and just a little discussion on an observation I have about WFB in general (on its link to past myths).
The lands of Lustria are an exotic and dangerous place...a veritable paradise that promises unimaginable gain in the face of peril, largely thanks to the Lizardmen. The Lizardmen have been described to be a "neutral" army, and are fierce protectors of their kingdom, even tenaciously fighting off the murderous expeditions of Dark Elf slavers.
It is logical that WFB draws upon historical mythical antecedents, which perhaps gives the characters/races of WFB a lot of attractive literary power...something that works on an existing mythical framework, and yet create new content out of it (that is perhaps parallel to contemporary attitudes). Hence, the WFB Lizardmen follow previous myths already in place, perhaps from direct influences such as the lizardfolk in D&D, or ancient humanoid reptilian myths like the the Dragon Kings of China (sounds like Dragon Princes of Ulthuan haha), Cecrops I the Mythical First King of Athens, and even the infamous Gorgons that we all know about.
The Chinese Dragon King of the South.
King Cecrops I, mythical First King of Athens.
Naturally, the concept of mixing 2 separate things together can seem pretty creepy...especially if one half is us, and the other is the slimy reptilia. Ancient myths like these just make me wonder how people at that time thought about it (like accepted facts, or just bed-time stories), and what is the purpose of synthesizing two unlike groups together? To highlight the need of order in life and the unacceptable concept of mixing where we ought not to be? To 'wow' the audience?