my character is a Redguard and I'm not really certain which path of weaponry to take. I know Redguards have a bonus to one-handed weapons and that was the path I originally planned to take, but at the moment I'm using 2H weapons more.
It just seems that one-handed with shield doesn't have any real benefits. Attacks still go through the shield and weapons do significantly lower damage.
I'm level 8 at the moment, so I'm certain things change, but I'd like to know what's considered "better" before I start investing in perks.
I've played all melee types extensively and 1H/shield is definitely my preferred. Two-handed worked better in the lower levels, IMO, but once the enemies started getting tougher, the on-demand stun from shield bashing along with the slowdown made all the difference. And the elemental resistances from the shield perk are incredible against homing dragon breath and mage alike (when the resistances are working, of course). Combine it with Atronach stone for almost complete spell immunity, or Lord if you really need 50 more armor.
Volundrung does let you power attack nearly infinitely to stunlock enemies, and obviously you're looking at a heavier perk investment with 1H/shield, but I think the returns are well worth it.